Published by Disney Electronic Content
Published on February 4th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet. I am sure you’ve gathered from the cover and the synopsis, this is a YA Sci-fi read. I am a HUGE fan of all things sci-fi and paranormal. A friend of mine read this book earlier this year, and told me that it would be right up my alley. WAS IT EVER. I am so happy I picked it up! Though I have both the print and the audio versions of this book, I primarily stuck with the audio, as I was a fan of the narrator’s performance.
Let’s break down my book feels.
The Plot & Pacing
An exchange student program with another planet? YES PLEASE. This seemed so intriguing from the start. I loved the pacing with this story, and that every detail made sense. I didn’t feel like there was any filler content, or that the story dragged on at all. I was completely hooked from beginning to end.
The characters were so well written! I liked all the characters, and I adored the dialogue especially. I loved me some Aelyx (I’m a sucker for the mens. naturally), but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Cara’s perspective a little more. The banter between Aelyx and Cara made me laugh out loud at times, and entertained most times.
“To be honest, I don’t know what qualities you ever saw in him. I can tell why he chose you, but-“
“Oh yeah?” Cara’s spirits lifted as she sensed a compliment coming on. “Why do you think he chose me?”
“It’s obvious.” He swept a hand to indicate her loose curls. “Your long, shiny hair, healthy skin, and bright eyes show that you’re well-nourished.”
“Uh, thank you?”
“I’m not finished.”
“Go on then.”
“You’re clearly intelligent.” Then he felt the need to add, “For a human.”
“Gee. That’s so sweet.”
“But Eric was probably most attracted to your wait-to-hip ratio.” For a split second, Aelyx resembled a human boy as he leaned back and peered at her caboose. “Hips of that width are likely to pass life offspring without complication.”
Cara nearly swallowed her own tongue. She didn’t have big hips did she?”
Though I liked the narration as a whole, I didn’t like some of the voices that the female narrator did for some of the male characters. her transitions between character voices was well done, but at times some of the voices came off as annoying or cringe-worthy. Thankfully, those were for secondary characters, so I didn’t have to deal with it the entire book.
As I mentioned before, I loved this book as a whole. I would recommend this book to fans of Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series, or for any YA readers who dig a well-rounded Sci-Fi story. I am so eager to read the second book: Invaded, as Alienated leaves things pretty open-ended. I wouldn’t say it’s a cliffhanger or anything, but, there are many things left to be resolved. In closing, I will leave you with my favorite quote from the book:
Book/Story Rating: 4.5
Narration Rating: 3.5/4
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