Title: Amid Stars and Darkness
Series: The Xenith Trilogy #1
Author: Chani Lynn Feener
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publishing Date: July 18th 2017
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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.
Alien war, misidentification, arranged marriage, love triangle. If you are into these clichès then you have a chance of liking this one.
Amid Stars and Darkness is set in future where aliens can freely roam or live on Earth. It’s about Delaney – a human – who was mistaken as Lissa Olena – an alien princess – and was taken to Lissa Olena’s world called Xenith where she was forced to act as Lissa Olena, the princess of Vakar and betrothed of Trystan, the prince of Kint. Lisa Olena and Trystan was forced into an arranged marriage in order to prevent the war between the Vakar and the Kint. Delaney had no choice but to stay until the soldiers of Vakar find the real Lisa Olena who was hiding on Earth because if she didn’t, Vakar’s enemy, the Kint, will start a war that will also destroy Earth. With the Earth’s safety in her hand, Delaney tried to survive in this alien world where she knows nothing about with the help of Ruckus, Lisa Olena’s bodyguard who was the alien who brought her there.
Delaney is the female main character I can say that I didn’t love but didn’t hate either. I liked her but that’s not enough for me to love her. I like how she knows what to do in order to protect herself in that alien world she barely know and how she can respond to some situations in smart ways but she can also be reckless at times which made me annoyed by her for times. She’s still a likeable main character though. She isn’t just someone that has the capacity to make me lover her and connect with her.
Princess Olena – the main reason why Delaney got into their alien world Xenith and was mistaken as Princess Olena herself – had only quite few appearances in this book but she’s so good on getting on my – and other characters’ – nerves every scene she was in that made me kinda like her because of her character’s effectiveness as someone to be hated for and blamed for all the mess that happened to Delaney and her own kingdom. She is a brat and a selfish princess that is just so easy to hate.
Trystan and Ruckus, Delaney’s love interests are the characters I liked the most in this book. Hot, as in really hot alien soldier, that’s what Ruckus is. He and the romance in this book are the only two reasons why I still managed to like and enjoy this in the end. He’s just really sexy and addictive. His character is a combination of toughness and tenderness. He was just that type of guy, or alien rather, readers would swoon over. While Trystan is the type I would say, that reminds me of Rhysand. He’s mysterious, sexy, cruel yet shows compassion that made him seem like a puzzle. He’s just a complex character that made me so intrigued for the next installment in this series.
The ending, it was a cliffhanger. I am not really a fan of cliffhangers. I hate being left hanging but this ending was neatly done. It suddenly made me eagerly want to read the next installment. And it’s giving me thoughts that the next installment will be much better than this one.
From the very beginning this book became a huge downer for me. It was so boring. It felt like more than half of the book was just a waste of time to read and a composition of disappointments. It was just dragging. I was even so close to giving up on this book.
The world-building is the most disappointing part for me in this book. It was just like NOTHING. It wasn’t even closed to being impressive nor fascinating enough. It’s so weak making me feel a kind of detached because I couldn’t get the satisfaction I was expecting to have in reading a fantasy book like this. I can’t get myself inside of its world.
The plot was also just meh for me. There wasn’t much to be excited, interested or curious about. Another disappointment.
Fortunate enough, probably after more than half of the book, Amid Stars and Darkness showed one strong element: the romance. It’s been a long time since I swooned as hard as I did when I read this book – and that’s all because of Ruckus. And undoubtedly, the romance in this book is the best thing this book has because it’s enough to keep me going and make me set aside the fact that it disappoint me in so many ways.
For a fantasy and Science fiction fan like me, I wouldn’t suggest for you to read this one because you’ll just going to waste your time and feel utterly bored and disappointed for more than the first half. But if you’re not really into fantasy and just into the romance and willing to sacrifice some of your time to experience falling in love and swooning hard for an alien, seeing a character as like Rhysand from the ACOTAR series and being left in a cliff hanger? Then you could try this.
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.
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*A huge thanks to MacMillan International Sales for providing me an ARC in exchange of an honest review. The copy by any means didn’t affect nor influence my review.