Here I go again, requesting books from NetGalley because the covers are pretty! For the most part it's served me pretty well thus far, so here it is, Melissa Landers' "Alienated."
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.
First, because I know you're wondering, Aelyx is pronounced "A-licks." Now go ahead and try to get that out of your head - it kept repeating in my head - a-licks, a-licks, a-licks.
I think that most alien related stories sound pretty hokey, but then I remember how much I loved the show Roswell (heyyy Nick Weschler) and I give it a try - that's how I found Jennifer Armentrout - ALIENS (her Luxen series). I digress.
"Alienated" is good read! (I just checked Melissa's page which has blurbs from Jen Armentrout AND Jodi Meadows, which to me is proof enough that it has to be good) (oh and a vegan cookie is mentioned, so bonus points; )
This book centers on Cara, a human teenager, and Aelyx, a teenage alien called a L'eihr. As part of an alien exchange program, Aelyx is sent to spend a year on Earth, after which Aelyx is supposed to return to his home world and Cara is to spend a year there with him. Aelyx (and two other L'eihr exchange students) experience a lot of hatred and hostility from humans who are mad that they're on Earth, and this hatred trickles down to the human families the aliens are with.
L'eihrs live kind of a dull life. They're cloned, they wear beige things, they like dull food, and, as you can imagine, they have a lot of trouble adjusting. As I said the book started a little slow, but it's always tough to immerse yourself in a new world. By the end I was really pumped up and I can't wait for the sequel!
My biggest problem with the book was that at one point he gives her a nickname, but I didn't know where it came from. I flipped back and forth in case I missed something, but I hadn't missed it - it just wasn't there.
Some quotes, of course!
Something warm swelled inside his lungs until Aelyx feared he might take flight right there in the cluttered kitchen. If there was a name for this emotion, he didn't know it, but he wished he could summon the feeling at will.
Each sniffle and hitched breath stung his own lungs as if her pain were his own, but as much as he wanted to console her, he didn't know how. Frustration tightened his hands into fists.
Song choice! Too obvious :D