September 6, 2016 by thequotedpage
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Series: The Stars Never Rise
Book #: 1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
My Rating: 5 hearts
Cover Rating: 5/5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
Note: This was a re-read for me.
I get wonderful feels every time I open a new Rachel Vincent book. It’s a feeling of excitement, because every one of her books I’ve read has left me breathless, and it’s a feeling of trust, I know I’m in good hands because her stories have never let me down.
I felt all of those things when I cracked open (figuratively…it’s a Kindle book) The Stars Never Rise…and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
I love the premise of this book. I’ve read several reviews that said there was nothing unique about it, but I disagree. I though it was unique. Sure, I’ve read a ton of books about demons, but the set up here was one I hadn’t encountered before. I won’t go into it because the synopsis above pretty much sums it up and anything else I add to it could possibly be spoilery.
What I can say is this is not a world I’d ever want to live in. To me, this is more dystopian than urban fantasy or paranormal romance, so I’ll call it Paranormal Dystopian. It’s set sometime in the near future, where the Church rules all (such a scary thought!) with an iron fist…and some of the punishments meted out for so-called “sins” were so sickening, just disgusting, it’s just a horrifying world, in my opinion.
I love Nina Kane and her sister, Melanie. That’s one of the main reasons I love Rachel Vincent; her characters are always realistic, flawed people. Nina is just trying to survive this world and take care of her younger sister with no help whatsoever from their deadbeat mom. But when she learns of a secret her sister has been holding on to, Nina’s whole world comes crashing down. She meets some new people and has to go on the run from the Church, and that’s where the story really takes off. Out of all the new group of characters, we get to know Finn the best, because Nina and Finn have a connection…a love connection 🙂 I’m super corny, I know! Anyway, I heart Finn for Nina. He’s sweet and funny and genuine. But, wait for the insanely shocking twist about Finn that comes about halfway through the book…I was NOT expecting that at all!
There were a few predictable things in the story, but that doesn’t really bother me much if I’m loving it. And I was. All in all, it was a great read, a unique but scary world, and relatable characters. There was romance, a little bit, just the starting of one. I always wish for more romance, but it was enough to get me by 🙂
I suggest you go pick up a copy today and start reading ASAP!
*Read on my Kindle Voyage