Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: It’s alright, a little dark for me and since I got an ARC maybe it will be sort of metallic-y or something that makes it stand out. Other than that it’s just meh.
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.
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 when her best friend drags her to a club so she can finally meet this hot alien bartender she’s been chatting with online, Delany isn’t thrilled. But for the love of friendship she goes, after bumping into a girl she decides to leave and is kidnapped.
Delany tries to get away but when her attacker keeps calling her by the name of Lissa Olena she quickly tries to tell him that he’s got the wrong person and that he needs to let her go. Sadly it isn’t until she is taken to another planet that it becomes apparent to the kidnapper who is Ander Rukus that he indeed has the wrong person!
Here’s the thing, Delany looks exactly like the princess Lissa Olena and she was supposed to return home to marry another alien to form an alliance and if she isn’t there to fulfill her end of the deal then it’s major war between these two alien nations. No bueno. Now let’s get this clear these “aliens” look EXACTLY like humans they just come from other planets. Alright, cool.
What I liked about this story is, I felt the author did a fantastic job of coming up with different name platforms just a “Zane” for “Prince” or “Ander” for something equivalent to “Major” or “Sergeant.” The world building was great and I liked how they aren’t human but they look human so nothing too sci-fi which is appreciated for me although there are a few physical differences.
I really enjoyed Zane Trystan. He is the fiance, he’s cold, brooding, extremely perceptive and smart. There is history behind the Lissa and the Zane and no love what-so-ever between them so when the Zane thinks Delany is the actual Lissa so there is A LOT of hate. But I can’t tell you how much I LOOOOOOVE Zane and the more you read of him and the extremely slow progress with his character the more you’ll like him.
Ander Rukus, by all means, is a very GOOD guy but for me, he was just that. Good, nothing really special about him but I do appreciate that he is overall good.
There is an ever so slight possibility of a love triangle which I’m okay with because I am SO TEAM ZANE TRYSTAN! And all I can say is, IT BETTER BE TRYSTAN! He isn’t a good guy BUT he isn’t totally bad either. Read the book you’ll know what I mean.
Overall I was very much afraid I was going to be totally disappointed in this book, but indeed I WAS NOT! This is a book I would totally own!!!!
Sexual Content: mild
*Thank you, Macmillan and Swoon Reads, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*