Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review ~ The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1) by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 18th 2015

Publisher: Mira Ink (Harlequin UK)

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 Opinion

When I received a copy of this book I shouted out loud in happiness. Those of you who follow my reviews will know I'm a big fan of this author and have read every book she's ever released. For that reason I've been dying to read The Stars Never Rise, and it's been so hard putting off reading it until the release was nearer.

Anyway, the concept of this book sounded intriguing. Although I've come across plenty of books with demons, the idea of exorcists was mostly new--in the sense of what Vincent has written.

Whilst The Stars Never Rise was an enjoyable, quick read that includes everything I've come to love from this author, it isn't my favourite of her releases. That's not to say I didn't like it, I think I was just expecting something different.

Th story is set in New Temperance after a war with demons. The Church is in control, there are many things that are considered sins, and there are rules about how people should live. The book centres around Nina and her story as things start to unravel, but that's where my main issue lay in this book: the religious undertone. It wasn't what I was expecting and it's a purely personal taste. I knew there would be some, just not as much.

Similarly, a lot of the action takes a while to build. This book does feel like it's setting up the bigger picture and explaining things more than having a riveting plot. The next book does sound more promising going off the end.

I know all of that sounds like I don't like this book, but that's not the case. I just don't think it compares to Vincent's previous work. The characters were strong, the idea of Finn is interesting and intriguing, and I can't wait to see what happens next. There is a hint of a relationship beginning, but that doesn't play out the way I was expecting, which was a pleasant surprise as it was different from what's out there.

Overall, this was a good read. I'll more than likely read the sequel as I love this author, but it didn't blow me away as much as her other books. I'm certain the reasons for that are personal tastes so I'd definitely recommend it.


No comments:

Post a Comment

I love comments! Let me know what you think :)

I know word verification is a pain, but spam is worse.

You might also like

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...