Alienated (Alienated, Book 1)

Melissa Landers
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L'eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she'll have inside information about the mysterious L'eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara's blog following is about to skyrocket.Still, 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. She's certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking.But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 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. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-09-14

3 out of 5 stars

Granted, I don't read a whole lot of alien-themed novels, but this trilogy had caught my eye.  Waiting for the third book's release prior to beginning the series, I was able to read them back-to-back over the course of about a week and a half.  So, although it kept my interest well enough to finish them fairly quickly, there were still a few things missing from the story.

By far, the first book was my favorite as it truly gave an inward look to the characters as they not only tried to overcome their cultural differences, but kept the reader wondering when they were going to quit hiding their attraction to one another.  Although the situations and the action increased with each book, Alienated was the only one that felt like it tickled my anxiety/gotta-keep-reading spot.  The others...well, although they weren't terrible by any means, I feel like they fell flat.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Alienated Trilogy experience is that I never felt bonded to the characters.  Perhaps this is because I am so adept at reading in first (rather than third) person.  But when a novel grants insight to more than just one character, shouldn't I feel more invested in each of the characters?  I would like to think so.  But that never happened.  I don't know if it was because they were all too similar, if the writing was poor, or if I simply have too high of expectations on how characters should be different, yet part of my soul by the time I'm done with the books due to my love of Amy Bartol's achievements in the Premonition series, where you feel anchored to every single main character by the time you're done. 

One thing I can say about this series is that I loved the subtle humor.  Although it slowly fell flat (especially in book 3), there were many moments throughout the books (mostly the first two) where I would bust out laughing.  It wasn't extreme or unique humor, but just simple, this-is-how-we-think-and-talk-as-humans humor.  It brought to light that I would like to add more of that kind of writing to my own work. 

Would I discourage people from reading these?  No.  I did enjoy them.  But would I recommend them to a reader who's a little more difficult to impress?  HAHA, no.

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