Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: The Stars Never Rise

Author Rachel Vincent
Format e-book
Print Length 368 pages
Publisher Delacorte Press
Published June 9, 2015

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.

My Opinion

Rachel Vincent is writing a new book- give me, give me, give me. Jumping up and down then fan-girling a little bit. After two long years and one heck of a cover it is finally here. I sit down and open it. Ahh… to be immersed in one of her worlds again. Oh to be surrounded by demons again…. Wait huh?

Yepper, that pretty much sums up my reaction to this one y’all. I have made no idea what happened. Seriously, I went into this book ubber excited- it was written by one of my go to authors. I came out of the book thinking huh???

Nina is a strong young lady- she has to be, her world is a horrible place to live in. In order for a baby to be born, someone else must die. Once you graduate you have few options, the most likely if you are poor is going into the church. Nina is poor being raised by her mother who is an addict and having to take care her younger sister. Her younger sister is a tad bit on the selfish side but she grows up really fast, she has to. Nina will do anything to protect her sister and ultimately does. Her actions put her on the run where she finds a guy name Finn. I can’t really talk about Finn except what a twist! Well played!

Let’s talk about the romance aspect of this novel- I didn’t buy it. Sorry, but no. There was insta-lust going on and then insta-reluctance. Which was actually pretty smart on Nina’s part, I mean what else is a gal to do in this situation.

This is the first book in a series, so there is a lot of world building going on. Which is fabulous because the world she creates is interesting. It does take away from the story a little. I feel so bad giving this one three stars. I liked it just didn’t puffy heart it. Of course I plan on reading the sequel just not going to make it a priority like I did this book.

My Rating 3 stars out of 5

Favorite Quote “Everything worth doing is a sin.”

Other People

Anabelle- Nina’s bestie or the closest thing she has to one
Reece- nice guy in Finn’s group
Grayson- Reece’s gal
Devi- mean gal of the bunch
Maddock- Devi’s boytoy and Finn’s bestie


  1. Nice review! I still need to read this one myself, as I too am a huge fan of Rachel Vincent! She also has another release this year in an adult series, Menagerie! If you wanted to try that one out!

  2. It's so disappointing when you are disappointed about a book that you had high expectations about. It sounds like the world building overtook the story, and the romance didn't work out so well. Hopefully the next book is much better!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  3. Oh, that's too bad about the romance.