Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Alienated (Alienated, #1)Alienated by Melissa Landers

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

There was a lot that I really liked about this book.

1. I think I’m in the minority here, but I liked that the L’eihr and the humans were so similar. The food was similar. They looked similar. All of the differences were things that you can’t see. I think it was a really interesting concept. The L’eihr are feared and hated by a portion of the human population despite the fact that they look just like humans. It seemed like it should have been easier to accept the L’eihr since they were so similar in a lot of ways, but it wasn’t. Racism metaphor?

2. The slow burn romance. Aelyx and Cara very slowly fall in love. They’re not instantly enamored with each other. In fact, initially they don’t even really get along.

3. The world-building was actually pretty good. Lots of back story and explaining, but it’s done subtly. No info dump here. However, it’s more fluff than complicated science fiction. The author doesn’t seem to be trying to build a complicated world. This is more contemporary high school love story with an underlying alien sub-plot than anything else.

4. The character development. The characters grew over the course of the book. This was well done. No one ends up perfect, but growth does occur.

Don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t perfect. It’s undeniably fluffy. This is a quick, feel good read. It feels like a children’s book. Some of the “love scenes” are cheesy. Aelyx and Cara’s first kiss made me roll my eyes, but I couldn’t help but feel like I would have found it incredibly sexy if I was 15 years old.

If you’re looking for an easy, light read- this is it.

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