Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Released on: February 4th, 2014
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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’ll keep this short and sweet for you guys. Go out and read this book. There.
Seriously though. If I had to start somewhere to explain why this book is so good I would probably have to say it’s the characters. Landers conjures up this interesting, funny, and at times cringe-worthy characters that are very relateable and fun to follow.
The world building, while it is constrained to fit in one book, is still beautifully done. I can get a good sense of how Aelyx lives and how that differs from Cara. I really, really appreciate the continuous competition that ensues between the two all the time. It definitely makes for a very interesting first kiss story. Plus, there’s a bluntness to Aelyx’s persona that just makes him so adorable and provided plenty of laughs throughout the novel. On the same subject of character, Cara is fantastic. She’s snarky, super smart, and very caring. She’s what the rest of the world needs to try and be more like. Her strength is admirable, even as she’s put in a position to choose between what needs to be done and what her friends/family are asking of her.
The pacing of the novel was really good. I got entertained so much by Aelyx and Cara that I kept wanting to read more of their interactions. I was a little confused as to the “main problem” of the story. Aelyx does some stuff and it’s kinda bad for the earth but I don’t understand what is actually happening in the grand scheme of things?? That was really poorly worded but it’s really hard to get across without spoiling the book. I think that’s just something I’ll have to hope gets answered in book two, which I’m sure it will.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed myself reading this book. There’s a particular boxing scene in the book that is just my absolute favorite! I can’t wait to start book two (hopefully soon…ish.)
MY RATING: 4.5/5