Alienated by 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. (Goodreads)

My Rating: 5 million stars yes

My Review:

Now, I guess you can say I have an alien obsession… which I’ve probably stated about a million times. I grew up around The X-Files, alien documentaries, and more. Until Sophomore year of high school I could never find any YA books with aliens in them. Then I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and my life become whole. I feel that ever since J. Lynn’s Lux Series, aliens have frown in popularity and more books have been made. Not all of them are good. Some of them are out right boring. But no. Not this little gem.

*stares fondly at cover* I love you Alienated. *crushes to chest*

First off that cover drew me in. It’s so beautiful and amazing. Simple too. I know how we all say we never judge a book by its cover but, come one, we all do. This is far from being a boring cover. It’s out of this world. Get it? Because aliens? No? Okay I’ll stop now.

The one thing that I love most about Alienated is that there really isn’t any war against another alien race. If you watch Star-Crossed on the CW then it’s basically like that. There are protesters and a radical group; people trying to pass laws that don’t give L’eihr’s their rights. In this book it’s politics that matters. That’s refreshing. What I love is how Melissa Landers also mentions past history, like the 1960s civil rights movement. Alienated is basically the civil rights movement, but with a twist.

Besides the plot, I also love Cara. I read that some people didn’t and I don’t get how. At first I thought I was really going to hate her. That she would be this stuck-up girl towards Aelyx, but instead she was actually extremely welcoming. Cara went out of her to make Aelyx feel comfortable and I love that she stood by him, even when her boyfriend didn’t want her to. Cara is also one of the strongest characters I’ve read. No, she’s not brandishing a weapon like she’s in Dauntless. What makes her strong is the fact that she stood by her decisions, stood by Aelyx, even though so many people turned their backs on her. Cara always kept her head held high. That’s true courage to me. So often we find ourselves changing our beliefs based on others opinions. We need people like Cara in this world. I loved when she said, “This is how discriminatory legislation gets passed- people know it’s wrong. but they’re too lazy or too scared to take action.” That last part has to be my favorite. Cara is so opinionated but doesn’t care what people have to think.


Aelyx. Dear lord I love him. I loved seeing him grow as a character, seeing all those human qualities he picked up. Oh my god, and the best scene had to be when Aelyx googled kissing. He reminded of a little kid. A whole new world indeed…

Alienated isn’t full of action, but it’s full of choices. It’s about standing by your beliefs no matter what. There’s no race against an evil alien race, but instead a fight against humanity. It’s about overcoming prejudices. See, the problem isn’t just the humans, but also the L’eihr’s. I want to see them work together. I love Cara’s relationship with her parents, with Aelyx. Forget fighting with hands, we need more characters like Cara: characters who fight with words. Melissa Lander’s writing is beautiful. I could feel the characters emotions. I swear, after reading this book and wanted to have a debate with everything. I’m always hesitant about a sequel where the characters are split up. It frustrates me to no end when that happens (which is why I haven’t read Never Fade). I’m also a person who loves cliff-hangers because they make waiting that much more fun. I just hope Cara and Aelyx aren’t split up for that long. And that there is no, I repeat NO LOVE TRIANGLE. NONE. IT’S NOT NEEDED.

 What I think people should take away from the book is this: People are people. No matter who they are (even if they’re an alien from another world).

~ Lauren


6 thoughts on “Alienated by Melissa Landers

  1. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book! Ever since I saw the cover months ago I was in love (seriously – how gorgeous is the cover!)… Thanks so much for sharing your review! Now I’m even more excited! (Especially if there’s no love triangle – I’m so over reading about love triangles!)

      • Oh, I so completely agree! They’re so overdone these days! Almost every YA book I read has one – it drives me crazy! I write YA myself (I was offered my first ever publishing contract the other day – woohoo!) and I can promise I’ll never write a love triangle into my books! (…Unless my publisher really wants me to, in which case I’ll do it – but I’ll still grumble all the way, lol).

      • That’s awesome! Congrats! I’ll totally check out your work. I love knowing that you hate love triangles. I never understood how it was possible for a character to be in love with two separate people at the same time.

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