This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 9, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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From RACHEL VINCENT, New York Times bestselling author, comes the first book in a new series about a girl who must join forces with rogue exorcists to save her sister and, ultimately, humanity.
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 put her trust in 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.
Over a hundred years have passed since the end of the demon wars. Life is now ordered and calm. Yes, there are still some demons possessing people, but the Church and its team of exorcists keep them in check. In fact the Church keeps everything in check as they are also the government. Nina is used to the Church running her town and is even planning to pledge and join to become a teacher. However, her entire life changes when a demon attacks her and she is saved by a boy with the greenest eyes she has ever seen. Working against time to save her sister and those she loves, Nina must learn to trust outsiders and to walk away from everything she has ever believed.
Oh I do so like Rachel Vincent. I have all the books in her other 4 series and have enjoyed them all. I was very excited to hear about her three new books planned for 2015 (Lion’s Share out February 23, 2015, this one and Menagerie planned for September 29, 2015). I saw this one on NetGalley but it was sadly just for UK residents so I was denied. Amazon was taking forever to release the kindle version (woke up to a notification that had been sent at 1:23 a.m. my time that it was available for purchase) so I bought my first Nook book as B&N had it to buy when I looked at 9:45 p.m. my time (12:45 a.m. Eastern). I will be getting the real book as I have all the books of certain authors, Rachel Vincent being one of them, but I just couldn’t wait to get started.
My favorite Rachel Vincent books are her Shifters series and since The Stars Never Rise is a YA like Soul Screamers I knew it probably wouldn’t have all the brutality, carnage and steaminess of the Shifters. I was right, but The Stars Never Rise was full of depth and unexpected pathos. Rising from a dystopian premise into a rich tapestry of poverty, persecution and sacrilege, Vincent was able to keep the story flowing while weaving many disparate elements together. The only thing this book lacked for me was a true emotional tie, as the action progressed so quickly I didn’t have time to fall in love or hate with a particular character or their fate. As this is the first in a new series, I hope this book serves as the world and plot building and the next is more character driven so I can feel for them. That being said I still did enjoy this book and stayed up way too late reading it, and am now sad I finished it so fast. If you have never read a novel by Rachel Vincent go find one now, you won’t be disappointed. Also wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone out there. I know there are a lot of book review blogs and book reviews online, so thank you for incorporating 125Pages.