REVIEW: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
SYNOPSIS: 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.
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
SERIES: The Xenith Trilogy #1
RATING: ★★★★☆ / 4 Stars
REVIEW: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
There’s a popular term being bandied about more and more lately... Space Opera. I mean, it seems a bit self-explanatory but at the same time I’m like, “What does that even mean”? It’s not a new term, popular movies like The Fifth Element or the Star Wars franchise are squarely inside the Space Opera genre. And I've read multiple books in the past couple years that claim the label but it's been awhile since I've found one that captured me so thoroughly from the get-go as did AMID STARS AND DARKNESS.
This book is addicting. I love storylines that take a somewhat clueless earthbound human and thrust them into the thick of alien madness. I think, in a way, it's being able to relate to the main character more easily that sucks me in so quickly. Learning a new sci-fi or fantasy world just makes more sense when you're learning it right along with the main character...in this case Delaney. I loved the author's choices.
Royalty, romance, and intergalactic relations... what more could you want from a space opera?! How about kidnapping and assassination? ... Intrigued, right?! Like I said, it's addicting from the very beginning. I was so pleasantly surprised, not many books in this genre get me hooked that fast. The pace was incredible, quick and then slow, in all the right places. Action-packed and full of interesting relationships. The author keeps you entertained and guessing in equal measure.
Let's talk about that romance and the drama. Once you read it you'll understand that this entire book feels like an amazing build-up to something even better but you don't know what that better is yet...because the romance in this one is pretty darn good all it's own. BUT there's more coming and I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say any more on the subject.
It's not a perfect book (although I obviously enjoyed the heck out of it). There were some sections that I thought were a little sparse. Some world and culture building that I thought needed more detail and attention. But really, the strength of the relationships and action sequences that the author built let me easily overlook the bits I thought needed touch more.
Cliffhanger. You have been warned. This cliffhanger is decent sized and left me anxious for more. I can't wait for book 2! ...won't you join me in the waiting, because I highly recommend AMID STARS AND DARKNESS.
Review by The Literary Llama