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.
I read this book as part of the YA book club I am part of and had never heard of it before so I was excited to try a book without having any prior expectations. Now, this book is now going onto my list of absolutely amazing reads.
Despite the complex building of the world (which I loved), the world was not hard to grasp and was easy to follow. I can’t believe how strict the world is, it was written in such a way that I felt the girls’ horror at the punishments and the physicals.
The book had a rebel-esque feel from the beginning with regards to Nina however I did not expect the story to go that way. Nina is amazing caring for her sister and willing to help fight for her no matter what the cost. I love the team dynamic of the exorcists and the way they fight properly. I also love the fact that she still has Anabelle, a childhood friend, despite everything. I love the way Vincent has written these relationships and added them to the plot.
I love the writing style and the active voice. The pace was brilliant and it was an easy read which is great when life gets busy and you have zero brain capacity to think too hard about things (*glares at uni caused exhaustion*) . I absolutely loved The Stars Never Rise and would recommend it for fantasy lovers. The book definitely makes me wonder who the demons are in our world. Though I’m sure I could give it a good guess.
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