Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Posted June 9, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Demons are real and the only thing standing between people and demon possession is the Church. In exchange for this protection the church now rules the country with complete control.  Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. 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  long  ago.

Nina has spent her whole life determined to keep Mellie safe and in school but a change in circumstance upsets her carefully balanced world. Suddenly, instead of trying to find work to pay for school uniforms, she is trying to find a place to hide. Nina is forced to trust in Finn, a boy she just met to keep her safe but she hasn’t trusted anyone in longer than she can remember. Luckily Finn needs her just as much as she needs him.


Rachel Vincent’s book My Soul to Take was the first ARC I ever received. I’ve been a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s writing ever since reading that first book. Her newest novel is no exception. The writing style focuses on the action, not the possibility of romance between the characters and that’s exactly the way it should  be. This book is all about the action.What I think I liked best about this book was the strong, self reliant heroine. Nina takes care of he sister, earning money and protecting her from their abusive mother. I really liked that Nina didn’t rely on anyone. Usually in the story there is an older boy or a childhood friend that becomes part of a love triangle later, but that didn’t exist here. Nina has been doing it all by herself the entire time. Then, when Finn comes  along, they are equal partners, despite the fact that Nina doesn’t really know what she’s doing at first. I really liked that.

When Nina does meet her love interest, it’s such a neat situation. It’s totally different than anything I’ve read before and it really adds to the story. He is very different than what you would expect and I thought that this was the best reveal in the book. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much about it because I don’t want to give anything away.

If I had only one small issue with this book, it’s that I guessed the main twist. I wouldn’t call it predictable, it just ended the exact way that I thought it should. It’s only a small issue because I really loved the ending. I thought it was perfect. Just don’t be surprised if you know what’s happening before it does. It also isn’t a cliffhanger. It had a very clear ending that concluded everything that happened in the book but it also opened up the world. The book ended in a way that makes me really excited for the sequel!

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