Amid Stars and Darkness
Author: Chani Lynn Feener
Genres: YA Romance/Science Fiction
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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.
“Delaney,” he said, “come in.”
She licked her lips, stubbornly crossing her arms and cocking out a hip. She was still wearing the green dress and the shoes. The air here was getting crisp, licking against her skin in a way that left chills behind. The water looked like it’d be the perfect temperature, not too warm, not too cold.
“What if I promise to show you sometime? Will you come in then?” he said, and she blinked.
“The flowers,” he said, and chuckled, clearly knowing where her mind had just been. “I’ll bring you here one of these nights and show you. You’ve never seen anything like it.” He held her gaze. “They used to be the only thing in this entire castle I actually enjoyed being around.”
A bitter taste rose in her mouth, and the warm feeling that’d been collecting in her lower belly vanished.
“What color is your hair?”
She frowned. “My hair? It’s red.”
“Red.” The corner of his mouth turned up in an interested half smile. “We don’t have redheads here. You’d be a commodity. Everyone would stare.”
“So it’s a good thing that I look like Olena then, huh?” she managed.
“What color are your eyes?” Obviously, he was determined.
“They’re green,” she said. Then she added, “I got them from my grandmother.”
“What shade of green?” he asked.
“I’ve been told they look exactly like a cat’s.”
“You and cats.” He tilted his head, eyes roaming over her as if trying to picture what she’d look like as someone else. He’d see the black-haired girl he’d known for years, Olena. It was her body right now shoved into the sundress. Her eyes he saw rolling, her arms. Her legs. Her lips.
“You can stare all you like.” Even to her own ears, she sounded deflated. “You’ll never really see me.” Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. 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 the author of Amid Stars and Darkness and the teen paranormal series the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.