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Amid Stars and Darkness Chani Lynn Feener


One mistaken identity leads to out of this world trouble.

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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’ 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’ 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.


Squaring her shoulders, she rested a hand over one of his. There was only one way out of this that she could see, and sitting around complaining about it, feeling sorry for herself, wasn't it.

“What do they want me to do?” she asked, barreling on when his eyes widened. “Whatever it is, I'll do it, but then I get to go home, right?”

He nodded his head.

“You're telling me the truth, aren't you?”

“Yes, Delaney.” He gave her a comforting half smile. “You do what the Basileus wants, and I'll make sure you get home safely.” His lips pursed then, and he slowly eased to his feet, hovering over her so that she not only had to put her head all the way back, but she needed to stretch out her arms behind her and lean on them as well.

“You're very brave,” he told her.

“For a human,” she filled in the blank he'd left open.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “Yes. There's that.”

Their current positions starting to make her uncomfortable, she bolted to her feet so fast he needed to backtrack a few steps to avoid her slamming into him. She was already turning away though, pacing the room with her hands on her hips.

“Ok,” she waved at him “tell me what it is I'm supposed to do.”

“Simple,” his tone hinted that what he was about to say was anything but, “convince the world that you are Lissa Olena.”

She paused. “Oh, is that all?”


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"Feener’s world-building is excellent, and readers will feel engulfed in the culture, politics, and technology. . . . A cliff-hanger ending will leave readers anxious for a sequel. Give to fans of Melissa Landers’s Alienated and Ally Condie’s Matched." —School Library Journal

"Makes for fun, fluffy reading." —Booklist

"Ending in spectacular fashion, Amid Stars and Darkness left me dying for more. Chani Lynn Feener opens this trilogy wonderfully and sets the second book up with the conclusion of this first installment. I can’t wait to join Delaney and Ruckus again." —The Rest Is Still Unwritten

"Perfect for someone who thinks they don’t like sci-fi or wants an easy transition into the genre." —Madison's Library

“This story was amazing! The character development, the romance, the tears, such an emotional rollercoaster!” –Hannah B., Swoon Reader

“Aliens, sexy soldiers, romance, cliffhangers... guys this book has everything!” –The Blonde Bookworm, Swoon Reader

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53 comments on "Amid Stars and Darkness"

Winter on Dec. 4, 2017, 6:04 p.m. said:


Just finished reading the book yesterday and had to read it again today. I recommended it to my friend and she loved it. Hope to read book 2.

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Samantha Hastings on Aug. 16, 2017, 4:16 p.m. said:

Samantha Hastings

Who doesn't love a space romance? But what a cliffhanger!! Definitely expect a sequel.

Similar reads: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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skipabbeat on Oct. 13, 2016, 7:47 a.m. said:


I want this now :(

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Wes Loder on Aug. 23, 2016, 8:26 p.m. said:

Wes Loder

Well written. A good balance of back-fill and action. Likeable characters. I will continue to read this one.

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candidAce on Aug. 8, 2016, 1:03 p.m. said:


Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh; help i'm hanging from a cliff. The story was so amazing, there has to be a sequel.

So original; good job.

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MMcLennan on Aug. 8, 2016, 6:11 a.m. said:


The story gets straight into the action and the main characters are believable. I instantly like Ruckus and the dialogue between him and Delaney is engaging. I feel Delaney seems too confident for someone who has been abducted and taken in an alien ship even though she suspects Ruckus won't harm her. I'm excited to read on!

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Purplepalace on July 29, 2016, 8:42 a.m. said:


I think that this book has potential. I like how you integrated a lot of description about the character's appearance and about the world they're in. The story line reminds me of that teen film called The Host, which is about an alien being hosted (taking control over and living inside) a human girl's body. In the same way that Ruckus falls for Delaney who's inside Lissa's body, another human boy falls for the alien inside the girl's (the "host's") body, which gets complicated when the girl starts to regain control of her own body and still has feelings for a different guy...

I feel like some aspects of this story are interesting, but I felt as though the beginning was a bit rushed and that the romance between Delaney and Ruckus was a bit sudden. I feel as though Delaney's fairly casual reaction to being kidnapped and Ruckus's very inappropriate-for-a-guard-to-behave-towards-a-client behaviour straight away is a little bit unrealistic. I'm not sure that this story is for me. I'm only 17, but I get the feeling that this may be more enjoyable for a younger audience.

Best if luck with your writing.

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Keerthi on July 23, 2016, 2:25 p.m. said:


Amazing story! I was hooked from the beginning, and I need to know what happens next!!! Keep it up!

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Dmflynn on July 19, 2016, 5:42 a.m. said:


I like it so far and am hooked and want to keep reading :)

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Celleste Rampersaud on July 9, 2016, 11:47 a.m. said:

Celleste Rampersaud

I loved it. I just finished reading and had to recommend to friends. There were times when I thought I had it figured out but... Can't wait for more. I can honestly say you have me hooked.

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