Series: The Xenith Trilogy #1
Published by Swoon Reads on July 18, 2017
Genres: Romance, Romantic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Implied sex
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
So here's the deal. I actually tend to really enjoy Swoon Reads books. They're generally light and fluffy, offer some sweet romance, and are overall fast reads. And AMID STARS AND DARKNESS lives up to that exact description. Light and fluffy, with sweet romance and definitely a fast read.
While you really kind of have to suspend a lot of disbelief for the premise to work, once I did, it was a fun ride. Feener created a super adorable couple with Delaney and Ruckus, and I loved watching their romance grow. Ruckus was super sweet but also pretty badass, and I loved how dedicated he was to his job, even though most everybody hated Olena, the princess Delaney was imitating. Delaney is amusing and relatable, and well-fleshed out as a character.
The plot was fast and the pacing well done. There were a few slower moments, but nothing too distracting. My biggest complaint is what a jerk Trystan is, and the ending. The book could have been so perfect if not for the last few paragraphs. In fact, just skip the epilogue! You'll be better off.
While I'm looking forward to the next book in The Xenith Trilogy, I'm also a little unsure as to whether I'm going to enjoy the direction it seems it might be going. I'm not one for a love triangle but I could certainly see that come up. However, AMID STARS AND DARKNESS is a perfect afternoon read, something I didn't have to invest much in but still had good entertainment value.Series Titles:
- Amid Stars and Darkness
- For more YA science-fiction romance, try THESE BROKEN STARS by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufmann.