Saturday, 4 July 2015

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1)The Stars Never Rise

Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Untitled
Pages: 368
Publisher: Delacorte Pres
Release date: 9th June 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.

Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

I was a little hesitant about starting The Stars Never Rise, I really enjoyed Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamer series but her Shifters series was a BIG miss for me so I was a little reluctant but I am pleased to say this book is a fabulous start to the series and I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Our MC is sixteen year-old Nina Kane, living in New Temperance her main focus is to provide for her sister by keeping food on the table and a roof over their heads by doing whatever it takes while their deadbeat mother is seemingly oblivious to what is going on. Nina was a character I instantly liked and sympathised with, things weren’t easy for her but she remained strong and determined.

When Melanie, Nina’s fifteen year-old sister announces something that will cause them a lot of drama because it is considered a sin, Nina will do anything possible to keep her safe. Now wanted by the Church and hunted by dark robed exorcists, Nina meets a group of teens eager to help her transition in to her new abilities and tell her the truth about what she is and also about the life she had come to believe in.

The world-building was creative and unique, it’s a world that has been ruined by soul-eating demons and degenerates, their lives are now strictly ruled by the Church, this book was heavy on the religion which I usually don’t enjoy but it was a pivotal aspect in this book. It was a fast-paced read that kept me flipping the pages eager for more.

I think what makes this book wonderful is how Rachel Vincent doesn’t forget to make the secondary characters stand out just as much as Nina. I was so fascinated and quite baffled by Finn and enjoyed the bond shared between Devi, Maddock, Reese and Grayson. I still have so many questions!

Overall, The Stars Never Rise is wonderfully written, it’s a dark blend of Dystopian and Urban Fantasy that worked really well. With a great plot line and fantastically drawn characters it makes it all the more enjoyable.

Rachel VincentAbout the author: A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.


  1. I haven't tried this author out but have been wanting to. This does sounds pretty good. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I love all of Rachel Vincent's books! I pre-ordered this one, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm so glad to hear you liked it! The cover is gorgeous too!

  3. I have yet to read this author. Her SS series has been on my TBR for awhile now, but I just haven't got to it yet. Glad this worked for you, it sounds really good.

  4. Ok, you have me excited. I have this, but have never tried the author. I am adding to my to-read pile!

  5. Sooo many good reviews about this novel! I love the cover, although I'm still deciding on wheather I should read it or not - maybe I should, thank you for the lovely review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. I was also totally in love with the Soul Screamers series, but this one just ended up not working out for me. There were just a few of my own preferences that kind of killed any enjoyment I could have had, haha. I definitely agree that it was fast-paced - I managed to finish it in a day, which is something I never seem to do anymore!


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