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    RYAR Review: THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent

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    THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent
    Published by Delacorte Press on June 9, 2015
    Genres: Dystopian
    Provided by: Author
    Rating: 6 stars


    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


    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.


    THE STARS NEVER RISE is an incredibly exciting start to this original new series by Author Rachel Vincent set in a future where the battle against the demons left humanity cowering, living in constant fear, trapped in walled cities, hiding behind the protection of the Church, willing to obey their every command. And where only those deemed worthy can procreate, where the number of new souls is so limited sacrifices must be made to bring in new life, and where demon possession still threatens to consume every last soul.

    This bold and refreshingly different story is filled with surprising and at times horrifying twists and turns will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It’s a riveting and action-packed tale of good versus evil. It questions the decisions and authority of those in power, their humanity, their morality, their inflexibility and their honesty. It introduces a flawed but relatable protagonist who is immediately likable, who is fiercely loyal, and who is willing to do whatever it takes to fight for her and her sister’s survival.

    With a storyline that will instantly engage, a plethora of zombie-like demons whose level of putrefaction is shudder-worthy, clever and calculating demons who are chilling and malevolent, leaders who are heartless and vicious, saviors who are a mix of lovable, swoon-worthy, irksome and combative, surprises of the jaw-dropping variety, and an ending that promises more action, deadlier threats and a new setting, THE STARS NEVER RISE is an absolute must.

    Rachel Vincent has taken a risk with her new series and it’s one that has definitely paid off in spades in this first book. Her story is unique, yet still retains all those qualities that fans of the author love – appealing characters, a fast-paced and gripping plot, page-turning action and suspense, and superb writing. While the power and influence of the Church plays a large part in this story, it does not overshadow the story’s other elements or give it an overly religious feel.

    It is the ultimate battle of good and evil. It has a dystopian/post-apocalyptic setting. There are monsters with human faces. There are those with kick-ass abilities. There are moments of heartbreak. There are moments that will shock. And they all come together to create a story that is epic, unputdownable and unforgettable.



    The monster roared, and its mouth opened too wide, its jaws unhinging with a gristly pop I could hardly hear over the horrific screech that made my ears ring and my eyes swim in tears. It watched me, and I stared back, frozen in terror.

    “It’s not the amount of time that matters, Nina. It’s what you do with it.”

    “What did you do with the time?” My voice was only half a whisper. That was all I could manage with him looking at me like that. As if nothing else in the world existed. As if there was only me, and this moment.