Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (4): Alienated by Melissa Landers

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick:

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
Expected Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA

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

Being a lover of Doctor Who and the Lux series, I've got a soft spot for a good alien story. This seems an interesting take on the idea of extraterrestrial life -- a student exchange program -- and speculates what would happen if we made contact with non-Earth people?
And just look at that gorgeous cover! It is a beautiful representation of juxtaposed worlds. Hope the story is as good as it looks.


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