By Jen P
Well, I finished the sequel to Alienated, by Melissa Landers, and it was alright. Cara is stuck on L’eihr, the alien planet, in their foreign exchange program, while Aelyx, her alien boyfriend, is stuck on Earth doing a hardcore PR tour to make up for all the wrongs he did to Earth in the first book. No spoilers! Anyway, Cara immerses herself in L’eihr life as best she can, with her brother and Aelyx’s sister as her only friends on the world. Although someone tries to frame her for a murder, she manages to clear her name and even becomes the human representative on the L’eihr panel. But she can’t get them to make any decisions that would better life for humans on L’eihr, and eventually uncovers the real reason they’re trying so hard to make the treaty with Earth work even though they so obviously are disgusted by humans. Sorry, that was a mouthful. Moving on! Aelyx has his own problems on Earth with constant threats to his life and a radical group that tries to undo every bit of progress he makes with human-alien relations. Plus, he’s super-worried about creepy alien leader, Jaxen, making a move on his girl while he’s galaxies away from her.
I didn’t love it.
That’s not to say it isn’t a good book, but when a book is marketed as a YA Romance, I expect a little more romance. The characters are literally on different planets from each other for the majority of the story, and they think about having sex a lot, but then when they finally do meet up, guess what? It doesn’t happen. That’s not saying that I expect smart young women to jump in bed at the turn of a hat, but when the last half of the book teased it almost non-stop, I was pretty disappointed when they didn’t do much more than fight. Also, I didn’t want details, just to be clear, and I didn’t expect them. (Okay, so I would have liked them, but the second half of that sentence is completely true). I just want to know why it was such a big part of the story if it wasn’t going to happen. Annoying. That being said, the main plotlines are still very interesting, and I’m still rooting for those two love birds to make it work!
Now it’s your turn! Tell me what you thought of Invaded in the comments below. Or if you haven’t read it, do you think you will?
Later geeks! (and fellow pervs)