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Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  503 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
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 even
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Chani Book two is titled, Between Frost and Fury, and comes out next July! You can add it to your TBR shelves now! Thanks for asking! :)
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Not sure if Im going to write a review for this. Let me know if you want one. Biggest freaking cliff hanger ever. I need the sequel more than oxygen. Seriously.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now, this was more than I was expecting! The synopsis of this book definitely intrigued me and I was lucky enough to read this early! But I will say this totally exceeded my expectations! YAY!

This story is about aliens. Yes, aliens. Not the kind you’re thinking of though. Aliens have been living among us and then some time ago they came out. There are those like them here and those who don’t. Delany is one who doesn’t really care for them. Not interested in knowing about them or anything. So whe
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-releases
Nope nope nope.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Amid Darkness and Stars by Chani Lynn Feener
Book One of the Xenith trilogy
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Rating: 2 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 alie
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it was pretty interesting.

I loved Delaney. She's sassy and strong and smart. She stands up for herself and knows how to defend herself and I was really entertained by reading her go through this. Ruckus and Trystan are both interesting characters in their own ways.

Plot wise, it's pretty fast paced. It's starts off with a bang and doesn't quite let go. There are explosions and gun fights and swoons and sweetness and banter for days. My only real c
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Even though it was a huge downer for me for more than the first half, things turned out pretty well - especially the characters. I'll still definitely read the next installment.

Full RTC.
Alyssa Janine Busia
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
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Publication date: July 18, 2017

I actually liked this book a lot! I kept putting it aside until I finally decided to pick it up and it was everything! The story was amazing! And that cliffhanger... Man, I need that second book pronto.

Delaney is funny, sarcastic, tough and clever. My favorite kind of heroine! She was so entertaining to read! Despite being kidnapped by aliens, and forced to pretend to be the clearly spoiled Princess; Delaney refused to be cowered and added a humorous and brave sp
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


Chani Lynn Feener's Amid Stars and Darkness is the first installment in the authors The Xenith Trilogy. Hello universe! My name is Delaney Grace, and I'm a recent High School Graduate now sharing an apartment with my best friend Mariana. During a night out for a bit of fun, & dancing, I was taken away by an alien named Ander Ruckus and ended up in a life or death adventure on Xenith. Aliens? Are you high? Oh wait! I
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, and-a-half
Christmas gift from Michelle!

2.5 stars
This book exceeded my - admittedly low - expectations. The main character, Delaney, shows courage and resourcefulness in the face of a lot of extreme situations, but it all comes across as realistic. The story reveals enough of her backstory to make it believable without overwhelming the "present day." The plot and world building is pretty clever.
However, I found the shadowy/bad guy villain fairly weak and had higher hopes for a better climax and twist. (v
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is candy. Very entertaining. If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles you'd probably like this.
Carly Vaught
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reread:
After finally reading the final copy, I'm still in love with this book. Absolutely must have my hands on the next one!

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This book is officially on my favourites list. It was epic, it was romantic, it was overall fantastic and everyone needs to read it.

For starters, ALIENS. Everyone loves a good alien story, but when it's a story where aliens are widely known, it's not one you hear a
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG that ending!!! I need more
Jennifer Kelly
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Xenith Trilogy and follows Earthling Delaney Grace as she is mistaken for the princess of Xenith and taken from Earth, along with the inevitable fallout.

I really enjoyed this book! It was light-hearted with great banter, but then also had an action-filled plot (let's just say not everyone is a fan of the princess). I kept turning pages needing to know what happened. The quasi-villain Trystan has major Darkling vibes, but I'm definitely a fan of the main love interes
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love love loved this book! It was a fast paced, fun plot with a swoon worthy love interest and a kick ass female lead. If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series this one’s for you!
Sarah Calaway
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in from the beginning! Chani is an amazing author, and she has a way of picking and choosing the correct words. Her characters and world seemed so real to me, and I was emotionally invested the whole time. The plot was well done, and I found it to be different from other books like it that I've read. It has a certain uniqueness to it. Also, the romance was so well written and not cheesy, even if it was a tad bit fast. All in all, I need the next book asap!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
DAMNNNNNNNNN Not only was this book CRAZY GOOD it was CRAZY GOOD!!!!!!! Seriously I'm surprised this book has really wow just wow. With fantasy and romance, what more could you ask for? It has been cleverly written making each page enjoyable. I loved the characters with all my heart and with all my soul. Amen.
Dayle (the literary llama)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
his 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 th
Rylee Richards
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
This book was a quick read simply because I COULD NOT put it down. At no point did I lose interest. The ending is a cliff-hanger, but in a good way. It made me excited for what comes next.

It's a space romance, and thankfully doesn't get bogged down with world-building details. There's enough to give you an idea of how the world works, but the focus is on the character development. Essentially, in this alternate world, there is earth and two alien kingdoms. Delaney, our very human protagonist, i
3.5 stars

With superficial world-building, a predictable plot with kickass action, and a sweet romance that I never really got invested in, Amid Stars and Darkness was a fun, light adventure in space. However, "light" is all it really was, and I found myself taking quick breaks while reading just because it never really offered anything other than cute antics with the very likable and down-to-earth heroine and the situation she gets caught up in.

Nonetheless, I would recommend this to readers read
Ashley Martinez
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! A thrilling high-stakes read. From the very beginning I was sucked in and pulled along this intense journey filled with danger at every turn. The story was paced well and really pulled me along.
The characters were fantastic. I love the main character, Delaney. She was a strong, take no crap woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I loved how she wasn't some whiny damsel in distress.
Ruckus was an alpha protector who saw through her and sought to protect and help her. Not to mention he wa
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It was more than I was expecting and I loved it. Even though I had no very high expectations on it, I was quite excited to read this book because the premise totally intrigued me and that beautiful cover made it even more irresistible so I knew I had to read this. I've already read the author's Beguiling Trickery which is my first book from her but sadly, it didn't worked out for me. I'm so glad this one
Nannette Demmler
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was a fast paced space adventure with a fascinating alien culture, and a sassy heroine who manages to make the best of a really bad situation.

Delaney knows that aliens walk among us.  They have been for many centuries but it isn't until recently that humans have found out about them.  She doesn't know very much about them except for the basics.  They mostly look like humans except for their size and their eyes.  She tried not to think about them at all.  S
Katy Upperman
I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but I was immediately drawn to this novel's beautiful cover, as well as its summary: Earth girl Delaney is mistaken for alien princess Olena, then dragged to a faraway planet, where she's imprisoned in a castle and forced to impersonate Olena in order to maintain galactic peace. Amid Stars and Darkness is a fast-paced space opera with cool world-building and a swoony romance (I adored Ruckus!), plus some well executed humor, thanks to Delaney's spectacular voice. If ...more
Cherry (_forevermint)
The cover is really pretty and the story somewhat so as well. I found the first half interesting and the main character fairly enjoyable to read about. However, once romance became the main focus of the book, I started losing interest. I really didn't care for the romance whatsoever, it felt forced, predictable and bland. This is one of the few ya books I've read where I'm more interested in the politics and the action. I'd be interested to read the second book just to see where the story goes t ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I began and finished this book in one sitting. It was so good. I had heard so many good things about the book from Goodreads and other sites and I found myself pre-ordering it when I rarely ever pre-order anything. Heck, I rarely buy books at all since I work at a library.

But I am so glad I bought this book.

It sounded like it had all the elements of a story that I'd love. Aliens, slow-burn romance, and an intergalactic adventure. It was everything I hoped for and more. Yes, the language was a li
Sara (Just Another Story)
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid 3.75- review to come.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 condition
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
See? I'm totally trash for these kinds of books. Read in one sitting. LOL. I did win book 2 from the give-aways GR has so I thought I better read book 1 first.
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Chani majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. 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 also the author of teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally writt ...more
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