Let's Talk!: Invaded by: Melissa Landers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Invaded

Invaded (Alienated, #2)Author: Melissa Landers
Pages: 356
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Published on: February 3rd 2015
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?

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I read Alienated around the time it came out and loved it so much. I was so stoked that Melissa was going to have a free novella and also a second book. I read both and loved both. Why did I love Invaded? Read on and find out my child. 

The book starts back up after the ending of Until Midnight and if you read Until Midnight, then you obviously understand what is going on. For people that haven't read Until Midnight but went straight from Alienated to Invaded you may get a little confused. That's okay because you will catch on.

One thing I really liked about the characters is this book was the Cara had gotten so much development from the beginning of Alienated to the end of Invaded. She is a lot more outspoken (not that she wasn't already) and curious. For example, when the "meteorite"  dropped down Cara didn't run away from it. Instead she went to go examine it. Boom, right there. Character development.

Another thing I really liked was the action and plot that went down in this book. I thought the duo perspective was great. It was really awesome how we got read from Aelyx and not just Cara, because let's be honest, I would be pretty bored with this book if I was only reading about Cara. I want to know what is happening on earth too! The different things happening on earth and L'eihr weren't too confusing, they weren't too boring, and all the action didn't cause the book to be overwhealming. Each planet had a healthy amount of things going on and I liked that. Both Cara and Aelyx would have their problems and reading back and forth from one problem and to another problem. There was a perfect balance.
The ending. Holy shiz the ending was just so scary, yet a great one. The fight was a very nice addition to the book. There were a lot of near death experiences, fights, romance, and mind controlling. Of course, I would have lasted the whole book without a huge fight scene but come on? Everyone one loves a good fight scene. I just love how it started at the part where David (Unfortunately) dies, then slowly makes it's way to confronting Jacin. That whole 30 pages I was on the verge of my chair and getting so worried for basically everyone. Worried Aelyx was going to die (which he did), worried Jacin and Aisely were going to make it out free and fully capable of murder, and worried that something bad was going to happen to Cara.

So remember that one part when Aelyx and Cara broke up and everyone was literally dropping their jaws? Yeah, that wasn't a very happy part. Of course, I knew Melissa would some way have Aelyx and Cara get back together but it was still scary. They could have decided to never get back together and then boom! I would have no obligation to read the other books. Well I would still read them but only for the sole purpose to make sure Aelyx and Cara got back together. One thing that also sucks is that they broke up right as they were about. To. Do. It. Cara made it kind of forced to even if it did happen, she wouldn't be in a good mood. (I feel so dirty and thirsty for saying this BUT IT MUST HAPPEN IF THERE IS A NEXT BOOK.)

Just some thoughts:
  • Gosh, Jacin and Aisely are freaky people. They are siblings and lovers. Bleh. Plus they have super mind controlling powers! Did I mention that Jacin might not even me the age we think!
  • How long were Aelyx and Cara separated? 5 months? They made 5 months sound like it was 10 years! 
  • I swear David's death was the saddest thing ever. I also feel so bad for Syrine because she never got to say "I Love You" to David. Part of me thinks that happened because she is mean like that...Man, I really wanted to see them live on the colony together.