Amid Stars And Darkness by Chani Lynn FeenerAmid Stars And Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Amid Stars And Darkness

byChani Lynn Feener

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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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.

Praise for Amid Stars and Darkness:

"Feener's world-building is excellent, and readers will feel engulfed in the culture, politics, and technology. The romance between Delaney and Ruckus develops slowly and satisfyingly. Give to fans of Melissa Landers's Alienated and Ally Condie's Matched." -School Library Journal

"This debut makes for fun, fluffy reading." -Booklist

"Aliens, sexy soldiers, romance, cliffhangers... guys this book has everything!" -The Blonde Bookworm, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I absolutely loved it. It hooked me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. It had so many great twists and turns and I loved that I couldn't predict what was going to happen. I loved the characters and their development throughout the story." -Emmasgems, reader on SwoonReads.com

"A thrilling high-stakes read. From the very beginning I was sucked in and pulled along this intense journey filled with danger at every turn." -Ashley, reader on SwoonReads.com

Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story 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 cartridge...
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Title:Amid Stars And DarknessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.56 × 5.77 × 1.33 inPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250123763

ISBN - 13:9781250123763

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun & Thrilling Sci-Fi Romance When Delaney is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess from Xenith who'd been hiding on earth to avoid an arranged marriage, her life is completely thrown into disarray. Delaney has never been interested in aliens, even when the Vakar and Kints made their existence known to humanity three years ago. Taken off-world by Olena's head bodyguard, Ruckus, now Delaney is stuck on Xenith for the foreseeable future, forced to impersonate Olena until the errant princess can be found and fulfill her duty. But not everyone supports the impending royal marriage uniting the Vakar and Kint people, which will seal a peace treaty and prevent war from recurring, also ensuring the safety of Earth. There's a conspiracy at work to kill the princess before she can wed Zane Trystan, the prince of the Kint. Delaney must survive assassination attempts, tread carefully around an unwanted betrothed, and learn an entirely different culture without giving herself away as a normal human. I loved Delaney's tenacity, bravery, and sensibility. She had her moment to cry and despair about being held on Xenith against her will, and then she found the courage to pull herself together, realizing the importance of pretending to be Olena. And if she had to be an alien princess, then she'd do it on her own terms. She could never act really bratty and spoiled like the true Olena. I really liked that she made the best of the situation, and didn't go running off into danger like some heroines might have done. Ruckus was a loyal and trustworthy bodyguard, exactly the kind of person Delaney needed by her side when she was all alone on an unfamiliar world. He became her closest friend and confidante, sharing her fears and secrets to him the more time passed in the palace. It's easy to see why Delaney slowly found herself falling for Ruckus, even though he'd mistakenly brought her to Xenith in the first place. Yet Ruckus didn't inspire the same passion in me, probably because I was too busy shipping Delaney and Trystan together instead. I'm definitely Team Trystan. Sorry, Ruckus. I just found myself drawn to Trystan immediately. His cold demeanor and commanding presence inspired fear, yet his actions never implied he was a cruel person. Early on, Ruckus warns Delaney to keep her distance from Trystan, that the Kints would love to take over Earth, but I'm still not ready to blindly trust that opinion. After all, the Vakar and Kints have never gotten along, so Ruckus's words could've been prejudiced. Trystan always protected Delaney when it counted, and was naturally curious (and suspicious) about the fiancee he was being forced to wed too. Chani Lynn Feener's Amid Stars and Darkness is a fun, thrilling light science fiction romance! It was such an entertaining and addictive read, more than satisfying all my expectations. I only wish the book went into greater detail about the differences between the Vakar and the Kints, rather than just saying the Kints were essentially the bad guys. The world-building was a little vague in that area, but that's something that can be expanded upon in the sequel. And I definitely need the next book! RIGHT NOW. I wasn't ready for Amid Stars and Darkness to come to an end, especially not after that epilogue left us hanging there! I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm hoping there's even more danger and intrigue and alien drama. And more Trystan, of course! ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-07-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Amid Stars and Darkness:"A thoughtful, sexy adventure with winning characters just begging for a bedtime read." -VOYA"Feener's world-building is excellent, and readers will feel engulfed in the culture, politics, and technology. The romance between Delaney and Ruckus develops slowly and satisfyingly. Give to fans of Melissa Landers's Alienated and Ally Condie's Matched." -School Library Journal"This debut makes for fun, fluffy reading." -Booklist "This story was amazing! The character development, the romance, the tears, such an emotional rollercoaster!" -Hannah B., reader on SwoonReads.com "Aliens, sexy soldiers, romance, cliffhangers... guys this book has everything!" -The Blonde Bookworm, reader on SwoonReads.com"I absolutely loved it. It hooked me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. It had so many great twists and turns and I loved that I couldn't predict what was going to happen. I loved the characters and their development throughout the story." -Emmasgems, reader on SwoonReads.com"A thrilling high-stakes read. From the very beginning I was sucked in and pulled along this intense journey filled with danger at every turn." -Ashley, reader on SwoonReads.com