Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Stars Never Rise - Book Review

The Stars Never Rise - Book Review
Rachel Vincent
YA Urban Fantasy
Book #1 in The Stars Never Rise Series
UK Publisher: Delacorte Press

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. The gave up on their deadbeat mom long 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. But what king 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 rouge friend just as much as they need her…


Wowza! This was a very action packed, very fast paced read that I devoured within a day. It felt like some new horror or catastrophe was happening with every new chapter and all I can say is, Rachel Vincent really knows how to put her characters through the wringer! It’s a great read!

Nina has already given up on living her own life, instead devoting herself to raising and protecting her younger sister, Mellie. However with a drug addict for a mum, Nina is forced to lie and steal to help make ends meet, which would be bad enough without the church constantly doling out new rules and harsh punishments for the most minor of sins. For the Church is the new government and their word is law. But as Nina soon discovers, the war with demons isn't as over as the church has led them to believe.

For demons are on the streets once more. Masked behind the friendly faces of friends and neighbours, they are on the hunt for souls and no one - not even the church - can stop them. But maybe Nina can.  But as Nina is soon to discover, the demons are everywhere. In her town, in her school, even in her own home…

What captured me most about this book was its premise. Set in a futuristic America, where the church governs all and souls are in limited supply, I couldn't help but get caught up in all the drama. 

Also the characters are all spunky and united in their desires to defeat the demons. Nina in particular was a great heroine, with strong determination and a grim acceptance of the hand fate has dealt her. She strives to protect those she loves and cares about, and I loved her reaction when she finds out her love interest is, seemingly, a disembodied spirit. I can’t wait for the next book to see how that plot line is going to play out!

Another I thing I enjoyed was the books realism towards certain situations. Bad things happen and there is no magical cure. We get to see scenes like this several times throughout the book. First in the beginning, when Nina proves just how much she will sacrifice to look after her sister, then again towards the end of the story when all hell breaks loose. I think what moved me about all this was how much it revealed of Nina as a character, she is truly a good person.

So overall a fab read! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book! 4 stars!

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