Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.
Blurb (From Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Cara is chosen to take part in an alien exchange programme, even though she didn’t apply. Deciding to accept, Cara ends up with Aelyx, and a whole lot of trouble from people who believe that the people of earth shouldn’t be fraternising with aliens.
Cara and Aelyx become more than friends, but Cara doesn’t know that Aelyx is secretly plotting against the people of Earth.
Can Cara and Aelyx really be together? What is Aelyx doing? And why are crops suddenly failing?
I’m a little torn over this book, because the first 80% was pants, the next 10% was alright, and the last 10% was pretty cheesy.
I can’t say that I really liked any of the characters in this book all that much. I did think that both Cara and Aelyx came across slightly better in the 10% of this book that was good, but for the majority of the time I didn’t like them. Aelyx had this hidden agenda, which I didn’t appreciate, and Cara was seemed a little stupid at times. I did think it was nice of her to try and cook Aelyx some food that he would like, and I liked the way she stood up for him, but at times she just didn’t take things into consideration that she really should have done, and at times she did things that annoyed me. I thought it was pretty cruel of her to ask her mother to cook a roast, because Aelyx liked ‘bland’ food, and that her mother’s roast was the blandest thing ever.
The rest of the characters in this book came off as childish, irritating, or stupid, and some of them ticked all three of those boxes unfortunately. Even Cara’s parents did some stupid and immature things at times.
The storyline was okay, but to be honest I was just bored most of the time. The first 80% of the book was just dull. Really dull, and I wasn’t impressed at all. We did get a bit more excitement for the next 10% of the book, but then we went back down to mediocre. I’m not even sure what exactly it was, but it just didn’t hold my interest much at all. Even the alien stuff wasn’t all that interesting, and I really wasn’t impressed with the whole blackmail side of things.
The last 20% wasn’t so bad though. We got some action, Cara and Aelyx actually started to be a little nicer, and the story seemed to be going somewhere, right up until the 94% mark when it became pretty unbelievable, and fairly cheesy, and I again wasn’t impressed.
We were then left with a bit of a cliff hanger, and whilst I want to know how the story ends, I’m not sure I could read the next book right away even if it was available, there’s just something about this that bores me and puts me off.
Overall; mostly dull.
5 out of 10.