Aliens are among us in Cheerleaders from Planet X. And humanity’s only hope just happens to carry pom-poms.
Laura Clark thought she was just your average college freshman—until the day she saw a cheerleader on a skateboard get into a superhuman brawl with a lightning-wielding stranger in a trenchcoat. And the weirdest thing of all? Nobody else saw it happen. Nobody, that is, except the beautiful but standoffish Shailene, one of the mysterious (and possibly super-powered) cheerleaders from Laura’s rival school, Bayview University.
When girls start disappearing all over the City, Laura suddenly realizes that she may have seen more than she should. And if she wants to keep from disappearing herself, she needs to find some answers. But though Laura can’t shake the feeling that they’re somehow connected, Shailene is more than a little reluctant to share her secrets. With strange, bug-like creatures and a sinister man in a dark coat stalking her every step, Laura will have to uncover the truth fast if she wants to survive.
The fate of the planet just might hang in the balance. (via Goodreads)
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’m gonna be honest with y’all – Cheerleaders from Planet X was a delight. I had never read any of Chiavari’s books before, though I’d always enjoyed her on twitter. After this, I’ll definitely be picking up some of her backlist work.
Before we start, I want to add trigger warnings for brief references to homophobia and parental abuse.
I loved the greek mythology twist to this alien story. I loved how much thought went into the world building, even though we barely got a peek at it. I think there’s more to this series and I can’t wait to find out what!
My only complaint was that once her family came clean to her about who they were, she completely believed them. She said how much she trusted them, but that wasn’t really clear through the narrative. I thought her reasons to trust them could have been more explicitly clear. Even after the plot twist with her family, she still trusted them almost implicitly, which didn’t really work for me.