Amid Stars and Darkness

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An ordinary teenage girl has to impersonate an alien princess after being mistakenly kidnapped in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

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:

"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." —School Library Journal

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


Series Title
The Xenith Trilogy
Feiwel & Friends
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Chani Lynn Feener
Publication Date
July, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.56 x 5.77 x 1.33 Inches

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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 and 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 are able to live and co-exist with the humans and I could say that it's exciting to see it happens in reality. The story-line is incredible especially how the author 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 have 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 and 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 there are parts/scenes that 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 on reading a book that involves aliens, then I suggest for you to try this novel. Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley.

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