Swoon Saturday (5): Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Publication Date: July 18, 2017 by Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My thoughts:

This book is like Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper x Star Wars x James Cameron’s Avatar x John Carter all in one.

Girl is forced to pretend to be someone else because she looks exactly like the missing person and something bad will happen if she doesn’t go with it. She’s transported to a new planet and meets the aliens who have been living with the humans on Earth for years. She falls for the “hot alien” who happens to reciprocate her feelings and becomes the reason she would want to stay in the new planet if it weren’t for her family back home. Except that the hot alien also has plans of leaving his planet and going with the girl instead. Insert all the political drama and all the attempts of killing the girl, then poof!

Olena and Delaney are like Anneliese and Erika (from Princess and the Pauper) except that Olena is not really a likeable character as of the moment.

The possibility of war between Earth and Xenith – need I say more?

The Alter Pool reminds me of the Tree of Souls in Avatar.

Characters from John Carter (the film) and this book made the choice of staying in another planet for someone they love.

Four films came to mind while reading this book. I guess that’s enough reason to say that Amid Stars and Darkness would make a good sci-fi movie.

I liked the action in this book. There were no unnecessary introductions. Delaney is kidnapped right away, and I was taken with her.

I instantly had a crush on Ruckus and I definitely agree with Delaney on the “hot alien” description. He notices the small details and he makes you feel safe.

Trystan, however, is a mystery. Being with him is like living dangerously. I seriously want to know more about him in the next book.

Amid Stars and Darkness is a fast-paced story with immersive world-building.  The anticipation for the next book is real, my friends. (THAT ENDING!)

Final Rating: 4/5


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