Book Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

alienatedSynopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I was craving something alien-y, so I decided to pick up Alienated, which I’ve been staring at longingly for some time but just never got around to picking up, and man am I happy I finally read it. This book was everything that I was looking for when I picked it up, it was fun, there were aliens, there was a little romance, and it was an enjoyable and super quick read.

I have to say I really loved the main characters Cara and Aelyx, faults and all. Cara, even though she sometimes let herself get caught up in drama, was was tough, intelligent, independent, and took no crap. Those are the things I look for in female characters, especially in young adult and teen literature. Aelyx on the other hand was a bit rough around the edges, but I loved seeing him grow past his prejudices throughout the story. He did have some great lines throughout the book though, harsh or not.

The only drawback for me in this book was that I felt like there was too much focus on the drama at times. I would have much preferred a deeper look at some of the goings on of the story as opposed to all the teenage folly.

Bottom line, Alienated wasn’t perfect, but it was a damn good read. From page one it caught my attention. It was fun and easy to read and enjoy (obviously as I read it in one sitting) and I would definitely recommend it. 4/5 Stars.

Alienated series:

1. Alienated
1.5. Until Midnight
2. Invaded (Release Date: 2/3/15)

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Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

obsidianSynopsis from Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

When I picked up Obsidian, I was really hankering for an alien story and this was one I had seen talked about a lot, that had really good reviews. So, I decided to give it a go, because why not?

Our main characters Katy and Daemon are an interesting mix. I quite liked Katy just because she didn’t put up with Daemon’s shit and generally gave as good as she got. She had her moments of ‘Whaaaaa?’ followed by her moments of acceptance and moving on with how things would have to be and I liked that about her. She’s also a book nerd, so props there.  Daemon on the other hand… Daemon’s kind of annoying. His character is frustrating in the way only the “typical” male could be, but the whole alien thing makes up for some of it.

The characters overall, both Katy and Daemon and the others like Dee, Ash, Katy’s mom and so on were written quite well I thought. They each had their own personality and feel so I could decide to love or hate them as I was reading. Definitely a plus of this book.

The story, aliens hidden here on earth with the help of the government and the secret alien attacks that happen in the dead of night and all that, did keep my interest throughout the book. I liked reading about the Luxen and the Arum and waiting to see what, if any, part the DoD would play in the story. Intrigued I was with that part of Obsidian.

Here’s what I didn’t love about this story. This may be my own problem because Obsidian came after all these other things for me, but as I read I kept seeing bits of other stories in this one. There were things that were reminiscent of Roswell and Twilight and stuff like that. I ignored it for the most part, but to me it was there all the same. Also, I don’t love YA that much anymore. There’s a lot of pettiness and drama that I’ve already lived and am over. I saw some of that pettiness in Obsidian. Again, I tried not to let it get to me, but it was still there.

All in all, I thought Obsidian was a pretty entertaining book. It’s gets my points for sheer enjoyableness alone. Regardless of what annoyed me I still got hooked into the story and liked (or hated) the characters. This book is one I can just shut my brain off and read for fun. 4/4 stars.

The Lux series:

1. Obsidian
2. Onyx
3. Opal
4. Origin
5. Opposition (To be released: Aug 5, 2014)