Alienated – Melissa Landers

I picked up this both due to all the hype it was receiving and I have to admit I had high expectations. By no means is this a bad review as it was an enjoyable read which just didn’t tickle my fancy!

Two years ago, an alien race from the planet L’eihr made contact with humans for the first time. They have superior intelligence, technology, and medicine. Both governments agreed to a temporary alliance to see if their nations can co-exist peacefully and learn from one another. L’eihr will be sending three of their most gifted teenagers to live with three human families. Cara Sweeney, future valedictorian of her high school, is chosen to host Aelyx, including bringing him to her school. As you can imagine, not everyone is in accordance with this plan, fearing that the aliens have an ulterior motive. Protesting quickly escalates to hatred and violence, leading to a fast-paced and high stakes conclusion.

The storyline I thought sounded fab and I was really looking forward to what happened however I felt that actually the storyline was pretty predictable which in some cases was a little disappointing but at the same time a found it addicting so much so I found it difficult to put down and if I had more free time would have finished it in a matter of days! The idea of the L’eihrs however I really liked and found really interesting learning more about their culture.

Character wise I still have mixed feelings for Cara, I loved the idea of her having a blog and wanting to be a successful journalist as she reminded me of myself but I hated the fact that she joined the exchange for her blog not to say thank you for helping her mother! I did though like how she was able to stick up for herself and was also smart but compassionate as well.

As for Aelyx, I wasn’t a fan of his at first as he came off as snobbish and judgmental, however over time, mostly due to Cara and her family’s kindness and his budding romance with Cara, his emotionless exterior begins to crack. It’s a well done character arc, and I was swooning for him way before the end. However, one negative about both characters were that they were very cliche and easy to predict which took away some of the suspense and drama.

However I liked how the parents weren’t missing in action in this book. Cara’s parents were present in the story. I liked how they were involved with their kid. Not like most of the fictional parents on YA books who are almost always absent throughout the book.

Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars as it was an enjoyable read with a interesting storyline and characters but I am still unsure whether I will be picking up the sequel.

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancy

I was a huge fan of the first book and I’m still a fan of the series but this book in my eyes wasn’t anything special. The writing, world, and characters were all fantastic, but the story was hard for me to get into, especially in the first 100 pages as i felt it just dragged on and on. But the story did once again leave me on a cliff hanger ending which in some ways I loved but at sometimes it left me thinking Why!!?!

The Infinite Sea picks up not long after The 5th Wave and we join the group in fighting for survival against the alien attack. However my only criticism is that this book dragged on, as we spent half of it in the same hotel fussing over injuries and aliens. Even though so much happened in the hotel i just wished that they would get up and move! Invariably, I was gutted when, something or should i say someone – stopped them and the plot from properly kicking off. The pace, was all over the place.

Several false starts in, many things start to happen. A certain dead dude is resurrected; a new recruit inspires paranoia; whilst one of said survivors, sick and tired of waiting for the hammer to fall, strikes out on her own – Ringer. She is what makes this book and I’m so glad we learn more about her past and her character. Everything about her makes her a loveable character; how badass yet caring she is, the fact we don’t know her name (but we do find out!!) and finally how deep down inside she is really just a young scared girl in the midst of an alien invasion! She’s just so cool!

It’s not only Ringer we learn more about and experience most of the book through as we also briefly learn more about Poundcake. From the first book we all knew Poundcake as just another member of the team who hasn’t died yet but in this book he starts to become a real character.

Overall this book wasn’t the best (well sequels aren’t normally that great!) but this book is filled with action and plot twists always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Character development is really what makes this book and I am defiantly looking forward to both the movie and the next book!! I give this book 3.5/5 and I would certainly recommend this series!

I also did a spoiler free book review on The 5th Wave a few months ago for those of you thinking about reading it!!

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

Aliens, Aliens and more Aliens! I really enjoyed this book, the concept was really interesting as well as the way it was written! I love this book so much and I’m really excited to hear it’s been turned into a movie with Chloe Grace Mortez as the lead! Eeeeek!

This book if you haven’t guessed is all about aliens! It mainly follows a young girl called Cassie fighting for survival during the invasion as well as trying to save her younger brother. A long the way she faces many different challenges and begins to uncover the mystery of what is the invasion which has been split into 5 different waves each destroying the human population. Now the time has come for Cassie and the 5th wave is drawing closer…

I love the style of writing in this book and how it starts off as a diary entry as we look back on Cassies life and discover what has happens! But not only do we see Cassies point of view we also see points of views from other characters who too play an important role in the storyline and help the reader uncover the mystery of the alien invasion! I thought this was really clever and enjoyed how each person’s storyline linked together.

I thought Cassie, the main protagonist was a brilliant character! You really saw her develop from a young care free teenager to some badass survivor making her so brilliant! It’s not just Cassie you see develop almost all the characters do making the reader feel as if they too have been caught in the invasion and begin to understand how bad the situation is!  This being a young adult novel there of course has to be a love triangle and we being to see it develop at the end of the book. But this isn’t any love triangle it is one with a twist…

Personally I really do recommend this book, even if your not a fan of aliens just give this book a try; I think you might like it! It is jam packed with adventure and action never leaving a dull moment as well as having awesome characters! I would give this book 4.5/5 stars and if I were you I would start reading now as the second book is coming out in September 2014 and you will definitely want to carry on the story; I know I did!