Published by Disney Hyperion on February 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Overdrive
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 have this thing about books with aliens-I absolutely ADORE them. I looove aliens, be it ET-version, or the hot sexy as hell human-like version. Either way, I am fascinated by them, so of course when I stumbled upon Alienated in the Overdrive section, I knew I had to read it. Also, there was the part about student exchange programs, which naturally, called to me. Okay, I shall list out the negative reasons first, because there are so few of them. But that did not mean that I dislike this book, because I LOOOOVE IT.
To be honest, there was only one point that aggravated me in this book. ONLY ONE. And that was Aleyx’s attitude at the start of this book. Aleyx was an annoyance to me. I definitely did not like him at first page as I found his hatred towards Earth to be quite rude. I mean, he literally complains about anything and everything, and half the time, I wanted to strangle the living daylights out of him. I legit breathed out a sigh of relief when 30% into the book, his attitude changed, though it was not immediate, but it was slowly progressing.
Other than that, there’s so many things I want to spazz about!
One of them would be the main character, Cara. She was fantabulous from the start, and I just could not stop smirking at how amazing she was. Smart, witty and really nice despite Aleyx’s cold attitude towards her, she tried to make things better, and she was really the one character that made this book a whole lot more interesting. I enjoyed reading from her point of view, and she never once doubted the aliens, even though she had many valid reasons to do so.
The plot-wise was very unique. I mean, a story about how the aliens already made contact, and are in fact, on good terms with Earth? It immediately hooked me in. It was like the basic opposite of most alien books. There were also references to the differences and similarities between humans and aliens, and the different culture. I have to admit that I was entranced by this whole other planet that the L’eihrs live on. Alienated went a little bit too fast paced nearing the end, that almost ended with me having a heart attack, because everything suddenly escalated way too quickly, and BAM. WHUT. But that’s what I love about the book. It sucked me in, such that I no longer care about my surroundings, I just wanted to keep on reading.
Romance, of course, played a part in this book, especially with one as hot as Aleyx. But it was really cute, watching Aleyx figure out this weird emotion called love and seeing him trying to explain it off and omg. DEAD. HAHAH. Of course, the dual perspectives in this book made the romance worked SO MUCH MORE BETTER and it showed Cara to be the smart one, to be the one not allowing her judgement to be clouded by her feelings for Aleyx.
I really do need the next book, and I definitely need to see if Overdrive has them. NEEEEED.