By Jen P.
I just finished reading Alienated, by Melissa Landers, and couldn’t put it down. It was nice to take a break with a hot alien. Is it okay to call a fictional character hot if he’s still in high school? I mean, he is an alien and of legal age. Okay, I’m not going to waste time justifying a crush on a character that’s clearly meant to be crushed on, so moving on…
Plot Summary: This book sits happily within the confines of YA romance with supernatural and suspenseful elements. Cara is a fiery redhead valedictorian on the debate team. Yep, that’s a mouthful. She has a hell of a lot going on between her job, school, extracurricular activities, and family before she gets signed up to host the world’s first alien exchange student, but when she does, her life goes from normal to straight cray in a matter of months. Aelyx is a hot jerk (aren’t they always) who doesn’t even like humans, and has malicious intentions for coming to Earth. He and the other two alien exchange students are working together to sabotage alien-human relations for good. Anyway, as you can imagine, she breaks through his cold exterior, he helps her stay strong in the face of adversity, and they fall for each other. (Sex-free btw, but they get pretty close a few times for all you naughty readers out there. Curse you YA with your lovely plotlines but underage leads!) So yeah, there’s lots of looming government officials, student death threats, and even a crazy cult for the characters to contend with. I’ll leave the rest for you to find out when you read it, and you should, because it was highly entertaining, breezy reading.
Wins: The science fiction aspects are well researched and easy enough to follow. The suspense is pretty legit. The romance is cute. And the comedy had me laughing out loud like a weirdo in my own living room. Thank God my husband wasn’t home, lest I be judged, but I digress. I finished this book in a day, and that’s saying something because I had a sick kid and my own book to work on. (Thanks a lot for stealing my time, Melissa Landers.) But all jesting aside, it was a really fun read! I can’t wait to start the second one, Invaded.
Drawbacks: My biggest beef with this book was all the generic tropes- fiery, too-intelligent-for-her-peers redhead; tall, dark, and handsome (also moody) male lead; evil jocks; cold and heartless military types; super-loving and supportive family; typical romantic story arc; and so many more I can’t even think of right now. You get the point. As uninteresting as all of that sounds, there’s enough new material to keep the story interesting and the plot flowing. Like I said, I couldn’t put it down. Mostly I’m just jealous she got published with all this stuff in there and I’m still sitting at the drawing board with my own novel. Ugh. The struggle continues.
In summary: Go read it. It was worth my lost day, and might also be worth yours. Let me know if you hate it or if we end up having a love for this book in common. I’d like to hear your opinions in the comments below.