I just finished reading "Intwine," Burbank author Christina Moss' debut novel, and for the life of me I cannot tell if I loved or hated it.
"Intwine" tells the story of Juliette Greenmoss, a Burbank resident whose life is flipped upside-down when she falls in love with an interstellar rock-star prince named Seth. Think "Twilight," but with aliens. Moss calls the genre "young adult science fiction romance." Like many others, I'm personally sick of seeing vampires everywhere, but instead of being a departure from the zeitgeist, forbidden alien love feels like more of the same.
The content is not what clouds my judgment on the book, however. Moss proves herself to be a surprisingly adept storyteller. It's a girl meets boy; girl falls in love with boy; girl discovers boy is an alien; galactic intrigue ensues storyline. All the necessary plot points are hit at the perfect moments to keep a reader in suspense. Moss also excels at writing description. The world she creates is vibrant and easily pictured in the mind's eye.