In this list we are looking at alien love interests who are in relationships with humans- think an Edward Cullen scenario, but maybe a bit more blue…
At this point I’m pretty sure we’ve had so many YA books that nothing- not even Alien love interests- are unique anymore!
So let’s begin!
1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Does this count as a YA? I’m not sure, but it definitely could be. I’ve mentioned this before, but the Host is one of my favourite books of all time, and one I love to recommend to people- seeing as most people read twilight and then grew out of that and haven’t tried any other Meyer books. The Host is a totally different experience from twilight, the characters and plot are really all encompassing, and engrossing. The relationships are so strong, and the ending makes me sob like a baby every single time! Even if you’ve watched the movie, do yourself a favour and pick this one up!
2. Alienated by Melissa Landers
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.
This one sounds like a wild ride- it’s basically a roommate romance story, but the roommate is an alien? I’m also not sure how realistic the ‘exchange student with aliens’ idea is, especially only two years after first contact, but if you ever wanted to know what would happen in this very specific scenario, here you go! (I am also pretty curious right now, I can’t lie).
3. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
I remember when this book was released- and yes, I did actually read it. This was published in that weird period of time for the YA genre after the Twilight hype where all books where some kind of paranormal romance and HAD to have black covers. Unfortunately during that point in my life I was consuming these paranormal romance books at a rate of three a week, and I honestly couldn’t tell you if I liked Obsidian, but I didn’t read anymore of the Lux books, for whatever thats worth.
4. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
(minor spoilers! also I won’t share the synopsis for this one, being the third book in the series). Technically not the only Alien/Human romance in this series but- in my opinion at least- the cutest; Cress and Thorne. Sigh. Hands down one of my favourite fictional couples.
5. The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…
Whether or not Nemesis is actually an alien is up to you- she’s definitely not human, she’s more like a custom creature made to be a super bodyguard- and the other half of this relationship also might not be human- but he is humanoid and you know what? That’s enough for me.
So thats it, five books with alien romances. Is this a trend you’d like to see more of, or less of? It’s certainly interesting, thats for sure!