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Amid Stars and Darkness

(The Xenith Trilogy #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  208 reviews
A high-stakes space opera that combines science fiction and romance, this debut young adult 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. Kid
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Square Fish (first published July 18th 2017)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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 anyt
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 mi
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. 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
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.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bra
*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 Xenit
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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. (vie
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is candy. Very entertaining. If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles you'd probably like this.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

“One definite good thing about having such a large bed: There were more than enough blankets and pillows to help muffle her sobs.”

Okay, I was super excited to read this book because I’ve heard nothing but amazing and positive things about it, and since the sequel was about to come out this month, I decided to pick it up and see if it was as good as everyone’s been saying, and though I had some issues here and there, I must admit it wa/>
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caroline Vaught
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!

Originally posted on:


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 s
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG that ending!!! I need more
Jennifer Kelly
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
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
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 read
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Lissa Olena sounds an awful lot like Larisa Oleynik.
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

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
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 the
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
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, sci-fi
This is definitely more romance heavy than sci-fi, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that appearances didn’t matter to the love interest - he fell in love with her personality.

There was a lot of action, and I enjoyed reading about Delaney’s experiences on the other planet.

Overall a fun read.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Ye
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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. She is the author of the Xenith trilogy, and the teen paranormal series, The Underworld S ...more

Other books in the series

The Xenith Trilogy (3 books)
  • Between Frost and Fury (The Xenith Trilogy, #2)
  • Within Ash and Stardust (The Xenith Trilogy, #3)
“I don’t care that I don’t know what you really look like, don’t you get that? It’s not the package that I’m interested in here. It’s you. The girl who fought off three tellers with nothing but her smarts. And who stood up to the Basileus.” 2 likes
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