Amid Stars and Darkness
by Chani Lynn Feener
(The Xenith Trilogy #1)
Published by Swoon Reads
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.
Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.
No pressure or anything.
Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.
Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of Amid the Stars and Darkness for an honest review.
Amid the Stars and Darkness as a sci-fi thriller YA that takes place on another planet (Xenith) when Delaney is mistaken for the alien princess Lissa Olena. Lissa escaped to Earth to hide from Trystan and their arranged marriage. Five years later, Ruckus found “Lissa” or Delaney with LIssa’s face. Delaney is brought to Xenith and has to pose as the princess in front of Trystan and the rest of the crew. She has to make everyone believe that she is the princess and along the way she realizes how much everyone despises LIssa.
Delaney is an interesting character, but a little whiney. She is forced to pretend to be the alien princess, but really she is thrown into this new environment and doesn’t know anything about it. She acts like herself and it throws the crew and Trystan off. She is a strong and independent character that can speak her mind. She has completely different interests than the real Lissa and Trystan catches it and makes note of the differences. I didn’t particularly like Delany, though. I think she is an interesting character, but not my favorite to read.
Ruckus was okay as well. I liked that he was there for Delaney and would keep her safe no matter what (even though he was technically the reason she was in this situation.), but there was nothing I found particularly interesting about him. He was pretty much just a side character to me. The times he was in the story, he was doing his job and keeping Delaney safe. I wasn’t interested in him much aside from that.
I found Trystan pretty interesting. He started off as someone that I really didn’t like because he was so pushy and borderline abusive toward Delaney and he just seemed rude. But as the story went on and Delaney got to know him I found him more and more interesting. The fact that he saved her life the couple of times others tried to poison her was confusing seeing as at the beginning of the book he was despised. There was always a little part of me that didn’t like when he popped up in the story the story, but the interactions always turned out interesting.
The writing was fast, exciting, and easy to understand. I just didn’t like it because I’m not particularly interested into sci-fi books. I didn’t finish the book. But that is purely because of personal interest. I liked it enough to want to finish it, but I just wasn’t interested in finding out what happened. Many of my friends have stated that it is a fast-paced book, but in my mind it wasn’t that fast-paced. There were times where there is something that happened and then it would skip to the next day and I found that a little confusing. The terms that they use for queen, king, guard, etc take a little while to get used to as well.
Overall I would rate the book a 4/5.
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade storytime. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.