Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener: A Blog Tour Review

FrostI have given Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener a ☆☆☆ rating. It is Book 2 of The Xenith Trilogy. It is Young Adult Science Fiction. Swoon Reads publishes it. It will be published July 24th, 2018.

The blurb reads:

Delaney 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.

Readers won’t want to miss Between Frost and Fury, the compelling, fast-paced sequel to Chani Lynn Feener’s Amid Stars and Darkness.

Hello, book fam! Long time no blog. Today, I am participating in the Xpresso Book Tours blog tour for Between Frost and Fury, the second instalment in The Xenith Trilogy, the sequel to Amid Stars and Darkness. Check out the rest of the tour here! There are also guest spots, interviews and a giveaway! I’ll cut the long story short so we can jump straight into the review! As always, my reviews may contain spoilers. I say may because what’s a spoiler to you may not be a spoiler for me.

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Let me just put this out there by saying that The Xenith Trilogy is trashy goodness in its finest form. You know you shouldn’t want it, but by god, do you! It’s highly addictive and I couldn’t put it down; I read it late into the night and way past a healthy time for sleeping.

However, I expected a lot more from Between Frost and Fury because I really did like Amid Stars and Darkness. I thought it was a very simple and sweet story of human girl and alien boy, a trope not extremely overdone. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t hate Between Frost and Fury but I felt like Amid Stars and Darkness had built such a momentum that the sequel didn’t continue. There was a great cliffhanger and the pace only started to build up towards the last third of the book but, in the beginning, it was all just a repeat of the first book. Delaney gets captured and is forced to be alien royalty. She doesn’t want to be and they have to find a way to get her out of being crowned princess. Sound familiar?

However, I did love the worldbuilding and I think Feener does an amazing job at building the worlds and maintaining the political wars despite all the names that I have to remember (I’m not good with names lol!). I also really liked that finally Trystan was given some semblance of character! In Amid Stars and Darkness, he was the most pathetic, one-dimensional villain ever. His sole existence was to be leery and evil.

But, here’s where my dilemma begins: although Feener tries to humanise Trystan and make him seem more likeable, at his very core, he’s still disgusting, manipulative and uses intimidation and force to make Delaney comply. It made me extremely uncomfortable reading any scene with Trystan (and pretty much the entirety of Between Frost and Fury is Trystan and Delaney) and any time he was trying to be sweet and nice, I couldn’t buy it. I was just so icked out.

Another thing that really bothered me about Between Frost and Fury was how hard the book pushed the love triangle. I was pretty satisfied with Ruckus and Delaney in Amid Stars and Darkness even though the latter was a one-dimensional love interest (they always are!) and I thought they were kinda cute. But, considering how much time Delaney spends in Trystan’s company in Between Frost and Fury, some feelings are bound to develop (Stockholm Syndrome, anyone) but can we just be done with love triangles, especially when one is incredibly manipulative despite any of his reasons???

But, Between Frost and Fury’s saving grace is Delaney. She was such a strong character in Amid Stars and Darkness that I couldn’t help rooting for her. However, in Between Frost and Fury, you have to put up with her being meek and helpless in the beginning of the book but by the end of it, she’s grown a backbone of steel. I love her sass and her wittiness and just how much strength she had in being able to bear all the problems that have been heaped upon her. I know I would have broken down and flaked the moment shit hits the fan.

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Amid Stars and Darkness was better but Between Frost and Fury builds upon Delaney’s character and introduces even more peril and danger for the third installment to come!

Author Bio:

Profile-6952-150_THqituWChani 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 also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.

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Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. This review edition may differ from the final edition.

 

 

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