Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mini Reviews: Far From You by Tess Sharpe and Alienated by Melissa Landers from Disney Hyperion


Far From You
by Tess Sharpe
Publication Date:  April 8, 2014
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

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Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?

My Thoughts:  Far From You is a story that has a little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of emotional tragedy.  Sophie, the main character, deals with addiction, death, friendship, love, pain, and loss.  There is a love triangle of sorts, though not your typical one.  While the story was good, it wasn't great.  I kind of had the feeling from the synopsis that it was going to be a suspenseful murder mystery, but it really wasn't.  That aspect was downplayed for the most part, which was kind of disappointing and something as a reader you might want to be aware of going in.  Overall, while the novel did have its good parts, it still didn't blow me away, though I did read several reviews where the reviewer really did like the story.

by Melissa Landers
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Publication Date:  February 4, 2014

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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.

My Thoughts:  Alienated was a really cute story involving an exchange student program, but the exchange student is from another planet, and his name is Aaelyx.  Cara Sweeney is the girl who befriends him, and whose family happens to be the hosts.  Cara and Aelyx have a sweet romance. Both characters are very likable, though it may take you a while to warm uo to Aaelyx and his sense of humor.  I enjoyed getting to know them both, as well as seeing their budding romance develop as the book progressed.  There are also some serious moments related to the Alliance and the danger from it's opposition.  The story itself was funny and engaging, and an overall enjoyable read for those who love YA romance as well as science fiction.  
Quotes: “What's this?" He brought the brown square to his nose.
"It smells musty."
"It's chocolate. You'll love it."
"That's what you said about Skittles. I vomited a rainbow afterward.” 

“He prepared the richest, most indulgent and disgusting dish imaginable - a bowl of fudge ripple ice-cream topped with chocolate syrup, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chocolate sprinkles, and, for good measure, a chocolate brownie from the pantry. He even garnished it with a handful of M&M's.

(...) "Look what I made for you. A bowl of diabetes.” 

“Friendship is one mind in two bodies."

Right. Until your BFF went out of her mind and after your ex-boyfriend's body.”


  1. Great reviews! Far From You was definitely a different kind of read for me as well.

  2. Great reviews! I have both books, and I should really get to reading them. :)

  3. I've been curious about both books but it's disappointing that Far From You didn't have more WOW factor. Alienated sounds cute though!

  4. Sorry Far From You didn't work out for you. I like Melissa Landers's adult novels (as Macy Beckett) so I bet I would enjoy Alienated. Thanks for the reviews!


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