Book Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers

January 27, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Book Review: Invaded by Melissa LandersTitle: Invaded by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #2
Published by: Disney Hyperion on February 3, 2015
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 368
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The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

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?

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Alienated
Also by this author: Alienated

One Line: A strong, compelling sequel that kept me turning the pages

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

As far as sequels go, Invaded did not disappoint in the slightest. I loved the world and characters that Landers created with Alienated and she took it one step further with Invaded, because we got to see what the alien world was really like. The pacing was excellent, everything flowed smoothly. The stakes are a bit higher this time around because both Cara and Aelyx are trying their best to repair the damage done in the first book. It really bummed me out that they were separated from each other so long. Aelyx needed to stay on Earth and “put on a good show” to get the public to think positively towards the L’eihrs and Cara is actually on L’eihr, checking out what life will be like for humans who choose to live there and to help fight for their rights. I definitely felt the heartache between this captivating couple.

I really don’t know who has it worse. Cara gets put through the ringer while on L’eihr. No one really wants her there, except a select few, and like all pioneers, she has to deal with quite a lot of obstacles proving that she, and humans alike, is just as good as any one of them. Aelyx, on the other hand, had to deal with a lot of threats towards his life on many accounts, all while trying to put on a happy face and appeal to the masses. Trust me, things are a lot deeper than I’m letting on.

I think I enjoyed reading more about when Cara was on L’eihr. It was interesting seeing this world and its inhabitants. I liked learning their rituals and their society. They definitely put Cara through a lot, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Not only does she have to deal with their diet and exercise, she also has to deal with someone who is obviously out to get her. I respected Cara so much in this book. She seemed so naive and innocent in the first book, but with a tough edge. In this book, her maturity is so evident and I appreciated the fact that when it came to matters between the two worlds, she thought of more than just herself.

Overall, I was pleasantly pleased with Invaded. There were so many heart-aching moments coupled with action-packed, thrilling scenes, the pages just flew by. Not only that, the story was just a fun read in general. I loved Aelyx and Cara and SO needed more of them together. The distance was torture! It was so cute watching their relationship progress, especially since Aelyx is still learning human customs. Other characters get a bit of romance as well and it was fun watching that all play out. So yes, if you enjoyed the first book, you’ll get a kick out of the second book. And if you haven’t started this series yet, you’ll definitely want to. A very great sci-fi romance all around.

About Melissa Landers

Melissa 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 just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.

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