Series: The Xenith Trilogy #1
Published by Swoon Reads on July 18, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Science fiction has never really been my thing but every now and then I’ll grab a sci-fi novel off my shelf and give it a go. That’s what happened with Amid Stars and Darkness. I hadn’t really heard anything about this one but the cover definitely convinced me that I had to have it. I actually ended up loving this one so it’s one time being a cover whore totally paid off.
Amid Stars and Darkness is published by Swoon Reads and it’s obvious from the start that romance is a central feature of the story. While the romance did take center stage, there was enough going on with the rest of the story to make it clear that this wasn’t just a romance. There was a true plot running through this one and it was actually a really interesting one. These aliens are not like any you’ve read about before. And while I did get some Lunar Chronicles vibes from this book, it was actually a pretty unique story.
By far the biggest issue I had with this one was the love triangle. I am definitely over the love triangle trend so I could have done without that. However, both guys had traits that made me understand why Delaney would have feelings for them both.
Overall, Amid Stars and Darkness is a solid start to this science fiction trilogy. It’s got a killer cliffhanger but at least book two is almost here!
What others are saying about Amid Stars and Darkness:
Midnight Bloom Reads’ review: “Chani Lynn Feener’s Amid Stars and Darkness is a fun, thrilling light science fiction romance!”
One Way or An Author’s review: “With superficial world-building, a predictable plot with kickass action, and a sweet romance that I never really got invested in, Amid Stars and Darkness was a fun, light adventure in space.”