Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review - The Stars Never Rise (Untitled series, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Title: The Stars Never Rise (Untitled series, #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Pages: 384
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Release date: 18th June 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

There’s no turning back…
In the town of New Temperance, souls are in short supply and Nina should be worrying about protecting hers. Yet she’s too busy trying to keep her sister Mellie safe.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal church.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a mysterious fugitive who has already saved her life once. Wanted by the church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she needs Finn and his group of rogue friends.
But what do they need from her in return?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane lives in a future where a war with demons has led to the Church being the governing body. Possessions are rare nowadays and the Church has all but defeated the enemy... or so they say.
Nina has enough to worry about looking after her younger sister, Melanie, and trying to scrape by thanks to their absentee mother. Then Melie reveals a secret that will change any future plans Nina had. As if that wasn't bad enough Nina learns that she has an ability that means she will be hunted by both sides.
Can Nina trust the mysterious Finn who saved her life? Or his friends who are on the run?
What if there is more to the Church than there seems?

The Stars Never Rise was an intriguing read.
The idea of demons taking over and possessing people was interesting and I thought this was a good starting point for the series.
I liked Nina and felt sorry for her having to grow up so quickly and look after her sister. She was relatable and coped really well with all the revelations. I also liked Melanie, Finn and his friends.
The plot was good overall and there were some things I didn't see coming but I wasn't gripped. Not a lot seemed to happen but the point of this book, I'm guessing, was to set up the series.
The romance happened a bit quickly for me but I liked that it wasn't your everyday romance.

Overall this was an intriguing, enjoyable read and a promising start to the series.