Sunday, April 12, 2015

REVIEW: Invaded by Melissa Landers

Invaded (Alienated, #2)
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?


I loved Alienated! It was such a brilliant alien book, with a great romance, and such a captivating plot! I enjoyed this book as well, though not as much, but this book takes a completely different turn on things!

After Alienated, Cara and Aelyx have been separated. Cara is sent to live on  L’eihr as one of two humans (the other is her brother). She is supposed to look into the colony and learn their ways, but that's hard when no one there seems to want her there and are trying their best to get her arrested (or killed). Aelyx is still on Earth, trying to get the two planets to ally with one another, but threats to his life are being continued against him. With all of this happening, both will question what the L'eihr really want and what is really happening.

This book was a bit slow-paced to me, with is to be expected of middle books (at least, I think there will be another book after this). This book followed what a lot of middle books do, where the main couple is separated. This caused some of the pacing to slow, though there was a whole lot of mysterious happenings and questions being asked. Even though I did enjoy seeing all this, there wasn't much action until the very end, which was a bit confusing.

Anyway, I enjoyed seeing more of what the planet L'eihr was like and seeing more about the culture. It did bother me at times because it felt like it was mean girls: alien style, but I guess that made sense. Not much really happened with Aelyx, but I did like how we got more of a few side characters in this one.

As for romance, there really wasn't much, due to the separation. Though, it is still obvious that they love each other.

Overall, this book did have middle book syndrome, but it's still a worthwhile read. It may be slow-paced, but has so much new information and it adds so many questions that this book is a must for Alienated fans. There is no sign of another book on Goodreads, but I hope there will be one...

I hereby give this book
4 Wheels
Meaning: It was amazing!

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