Thursday, July 13, 2017

ARC Review: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Amid Stars and Darkness
Author: Chani Lynn Feener
Series: The Xenith Trilogy (Book 1)
Publication: Swoon Reads (July 18, 2017)

Description: A high-stakes space opera that combines science fiction and romance, this debut novel features plenty of action and a heroine whose unique brand of humor and tenacity make her easy to root for.

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’ 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’ 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.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Chani Lynn Feener’s debut novel Amid Stars and Darkness is a thrilling space adventure complete with perfectly detailed alien planets and a super sexy secret romance.

My Thoughts: This book was an old-fashioned science fiction romance. Here's the scenario: a teen is kidnapped by aliens because she looks like their missing princess. She's brought back to the alien planet where she needs to keep impersonating the missing princess to keep two countries from going to war and incidentally conquering Earth.

Delaney isn't a big fan of the aliens who visit Earth unlike her roommate who is something of an alien groupie. One night she accompanies her roommate to a dance club where she can meet an alien she'd been talking to online. Just before Delaney decides to leave she runs into a girl who zaps her with an alien invention that turns her into a duplicate of the missing princess.

When the princess's bodyguard spots her, he captures her and takes her to his alien spaceship determined to bring her back home so that she can do her duty, pledge herself to her betrothed, and keep the countries from going to war. Delaney can't convince Ruckus that she is not the girl they are looking for.

So Delaney finds herself dropped into an alien world with a fiance she doesn't like and who really doesn't like her and the target of assassination attempts because neither of their countries want the two to marry either. Her only source of strength and information is Ruckus who she falls in love with. But once the real princess is found, Delaney will be returned to Earth and will have to leave Ruckus behind.

I liked Delaney who was a smart-mouthed, independent character who has a real problem with authority. She hid her very real fears behind a mask of bravado. I liked Ruckus too. He had guarded his princess out of duty because she wasn't really a likeable person but he falls in love with Delaney too. I even liked the princess's fiance Trystan despite the fact the he wanted her dead and was a really scary guy.

I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens next.

Favorite Quote:
She thought about whether her own mother would make that choice, if she'd sell her to the highest bidder if it meant keeping their town together. What if an outside threat came and wanted to destroy it all and all the people she'd grown up with? What would she do?
I received this one for review from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love the cover of this! It's so pretty. I don't really think I've ever read a book about aliens in YA so I'm intrigued by this, and Delaney sounds like a great main character. I'll have to check it out.


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