This is a romance that I enjoy reading and which means it doesn't come with a formula. It has some wonderful character development and builds up nicely, but I felt there were places where the story jumped emotional tracks a bit too quickly. Then again, teenagers aren't exactly known for their stability in this area so that could be accurately written. The bad guy is shown to be very bad, but only past the magical point when he turns into possible marriage material into the Nasty Evil Bad Guy. I thought he was a relatively decent villain in the story, but really didn't complement the hero and heroine as well as I hoped. I also felt he turned a bit stupid near the end, which is fine for the story but didn't give me a satisfying end.
The world development ended up thrilling me. I like the "us verses them" and everyone lying to show their point of view. The manipulation of humans, the press for the "better story" of the nosy reporter, and everything else built up to a nice story. There are multiple languages, though notationally translated, which I like since I prefer stories when everyone doesn't speak perfect English. The grammar structure of the aliens was a bit too... broken for me. Almost forced when it could have been done with a slightly different structure and still given a flair for the exotic.
The writing style is nice, but not as tight as I wanted it to be. Some of the descriptions came off a bit rough to me and there were a few turns of phrase that pulled me out of the story. but only in a few places. Outside of those points, I found myself reading it easily and it held a nice cadence of style that I finished it in a few hours. And, since I consider reading speed to be one of those things I use to measure my ability to get lost into it, I liked it.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)