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Alienated (Alienated #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  7,862 ratings  ·  1,469 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Jennifer Armentrout
Where can I sign up for the L'eihr exchange program? With the right mix of sizzling omance, action, and suspense, ALIENATED is easily my favorite alien book to date. The chemistry between Cara and Aelyx oozes off the page. The blog bits were perfect and the research on human mating rituals? Ah, I laughed my bum off at that.
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Actual rating: 1.5
“Your long, shiny hair, healthy skin, and bright eyes show that you’re well-nourished.”
“Uh, thank you?”
“You’re clearly intelligent.” Then he felt the need to add, “For a human.”
“But Eric was probably most attracted to your waist-to-hip ratio.” For a split second, Aelyx resembled a human boy as he leaned back and peered at her caboose. “Hips of that width are likely to pass live offspring without complications.”
Oh, please don't stop. I'm swooning already.

This book is not sci-fi...more
Melissa Landers
Apr 01, 2014 Melissa Landers added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: 2k14
Yeah...another update. We've sold audio rights! Look for the audio book on May 21st, or request it from your local library. :)

One more update: Readers have been emailing to ask if there is a sequel to ALIENATED. The answer is yes! It's called INVADED, and the release date is February 3, 2015. Whether or not Hyperion buys a third book in the series is dependent on sales, and as of now, it's too soon to say. Fingers crossed!

Last update: IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE! I hope you'll brave the co...more
Reading this early means such a LONG wait for the next book!
LOVED A-LICKS! LOL I'm a L'annabe!

Cara Sweeney has been picked to take an exchange student from another planet. L'eihr wants to make an alliance with Earth and exchanging students is a great way for everyone to get to know each other and become more comfortable. Aelyx, pronounced A-licks, arrives but his differences make the transition difficult. He hates the food, all the colors and practically everything else. Cara makes an effort to...more
Sasha Alsberg
In many ways, Alienated is exactly the story I was expecting it to be – light, entertaining and romantic. There’s nothing particularly challenging about this book, and as someone who is increasingly reaching for fun, undemanding distraction, I was glad to see that it could easily do what I was hoping it would and stir a lengthy grin or two.

Cara and Aelyx’s changing dynamic throughout this is largely responsible for the smiles. The romance, although enormously predictable from the start, is rela...more
Alienated brings us a good mix of humor and romance. It's easy to read, and touches on serious themes including discrimination and tolerance. What I enjoyed the most was how Landers describes the aliens; from the physical to the emotional, they differ very much from humans. The L'eihr culture is described as emotionally cold for the sake of survival. They're cloned from the best, born and raised without parents, affection, or even touch. Their government system would make many of us fear their w...more
3.5 stars

Melissa Landers writes Contemporary Romance under the name Macy Beckett, and I’m a huge fan of those books. When I found out she’d be debuting a science fiction Young Adult series, Alienated immediately went to the top of my most anticipated books of 2014 list. Her romances are fun, flirty, and sexy, and I was eager to see how this would translate across genres. Although Alienated contains her usual wit and humor with an easy-to-root-for romance, there is an odd mixture of fluff and mor...more
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Alright ladies and gentleman, let's have a nice sit down right now because class is in session.

The topic for class today:

Wish Fulfillment Versus Realistic Characters

Today, we'll be looking at our main character Cara Sweeny. Cara is a state speech and debate champion (twice), valedictorian, someone with a 100% in Calculus, Honor Society President. She is also a part of the soccer team. And track team. And she's in chess club, along with volunteer tutoring, while keeping a weekend job. She also...more
Jana (The Book Goddess)
As soon as I heard about ALIENATED, I was dying to get my hands on it. Since reading JLA's Lux series, I've been a massive fan of aliens and think there should be more of them in YA. Hurray for Alienated! This hilarious, light-hearted sci-fi story with passionate romance is definitely going on my Favorites list. It's got everything that you'd want in a story and the only thing that's not so great is that the release date won't be until February next year and I already need the sequel really bad....more
Aug 01, 2014 Irina marked it as ebooks-to-read  ·  review of another edition

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Mar 17, 2013 TooManyFeelsToDeal marked it as to-read
My thoughts.....

"Oh this sounds like an awesome book. Is it out yet?"
*Looks at the release date.* February 4, 2014

My day has been ruined.
I think I fell in love just a bit ;))

From time to time I fall in love with a cover – hard, instantly – and I never recover from it. You don’t know how much I just love the Alienated cover and how perfect it is for the story!

The Good:

- Imagining aliens looking like us, a better version of us – smarter, better looking, more advanced in all different ways; for some reason I like this concept, I wouldn’t mind it to be true, LOL.
There were many differences between humans and aliens in terms of livin...more
Jodi Meadows
My official comments:

Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn't put it down.

My unofficial comments:

OMC. The hotness of some of those scenes. *fans self* (Also isn't that cover fantastic???)
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Dec 16, 2013 Layla rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Alienated by Melissa Landers drew me in with its beautiful cover art. Seriously, guys, that cover art is really pretty and compelling: human Cara Sweeny (with fiery human emotions, a field of flowers, and lots of warm colors) gazes up into space at alien human Aelyx (cue the greys, tans, and browns, because he is emotionally distant, because his people bred emotion out of their human DNA, which was, shockingly, a terrible idea). But what was kind of distressing about Alienated is that everything...more
First of all, let’s have a look at the beautiful cover. I mean seriously, look at the design and models. They’re amazing!


Almost seventeen Cara has it all; a boyfriend, a best friend, loving parents (which she complains about), beauty and perfect grades. When she’s assigned to host a L’eihr (Aelyx) for the intergalactic exchange program and has no choice but accepting, she knows a lot would change in her life. Except she never thought she could actually come to like the guy, or shall I say Alien?...more
How would I describe this book?

The fist thing that comes to mind is: dumb.

This book was kinda stupid. I didn't really have high hopes, but it was still disappointing. My actual rating is around a 2.5 stars; the only reason I added a .5, is because this book was so ridiculous to the point that it was comical.

The writing was just so childish in places. SO MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS. I cannot express how annoying unnecessary exclamation points are.

Imagine if everyone wrote like this:

I went to the m...more
Jessica Florence
First off, Let me say that Facebook actually brought me to this book. weird.. It recommended it to me since I liked the Luxen series and I figured meh what the hell. I think it's a little pricey for a kindle $9.99 Us. but I paid it because I wanted to read it so I guess in the end it didn't matter.

Good book, I like the premise that comes with it. Aliens have presented themselves. helped up etc. and are doing an exchange program to help their kind and humans get along.

Well as it goes for humans,...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars

For all the hype that surrounded this novel (and especially the pretty cover) prior to its release, Alienated ended up being pretty unremarkable. In it, Melissa Landers focused on delivering three things: humor, romance and a strong message about diversity and tolerance. Unfortunately, even that proved to be too much for this debut author and in the end, only the strong anti-xenophobic message was successful.

The romance, no matter how well planned, cannot reach its full potential witho...more
Originally posted at:

I was really sad when I didn't get approved on NetGalley for an eGalley of Alienated, but luckily one of my best friends Richa @ City of Books was lucky enough to receive the book and lent it to me to read. 2014 really seems to be be the year of science-fiction for me – first Avalon, and now this. I've never really read about aliens in YA so far, and I'm glad to say I LOVED this one. It's so funny, romantic and action-packed that you...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

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 wa...more

3.5 stars

Rating: Cute, fluffy, funny sci-fi that made me giggle and swoon and carried some surprisingly deep messages. Not perfect, but who cares? I'm giggling and swooning.

Originally posted at Writer or Wrongs

I was not expecting this book to be as funny as it was. TO say I thoroughly enjoyed myself is an understatement, even though this book isn't as light as I thought it was. There was actually one moment that made me slam the book down and wail, "NOOOOOOO!" to poor Lili, who knew exactly whic...more
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I picked up this novel late at night, around 1am, because I couldn’t sleep and I planned to read until I was tired enough to go to bed. What ended up happening is a sleepless night for me as I tore through this novel, unable to put it down. The story of Cara and Aelyx was extremely intriguing, and I just adored it. It was awesome to see this alien planet and it’s people attempt to make an alliance with the Earth, and to see just how b...more
When I first read the synopsis for Alienated I was intrigued. An alien exchange student program? Hmmm. I love some science fiction and the summary's promise that it would be funny and romantic helped the case. But to be honest I felt like this book was either going to be really good or really, really bad, and not much in between. So my verdict? I really, really enjoyed it.

Let's get this out there: if you are looking for hard core sci fi, then this may not be the book for you. It's very romance...more
Jaime Arkin
I love Sci-Fi… when it’s done right. And Alienated by Melissa Landers hit every right note for me.

It’s been two years since the aliens contacted and the first ever L’eihr student exchange is happening. Cara Sweeney has been picked to host one of the four and she’s looking forward to finding out everything she can and sharing it via her blog. I have to say that I loved loved her blog posts … they were a wonderful addition to the story!

Humans and L'eihr’s have the same DNA but there are some def...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Feb 06, 2014 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Kayla Beck
Shelves: arc, sadie-hawkins
Going into Alienated, I was totally expecting something light and fluffy. For some reason, I decided that humor would be the main thing, followed by a cute romance. Actually, though, Alienated was a good deal more serious and dark than anticipated, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To a large degree, the central focus of Alienated is in fact xenophobia and a real consideration of the impact of the meeting of two such advanced cultures. Of course, there’s also some humor and quite a bit of rom...more
Wendy Darling not a fan. This book didn't work for me on any level, from the silly science to the cartoony characters to the broad humor to the painfully obvious romance. I basically enjoyed one scene in the book and that's it. And don't get me started on the whitewashed cover, ugh.

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Conclusion: Aliens and YA just don’t mix.

Which outright sucks because I love aliens.

I mean, there are so many ways to go with little green men but YA seems to be used in one way:

1) Aliens are essentially the extraterrestrial version of Edward Cullen. Complete with evil aliens, heroines who are TSTL but in the Bella Swan way not the funny Geena Davis Earth Girls Are Easy type of way, and a catastrophe that’s basically caused by ou...more
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Melissa Landers writes light, romantic sci-fi for teens and the young at heart. ALIENATED is now available from Disney Hyperion, and the sequel, INVADED, will release February 3, 2015.

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