Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Posted June 6, 2015 by Lisa Mandina in / 14 Comments

First, thanks to Delacorte Press and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an egalley of this title.  I was very excited to read it as I love the books that I’ve read so far in another series by the author, the Soul Screamers series.  This was a different sort of story.  Still had some of the same sense of humor though for the characters as seen in the other books I’ve read.

The main character is a 16 year old girl named Nina.  In her world, a future for us, demons have tried to take over, and so the Church has had to kind of take over everything to keep us safe.  It all started when babies were being born, and almost every one of them would die within a day or two of being born, with no reason.  It turns out that there were no souls left, no new souls, and without a soul the babies or any human for that matter, would die.  So they had to have exorcists start taking care of the demons, which led to a war. And then they had to have people die in order for new babies to be born and live.  So someone would have to apply for a parent license first, in order to get a soul.  Usually, if you were lucky, you had a family member that would donate it to their grandchild.  If you didn’t have anyone like that, there is a public registry.  Nina and her younger sister live with their mother, who is not a very good mother.  They go to the Church school, and learn all about what life should be.  But because their mother doesn’t earn money like she should, the girls have to steal, well Nina does for her sister and herself.  One early morning when Nina is on her way home from getting some food, money, and uniforms for them, she is attacked by a degenerate, which is someone who is possessed by a demon. Without a soul their body degrades. She is saved by a cute boy, but she runs off before anyone can find her or that she has been out somewhere she isn’t supposed to. 

This boy will end up being a part of what she will have to turn to for help when things start to just go wrong.  When her sister has a secret that could destroy all of their lives, and their mother turns out to be an even worse mother than they’d originally thought.  And they learn that the Church may not be telling them the truth, and there may be more demons, and less exorcists to help than they had thought.  And when Nina finds out that she may actually be an exorcist herself, things get really weird.

I like the story, it’s a different one.  It didn’t quite grab me as much as the other series did. But it did leave off in a manner that I will be eager to get the next one and find out what happens next.  I’m not sure about the romance in the story.  It’s got a bit of insta-love, but it’s a strange one, not sure quite how it will end up working.  When you learn about the boy, Finn, you’ll understand my qualms about him.  The author does do a good story though, so it was a very interesting read, one that will hook you in so that you have to know what is going on.

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14 responses to “Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

  1. I'm a Big fan of Rachel Vincent, so I have high hopes for this one. I must have missed this on Edelweiss…how did that happen? Oh, well, I'm ok with waiting until next week. This sounds really different and I'm definitely excited to read it. I'll see for myself about the romance, she usually does a good job, but I tend to like her other characters more than the main love interest. That doesn't usually bother me though because her stories are so good. Great review!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    • I got it a long time ago, I think last fall! But I had to wait until closer to the pub date to read it because of too many other books I requested. It was a different idea for sure. Definitely give it a try!

  2. I've read a few other books by Rachel Vincent, but not in awhile. This one sounds like a great start to a new series, so will definitely add to my TBR pile! Thanks for a great review!

  3. I somehow missed this on Edelweiss. Sadness. Insta-love, I feel like whenever that happens the author introduces a love triangle in the next book. Just to shake things up a bit. :/

    Hey Lisa, have you read The Demon Trapper's Daughter?

    • I got it way back in the fall I think. There is already kind of a love triangle, but not really, but it's hard to describe. You'll just have to read it and see!

      I haven't read The Demon Trapper's Daughter, is it one I should check out?

  4. This is the first review that I have read for this story, and it just makes me even more hungry to read this story. A little concerned about the romance, but the plot sounds awesome. It kind of reminds me of the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver, which I absolutely adored. Thank you for your review. Can't wait to see what I think of this one!

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