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Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Summary: 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..

REVIEW:

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Ugh, this book irritated me.. I loved the storyline a lot, but the characters, the plot, and basically everything made me frustrated. The problem, for me, is that there is very little to hold on to beyond what is on the surface. I liked Cara and Aelyx’s romance. It was cute, but that was the only good thing about Alienated. Frankly, I was bummed that I didn’t like it because I was so excited for it to come out! It got to the point where I was FORCING myself to finish it. Reading shouldn’t be forced, it should be enjoyed.

The teenagers in this book are so stereotypical. I felt like Alienated was messy and just boring, and it shows in the characterization of its teenaged characters—which is to say, they have no character at all beyond that of a lacrosse jock, slutty queen bee, fiery backstabbing best friend, and dumb freshmen girls. Even the aliens were just BORING. I did not find Aelyx intriguing at all. The thing that I hated the most was I did not have a connection with the characters at all, and that connection determines whether you like the book or not.

The alien aspect of Alienated was just plain confusing.  I was swarmed with a mass of alien lingo that I did not understand and it was not explained at all in the novel. Also, There is an oddly intense focus on food in Alienated, and I assume that’s done in an effort to highlight the fact that humans and aliens are, in fact, different, since this book has a hard time making that point. We get a lot of information on which human foods Aelyx can tolerate (hardly any) and which he cannot. There are many scenes of him grimacing or threatening to vomit over certain foods. I found these scenes plain creepy and oddly placed. In fact, other than the L’eihrs not having belly buttons and their refusal to eat certain foods, these ” aliens” are basically like humans. So…..why is Alienated considered Sci-Fi?

Overall, I was disappointed in Alienated. I was so excited to blog about how incredible it was going to be, but reading it just let me down. Maybe you guys will have better luck than I did, but Alienated was not what I expected at all.

Until next time…

Catcha later readers!

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