Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated

byMelissa Landers

Hardcover | February 4, 2014

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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.
Melissa Landersis a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public-just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and writes contemporary romance as Macy Beckett. For more information, or just to say hello, visit melissa-...
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Title:AlienatedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423170288

ISBN - 13:9781423170280

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series ! Gorgeous Covers ! This was my first Melissa Landers novel, and it definitely will not be my last. Melissa seamlessly weaves together this story with all these complex working pieces like a pro. She creates this whole alien race, a love story that actually has time to develop, and writes the most beautiful scenes. The way that Aelyx sees earth is hilarious, and the videos he looks up are so funny. I love that Cara goes out of her way to find something that he will enjoy eating. They fall madly in love with each other over the course of the novel, and the reader can feel their love through the pages...Melissa's writing is so vibrate and pulls you in so much that you also feel the hurt and betrayal that some characters feel. This seems like the kind of series that I never want to end.. I need more. The humor also runs rampant in this book and it is exceptionally funny. I was at work reading and literally laughing out loud, blushing, and squealing like a weirdo. This book was freaking amazing, and I have no regrets buying this and the second book. Pick up this series if you haven't read it yet.. you will not regret it! Epic Read !!!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alienated I really enjoyed the relationship between Cara and Aelyx. And this book was a very enjoyable and fluffy read.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and cheesy This book straddled a line somewhere between fluffy teenage angst and romance and intereting, significant, dynamic action and sic-fi. I wasn't quite sure where it fell between those two, and I might have leaned more towards the first, if it weren't for Cara's voice. Aelyx's voice was okay, and certainly fit his stoic-unemotional-alien persona, but it was Cara's voice that carried the book for me. It was dry, witty, clever, and had just enough sass to make her feel like a human being, as opposed to a quip machine. I loved being in her head, and the prose was just great. That said, I actually really did like the science and the aliens and everything. It was a very fresh, original take on aliens and alien-human interaction, even if it did slip somewhat into the black hole of High School Setting based on the way the interaction was framed. I would have appreciated less time in high school, with all of that drama, and more time exploring alien customs and such. Because Aelyx was so stoic and prejudiced, I really liked watching the way that their relationship progressed. His affection and interest and respect was hard-won, so I liked it when he had to pull his foot out of his mouth and admit how much he liked Cara's spontaneity and emotion. And with an ending like that, I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A fun read! I really enjoyed the characters and the story. Very creative and at times humerous. Can't wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sequel Recommended for everyone! Melissa please write book 3 I have an urge to know what happens next. Do it for us, the L'annabees ;]
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Alienated is the first book in the series. I saw it on BookBud and thought it sounded interesting. I really enjoy YA books because you really get to know the characters without the big sometimes outrageous sex scenes in adult books. So they're a nice change. It's different from the paranormal books I normally read, but I love sci-ft shows so I gave it a go. I got caught up in the story and what was happening that I really didn't want to put it down. I finished it up in between plays of the Super Bowl, which normally I would just watch, but the book was getting down to the end and wanted to know how it would end. They say in the adult books, opposites attract and it fell true in this book. And love can be sneaky. Anything else gives to much of the storyline, and that takes all the fun away. It was actually written so well, you knew all things would turn out, of course, but how would it end. I look forward to the next book in the series, Invade. I rarely will buy an e-book at full price, but this one I will, to see where the author takes it from the end of Alienated.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different Alienated is the first book in the series. I saw it on BookBud and thought it sounded interesting. I really enjoy YA books because you really get to know the characters without the big sometimes outrageous sex scenes in adult books. So they're a nice change. It's different from the paranormal books I normally read, but I love sci-ft shows so I gave it a go. I got caught up in the story and what was happening that I really didn't want to put it down. I finished it up in between plays of the Super Bowl, which normally I would just watch, but the book was getting down to the end and wanted to know how it would end. They say in the adult books, opposites attract and it fell true in this book. And love can be sneaky. Anything else gives to much of the storyline, and that takes all the fun away. It was actually written so well, you knew all things would turn out, of course, but how would it end. I look forward to the next book in the series, Invade. I rarely will buy an e-book at full price, but this one I will, to see where the author takes it from the end of Alienated.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend it I accidentally found this book, and it turned out to be amazing! It has a great plot, the romance leaves me speechless, and I recommend it to everyone! It's only book one of a series, a novella - Until Midnight - is out, and I can't WAIT for Invaded!!! You won't be disappointed!!
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cute and fun read about love that's out of this atmosphere. - Nova @ Out of Time A cute and fun read about love that's out of this atmosphere. - Nova @ Out of Time I was attracted to this book firstly, by it's cover. Not only is it pretty, but it also describes the story in a really beautiful way! It shows the contrast between characters like a human Cara and a L'eihr Aelyx. I anticipated this to be a lot more different than a lot of books I've read before with human and alien interactions. I found this to be a cute read. It reminded me a little bit like a contemporary with a bunch of darker themes underlying it. It was more about the assimilation of aliens called L'eihrs on Earth. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Aliens showed themselves to us and had some kind of treaty/alliance? Melissa Landers sure has and the way it was describe it was both realistic and imaginative. It was darker than I expected it to be because of the public reaction to this new species as well as the conspiracies that were subtly inserted in the story. I found the main character, Cara to be likeable. She didn't really connect to me personally, but I didn't have any problems with her. She did what she knew was right and didn't let anyone push her down, even though a lot of people were against her numerous times in the book. She was also genuine in her efforts to do her job to get Aelyx comfortable in the human world. I actually loved Aelyx. I couldn't connect to him either; he was just so indifferent and inhumane. I adored that I got to see a gradual change in him from Cara. By the middle of the book, he grew feelings for her and started to actually behave with emotion and life. It made me so happy to see that major change and I didn't even notice it was happening until very far into the book. I loved Aelyx because of how much he acted like a Sherlock to me. He walked around with an air of superiority that he was better than all humans for his (far) advanced intellect and it was Cara who changed his opinion. It was also him who was running the whole "master plan" and him who grew the conscience in the end. I swooned so much over him, but ultimately, he deserves to be with someone as "human"(full of emotion and morals) as Cara. I didn't know what to expect from this novel. The writing was absolutely fun. It was told with a casual tone that, at the same time, didn't seem like a joke or not professional enough. That was the main reason it reminded me of the contemporary genre! I enjoyed it a lot while reading! This book, however, wasn't that serious. Though it had a few serious issues, I felt like they could've been handled better. At least in a way that would make me "feel". As a blogger, I read a lot of books (obviously). While reading, I was obviously entertained, but looking back on that time, I can't remember all that happened in this story. My socks weren't knocked off whereas there are some books I will read once and it will change my whole perspective on life; that or leave me in a daze for a couple of days. If you're looking for a book that's very laid back with a couple of issues, a very hot boy and aliens, I definitely recommend this book. Fans of Sherlock will enjoy Aelyx's personality and transition as he learns more and more about what it really means to be human.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the book! A great book!
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't my thing I found the story wasn't that interesting. Just not my thing. The love story was only partially developed and felt fake-rushed.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Since the moment I saw the cover for Alienated, I knew I had to read it as soon as I could. And I was so totally lucky enough to have won a copy from Melissa on The Irish Banana Review. Alienated really reminded me of Split Second in the sense that it was a sci/fi book but with a complete contemporary feel as well. Landers depicted high school, relationships between friends, family and love interest so flawlessly. There was laugh out loud moments and incredibly tense moments. The revolt half the world seems to put on because of the L'eihrs and the term "speciest" depicted real life problems. There was secrecy and deceit, but there was also that aspect of forbidden love. Aelyx and Cara were the perfect balance for each other. Cara had a fiery redheaded temper and passion, and while in the beginning it seems as if Aelyx has virtually no emotions, he warms up and balances Cara out. They have their swoony and adorable moments too! I basically just want to gush over their relationship. I am so beyond excited for all of you guys to read this book! It is definitely one to watch out for in 2014! Melissa Landers is an extremely talented author with a flair for humour and contemporary experiences, set in a fun and totally other world sci/fi setting that is fully fleshed out and beyond interesting.
Date published: 2014-01-10

Editorial Reviews

Gr 9 Up In Alienated, Cara Sweeney, high school overachiever and class valedictorian, has been selected to host the first L'eihr exchange student. Initial excitement and pride are quickly overshadowed by doubt and unease upon meeting the alien Aelyx. Although almost genetically identical, the two cultures are as different as night and day and the level of discomfort is evident. Further complicating matters is anti-alien paranoia and violence directed not only at Aelyx and the other exchange students, but also at Cara and her family. Drawn together due to circumstance, the teens start falling for each other. In Invaded, the couple continues to try to forge an alliance between the two planets, as mutual survival of both populations are depending on it. Amid hate and an unknown future, Cara must decide between love, the unknown, and the future she always dreamed of having. Excellent character development and a nice integration between modern reality and science fiction drive the plot in a satisfying story arc. Continuation of the story line is seamless between series installments, giving readers a continued interest in and connection to the protagonists. Themes of racism and environmentalism are integral to understanding and developing the emotional level of the story as well as the momentum of the plot. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes. A fun pick for fans of sci-fi with a bit of romance. Elizabeth Speer, Cisco College, TX-SLJ