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: 5,153

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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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A charming if lightweight science-fiction romance bogs down when it attempts to convey moral lessons. High school senior Cara Sweeny plans on being the best at everything-schoolwork, debate, life. These ambitions earn her the ambiguous honor of hosting one of the first "exchange students" from the L'eihrs, the aliens who have just initiated contact with Earth. But while Aelyx might be completely human-looking (and a total hottie), he's also cold and arrogant, with a major hatred for all of humanity. The alternating viewpoints convey their personalities well: Cara's is breezy and chatty and studded with slightly dated slang; Aelyx's more formal, occasionally gloomy and often bewildered. Although there seems little beyond raging hormones to inspire their intense devotion, the romantic shenanigans are entertaining until overshadowed by the heavy-handed, simplistic message that prejudice is wrong-a moral somewhat undercut by the reliance upon such stereotypes as the temperamental redhead, the bigoted jock and the vivacious Latina who sprinkles her conversations with Spanish obscenities. Once the tone abruptly shifts to science-fiction thriller, the willing suspension of disbelief snaps under the weight of unbelievable behavior, nonsensical science and a "happy ending" with profoundly disturbing implications. It's still rather fun in an after-school special sort of way, but hardly an essential purchase or read. (Science fiction. 12-18) Kirkus"