Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
(The Stars Never Rise Duology #1)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 9th, 2015 by Delacorte Press
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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 thoughts…

The Stars Never Rise was very interesting and certainly unique, it’s a fast-paced book. I had a difficult time putting it down and I truly enjoyed it.

The Unified Church now rules what was once the United States. After the war against the demons, many souls were wiped out of existence, and now it's a matter of saving the remaining souls against demonic possession. Exorcism was proven to be effective against the demons and with the Church having power, everyone must follow the Churches strict rules, sinners are punished, sometimes brutally.

"Degenerates were easy to identity. Fresh demonic possessions were much, much, more difficult to recognize, because when a demon possesses a human, it has access to its victim’s memories. Most demons are very good at impersonating their victims. They do it for years, until the soul of the victims has been completely devoured. If the demon can’t find a new host it becomes stuck in a soulless body, which begins to mutate and degrade, both physically and mentally. Eventually, the end stage possessions become degenerates."

Nina and her sister Melanie live in New Temperance with their mother. With her mother's health declining, Nina has been taking care of herself and her sister. Nina does everything the Church asks to not stand out because the Church might notice how her mother isn’t taking of Nina and Melanie. She does what needs to be done, from stealing food or bargaining for school uniforms. Nina may seem like a good girl, but inside she is strong and independent. Melanie and Nina are there for each other no matter what happens.

When Nina finds out that Melanie is pregnant, panic arises because pregnancy must be planned through the Church, an unlicensed pregnancy is forbidden. They also must have someone willing to provide their soul to the baby once it’s born. When their mother discovers the pregnancy, things don’t turn out so well. Nina kills a demon, who happens to be her mother. Their mother had plans to sell Melanie and use Nina as a new host.

Once Nina kills her demon mother, a boy appears, the same boy who saved her in the alleyway from a degenerate that morning. Finn, who has amazing green eyes. The Church is now after Nina to silence her, now that she can exorcist demons she will soon discover the truth that the Church has been hiding. To make matters worse, she also has degenerates after her.

This book focuses on Nina's transition into exorcism, along with Finns help. Finn introduces Nina to other exorcists, Maddock, Reese, Devi and Grayson. They are all good friends and are also hiding from the Church. There is somewhat of a romance between Nina and Finn, it’s different, weird and cute… unique. A romance that I haven’t read about before, Finn and Nina work around limitations.

I just ordered The Flame Never Dies in this duology. I’m so excited to see how the story ends.

Happy Reading - J


  1. I haven't read this book yet but it is on my TBR list. I am so glad that you enjoyed it. I have loved some of Rachel Vincent's books as well. Great review!