The Xenith Trilogy #2

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July 9, 2018 by elnadesbookchat

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Summary from NetGalley:

Between Frost and FuryDelaney might have done her job a little TOO well…and now her life has once again been turned upside down by aliens, this time by a deadly (and devastatingly handsome) alien prince in this explosive second installment of Chani Lynn Feener’s The Xenith Trilogy. 

Delaney has been kidnapped by aliens. Again. After only a month back on Earth with her hot new alien boyfriend Ruckus, the deadly and devastatingly handsome prince Trystan has dragged her right back to his planet.

While some girls may dream of winning a prince’s heart, Delaney just wishes this one would leave her alone. Instead, she finds herself at the center of both a tense political battle between two alien kingdoms and Trystan’s romantic attentions, both of which are absolutely ruining the life she’s built on Earth. Not to mention the fact that she’s about to be crowned queen of a planet she’s barely even visited. Just another day in the life of an ordinary human girl.

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ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via Netgalley for an honest review.

Confession:

This is a solid second book in this trilogy that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.  It was just as fast paced as the first one with some interesting things happening on the romance front.  I also reviewed the first book,  Amid Stars and Darkness, which you can read here. 

Poor Delaney, she just can’t seem to get rid of these pesky aliens.  She continues to be manipulated by just about every alien she comes in contact with.  She is strong though and does manage to give as much as she takes.  She does start off hating Trystan, understandably because he kidnapped her and is forcing her to be his betrothed.  He tells her that she has to do it to save earth, but he has other motives as well.   While her love for Ruckus remains strong, she does start to develop feelings for Trystan, that I am not going to call love quite yet.  It is hard not to feel something for someone that you spend a lot of time with, and Trystan can be quite charming when he wants to be.  I’m not calling this a love triangle quite yet, although it is definitely on the verge.  But it is a well done triangle.

Trystan is a very morally gray character, I think.  Sometimes it is hard to tell with him.  He appears to think and feel one way but then will do a 360 when he is talking to Delaney or his father.  He does truly end up caring for Delaney though, which is a point in his favor I think.  I didn’t like him much in the first book, but he grew on me through out this one and I have definitely developed a fondness for him. We got to see a lot more from his point of view this time around which was good.  It helped to understand him more.

The plot is well done, and the court politics are also interesting without being boring.  The way Trystan, his father and the other royalty plot around her is fun to watch.  I’m really not sure how this is going to end for both their planet and ours.  There isn’t much new that we learn about the planet, a little of their history and the culture that Trystan comes from.   The food was definitely better this time around, there are a few dishes I would love to try. 

A great second installment and another good summer read.  If you enjoy alien romances this is a series you should consider reading.  

 

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