Invaded

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Goodreads Summary:

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?

Let’s be honest. Every once in a while you just want a book to swoon over. Alienated was that and more, we had the swoon, we has intergalactic political intrigue, we had terrorism and sabotage, and two fun MC’s. I re-read it in prep for Invaded and enjoyed it just as much the second time, so you can understand when I felt a little let down with this installment/finale.

Now, Landers signed a 2 book contract, but if this book does well then we will probably get a third, I think it could work with how this one ended, but it would have to promise a lot more excitement than this book for me to pick it up. This book wasn’t as entertaining as the first, I missed the snark, the witty comebacks supplied by Cara’s firecracker father, and the fire that pushed Cara to become more level headed and Aelyx more open minded.

Yes, there was more backstabbing and secrecy in this book, along with a dark secret about two of the new characters, but I didn’t feel that story line was executed as well as it could of been for me to really be drawn into it. Towards the end there was some interesting political aspects, and general observations that made interesting points about our current lifestyles, but I didn’t enjoy the separation of Cara and Aelyx while they were fleshing out the conspiracies – it would have been much more enjoyable to see them working together instead of just hearing about the results of their space-skype chats.

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