The Stars Never Rise

The Stars Never Rise

by Rachel Vincent


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For fans of Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, and Lauren Kate comes the first book in a new 2-book series about a girl who must join forces with rogue exorcists to save her sister and, ultimately, humanity. 
When sixteen-year-old Nina Kane discovers that her sister, 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 save her sister, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive and rogue exorcist with deep green eyes and a penchant for hoodies. What they’ll do together might just keep them all alive, stop the Church, and change the face of the world. Holy hellfire indeed.

“Haunting, unsettling and eerily beautiful.” —Rachel Caine, author of the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series

“Un-put-down-able.”Kirkus Reviews

“A hugely fun and entertaining read.”SLJ

“Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale . . . fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games will love the complexity of the setting and characters.” —VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385744171
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

RACHEL VINCENT is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for adults and for teens, including the Shifters, Unbound, and Soul Screamer series, and the upcoming The Flame Never Dies. A resident of Oklahoma, she has two teenagers, two cats, and a BA in English, each of which contributes in some way to every book she writes. When she’s not working, Rachel can be found curled up with a book or watching movies and playing video games with her husband.

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The Stars Never Rise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
nicekittypurrs1 More than 1 year ago
.I have loved this author for a long while. This book was different from anything that she has ever done. I loved how relatable all the characters were. This is unlike any other dystopian world before
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
In New Temperance everyone lives in fear of losing souls. There aren't enough souls for newborns and existing ones are being hunted. Everyone is being ruled by the Church, where sins are being seen as crimes and punishment is never light. Nina's always looking after her sister Mellie. She wants to keep her safe no matter what, but by focusing so much on her sister she fails to see the danger that is right in front of her. Mellie is keeping a secret that will end their existence as they know it and Nina is doing everything she possibly can to keep her sister out of harm's way. She discovers that she has a gift, but this doesn't help her to keep Mellie out of the hands of the Church, which means she has to set up a rescue mission. Together with a group of strangers Nina tries to get her sister back. She's part of this group, but never had any idea they existed. Finn is the one she trusts the most, but there's a complicated mystery surrounding him and it isn't easy for Nina to figure out the complete truth. Demonic possession is the biggest threat they're dealing with, will Nina be able to keep their souls intact? The Stars Never Rise is a gripping story about dangerous demons, a controlling institute that tries to make people meek and impressive powers. Nina is strong, resilient and smart. I loved her protective character. She's always looking out for her sister and she will do anything for Mellie. Mellie is much more impulsive than Nina and I loved her sweet nature. They have a wonderful bond and finding out if they'd survive kept me glued to the pages. Rachel Vincent's world building skills are amazing. I was immediately intrigued by New Temperance, the Church and the demons. Rachel Vincent makes her stories come to life in an incredible way. Her descriptions are vivid and there are many gripping and unexpected twists and turns. The Stars Never Rise is a fantastic story set in a dark and dangerous world ruled by an evil that is hard to catch. I loved the way Rachel Vincent writes about powers, resistance and plotting and really enjoyed reading this amazing story.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent Book One of The Stars Never Rise series Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication Date: June 9, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: Copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I'm so glad I decided to binge-read this duology! The publisher sent me an unsolicited copy of this book (which did not affect my opinion in any way), and then book two, and I knew that was a sign. I've had my eye on this series for a while, but never pushed myself to read it. I'm glad the opportunity was presented to me though, because I enjoyed the series! Nina Kane is coming up on seventeen years old, and something is happening to her. One night, while sneaking back home after a grueling night of work, she comes face-to-face with a demon - and incinerates it with her hands. Nina discovers that she is an exorcist - a real one - and what the Church have parading around as exorcists are not real. In fact, the Church has been lying to everyone for years, feeding lies about demons and exorcists and souls. Now, Nina must find a way to rescue her fifteen-year-old pregnant sister, who the Church took because of her pregnancy, and because they want to use her to draw Nina back. Nina must run for her life in order to save Mellie, and she joins with Finn and a team of real exorcists who are determined to decimate the demon hordes. When I first saw that this book was about exorcists, I was a little nervous. I was thinking of those old-fashioned exorcisms, in which a person is tied down and there is a priest and he yells "Come out of him, Satan!" or something. And I didn't particularly want to read a book about this. So I was excited to see that Vincent's type of exorcism is fire, shot from the exorcist's hands. Which is neat! Nina is so strong, so independent, and has had such a difficult life already. With her mother's health declining, Nina has been taking care of herself, her mother, and her sister. When Nina finds out that Mellie is pregnant, panic sets in a little. Pregnancy must be planned and licensed, and Nina did neither of those things. And when Nina kills a demon, who happened to be her mother, the Church comes after Nina in order to silence her. Crazy, right? Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Stars Never Rise is book one in a series that revolves around a world ruled by the Church and the fear of demonic possessions. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started The Stars Never Rise but I quickly got engrossed in Nina Kane's story. This book revolves around Nina Kane, a 16-year-old in a small town called New Temperance. Nina and her sister are pretty much on their own since their mother stays at home all day dazed out of her mind. Nina is considering joining the Church and becoming a teacher, so she can better help her younger sister in life. The Church is part of what intrigued me the most about this book. The members of the Church run the city all because demons wiped out a good portion of the human race back in the day. So as one would expect we have a town full of people that do not want any sins to occur, and exorcists walking around ready to take out the demon possessed. I felt like if anyone stepped majorly out of line, they'd be convinced of having a demon inside of them and punished even if they really weren't possessed. It reminded me of the Salem witch trials. Nina is walking home one day when a demon comes out of nowhere and tries to attack her. She's saved by a guy her age that exorcises the demon. Not wanting her name attached to it, she makes a run for it. But that surely isn't the last time she sees the boy. Events unfold and Nina winds up on the run from the Church. She teams up with the boy that saved her (Finn) and his group of exorcist friends. Secrets that the Church has been hiding from everyone are revealed and the story just kept my attention the entire way through. The Stars Never Rise is a YA dystopian with demons mixed in. It's a bit different from the other books I've read by Rachel Vincent, but it worked really well. The pacing was executed well, I never felt like it was too slow or too fast. And I felt like the book showed a lot of Nina and her traits. The world was built nicely, even though I'd never want to live there I felt like I was there while reading. This was a pretty solid read and I'd recommend this book if you're a fan of YA and dystopian books!
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
The Stars Never Rise is fast-paced and full of shocking revelations! Plot: Nina and her family live in a country that is governed by The Unified Church. In exchange for safety, each citizen must swear allegiance and lead a modest life without sin or temptation. Clearly, if you've read any other Young Adult novel, you'll know that not everything as it seems and Nina has to learn this the hard way. If I could only use one word to describe The Stars Never Rise, I would choose "fast." I believe this book takes place over the course of three days, and these days fly by! The novel never dragged and was a real page-turner that kept me up past my bed time with all of its twists and turns. Characters: Nina has not had an easy life. She has had to raise her younger sister by herself as their druggie mother would rather sleep her life away rather than spend any time with her daughters. While sneaking home, she comes across a mysterious exorcist, Finn, who doesn't seem to be ordained by the Church, and thus begins our insta-love romance. I groaned and rolled my eyes and how quickly these two seemed to gravitate to each other, but as I learned more about the love interest, Finn, the more interested I became. Their love may be the dreaded insta-love, but Rachel Vincent definitely created some hurdles for our love birds to overcome! There are other characters that make up Nina's ragtag group of outcasts with clear motivation and distinct voices. I can already tell that this will be an interesting group to tag along with for the following installments! Wolrd Building: Very little is initially explained in the beginning chapters of The Stars Never Rise and when backstory was provided, it done through info dumps. I expect more history and exploration will be a good chunk of the second book; The Stars Never Rise served its purpose to set the scene and introduce the key players of the series. Short N Sweet: The Stars Never Rise is a wonderful introduction of what will surely be a fast-paced action/adventure series!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Holy cow! This story line takes zombies, demons, and the church to a whole new level. Nina and Mellie are a bit of a mess. They try to blend in the best they can so the church doesn't notice them and punish them for one of many many sins. These aren't your typical sins - we're talking about curiosity and asking questions being major sins. And the punishments aren't pleasant. But Mellie really messes up one day, and suddenly all eyes are on their family. Their family that is living in "sin". But that's not the only thing. Suddenly Nina is capable of doing strange things and demon-infested husks of people are trying to track her down. There definitely isn't a lack of action in this one. The church plays a super important role in this story - and it isn't a typical church. The church is the government and rule with a iron fist. there may be a group willing to help, but first Nina has to survive on the run from all the powers that be. One of the most unique world concepts I've seen in awhile. Pulling together a multitude of lore and weaving it seamlessly together to form something that you can't get enough of. There is a slight cliffhanger for an ending. Most of the ties are wrapped up, but there is one big one that will leave you hanging. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS This was such a fantastic read! I was expecting awesomeness, based on the synopsis, but I wasn't expecting it to be this amazing! This book takes place in a society where the Church runs everything. After demons destroyed life as their knew it a century ago, the Church was the savior and now they dictate people's lives. Nina has to protect her sister and make sure that the Church doesn't know how little their drug addict mother cares for her. One day, though, Nina faces a demon attack by a boy in a hoodie. A boy with the ability to exorcise demons. It's when Nina's sister is threatened by her own secret and Nina discovers truths about herself, but her reality begins to explode. In a world where all dystopians merge into the same story, comes a book that's entirely unique! Not only is this book a dystopian, but it's also paranormal with hints of fantasy. This merging might seem odd, but instead it was absolutely stunning! The society and world-building is fantastic, horrifying, but fantastic. The idea of a demon apocalypse and a Church takeover was interesting and I was able to get the complete history. Don't even get me started on the exorcism and Finn. I really liked Nina. She's our MC and she's a very strong characters and obviously cares for her sister. She also has the proper reaction to what's going on. Really, you'd be surprised at some of the MC's in YA. Sure, she has her flaws, but they only made her more real and I get the feeling that she will only grow stronger as the series goes on. As for romance, it was unusual. I didn't like how quick it happened. It wasn't insta-love, as Nina was not attracted to him at first glance, but I was very thrown when the first kiss happened. I just wasn't expecting it to happens so soon. Now, the rest of the romance was very interesting. I can't give details, but trust me that you've never seen a romance like this before. IN CONCLUSION I ADORED this book! It's such a unique dystopian with paranormal elements, great characters, and overall fantastic! I had such a hard time putting this down! Now, if only I didn't have to wait for the next book...
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Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
This book is so unique and the action filled danger kept me immersed in the pages. Demons and possession, it can’t get any scarier than that right? Oh, but it does and Nina’s world is turned upside down when she discovers the truth. The poor girl couldn’t catch a break. There was danger at every turn and one misstep could lead to dire consequences. The secondary characters were interesting enough, especially Finn, whom I can’t wait to find out more about him. His predicament has me intrigued about how he and Nina will fare in their relationship. All in all, Nina is a fierce protector when it comes to her sister and I loved how it drove Nina’s actions throughout the book. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but hopefully I’ll get my answers in the next installment. I believe Nina and her friends have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire with the way events have progressed and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. This book has me excited about this series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible and compelling! Rachel Vincent has done it again! She had such a talent for turning a simple idea into a unique and amazing story that's all her own. This new dystopian world was so interesting to read about, that I couldn't put the book down. There was a diverse group of characters that were very entertaining. They definitely have me itching for a sequel, so I can see their journey through to the end. If you haven't read any of Rachel Vincent's books, you seriously need to!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.) This was an interesting paranormal story, and there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. I felt quite sorry for Nina; being sterilised at the age of 15, having a mother who really didn’t care about her at all, and having to wash and wear other people’s clothes just to make ends meet was obviously hard for her, especially when she had a younger sister to look after too. “We laundered them on Monday afternoon, wore them throughout the week to supplement our own hand-me-down, piecemeal collection of school clothes, then laundered them again over the weekend in time to deliver them fresh and clean on Monday morning.” The storyline in this book was about demons and the church, in a world where many people had died through having a demon possess them and eat their soul, and there were some really weird restrictions over the act of birthing a baby because of a shortage of souls, and some quite shocking things going on in general. “It had been more than a century since the Unified Church and its army of exorcists wiped the bulk of the great demon horde from the face of the earth – the face of America, anyway.” There were some interesting twists thrown into this story, and they were good, but they were really, needed to try and combat the slow pace and info-dumping in this. I felt like there was a lot of information thrown in here, that didn’t really answer the questions I actually wanted answering! The world building was quite interesting, and not really like anything I’ve read before, but it did slow the book down. “Nearly a third of the girls in my class were declared unfit. We were sterilised that afternoon, in matching white hospital gowns.” There was a bit of romance, but this too was complicated by a very strange plot twist! “I’m not sure why I kissed him back.” The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I hope that the next book will have a faster pace, and a little less unnecessary information. 6.25 out 10.