Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Publication Date: June 9, 2015 Pages: 368 Published By: Delacorte Press Website Rachel Vincent Website My review copy: Purchased
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 he
I feel like my life is a book, and someone turned the page before I was ready, and now I can't follow the story.
You are an exorcist. That was the first time anyone had said it out loud. I hadn't even dared to think it, but hearing him say it felt like... validation. Corroboration.
Confirmation that I wasn't crazy. That I hadn't imagined the whole thing.
I wanted to be as straight forward and bold as he was, because he deserved that, but I had no experience with being straightforward and bold. I had experience with lying, and clothing myself in darkness if nothing else, and stealing.
I loved Vincent's Soul Screamer series and have her Shifter series sitting on my shelf (TBR pile and all that jazz), so of course when I saw she was releasing this beauty I just had to have it. This being said, it did feature Vincent's signature magnetic writing that almost instantly draws you in. Although I will admit it wasn't quite what I expected.
Darkly set in a world where demons have risen and the people that remain live within protected cities, with no longer a government but a church that runs the show. There was no real limit as to what the church controlled, and right from the start it was made clear just how important appearances are. I enjoyed the cultivation of the setting, and how each chapter just drilled the depth of the tragic world people lived in. This dystopia/paranormal like world was ours but not quite ours, and pinned the fact that sometimes faith and hope are easier to hold onto than truths. I enjoyed the pace at which the author moved things along, allowing for details to be pulled in, and yet fast enough to never be boring. As far as pacing and plot goes, I really felt that this read had it all.
Nina is one of those characters that carries the weight of too much on her shoulders for her age. She knows the things the church can and will do, and still does anything that she can to protect her sister. Life is funny like that though, be it real life or in books, when you have too much riding on you, life will throw something new. I enjoyed Nina's dedication and her ability to think quickly when the need arises, because it seems that her life is full of reasons to think quick. To be honest there wasn't really anything about her character to complain about. Nina is a dedicated and logical girl, that is a bit stubborn but would do anything for the people that she cares about. This isn't to say that she is perfect but she is a phenomenal character.
The supporting characters and the love interest part of this book are interesting to say the least. Of course there has to be a character that you dislike but don't all at the same time and another that is as sweet as pie. Grayson being sweet and Devi being the B****. I mean Devi had her points and her qualities but I found irritation in her need for others to accept while she judged. Maybe this was just my take but as much as I got her, she picked at me. These people are important though because they tie Nina to Finn. Finn is a super unique love interest as far as I am concerned. I feel that there is so much to find out about him, even though he seems to have very few answers about himself so it's going to be a process. However, they seem to be making (or trying to make it) work in their own awkward way. Admittedly, I understand Nina's hesitation and issues but I do have hope of course.
The Stars Never Rise is the start that I expected from Vincent, and I expect that the series will only get better from here. Undeniably there is a bit of a cliff hanger but it is bearable. I was able to finish this book not feeling complete because I know there is more, but feeling happy with the start and the finish. This is not to say that I am not anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, because I am. All I really have to say is that fans of Vincent's previous will enjoy this I think, and fans of paranormal should at least check it out.