Book Review | Within Ash and Stardust #BlogTour @XpressoTours

I feel like I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, I’m happy to share my thoughts about Within Ash and Stardust.

about the book

within ash and stardust

Having gone from kidnapped faux princess to the legitimate heir to an intergalactic throne, an impulsive, sarcastic teen must take charge of her own destiny in this epic YA novel.

On Earth, Delaney is a normal teenager who recently graduated high school with a fantastic best friend and a loving boyfriend.

But Delaney isn’t on Earth. She’s on Xenith, a war-torn planet half a galaxy away. Originally mistaken for an alien princess, Delaney has gone from kidnapped imposter to the recognized heir to an alien throne. Oh, and she’s engaged to the prince of an enemy nation whose ruthless father is on the warpath.

Torn between two planets, two fates, and two loves, Delaney is finally ready to choose her own destiny in Within Ash and Stardust, the stunning conclusion to Chani Lynn Feener’s Xenith Trilogy.

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my thoughts

I think I’ll start this review with the one thing that I was a bit frustrated with, the last two books I read in quick succession so I knew what had happened immediately before. This book pretty much picks up from where book two left off but because it has been a year since I read it I was a little lost, I could remember a lot but there were a few things I was a bit unsure of. So I did have to go back and re-read the last few chapters of book two so that this one would make sense.

I have to say though that that was my only little annoyance once I had reminded myself of what was happening I was glad of the fact that I was thrust into the action. I had been looking forward to this one because I knew that there would be a lot going on not just because the Rex was trying to start a war but because Delaney has two love interests and I knew that there would have to be some sort of decision.

I’m sure I’ve said it before but I do quite like a love triangle not just for the sake of it but you know if there is a good reason for it. This particular one has been good because it also has an enemies to lovers quality about it as well. I think it really added to the drama in this story but I liked that Ruckus and Trystan didn’t play dirty with each other that the focus was more on how their relationships with Delaney were changing. I won’t say much more about it than that except that I was happy with the outcome.

Something which has been consistently great throughout this series is the world building and this book is no exception. I liked that even though the author could have just focussed on the fight against the Rex, she also introduced us to new settings one of which I wish was a real place, the dust markets, I would love to walk through stardust and do the little ceremony that the couples do. The author easily transports you to these vivid settings and it is difficult not to get entirely engrossed in the story.

It’s always hard when a series that you have really enjoyed is coming to an end. I think there is always a worry that you are going to be disappointed with the outcome or that it won’t have that same magic of the previous books that you have loved. Within Ash and Stardust was the best conclusion to this amazing series and whilst I’m sad that it’s over because I love this world that the author created I’m also excited to see what she will come up with next.


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about the author

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 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

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Reviews of other Chani Lynn Feener books

Amid Stars And Darkness | Between Frost and Fury


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