Monday, January 27, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers -- ADVISABLE

Landers, Melissa Alienated, 352 pgs. Disney Hyperion, February 4, 2014. $16.99.

Language -- PG-13 (50+ swears; 0 'f'; made-up swear words and several in Spanish); Sexual Content -- PG-13; Violence -- PG-13.

When Cara reluctantly agreed to take on an exchange student from the planet L'eihr, she never anticipated how Aelyx's presence would disrupt her family, drive away her friends, and tear her school apart. And, above all, she never, ever anticipated falling in love with the coldly handsome (and extremely arrogant) boy living in the bedroom next to hers. But Aelyx is keeping secrets, and as their relationship heats up so do tensions on planet Earth.

This is a fun, very fast read with plenty of romance and humor -- not to mention one of the best first kisses I've read. Best of all, Alienated has a cover that will draw students from across the library, helping the book find an audience that much faster. Although it is a little difficult to believe humanity's extreme reactions to the alien presence -- especially after the people of L'eihr helped humans cure cancer -- the increased conflict adds both tension and fodder for discussion. Because this is the first in a series of at least two, those who enjoy the first book will have a sequel to look forward to.

HS -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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