Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review: Alienated (Alienated #1) by: Melissa Landers

Release Date: February 4, 2014
from Disney Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

This was one of my most anticipated 2014 reads and with so many people loving it I simply couldn’t wait to read it. It sounded so good and so different. It got off to a pretty good start, but then it just went downhill for me. It wasn’t a bad book and I didn’t hate it, but there also wasn’t anything about it that I really loved either.

The story is told between two perspectives; Aelyx and Cara’s Normally I really like the switch in perspective, but it didn’t work so well for me with this one. I found the changes in perspective to be very abrupt and I found myself having to go back a few times to see when this switch occurred. Maybe this was just the formatting on my arc, but I’m not so sure that was the only issue. 

Our main characters Aelyx and Cara were likable and I did root for them, but I also didn’t see anything special about them. Cara is smart and witty and strong, but there were things about her that I couldn’t connect with. I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly, but there was something for sure. Then Aelyx was a tough one for me. He is so cold when we first meet him. He comes a long way over the course of the book, but I didn’t see when that change in him occurred. I felt like one second he was cold and then the next he was embracing his emotions. 

The other thing I struggled with was the relationship between Aelyx and Cara. I didn’t see the chemistry. I felt like I was told that they liked each other but I didn’t feel it. I also didn’t see how it happened. I never felt like either one of them really fell for the other… I mean there were some moments but I guess I think it was too abrupt for me. 

Reading back over this review it really seems like I disliked this book and that really isn’t the case at all. I did enjoy it and I do think the premise is cool, but there just wasn’t anything about it that I really loved either. I’m just very meh about it. I also realize that I’m in the minority here and there are tons of people who enjoyed this one, so I would still try it if it sounds like something you might enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. Teresa, Thanks for the heads up with your thoughtful review. I too thought this sounded really intriguing. After your review I will probably have to take a by.
    Love the sound effects on the blog. It sets a great ambiance while reading.

    RO
    A Bookish Escape

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  2. Aw, it's a bummer when an anticipated book doesn't give you the feelings you hoped for. I recently read an arc that didn't have good formatting, and the transitions were rough. It definitely does make a difference.

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  3. Aw, to bad you didn't enjoy this one as much. I loved it and I easily followed the turns in POV. I hope your next read is better. Great review, Teresa :)

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  4. Great review! I have seen mixed things about this one as well. It sounds good but I have heard that the characters are a bit hard to get a handle on. I will probably check it out sometime.

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  5. So sad. I love the cover and had high hopes for it.

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  6. I'm sorry this ine wasn't all it was cracked uo to be. Im definitely going to read it. I'm a bit nervous about the "not feeling" their relationship.

    Jennifer
    YA Sisterhood

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  7. Loved your honest review, girl! I am sorry the book was just meh for you, and that you couldn't really connect with the main character. To me, that is an important part of reading. And of course, being able to feel the chemistry! I was definitely excited about this one, in a way I still am. Just more cautious, I guess you can say. I probably won't get to it as soon as I can :)

    Great review! *muggle huggles and hot chocolate*

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  8. This does have such an intriguing premise, and I'm glad you were able to enjoy it despite the flaws you mention. I really dislike abrupt POV changes where I have to flip back!! I hope it was just the ARC. Thank you for the honest review, love! *glomps*

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  9. I really want to read this one, and this is really good to know!

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