Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1)
By: Chani Lynn Feener
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
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.
Amid Stars and Darkness is your typical “fun read.” There wasn’t much world building, beyond the fact that the human race knows that aliens exist, and the romance was fluffy and predictable. There was some kickass action, and I loved that Delaney participated in some of it, and there was also the attempt at building up the alien world. We are introduced to some of its flora, not much though, and fauna, we see pictures and maybe one live animal, customs, this was interesting but the lore behind them fell flat, and food, some of which you would have expected to taste good. Despite my complaints, though, I could definitely read the sequel. Especially given that cliffhanger.
Delaney is sarcastic and funny, and handles her situation quite well, though I guess it is easier to pretend to be someone who has about two aspects to their personality and no one wants to talk to. What I mean is, I like Delaney. She is a character I have no qualms in rooting for even if I was reading the rest of the book for simply a good time. And Ruckus? He was your usual love interest: he was traditionally good looking, but I did appreciate that he made a point to separate Delaney and her personality from the person she literally appeared to be. I wanted to see more of these two together as a couple, but there was enough that I didn’t question that he and Delaney developed feelings. The villains were also well portrayed and dimensional, you can develop sympathy for Trystan and his predicament, I mean he does face a future of being married to Olena, and the rebel group kind of has the right idea, Olena would make a terrible leader.
For the sequel, I would really like to have more female relationships, this book was very much dominated by interactions with male characters, and some more exploration of the alien world. However, this next book is guaranteed to throw you right into the action with familiar characters and I can’t imagine that Delaney’s roomie and BFF would sit out this next round, so I can’t complain much.
Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced reader’s copy was provided through Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review.