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June 27, 2017

Review: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
Paperback, 375 pages
Publication: July 18th, 2017 by Swoon Reads

If anyone had ever asked Delaney Grace what her plans were after high school, she certainly wouldn't have answered, "getting kidnapped". Unfortunately, that's exactly what happens. As if that wasn't enough, turns out the man kidnapping her isn't a local. He's from another planet. In a twisted case of mistaken identity, Delaney is taken to a foreign world where she's forced to pretend to be an alien princess. If she can pull it off long enough for the real princess to be found, she'll get to go home, if she doesn't, she risks enslaving the entire human race. Tricking the princess's betrothed, Trystan, isn't going to be easy, but not falling for Ruckus, her accidental kidnapper, might be an even bigger feat. Especially when the three of them get caught up in a deadly game of truth or dare. Will Delaney be able to pull off the acting job of a lifetime, or will she ultimately be the cause of a massive war? One the human race most likely won't survive. 

I have mixed feelings about Amid Stars and Darkness, but at the end of the day I have to say I really enjoyed it!

The characters were quite entertaining. Delaney is snarky and tough. Her lack of self-preservation could have been the death of her a handful of times, but she just doesn’t stop, and I loved that. You tell ‘em, girl! I liked Ruckus well enough, but I have to say I found Trystan more compelling as a character.

Now, I will say there are some things I would have liked to have seen done differently. The world building leaves much to be desired, for one. I also wish there had been more depth to the story. I think this had the potential to be multi-layered and phenomenal, but at the end of the day it’s lacking that umph. Ultimately, it’s just a light fun read that happens to involve space and aliens. 

Did Amid Stars and Darkness blow me away? No. But do I recommend it? Absolutely. It was an entertaining read and though I’d hoped for a bit more, I can’t help but smile when I think about this one.

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