Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
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.
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Since reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I love reading books with aliens. Alienated is a great example of that genre. It is a story of overcoming prejudice and staying strong in the face of bullies and hate. At times it was funny, the differences between the races and the blog posts were sometimes hilarious. Cara and Aelyx maybe couldnt be more different, from different planets, but when love is in the way there is no obstacles they werent willing to fight in the end. I was really angry plenty of times while reading the book beacuse it is frightening how people allow hate and prejudice to cloud their judgment and how they think violence is the answer. To me, that is just plain stupidity. I loved Caras parents and how they are loving and smart people. I loved both Aelyx, who is so special and sweet and stoic, and I loved studious Cara, who didnt allow her friends and boyfriend influence her and how she stood up for herself and Aelyx despite all. I look forward to the sequel, the ending was great but still there is plenty more to tell.