Release Day Launch-Alienated by Melissa Landers + Nook Giveaway

I am so excited to be celebrating the launch of Alienated. I had the pleasure of reading this book already and can tell you it’s highly engaging, fast paced and has some swoony moments. Also, this novel has a  really different and realistic take on an alien-human encounter. Thank you Melissa for including My Friends Are Fiction on the launch.

AlienatednewcvrHey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?
“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depo (free international shipping)
Indie Bound

Alienated Book Trailer

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!
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About the Author:
Melissa1Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

Review of Alienated by Melissa Landers

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By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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A copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review

I read Alienated with my reading group-Bibliopunkk, Scott Reads It and On Starships and Dragonwings

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

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.

The Story:
I was really happy that Landers took a different and very realistic approach to aliens in this book. In her world Earth is aware of aliens and as with many things that are unknown they are not exactly trusted by the general populace. Some people are less in fear and more in awe and wanting to get to know all about the L’eihrs and their lifestyle. Another fringe group takes their distrust to a new level and adds in a touch of violence and protesting.

Cara is more interested in the L’eihr presence and she feels forever grateful to the alien technology and science because it has helped save a family member. Though her main interest is in doing well in school and making it into a good college. When an opportunity arises for Cara to become the first ever exchange student she doesn’t think it through but jumps on the chance.

I found this to be such a refreshing story line. Not only have I not read an alien book like this it was fast paced and felt very teen. Is the storyline predictable? Yes, it really is. I knew what was coming early on and honestly after the midway point I was ready for things to get going and for the climax and resolution. Not that the writing was slow paced, just having a really good idea of what was coming-I was ready.

Landers focused a good amount of this first in the series on the human prejudice towards the L’eihrs and how a natural unease could become inflated and violent with the smallest spark. Though there was a lot of time spent on this issue it never felt heavy handed which I appreciated.

The Characters:
I felt instantly connected to the cast of character, primary and secondary. I found Cara to be an interesting main character and appreciated her blogging for obvious reasons. I loved getting into her headspace and see the consequences of having an open mind and being in the minority. I felt that she dealt with the issues presented to her realistically.

Aelyx was written with just enough unique behaviors that it wasn’t hard to imagine him as an alien visitor. I loved reading him adjust to human (and Cara’s) ways and watching them grow closer as they came to know each other. The romance was done beautifully, and one scene in particular was done amazingly well–I could see how Landers’ history in writing romance came in handy.

Cara’s parents were so sweet and it was wonderful to have present, loving parents actually taking a role in the main character’s life.

Final Thoughts:
Alienated was a refreshing look at aliens which was fun to read and fast paced though I found it to be rather predictable. Landers throws in just enough commentary about societies view of the different to give the book a political feel.

Showcase Sunday #9

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. Thanks to Scott Reads It for inspiring me to request Alienated and All Our Yesterdays.

For Review (arc sent by the publisher):

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Alienated (Alienated #1) by: Melissa Landers

All Our Yesterdays

 All Our Yesterdays by: Cristin Terrell

For Review (via NetGalley):

The Bone Season (Scion #1) by: Samantha Shannon, Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by: Alexandra Bracken, Entangled by: Amy Rose Capetta and Red Rising by: Pierce Brown

 What did you get this week?