I expected a lot from this book. It has an interesting plot and it's actually the first one I've read that concerns a different planet.
The way it was written was kinda off for me though. I was trying hard to feel the excitement whilst reading it but failed. There are terms used in the first few chapters that were obviously unfamiliar. I wish the author explained them. I had a hard time imagining scenes and things, or maybe that's just me. Good thing, the narration got better at the later chapters.
As far as the characters are concerned, I don't like Venus as much as I like other protagonists. She's— okay but not really likeable. I can't see the character development I expected for her after she came to Earth except that she now feels what humans feel.
Michael on the other hand confused me at first. He was first shown as a loving and thoughtful boyfriend, then an abused child, a teen with suicidal thoughts and a football player. His traits don't seem to go hand in hand. I pegged him as an angsty, loner teen after his scene at the lake but that thought was squashed when he played football and attended the party.
Vinny on the other hand was my most appreciated character because of how he played his role as a villain whilst pretending to be their friend all along.
As far as shipping is concerned, I root for Venus/Zaren though I know she's suppose to end up with Michael. I just don't feel her connection to the latter and their interactions weren't enough. But then again, maybe it's just me.
Sadly, I don't feel the anticipation for the next book but I still hope it would be better since the setting is now back at Kelari.