Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise #1)
Title: The Stars Never Rise  
Series: The Stars Never Rise, #1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Category: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 Review

The Stars Never Rise was a haunting, eerily beautiful read! Rachel took me into one creepy-filled world! With twists that were unique and original, to me, as well as so damn good! I got lost in the world she created, which was vivid and scary, and loved the characters that were introduced to me.  
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.
First off, I have to talk about the world that Vincent created. Utterly unique and completely riveting. The concept of this urban fantasy filled with demons, exorcists, priests, this Unifying Church, mixed in with eerie paranormal vibes, a girl just trying to survive and a young man that just captures your interest builds for a compelling story.  And, yes, it doesn’t sound that unique, but Vincent has always been able to turn ordinary elements into such remarkable things.  It was a book that left me breathless. 

Nina isn’t your typical heroine. That was something I really ended up loving. She was completely fine living her life under the shadow of the Church. Following their orders, finding her place within that society. And though she follows them with hints of fear, deep down, she knows something is out of place with the Church. It isn’t until she uncovers a few shocking discovery that she ends up having to change her life, her perspective, and her view of the order of things. I loved that she isn’t this smart, brainy, person. She’s instincts, survival, bravery, and willing to do what must be done. 

There are also a lot of fascinating characters as well.  Finn I instantly fall for as well. I admired his willingness to do what must be done to protect Nina and the rest of his friends. Though his situation is extremely interesting, it was also remotely sad as well. However, I am hoping to get more on his personality in the next book. I felt like I didn’t get to know him as in-depth as I did Nina. That also goes for the other characters. I enjoyed them quite a bit, and I can’t wait to find out more about them. 

I loved the interwoven complexity that Vincent delved into. The book has an underling Christian emphasis, yet no word is spoken of a God in general. I thoroughly enjoyed that and how she played with it. Her ideas and takes on Exorcists were like a bit of fresh air; again interesting and unique.  The action was blood pumping and the world was so eerily done! The description of her world and the details left me feeling like I was sucked in and placed right in the middle of this dark world. 

The only thing that made me not rate this one as five stars is the more rushed romantic atmosphere and the fast paced development between the characters. I found that the interest and spark between Nina and Finn a bit too hurriedly built for me, but it didn’t feel ungenuine though.  I could feel the budding spark between them. Also, I was able to figure out quite a few of the twists. But when they were reviled, it didn’t take away my interest of the story at the least. 
Even standing there in total shock, I recognized him instantly. Him, and the three others behind him, fanned out on my front lawn -- a terrifying sight in their black Church robes and silver-buckler boots. Exorcists. 
The book did build up in a nice pace, though the middle felt a bit slower. It kept me on my toes and left me craving for more. I truly could not get enough of this world and the characters that Vincent created. I  just loved the ideas and history she constructed within her story. 

All in all, The Stars Never Rise was such a wonderful read! Intense, gripping, beautifully written, and hauntingly eerie. 

 

5 comments:

  1. Awesome review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I definitely want to read this one.

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  2. Haunting and beautiful sounds wonderful!

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  3. Sounds like a great fall read! :)

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  4. I'm with you, I thought Finn's circumstances were sad... it's a great twist, but what's going to happen later? Great review girl!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  5. Oh Magen you have me so excited now! I adore Vincent and I was excited for this one, but now I'm dying to get going with it. The world sounds so awesome. Great review!

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