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Alienated: [Hardcover]

Melissa Landers
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20 Mar 2014 Alienated
Handpicked to look after the first-ever L'eihr exchange student, Cara isn't sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L'eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn't seem more alien. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn't just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange and its potentially deadly consequences.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION (20 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423170288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423170280
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Alienated - City of YA review 12 Mar 2014
By lisa
Format:Hardcover
I've posted a video review of this book at this link - [...]

This book had me at the blurb alone, sharing a bathroom with an exchange program alien? That sounds different and interesting! After buying the book on Amazon the delivery was messed up and I got sent an E-Book instead of a hard copy. Make a note that I received this E-Book at 11.30 at night when I finally managed to sync my darn kindle. So a few hours later it was 4AM and I had finished the book.
Yes, you heard me correct. I forgot to sleep... Don't get me wrong, I did try and sleep at like 2AM but as I lay down to sleep my brain just kept nagging me to read more. Hence why I was awake till 4AM.
So basically Aelyx is a l'eihr, from another planet and as part of the exchange program himself and two others like him are going to different countries on earth to spend a year with human families and help create an alliance between the planets. Immediately I thought the exchange program idea was new and creative. The human that Aelyx has to live with is Cara and her parents. Cara is a typical overachiever, valadictorian, sporty, ect. I wasn't to keen on the Cara character at first but she really grew on me as I kept on reading.
One huge plus for this book in my eyes is how well it depicts racism and discrimination. If this exchange program between worlds really did exist it wouldn't be smooth sailing at all. There would be groups like HALO causing all kinds of crap like in this book. Humans are racist creatures. Sixty years ago we had segregation and currently we have the big debate with gay marriage, of course humans would also kick up a fuss at an alien coming to earth.
This book is Landers debut into the YA genre, and its a really good debut at that!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Fun! 15 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover
I tend to prefer to watch my sci-fi than read it and while I did enjoy Alienated it was slightly too fluffy for me to get truly invested in as I felt confused at times as to whether I was reading a cute and fun contemporary or a solid science fiction novel. I think the fact that I’m thoroughly enjoying Star-crossed, the TV show with the almost identical plot meant Alienated did stay firmly in my favour throughout despite any lukewarm feelings I held as I read.

When aliens called the L’eihr’s make contact with Earth the reaction to their presence is mixed. While their advanced technology and disease curing abilities are thoroughly welcomed in particular by the family of our heroine Cara Sweeney, there is also a definite feeling of unease which is amplified with the announcement of a student exchange programme. When Cara is chosen as student ambassador for the US and must host an alien called Aelyx she is unsure if it’s worth the risk to her family and friends when anti-alien protestors make their presence felt not to mention the fact that Aelyx isn’t exactly the friendliest “little green man” to boot. As time goes on Cara finds that for every difference she and Aelyx share, the most startling discovery is just how alike they are.

I really enjoyed Cara as an MC. I found her to be intelligent, sensible, sweet and funny and both aware of her imperfections and willing to find strength in them. She is really put through the ringer in this novel when she agrees to take part in the exchange programme. She is unceremoniously dumped by both her boyfriend and her best friend, threatened constantly with physical violence and verbal insults and has to watch her family go through the pain of being ostracised by the community.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast read! 19 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
Alienated by Melissa Landers is a fun, fast read with a great story! When Cara is chosen to host an exchange student from L'eihr, a newly discovered planet populated by human-like aliens. She agrees, but doesn't realise what this will mean for her and her family.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It was such an interesting concept that had me hooked from the very beginning! It was really interesting to see the extreme prejudice most humans felt towards the L'eihr exchange students.
I also have to mention that while there is romance it is most definitely not of the insta-love variety which I absolutely hate. Cara and Aelyx's feelings developed naturally, especially with Aelyx who disliked humans from the start.
I can't wait for the next instalment in this series, I'm at the edge of my seat waiting to read about L'eihr and what happens next for our protagonists!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars 9 Mar 2014
By Sarah
Format:Hardcover
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Cara is chosen to take part in an alien exchange programme, even though she didn’t apply. Deciding to accept, Cara ends up with Aelyx, and a whole lot of trouble from people who believe that the people of earth shouldn’t be fraternising with aliens.
Cara and Aelyx become more than friends, but Cara doesn’t know that Aelyx is secretly plotting against the people of Earth.
Can Cara and Aelyx really be together? What is Aelyx doing? And why are crops suddenly failing?

I’m a little torn over this book, because the first 80% was pants, the next 10% was alright, and the last 10% was pretty cheesy.

I can’t say that I really liked any of the characters in this book all that much. I did think that both Cara and Aelyx came across slightly better in the 10% of this book that was good, but for the majority of the time I didn’t like them. Aelyx had this hidden agenda, which I didn’t appreciate, and Cara was seemed a little stupid at times. I did think it was nice of her to try and cook Aelyx some food that he would like, and I liked the way she stood up for him, but at times she just didn’t take things into consideration that she really should have done, and at times she did things that annoyed me. I thought it was pretty cruel of her to ask her mother to cook a roast, because Aelyx liked ‘bland’ food, and that her mother’s roast was the blandest thing ever.
The rest of the characters in this book came off as childish, irritating, or stupid, and some of them ticked all three of those boxes unfortunately. Even Cara’s parents did some stupid and immature things at times.
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