Book rating: 04 Hardback Alienated

By (author) Melissa Landers

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  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1423170288
  • ISBN 13: 9781423170280
  • Sales rank: 4,747

Product description

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.

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Author information

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public-just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and writes contemporary romance as Macy Beckett. For more information, or just to say hello, visit

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By Jenna 16 Mar 2014 5

Super hot alien but...GIMME NOW! Seriously, I've fallen in love with aliens. After avoiding the little green monsters my entire life, I've become obsessed. Obsidian, Star Crossed, and now...

This book was awesome. No NA or X-rated scenes *score!*, no insta-love or super unrealistic character traits, character development, awesome sauce plot line, engaging writing and...of course, an exquisite ending.

They say you always remember the beginning and end of things, and I guess that's really true. What do I remember? Attitude changes, revelations, secrets and change. especially change.

A lot of people are scared of change. Heck, IM scared of change. But this book....taught me change isn't always bad. We can think we're doing really well and yet at the stop of a hat that can all break apart. It taught me to be strong within myself and to stick with my beliefs.

It also taught me aliens are hot. It taught me that even people who appear to have their life sorted can be lost. It taught me I'm not alone and sometimes that's all you need.

This book was engaging, interactive, accessible, relatable and more! I can't WAIT to read the next one! (No seriously, February?!? -.-) all I want now is to hold it in my hands...Gerd dermit please appear in Aussie book stores!!

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4Q 4P J S High school valedictorian, Cara Sweeney, is selected to host an alien exchange student from the planet L'eihr. This intergalactic program is the first of its kind and it is being promoted to encourage a partnership, after contact between the two planets had been established two years ago. Cara is offered a scholarship initiative to make this alliance work, to allow the L'eihr student to shadow her in her studies and help him understand life on Earth-and eventually make the journey to his planet and live there. Reluctantly, Cara agrees to the arrangement feeling that, as a budding journalist, her blog following will soar and she may even be able to procure a book deal out of her experiences. Aelyx may have identical DNA to humans but he lacks emotion and as he is thrust into the Sweeney home, he soon realizes that he is ill equipped to deal with the typical American family. Although intrigued by Cara, his ulterior motive for wanting to be a part of this program is what fuels him to integrate with his host family. As Cara and Aelyx begin to get acquainted, tensions rise as Anti-L'eihr Alliance paranoia jeopardizes their safety, alienating them from normal. Cara and Aelyx unify; however, the secret that Aelyx has been harboring may end up compromising much more than their relationship. Cara must make a choice to save her planet, or her star- crossed lover. The author's storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. She has created both strong male and female characters, and is able to also keep their individual integrity throughout the building of her romance and ultimate conflict. Each world is believable and detailed in its description, and the political implications of the alliance are also well thought-out. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans. Susan Redman-Parodi. VOYA"