Release Day: Alienated by Melissa Landers w/giveaway and review!

Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

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Alienated-newcvrIn a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try.

It’s now available in stores and online.


Barnes & Noble:

Book Depo (free international shipping):

Indie Bound:

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Click on the Rafflecopter to enter:

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Best of luck, and happy reading!

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—justMelissa1 ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit

My Thoughts

I have been getting into quite a few sci-fi books lately and this one was high on my to-read list! A BIG THANK YOU to Disney-Hyperion for the ARC copy! Just look at that cover! One Word:

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The storyline itself was also full of all kinds of awesome! Imagine knowing that there are other life forms in space. Now, imagine getting exchange students from space. Freaky huh?

Well this book is all about just that! Cara Sweeney runs into all kinds of trouble from her town and her peers due to hosting the first ever intergalactic foreign exchange student. Seriously, the awful things that happen to her literally made me cringe! Aelyx is from L’eihr and he doesn’t trust humans any more than they trust him. He has a mission but meeting Cara is starting to sway his opinion.

I loved Cara! I really enjoyed that she was willing to defend Aelyx on all levels! Her friends and her boyfriend were constantly trying to get her to back out from hosting but she never swayed! The best part is that she is a blogger! Yuppers! She blogged about her daily experience with Aelyx via her blog, Alienated.

I was blown away at how much rioting and the awful things that Cara and Aelyx had to go through but I must say that I really believe that Ms. Landers was really on the mark with it. We would like to think that the human race would be able to adapt to knowing that there is other life forms in space but, honestly, it would not be all flowers and roses.

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The ending was a tad bit heartbreaking. And yes, I shed a few tears! (don’t laugh, I can’t help it I am emotional!) I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Invaded, to be published February 2015! Too long!!!

4-starsh. Lee

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