30. sij 2014.

ARC Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Book 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.
          I can freely say that 2014 is a year of great expectations when it comes to YA lit. So many new authors and not to mention the sequels that we're waiting for. Alienated was one on my list and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book.

         Because as usual I don't read blurbs I expected this book to be about parallel universes or better said I had movie titled Upside Down in my head, but as soon as I cracked open this book I knew that we'd go the different way and we did. Surprisingly I haven't read that many books about aliens considering how mainstream they are, but I can tell you that this one promises a lot.

        So as usual we have a girl, Cara who is from Earth. She is highly intelligent and outgoing girl. Then there is a boy, Aelyx. He is alien, inhumanly intelligent but cold, because of DNA modifications. Basically on L'eihr the planted he is coming from the normal reproduction is banished and they all get genetically superior features, in almost all sectors, but one - emotional. For them intelligence is main aspect of their society where emotions are leveled to minimum. Once the whole exchange program starts the two of them have to find a way around each other, because they both have greater goals. Cara has to get the money because of their financial  situation and Aelyx must go on with the plan he is sent to do.

      But fear not my friends, this book is much more than girl meats boy and she falls for the boy and after quite some time boy also falls for her. The great thing about this book is the whole world building. The author nicely created the L'eihr and not giving all information at once but piece by piece she manages to keep your attention and makes you turn pages as fast as you can. One thing that surprised me a lot in this book is humor. I laughed a lot and honestly I didn't expect that.

      Only aspect of the story that I was missing, was the whole situation that happened when the first interaction with Earth and L'eihr occurred. Not only out of curiosity but also because it'd help us understand the whole human despise towards the other planted. I do get the reasons, but not the reason they started the exchange program if people were so against it.

      Anyhow I cannot wait for the next book and our trip to L'eihr.

Rating: 4 stars. 

Until the next time,
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher, Disney Hyperion, via NetGalley. Thank you! 
I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a love of written word. All opinions are personal. 

Broj komentara: 49:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Tanja! I've seen a plethora of mixed reviews with readers ranging from dislike to like so while I think a lot of the elements in this book will resonate with me and prove to be ones I love, I'm not sure all of them will work. I'll be waiting to see how the trilogy pans out before picking this one up, but thanks for such a lovely review, dear! :)

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    1. I truly hope you'll enjoy this book. Thanks Keertana :)

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  2. I seen that this one has been a really promising read! I'm not 100% in love with that cover but at least the story inside was good! Can't wait to see this brilliant world building :)

    Fab review, hun! <33

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    1. I truly hope you'll enjoy this story. Thanks Mel :))

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  3. I'm so glad this story is much more than it originally seemed! I downloaded it pretty much on a whim and was afraid to even start it, but now I'm kind of hopeful I'll end up liking it.
    Thank you for the lovely review, Tanja!

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    1. I truly hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks Maja :)

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  4. I love the premise, of course, and everyone keeps raving about it. Except for Nick who didn't exactly love it. I asked her about it and some of it irked me, but then I read all these glowing reviews as yours and I'm again torn by the need to read this. I love the exchange program idea and I adore me some good, swoony alien books (yes, JLA has ruined me forever lol). I really think that this could potentially be a hit for me, especially when it manages to make me laugh, becaus I don't laugh easily. For some weird reason. Anyhow, I'm so happy you enjoyed it and I hope the sequel will be just a successful for your, Tanja :)

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    1. LOL I think we are all in for swoony aliens :) I truly hope you'll enjoy this one. Thanks Siiri :)

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  5. I liked this book a lot, too
    I read it a while ago and i loved the alien aspect
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks Soma :)

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  6. Yay we are review twins today! :)

    Glad you liked this one too. ;)

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    1. Thanks Ali. I'm off to see your review :)

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  7. I enjoyed too, and agree it would have been good to get those first interactions

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  8. How did I not know you don't read blurbs Tanja? That's so interesting! I can't read anything WITHOUT reading the blurb, I have to know what to expect a little going in or I get all antsy:) So glad to know you enjoyed this one, I'm really excited to read it! The romance of course is hugely appealing, but I'm happy to hear the world building is really well done too:)

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    1. I feel like abandoning almost all books at the start if I know the blurb. This was is more dynamic. Thanks Jenny :)

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  9. Awesome review Tanja. I did not know today was Alienated review day or I would have posted mine..it seems all of my fav blogs are reviewing this one today. The good news..everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I am really excited to continue this with Invaded but bumped we have to wait a year. Beautiful review my friend!

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    1. I just saw some other reviews today xD It's really spontaneous. :) Thank you Kim :)

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  10. Very happy you loved this one! What made this book really special to me was the interaction as well as the development of Cara and Aelyx's relationship. It just felt so real, you know? They didn't fall in love right off the bat... they really got to know each other and that's what I truly appreciated. Lovely review!!

    Faye @ The Social Potato

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    1. Yes that too! Damn I forgot to mention it. Thank you so much Faye :)

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  11. This book is everywhere today, third review I have read. I love aliens and I can't wait for the humor. I totally need more books that make me laugh. I think that humans are naturally mistrustful of anyone who is different.

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    1. Yeah we synced somehow :D I hope you'll get to read it soon. :)

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  12. I am with Heidi! So many reviews of this one recently I am excited. I love to hear that the world building in this one is great! good to hear :) maybe I'll read it when my new kindle shows up.

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    1. Oh I hope you'll enjoy your new Kindle :) Thanks :)

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  13. Great review! I've been really curious about this book and really want to give it a go because I actually really like books with aliens. I've read quite a few :) I really like the sound of this one.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. Hope you'll get to read it soon. Thanks :)

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  14. The exchange programme itself didn't make much sense to me either, but I still found the book quite entertaining for the most part. I quite liked the humour too, though I was hoping to love this one more overall. I'm glad you enjoyed it though. Lovely review as always! :)

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    1. I was quite confused with it too. Hopefully the next book will make it work. Thanks Sam :)

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  15. Huh. The exchange program sounds interesting. I wonder why Aelyx is really there. I like that it isn't just about two people falling in love. I haven't read much or even any alien books either. Alienated sounds good though and I might give it a try. Really wondering where the story would take me. Great review [:

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    1. I cannot tell you why, sorry :) I hope you'll give it a try. Thanks Adriana :)

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  16. I've been seeing really good reviews for this. I've read some of the authors romance novels (under a different name) and they are very humorous as well.
    Glad you enjoyed!

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    1. I didn't know she wrote under the other name. Interesting. Thanks Andrea :)

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  17. It's so awesome to know that this one holds more than the cliche boy meets girl paranormal YA. Now I really want to give it a chance!

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    1. I truly hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks Alise :)

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  18. I've been seeing a lot of great reviews for this. It seems like aliens are becoming and more of the big 'thing' and I guess I like it okay in books!

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    1. Yes they're becoming more popular. Thanks Candace :)

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  19. I'm excited for the next book, too! I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as you did, but I also loved the humor in it, along with the romance. Great review :)

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    1. I truly hope you'll enjoy the next one more :) Thanks Montana :)

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  20. I had some issues with this one, but overall I enjoyed it. Glad you liked this one too. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  21. That's cool you don't really read summaries. I think that would make some books more exciting to read. Glad you liked this one overall. It does seem pretty interesting.

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    1. It makes all books more exciting to read :D Thanks Lauren :)

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  22. Wonderful review, Tanja. The alien exchange sounds interesting. It's lovely to get a book that surprises and excites and it sounds like this did just that for you. :)

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    1. Yes it was a nice surprise :) Thanks Rachel :)

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  23. I already really want to read this after seeing some great reviews, and now that I know there's some unexpected humor in the book and that it has your stamp of approval I'm even more excited! Lovely review :-)

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    1. I really hope you'll enjoy this book :) So happy to hear that. Thanks Lauren :)

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  24. This doesn't sound like something I'd read but you've praised it a lot so I might just reconsider. Great review, girl!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Maybe you should give it a chance :) Thanks girl :)

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  25. Ah....I had rather mixed feelings about this one, hah. Kate and Kim and I are posting a joint review discussion later this week, so it will be interesting to compare notes!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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