Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Book Shelf: The Stars Never Rise (Well of Souls #1) by Rachel Vincent

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.

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The Stars Never Rise is the first novel in Rachel Vincent’s latest YA series and is a riveting and unique post-apocalyptic/dystopian tale that introduces an intriguing world and complicated characters.

Sixteen year old Nina Kane lives in a world controlled by the United Church. After vicious hordes of demons overrun the world’s population, the United Church stepped in and drove the demonic creatures back, but centuries later the Church continues to rule society with an iron fist. In a world where even the smallest of sins are brutally punished and crimes prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, Nina fights daily to keep her and her younger sister fed and protected while their absentee mother sleeps the days away. When Nina’s sister Mellie commits a sin that could put her and Nina drastically in danger, Nina is determined to protect the only person in her life that matters, even if it means she’ll have to trust Finn, a rogue fugitive who seems to keep getting Nina out of trouble, but who has secrets of his own….

I’ve previously read and loved Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers, so when I learnt she had a new YA series coming out, I knew I had to get on board. Having finally gotten around to reading The Stars Never Rise, I have to say I thought it was a promising first novel in a new series and definitely managed to entrance me. It started off just the tiniest bit slow for me, but I’m interested in the story and the characters; especially Finn. His particular predicament is really unique and entertaining. I won’t give any spoilers away, but it makes for intriguing reading where Nina and he are concerned.

The world within The Stars Never Rise was well thought out and expressed. I know some people will shy away from the religious aspect of the story, but I thought it was well executed on Rachel Vincent’s part and liked the complexity it brought to the story. The whole idea of demons and demonic possession as well as exorcists and the deformed and brutal degenerates was awesome. Admittedly there are some darker parts to the story that may not sit well with everyone, but I loved the rawness and git it brought to this urban fantasy tale.

The dedication Nina has towards her sister was admirable and I loved the determination she had to protect her. In this demon infested world, I liked that Vincent wrote in some strong family bonds. As well as the bonds of friendship she demonstrated between Finn and his fellow exorcist friends. These guys are a close bunch and I really liked them.

Racing towards a climactic ending and more than a few unexpected surprises, The Stars Never Rise is a forward moving and action riddled tale that has me raring to jump straight into the sequel, The Flame Never Dies straight away!

I purchased from Bookworld
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback

Release Date: June 18th 2015
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Final Thoughts: A very interesting dystopian/demonic tale, I can't wait to read the sequel.

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