Invaded

Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #2
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

I tried to give this series the benefit of the doubt.  I thought, with Cara going into space, this series could involve into a legitimate space opera series.  Unfortunately, the sequel is not even as good as its predecessor (which was nothing to write home about itself).

Cara still has some of her wits and charm, although you can only primarily see it through her blog points she beams home now.  I guess it’s only to be expected though.  After all, being stranded in a strange, foreign universe can really take the humor out of someone.  Especially when her alien boyfriend is still stuck on her home planet, while she is whisked away to his to try to help with foreign politics.  And if that isn’t enough, mysterious objects start falling out of the sky, almost as if they are trying to kill her.  And, to top it all off, her boyfriend has a roommate of the opposite sex that is just a little too friendly for Cara’s liking.

Summarizing the plot of this novel, it’s not really surprisingly I didn’t enjoy it.  After all, the plot reads like a teenage drama show, something the CW would spew out week after week.  In the end, the plot is just enough to keep me interested in reading, but bad enough that it is definitely hard to get into.  Apart from each other, neither Cara nor Aelyx are very interesting.  And a lot of their charm wears off in the second novel as we adjust to this alien race that is eerily similar to humankind.  The most likable character in this novel, in fact, turns out to be Cara’s brother, Troy.

The surprise twist at the end, who is informing on Aelyx and his crew, comes as no surprise to me.  Landers works far too hard to interweave this character into the story, even though he/she has little to offer.  In fact, with all the effort put into that plot line, I totally see the betrayal coming, so it in’t very heart breaking to me.

At the end of the day, this novel/series still reads like a Harlequin romance novel, dumbed down with teenage angst for the young adult genre, and a splash of sci-fi to try to garner interest.  The alien presence in the series, however, is hard to believe, especially with the route this novel takes on L’eihr.  I really wasn’t planning on continuing this series with this novel, but got it from the library on a whim as it was on a new release list I was scrolling through.  So unless something similar happens down the line, I probably won’t read the next installment either.

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