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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.
©2014 Melissa Landers (P)2014 Tantor
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"A perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense." (Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times best-selling author)
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4 out of 5 stars
By IloveYAbooks on 01-27-16

Alien romance

So aliens and humans made contact, and are sorta, kinda, a little bit trying to make a alliance. Cara Sweeney is picked to be the human to host one of the first alien exchange students, Aelyx. Even though her friends are declaring they'll hate her for it, Cara basically decides to host an alien in her home because of the blog potential...
But when I thought about it this is soo believable about humans today that it's scary. I mean who needs friends when you have followers, right? But I still like Cara, she's a little know-it-all-ish and a bit preachy, but she's supposed to be smart and actually seems smart which a lot of times doesn't happen in novels. Aelyx is like this emotionally sterile, cold complete know it all. Not my favorite kind of love interest, personally. He just seems so bland, which I guess is the point but... doesn't really interest me.

But thankfully the scenes where Cara and Aelyx are together usually end up hilarious. Like, laugh out loud, embarrass yourself in public hilarious. I was not too into the premise until the scene where Aelyx and Cara meet which was fantastic.

This book basically alternated between great embarrassingly hilarious moments and boring stretches. But more than anything the romance was great. So, obviously this book was very mixed for me. I mean yes, I like the idea but think it's a little -- hard to believe that aliens would be just like gorgeous, ultra-modern, psychic, communists. Aelyx just seems like any other superior-feeling exchange student (jerk) to me, which I guess is the point but isn't all that much of a risk if you know what I mean. That said, I do think that Cara and her friends had realistic personalities and reactions to events. Aelyx, not as much, his only redeeming quality seemed like that he started being passionate around and for Cara... but I enjoyed his interactions with Cara so that's something. Probably not going to continue with this series though, in the next book Aelyx and Cara are going to be separated (for most of it...supposedly) and that just doesn't really appeal to me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathryn on 06-24-15

Definitely a YA storyline but good for what it is

I found this an entertaining listen in the YA genre. Not as mature a story as some other YA series, but solidly written for the type of book and good narration.

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