Author: Melissa Landers
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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 feel like every single alien book that I read I just love. I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time because…aliens…(plus Sasha recommended it so I knew it was going to be good) And this one was no exception. I freaking LOVED this book with all my heart. The plot, the characters, the story, the development, the relationships, the twists, AND THE CONSTANT FANGIRLING made me absolutely adore this book. AND as soon as I finished this one I RAN to my kindle for me to get the second book. And before I continue with this review I need to tell you that this series is now in the top 10 AND that I need that third book. Come on Disney Hyperion us fangirls need that third book!!
So as always starting off with the characters. I loved Cara. She was a hilarious character to read about. And the book was partly her POV so it just made the book even better than it was. The characters go through a lot of character development throughout the books and Cara was one of the most developed. She started off with a sort of hatred towards the aliens just like everyone else. She was a smarty-pants. And she was very untrusting when it came to people. But by the end of the book, I loved her character. She was one funny, smart, and full of ambition. She knew that the aliens were harmless because well Aelyx (We’ll get to him in a second.) And what made me really love her, was her love for Aelyx. How she would give up everything that she has for him. She got turned by her friends so that she could stay friends with him, and it’s just made my little fangirling heart squeal.
You could probably guess that Aelyx had made it to my official Fictional Boyfriend List, but what you may not know is that he is in the top 10 🙂 Now going back to that character development thing. Oh my. I feel like he was the one that was the most developed in the book. At first he was this robotic aliens who didn’t have any feelings and had hatred for the planet Earth..well I guess not Earth but the beings that were on it. But by the middle of the book he was added to the list. He was so cute. He was the cutest little thing that I ever read about. SO adorable. But more importantly him and Cara. OTP!! Shipping it by the time they met. Now I have to admit I was a bit annoyed with him for the reason that he kept pushing Cara away. Cara wanted to be friends with. Have a relationship that they communicate. But he kept pushing her away because they were different. And that really annoyed me, but I got over it because he got over it and everything was hunky dory.
The ex and the best friend. I was ALOT annoyed with them throughout the course of the book. But at the end they both won me back. *SPOILER DO NOT BEYOND THIS POINT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK* Them together. I did not see coming at all. I thought they were pure enemies at the beginning of the book. But when they said they were together I was like “Ohhhh. Okay um thats awkward. You’re awful. Du-bye” but I get it. They like each other so why not? *SPOILERY IS FENITO* I loved the parents. If i had to pick a favorite for fictional parents it would be these ones. They were just so understanding and loving, and they cared about everyone including Aelyx and I just love…love.
Now the whole story itself was nail biting. Every single scene I was fangirling. I had to take breaks between chapters. It was amazing. And the whole writing contributed to the amazingness that was this book. (I have to say something. The makeout scenes. Were written spectacularly. Amazing! I love them. They were my favorite part of the book *smiles sheepishly*) I feel like now that I have read this book I would make this one of the top book that’s I would recommend to people. You know who Obsidian is the book that I recommend to EVERYONE well I think that this book will be along Obsidian. So if you haven’t read this book yet I have no idea what you’re doing with your life. READ IT!!! I twas spectacular and awesome and just fangirl worthy.
“He prepared the richest, most indulgent and disgusting dish imaginable – a bowl of fudge ripple ice-cream topped with chocolate syrup, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chocolate sprinkles, and, for good measure, a chocolate brownie from the pantry. He even garnished it with a handful of M&M’s.
“Can I borrow the car today, Mom? We’ll get soaked if we walk-”
“Hmph,” Dad interrupted. “When I was a boy-”
“Yeah, yeah,” Cara interrupted back. “You walked to school naked in the snow or something. So can I?”
― Melissa Landers, Alienated
“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?”
― Melissa Landers, Alienated