DNF Review- Invaded by Melissa Landers

By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Read to page 238

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?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Alienated so had fairly high expectations for Invaded, though I did have some reservations since first book left off with it being inevitable that Cara and Aelyx would be apart for the majority of the sequel. Their dynamic and chemistry was my favorite aspect of the first novel so this was a major concern and I really think this was the reason I was never able to really get into Invaded.

The pacing felt slower to me but it was probably due to my lack of connection to the characters this time around. I wasn’t nearly as fond of Cara in this book though I can’t pin-point why. I didn’t dislike her by any means I just felt that she was harder to relate to? We do get to meet many more L’eihr because Cara is living on their planet. I was pretty let down by the planet in general since it wasn’t all that different from Earth (though I guess this does make sense) and the society wasn’t structured all that much differently either.

Aelyx was still on Earth and tasked with trying to make peace and an alliance between the two worlds. Though each of the characters was struggling to cope with their new situation neither stories really gripped me.

Really I can’t say anything was wrong with the section I read (more than half way) My biggest problem was that I found it impossible to get fully immersed in the story and it was a struggle for me to pick the book up to read. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and found that I was pushing it aside for other books. For me, I felt that I should abandon it for now rather than forcing myself to continue. I hope to feel more in the mood for this type of story and try again at a later date.

Have you read Invaded? What were your thoughts and should I continue it later?


  1. says

    I actually struggled with the first half of the book – it was pretty slow, but by the end I honestly really enjoyed it and I’m hoping that there will be a third book. It’s always hard when the two main characters are apart … I think that’s what was hardest for me there was definitely a turning point for me where the pacing picked up and the story really got me interested again!

    I say definitely revisit it someday!

  2. says

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like this one. I didn’t love Alienated, but I was kind of curious to see where the story would go. Unfortunately, my library doesn’t seem to be getting a copy and your review makes me think I will regret buying it. Guess I’ll just skip this one for now.

  3. says

    I still haven’t got my preorder so I still haven’t read it, but I do hope I’ll get to connect with the characters more than you did, Kristen.
    And as soon as I get to read it, I’ll let you know what I think too!

  4. says

    I’m sorry this one wasn’t working for you! It’s not as good as Alienated, but I did end up really enjoying it. The second half gets better, but by that point it might be too late for you? It stays relatively fluffy, but if you weren’t connecting to the characters I’m not sure you’ll change your mind by the end. :/

  5. says

    hey, so, I read Alienated in one sitting and couldn’t wait to get Invaded. But I did feel what you said, it’s kind of slow at the beginning and it takes a while to make that connection with the characters. I think pressing on later is worth it. It was an interesting ending 🙂

  6. says

    Aw, hugs. <3 I am so sorry that you aren't enjoying Invaded sweetie 🙁 I really loved it. But I also understand where you are coming from. Probably. Though I do hope you might want to continue reading it someday soon 😀 As I did really love it, hih. <3 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it, though, Kristen 🙂 You are awesome. <3

  7. says

    Shame! 🙁 I haven’t read Alienated yet, though heard a lot of good things about it, (but mainly about the romance, which is why I haven’t read it yet) but if it’s not working for you, it’s not working for you. And maybe that does have to do with that they’re apart for most of the book. You shouldn’t feel like you have to push yourself through it, it’s only going to make you annoyed at the book more, haha.

  8. says

    Aww, I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one Kristen! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more if you decide to pick it up later in the future.
    I haven’t read Alienated and don’t ever plan to because it’s just not the book for me.

  9. says

    I definitely think you made the right choice to DNF, I always try to keep an eye out for those times when I keep making excuses not to read a book D:. I’m disappointed to hear the L’eihr planet isn’t much different, what’s the point of an alien society if it isn’t cool?? Also from book one it sounded like things were run pretty differently so it seems weird that you didn’t see much difference :-/

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