Monday, July 17, 2017

Amid Stars and Darkness (#1 The Xenith Trilogy) Chani Lynn Feener - Book Blitz






Amid Stars and Darkness
Chani Lynn Feener
Published by:  Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

 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.


Review 

5 Stars
🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 

This is the introduction to a sensational concept with outstanding characters. There isn't a boring moment throughout the story. Marvelous!

Three years ago, aliens visiting and living on earth revealed themselves to the humans. There are two kingdoms on the planet Xenith. The Vacars and the Kints. The aliens are allowed to stay on earth for five years to experience the culture but there are some who settle. The kingdoms have been in conflict but, have now agreed to a peace treaty. With conditions!

Delaney has just graduated from high school and looking forward to her new venture. She shares an apartment with her best friend Mariana.

Ruckus is the bodyguard to Lissa Olena, the Vakar princess. She is the most hated person on the planet. She has spent her five years on earth and being royalty, she doesn't have the option of staying. She has to return to do her duties but, she has no intentions of going back. Not that she has a choice!

Trystan is the prince and heir to the Kints. He is betrothed to Olena by arrangement as the condition of keeping the peace. They can't stand each other but, have to do as they are told.

Mariana is eager to go to this nightclub to meet her alien boyfriend. Delaney reluctantly goes with her and when they are separated, she decides to go back home. They keep each other informed of what they are doing. Delaney has a strange encounter before exiting the club and when she is outside, she is kidnapped. Mistaken identity? She puts up a fight but, she is no match for her abductor who doesn't believe that she isn't Olena. Ruckus knows that there is an impending attempt on Olena and as her bodyguard, her safety comes first.

Delaney wakes up on Xenith and this is where she realises that she no longer look the same. Oops! Ruckus knows that he has made a mistake and can't afford for this to leak as it will definitely spark off the war which will have a drastic impact on earth. They decide to keep it amongst a selected few and convince Delaney to play along until they find Olena. Despite her apprehensions, knowing what a war would do to the humans, she agrees. She doesn’t have a clue about the Vakars' way of life and Ruckus is only too willing to assist. It shouldn't be too difficult. He has a good personality and looks like a runway model. He is impressed by her personality, which is the complete opposite to Olena. She is quick witted, strong and compassionate. Unfortunately, Olena's reputation is well known and there are many who want to get rid of her. Especially, the Tars, a group of rebels who want to stop the wedding that will tie the Vakar to the Kints.

When Trystan pays Olena a visit, he notices the subtle changes in her. Could her stay on earth have done some good after all? He is no fool and very observant. There are times when he gives the impression that he knows what's going on. Little tests about her likes and dislikes! Ruckus and Delaney become enamoured even though, it's the wrong thing to do. Trystan wants to explore the new persona and he too might just be falling for her. She has already made up her mind about him after their first encounter. He has the looks of an angel but he is dangerous!

All things considered, Delaney adapts to her role fairly well despite, the numerous assassination attempts on her life. She comes close on a couple of occasions. Will they find Olena in time for her to return home? What about this "thing" between her and Ruckus? Will Trystan put two and two together?

I like Ruckus but sometimes he is overprotective and does his best to keep Trystan away from Delaney. Granted, they tend to argue a lot but there is definitely something else developing there. I must admit that I have a soft spot for Trystan. He does a few things that might look out of character to others but, I find them admirable.

It's a rivetting and well orchestrated plot. I found the whole thing to be fascinating. The romance. The conflicts. The technology. The way of life. I can't say that there is anything that I didn't like. The cliffhanger has left me more than curious and I will definitely be stalking this author to find out when the next part of this trilogy is being released. It's one of the best young adult SciFi novel that I have read in a while, and highly recommend.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
 


Author Bio


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 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 Goodreads.com.


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