Book Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Book Review

I first heard of Alienated from Sasha of abookutopia as she talked about how good it was and how she really really liked it. But this is coming from a reader who has long been in love with alien fiction since forever. I, however, has never read (nor tried to read) any alien novel before, so I was not entirely sure if I’m really going to like Alienated. Sasha made it sound like a very fun read, though, so I did not hesitate into trying this one out 🙂

Quick Stats

Title: Alienated 

Author: Melissa Landers

Date of Publication: January 6th 2015 

Read from: June 15th to July 12th, 2015 

My book format: Paperback, published by Disney Hyperion 

Goodreads blurb:

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.

My thoughts

I LOL-ed so many times in this book! I didn’t just laugh okay, i literally laughed out loud!!! For instance, this scene:

“To be honest, I don’t know what qualities you ever saw in him. I can tell why he chose you, but-“
“Oh yeah?” Cara’s spirits lifted as she sensed a compliment coming on. “Why do you think he chose me?”
“It’s obvious.” He swept a hand to indicate her loose curls. “Your long, shiny hair, healthy skin, and bright eyes show that you’re well-nourished.”
“Uh, thank you?”
“I’m not finished.”
“Go on then.”
“You’re clearly intelligent.” Then he felt the need to add, “For a human.”
“Gee. That’s so sweet.”
“But Eric was probably most attracted to your waist-to-hip ratio.” For a split second, Aelyx resembled a human boy as he leaned back and peered at her caboose. “Hips of that width are likely to pass life offspring without complication.” 
Cara nearly swallowed her own tongue. She didn’t have big hips did she?”

After reading this scene, I was like, “Oh, no Aelyx! You did not just say that!” Ha ha ha. It was a comment so innocently made and Aelyx just became a thousand times cuter after this! 🙂 He was such a darling!

Anyway, the premise sounds shallow at first glance, I know. An alien comes to earth for an intergalactic exchange student program, the host girl falls in love with the cute alien and  yeah all those cheesy stuff happening. But it’s actually so much more than that! 🙂 I love the concept that Melissa Landers has created! 🙂 The book started out so much fun and so many funny things are happening while both characters are adjusting in each other’s concept of living.

It would have been a solid 4.0 for me but towards the middle part, things kind of become dragging and so many unnecessary stuff started happening. For instance, I don’t get why the people in their community would target Cara’s family (and put their lives in danger, at that) just because they were chosen by the government to host the aliens? I mean, come on, people.

Anyway, I also thought the things happening to Cara and Aelyx in school were super unnecessary and did not cotribute to the development of the story at all. Unnecessary threats and weird accidents happening. I just didn’t dig that part. 😦

However, for the last 8 chapters or so, things got really really good again! The feels in the first how many chapters are back in the last quarter of the novel! 🙂 I wa flipping the pages so much faster and I was smiling so much more 🙂 If you’re reading this review and you plan to read the book, I suggest you don’t DNF in the middle part if things get really draggy 🙂 Just patiently flip through those pages and you’ll be rewarded with all the actions at the last quarter of the book! 🙂 Believe me. I swear it’s going to be a good good ending! 🙂

I am intrigued with what’s finally going to happen in the second book, Invaded 🙂 Though I don’t plan on buying it anytime soon coz I’m still waiting for the paperback version! I want my books in uniform format, he he. 

Generally

I liked Alienated! I did not love it, love it, but it was an enjoyable read! I’m glad I picked it up and I had a good time 🙂

The Boklander Rating

3 Stars

3.5 Alienated stars! 🙂 It was a fun read, and I recommend it for you guys who just plainly want to have good time! 🙂

So that’s it, guys! I’ll see ya next post, and happy reading always!

KAT SIGN

Book Review: Table for Two

Book Review

First read: April 22, 2012. Rating: 3 stars
Re-read: July 12, 2015.

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Quick Stats

Title: Table for Two

Author: Marla Miniano

Date fo Publication: 2010

Date Read: From July 12, 2015 to July 12, 2015

My book format: Paperback, by Summit Books

Goodreads Blurb:

In Table for Two, a corner table at a quiet coffee shop takes center stage, the latest release from Summit Books author Marla Miniano. The table is the setting for pivotal moments in the lives of the main characters—who, as it seems, are quite the lovelorn bunch. First, there’s the long-time couple on the verge of calling it quits after college graduation. Then there’s the serial dater who accepts her younger brother’s challenge to go dateless for two months. There’s also a photographer who attempts to dissuade his best friend from getting married (and we’re curious to find out why). And finally, there are the two hopefuls: a young man who meets with the girl he never stopped loving, and a young lady who pores over romance novels, waiting for her turn to fall in love.

So I re-read Table for Two, coz I had to find small books in my shelf for this #CramAThon thing happening over this summer. 🙂 (You check out my previous post for my CramAThon TBR!) 🙂

This is a really thin book, with only a little over a hundred pages. I remember seeing this in Cosmopolitan/Candy magazine’s recommended reads for young adults and adults, alike. It was good, I must say. Not super, but it was a work of art in itself. 🙂

This novella is actually about different stories of different persons in some specific points in their lives. But they are all tied together by this one “cafe around the corner” which has become the witness of the milestones in each of the characters’ life.

There really is no “one” story. In fact, even the little stories that compose this novella do not have plots. You, the reader, will just be able to infer what’s going on. And it’s not at all a bad thing. The execution was done well, and though confusing at first, the characters get to grow on you and you’ll just learn to care for them. 🙂

I’m glad I re-read this. It made me realize that there are just so many things happening around me that I choose not to know and care about. Like a couple breaking up in one corner, a man getting promoted in his job but having no one to share his success with, a girl trying to mend her heart, a couple celebrating on having their first baby. There are just so many things out there that we do not know is happening and it just makes me appreciate life more. And it makes me wanna be more friendly and more concerned and be more caring.

So yeah. I’m glad for this re-read. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth the time 🙂

The Boklander Rating

3 StarsI’m giving Table for Two 3.5 stars! It was so short and I know so many things can still happen, but that’s the point of short stories and novellas, right? They make you think of the what-if’s and the could have beens and all the possibilities. So. A 3.5! I liked it! 🙂

So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!

KAT SIGN

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Book Review

I never thought I would love this book soooo soooo much! It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a YA contemporary that made me smile and fall in love and hurt and feel all the feels all at the same time. Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely one of the best YA contemporaries I have read in 2015.

Quick Stats

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone 

Author: Morgan Matson

Date of Publication: May 6th 2014 

Read from: May 21st to June 7th, 2015 

My book format: Paperback, published by Simon & Schuster 

Goodreads blurb:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

 My thoughts

Where do I start, though, coz I have a lot to say about this book. ❤ ❤ ❤

This is my first ever Morgan Matson read and I am glad it is, because now I am so pumped to read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. ❤ ❤ ❤ It’s not in my immediate TBR, actually, but my little book club has chosen it as our book for the month of MAY (we needed a green book!) so yeah. 🙂 Looking back now, I’m really really glad we picked it.

Anyway, at first, I didn’t think I would like this book. To be honest, the hype made me feel just meh about. I was expecting it wouldn’t be for me, coz you know, I wasn’t in high school anymore and I really don’t think I’d relate well to the character. BUT BOY WAS I WRONG!

It was soooo good. Morgan Matson, hands down! 

The characters were the best part of this book. I mean, yeah, the plot is unique and everything, but the character development! Ahhh!! It’s all so fleshed out, and so intricate. Like, every single one of the character grew and developed, not just Emily. ❤

I really loved how Emily’s character developed so greatly. I mean, yeah, at first she’s like super dependent on Sloane and it’s like she can’t do anything without her. I know some of my book friends got really annoyed with this personality, but I think it’s natural for a high school student to be such – especially when you have always been the shadow of your friend, then once she’s gone, you can’t find where you’ll cling to 😦 Anyway, so that was Emily before. And I loved how she realized towards the end that she’d been doing the list not for Sloane anymore, but more for herself. ❤

I also loved the rest of the characters! Frank Porter was adorable. Your typical student council president, staright A guy who wants to save the turtles and the rest of the environment. But deep down, he’s just a guy who has weaknesses too, like running 🙂 I am so invested in Frank’s character that when he left Em after their kiss (and didn’t text nor showed up for a week) I was already starting to get disappointed in him! Ha! But I knew he’d be back. And knew he’s break up with Lissa. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ Oh, Frank, just so perfect 🙂

I also loved Dawn and Collins! Expecially Collins!!! ❤ He is your typical funny friend who is so self absorbed but in such a good good way. Like, he shows he knows he’s a catch for all the girls in the world and all but deep in a lot of insecurities are boiling up. AND OH, my fave Collins moment was when he really got to be honest that he didn’t want his best friend get stolen from him. Sigh. That was the best Collins moment for me – so raw and so emotional! Dawn was cute, too, and she’s a really cool friend. I just didn’t like how she just dismissed Em after the latter told her about the kiss 😦 It’s like she left her hanging in the air without anyone 😦 I mean, yeah, she hates cheaters and all but Emily is her freaking friend who was there for her when here boyfriend cheated on her and she’ll just leave her without no one?! I mean come on, Dawn, I thought you were better than that! I hope they become friends again, though, ‘coz there really was no resolution in the ending about them 🙂

So I guess that’s about everything. This book is so character driven and I loved loved loved every bit of it 🙂 Oh, I especially loved the skinny dipping part! It was so cute and Em was just staring all the time! Haha. I loved it!

The Boklander Rating

4 Stars

A 4.5 for Since You’ve Been Gone! ❤ ❤ ❤

So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!

KAT SIGN