Well blow me down and call me a L'annabe because I'm the newest L'eihr lover in town! I'm not much for reading fantasy or alien love stories, but thisWell blow me down and call me a L'annabe because I'm the newest L'eihr lover in town! I'm not much for reading fantasy or alien love stories, but this book completely converted me and I now all I want is a hot, aloof alien I can teach human nature to. Alienated is your typical love story where boy meets girl, boy thinks girl has cooties, girl shows signs of being different from every other girl the boy has ever met, then undoubtedly, boy falls for girl. All of this is true in all its stereotypical fashion, except for the fact that I felt those butterflies in my stomach whenever I read about a gesture or a quote that would inch the story closee to the inevitable outcome that the two main characters were falling for each other.
Oh and Aelyx, I just loved him with all his alien-clone flaws. How could you not love a guy whose species is too repressed and cold to show any emotion, yet within a few short months from being on earth, discovers a passion in him he didn't know he possessed? How could you not love a guy that although Earth food repulsed him, still made the effort to taste test everything his host family on Earth prepared for him, even though it made him gag? And how about a guy that could not even tolerate human touch, because he was raised without any touch at all, but somehow manages to engage in a very hot and heavy making out session?
For all the above reasons and more, I absolutely loved this book. Besides my obvious obsession with Aelyx, and on a more serious note, I also enjoyed this book because it explores the human condition and how we can be so overly passionate about things, good or bad. How our emotions drive our needs and decisions more often than we'd like to admit. . How our prejudices against the unknown can drive us to do the most unthinkable things. It even sheds light on how our planet is immensely beautiful and how we must try to keep it from dying.
Melissa Landers did a superb job of capturing all this and translating it onto the pages of this book, all the while weaving it with an intense love story that I just cannot wait to follow when the sequel comes out. Alienated is definitely worth the read and promises lots of swoons and feels, the good kind....more
When I read the synopsis of this book my first thought was that this was just another book about witches and warlocks with some deeply hidden family mWhen I read the synopsis of this book my first thought was that this was just another book about witches and warlocks with some deeply hidden family mystery. Well, I was right, but what I didn't know was that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. I loved the characters, I loved the writing style, and more importantly, I loved the story.
Penelope is not just your run-of-the-mill witch. She’s a witch without powers that can only perform magic when her family is around her to let her “borrow” it. She lost her power when she was very little and attacked by a demon who stole her powers from her. This event in her life, along with the tragic loss of her parents, becomes a very strong motivator for her to become an enforcer (an elite group of witches that fight to protect humans from demons). The problem with this scenario is that she must prove herself worthy of this title by completing a series of tests, the last of which includes performing magic, a task she cannot complete unless she has her sister (or someone from her family) very nearby.
This greatly complicates things for her, until she meets Carter, whom she discovers she can also borrow magic from, although she has no idea why. The magic she borrows from Carter is not like the magic she borrows from her family, it is way more powerful and dangerous than she realizes. She grows very close to Carter and he is very interested in her, but the skeletons in her family’s closet inhibit her from being completely open with him and she suspects he’s not being completely honest with her either.
The premise of this book is not one I had read about before which immediately caught my attention. Not only is the main character different, but she’s also very funny, opinionated, determined, and sarcastic. I guess I’m a fan of snark because I’m a fan of Penelope and she has lots of it. There’s a lot of funny remarks, demon-fighting action, and swoony moments. It’s the full package. I am definitely happy I picked up this book....more