Book Review: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener #BlogTour

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Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feeneralien 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.

my review

Amid Stars and Darkness is an enthralling, engaging, and exciting piece of work by Chani Lynn Feener.

The story was all about Delaney being kidnapped and mistaken as Olena, the alien princess. She was taken to their planet. Now, she has to pretend as the Princess or else there will be war, and it might also lead to human enslavement. But, pretending was not easy because aside from assassination attempts, she also needs to be careful around Prince Trystan, and she needs to control her feelings for Ruckus.

I am not fond of aliens story, but after reading this book, I am already thinking of reading the other books with the same theme. This novel let me see how aliens can live and co-exist with humans, and I could say that it’s exciting to see it happens in reality.

The story-line is incredible, especially how the author has written this book. Her writing style engrossed me and I know, when I read one, that her other books will also engage and entertain me. I like how her work can pull me into the story she had created and how I feel like I’m there, watching how it all played in front of my eyes as if I’m just watching a great show.

The characters really entertained me. I am still not sure whom I like for Delaney to end up with. I like Ruckus for her, but I also like Trystan. Well, I’m more of shipping Trystan and Delaney, but I can’t deny that Delaney also has this chemistry with Ruckus. I hate how the author gave her two amazing guys! And no, I won’t ship Trystan and Delaney anymore. I want her to end up with Ruckus, and then Trystan would be mine. Just kidding haha! Seriously, both of the guys have great chemistry with her. For me, the chemistry between Delaney and Trystan is much greater than with Ruckus.

Talking about Delaney, she was somehow rebellious, and it was because of her parents. She liked pulling some annoying acts just to irritate her father. She was also smart and tough. Pretending to be a princess was really hard, especially when her personality with the real Olena differed. Yes, they both liked displeasing their parents, but their ways were somehow different.

Now, Ruckus is the kind of guy you will like to be around you all the time though some parts/scenes turned me off of him. He was the savior/hero-kind-of-guy, and he was also sweet and caring. He protected Delaney from any harm even if she was not the real princess.

For Trystan, I had viewed him as an evil prince on the first few pages, but I took it back after noticing how his character changed and developed throughout the story. He was able to act differently from what he usually does, and that includes sacrificing his life for the Lissa (Delaney).

The ending was unexpected! I am in SO MUCH excitement to have the next book in my hands. I am so eager to read it and end this agony I’m feeling right now.

I am just hoping to see more improvements on the world-building. I’m also interested to know some side story about Delaney’s best friend, Marina.

Overall, this is a great read. I am really recommending this book to everyone who likes to delve in a world full of aliens. If you are also interested in reading a book that involves aliens, then I suggest you try this novel.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley.

my rating

rate 5

book details

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Series: The Xenith Trilogy, 01

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult

Language: English

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about the author

Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade Chani Lynn Feenerstory time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont and graduated in 2012. 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 the author of Amid Stars and Darkness and the teen paranormal series the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut but lives on

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener #BlogTour

  1. Such a beautiful cover! I also shy away from alien stories (DNF a Stephen King for that very reason), but this one sounds so interesting. Like you, I might just have to give it a chance.

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    • Yes give it a try! 🙂 But, beware that the world-building is not that great on this book, but I hope it would be on the second book. I just love how the characters developed through out the story, how the writing style gripped me into reading it, and how the plot engrossed me.


      • Thank you for the warning. All the other aspects that matter seem to be spot on, so I’ll give it a shot. I’m not sure I’m great at noticing extensive world building anyway – maybe this will be a good test! 😉

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