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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
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Jennifer Armentrout
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Ben Alderson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has completely captured me in its awesomeness! I have loved the world and it really was the best book to start of the month with. Melissa has flawlessly put together a world of aliens and humans meeting on an epic exchange program. Suspenseful and well..... my heart was destroyed at the end so thats nice ;D
Melissa Landers
Apr 02, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Last update (I think). Book 3 is coming!

Yeah...another update. We've sold audio rights! Look for the audio book online, 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.

Last update: IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE! I hope you'll brave the cold weather and find a copy of Alienated to snuggle up wit
Sasha Alsberg
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was not even that good, I just really liked it. Addicting.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Excuse me while I heal my eyes -

They've been rolling too much I fear.

This book does not have : Interesting characters

- Cara is a fucking bitch : Yes, you read correctly. I know, I know, she's supposed to be smart and strong and different but for real? She's selfish and conceited - damn, she's so full of it, being in her head was so maddening.

✔ She's a bitch with the students she's tutoring :
"Uhh," he began, "water is a, uhh, naturally occuring commodity, no different than, uhh, oil or natural
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Anja H.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

"Look what I made for you. A bowl of diabetes."

I gotta admit, I really enjoyed this book.
It wasn't perfect, but it kept me captivated throughout everything and Cara and Aelyx's chemistry was great. The one downside was that things felt a little rushed sometimes, and especially at the start, some things were really predictable.
Overall though, I would recommend this to anyone who has a soft spot for books involving aliens, romance and a lot of suspense, especially during the s
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
4.5/5 Stars

This book it was so much fun! I haven't read an alien book in awhile and I'm really glad I picked up this one. Definitely recommend it if your looking for something light and easy to read :)
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
"The simple truth is most people can't manage total freedom. They make poor use of it.

I buddy read this book with a couple of my girl friends I met here on gaoodreads and two who have finished earlier don't really like this book. One hated it more than the other. Hehe. (Hi Cam and Mel!) I was so expecting to actually hate this really. The first line of this book was enough to make me cringe and tell myself "oh no! what the hell did I just start reading??!. Surprisingly, I didn't hate this bo
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
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Did you know that Melissa Landers writes contemporary romance under the name Macy Beckett? It's true, 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 list. Her romances are fun, flirty, and sexy, and I was eager to see how this would translate across genres. Alienated contains her usual wit and humor with an easy-to-root-for romance, and there's also an engaging mixture of flu ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 li
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Alienated is the perfect book which refutes the saying "Do not judge a book by its cover." I practically fell in love with it the moment I saw it featured on one of Sasha Alsberg's (abookutopia) videos. Thankfully, the phenomenal cover was not strategically created to cover up bad content.

Basically, this book is about an adorably nerdy girl named Cara who hosts (lives with) a ridiculously attractive foreign exchange student (and alien) named Aelyx. The reasons behind this set-up are initially po
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK WAS CUTE. Cara & Aelyx are goals.
I knew I'd really enjoy this because of my love of Aliens and everything to do with outer space adajflhsdfhj gAH.

Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.

Our review discussion is up on the blog:
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Review to come

A solid read overall!

I promise to write up a full review of my likes and dislikes of this book in a few ... but Im going to gush about the author of this book for a minute first :P

I recently read Starflight and loved it ... this is another really cute YA fantasy from this great author!

Melissa Landers is quickly becoming one of those "I will pick up anything she writes" sort of authors. She is the queen of writing characters that feel their age without becoming "what an out
Faye, la Patata
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Alienated was kind of interesting and surprising for me. I didn't expect to like it but then I ended up liking it. I definitely want to dive into the second book right now.

Cara was easily a likable character. She is one of the few students in the world selected to help one of the alien students around. That said alien would live with her family and attend school with her. Then when his visit is "over" they switch place.. well, she becomes the visitor at his planet. Sounds like an awesome exchan
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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This book was very good. I had been wanting to read it for a long time so I was glad that my library got it. I read it quickly because it was so hard to put down. I loved the romance between the two characters, Cara and Aelyx, though I thought that it was a bit rushed in the beginning. Besides that I really liked it. I thought that Cara was a good character because she was very smart and could stand up to each other. Her best friend though I didn't like toward the end of the book. The actio
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2017
"How can we understand what we’ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes"

I have been on the fence about this book for quite a while, pondering whether to read it or not. As it happens, a copy found its way to me and I pretty much read it in one day.

Landers creates a very interesting premise, a story of cultural clashing between humans and aliens, who have only recently met. Three L'eihr come to Earth as exchange students, and the narrative follows one of these, the one going to the
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I read it in one sitting and up until pass 1 am on a weekday. This book involves an exchange student program with aliens and humans (talk about foreign exchange) and involves a slow burn romance between the two mains, Cara and Aelyx, that though predictable because we are told to expect it, it is actually an amusing romance. I did not like Syrine, but will wait to rant about her until I read the next two books this week. I have had this trilogy on my b ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 or 4/5 I honestly can't decide which fits it more for me.

So many of my friends here on Booktube have recommended this book to me, and I am so glad I finally picked it up, especially after reading a lot of fantasy up until it. It was the fresh breath I needed with reading.

Cara is a bomb character. I really enjoyed the Debate Team aspect of her life, because I could really see that threaded through her character the entire storyline - I'm glad she didn't lose herself.

I liked Aelyx too. I a
Colleen Houck
Loved this book and the slow, building romance. The characters are awesome and really like learning about the home world. I found myself craving pot roast, but not bland pot roast. If you're a sci-fi fan, pick this one up. ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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