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The Stars Never Rise

(The Stars Never Rise Duology #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  5,154 ratings  ·  883 reviews
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 deadbe ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Press
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Emily May
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holy shit, this was entertaining. Not perfect - there were some issues I had - but seriously, who cares when a book is this unputdownable?

"The Unclean were hiding in plain sight, among us. Breeding their own hosts. Existing right under the Church’s nose."

The Stars Never Rise is a fast-paced, gritty blend of dystopia and urban fantasy. Set in a future America that has been ravaged by demons who possess human bodies and some other creepy zombie-like monsters called Degenerates, a new governing
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“We are endless, Nina. We are legion.” The demon stood straighter and frowned, as if my lack of a reaction disappointed her. “We outnumber the grains of sand on the beach, the drops of water in the ocean. The seas in hell rage with us, rising and falling in waves, cresting and crushing one another. We bleed and moan and starve, yet we cannot die. We think of nothing but escape, yet there is nowhere to go. Nowhere but here. And for every one of us that breaks through, anchored in your world by
the burning dreamer.
After: Well then. Guess that gif still stays true to my general feelings towards this aggressively bland book after all.

*adds to list of deceptively gorgeous book covers trash*

Before: But why are his goddamn deep green eyes mentioned in the BLURB?

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was pretty awesome!

Um, how do I do this review without spoilers? This is one that needs spoilers to get to the - oh forget it, I will just pretend and no one will really know what's going on unless they read the book!

Sooooooooooooooooooo, Nina Kane and her sister Melanie live in New Temperance with their mom who is doped out all of the time. They (mainly Nina) has to get them stuff to pay the bills and feed them. Pretty much she bargains and steals. Anyhoo, the town is run by the chur
Simona B

"She's not stupid."
"Colossally naive, maybe. Recklessly opstimistic, definitely. But not stupid."

Which, to me, is nothing but a nicer wording for 'she's inconceivably stupid'.

But I can assure you that, in spite of my uncontrollable pull towards sarcastic remarks, The Stars Never Rise was for me an interesting, fun and entartaining read, and I recommend it. Not wholeheartedly or passionately, maybe, but I do recommend it. It's a good book to spend your time with.

I'm sure many of you have heard
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)

"This is your fault."

This was an interesting paranormal story, and there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming.

I felt quite sorry for Nina; being sterilised at the age of 15, having a mother who really didn’t care about her at all, and having to wash and wear other people’s clothes just to make ends meet was obviously hard for her, especially when she
Faye, la Patata

Okay, you're probably wondering out of all the things this book has the first two things I mention are: "THAT. ROMANCE."

Well, it's true, that, because holy mother of all things bizarre: THAT ROMANCE.

I thought it was... interesting. It was certainly unique. I'll  get to this later, though.

If there is one word that would describe this book in general, it would be entertaining. Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where 80% of the lands are considered wastelands, where billions died fighti
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
first read: September 13 & 14, 2015
first reread: October 8, 2017

Wow, This book was pretty fantastic. The beginning was slow....and I didn't think I was going to like it, but somewhere before I hit page 100 I just couldn't tear myself away from the pages!

I did think that quite a bit of it was predictable, I guessed a lot of things [and I was either right, or at least partially so], but overall, I really felt a lot of originality on this one. I mean....Its like demons, zombies and a li
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alamw15
I think someone gave Rachel Vincent license to do whatever the hell she wanted in this book, and she went for it. Hard, and with heck of a good result. While the whole demons and religious fanaticism has been done before, maybe to death, Rachel Vincent comes out of the left wing swinging a tale so dark and rich it allows you to sink into the very depths of the reading experience.

The Stars Never Rise is one of those titles that stays with you long after you finish it. I keep going back to it and
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Book One of The Stars Never Rise series
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 sist
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Different but at the same time had a familiar feel but I can't put my finger on what books it reminds me of. If you enjoyed the Soul Screamers series as I did I think you will like this series. Souls play a big role in this series as well.

I loved the world building although it pushes a bit too far into religion for me. Even with the paranormal twist religion plays a major role. In this role demons began possessing people and they began eating the souls. Exorcism was proven and ther
Apr 13, 2013 marked it as to-read
This sounds so cool!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait until 2015!!

It's like chasing a dream (though it is really just a butterfly)
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
Thanks Giulia for this book!



Alright, so this was sadly a disappointing read. I read the excerpt for this story a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it because of that it was a really, really cool dystopian idea. Then I received it for Christmas and was incredibly excited to read it, but it did not turn out as great as I had hoped.

First there's the insta-love. When that happened I was about to DNF the book.

Second there's the fact that the eve
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about souls and demons and exorcists, and I loved every second of it.

From beginning to end it was full of fast-paced action, an awesome, demon-slaying team, and a sassy heroine who maybe wasn't the most original, but she sure was a lot of fun to read about.

Nina has the kind of voice that I've heard in a lot of other YA books with female narrators, but that doesn't mean I disliked her. I really enjoyed her strong, fierce, and spunky character that had just a touch of humor—I just wis
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Religion is always a slippery slope in fiction, but Rachel Vincent used it well in THE STARS NEVER RISE, and in doing so created a compelling dystopian world that I’m sure to want to visit again and again. There was a steady flow of twists which was good because although none of them were stumpers, they kept things interesting, and other than the bizarre love interest, I thought that this was a smashing kickoff. Definitely recommended!

I’ve read the majority of this autho
Danielle (Love at First Page)
4-4.5 stars

The Stars Never Rise is my first Rachel Vincent book and it's one "hell" of a fun time! Fast-paced, exciting, chilling, and most importantly - unique. In this dystopian future, the Church now rules what was once the United States. After the war against the Unclean (aka demons), many souls were wiped out of existence, and now it's a matter of preserving the remaining souls against demonic possession. The people are trapped behind walls and beneath oppressive restrictions, but they are
Also reviewed on Sophie Reads YA

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This is no way impacted in my view.

Wow, this book was perfect in every single possible way. The Stars Never Fade tells the story of Nina Kane, a 16 year old living in a dystopian world unlike any I have ever read before. Over 100 years ago the Demons ravaged the world, leaving only a few settlements intact, though they had consumed the souls of many who'd perished. As such, there is now a severe s
Drcong O '
First of all, Julia thanks for bearing my annoying messages about this book. XD

Wow this book was awesome. It wasn't one of the best things I've read, but enjoyable and definitely leaving me for more.

An evil church?
A mysterious boy with green eyes?
A secret to hide?

Hell yeah I'm going to be in for it.


I am just quickly going to say that it was fast paced. Even though the first half was a bit slow, the second half definitely makes up for it. A likeable MC and a very unique love interest.

I h
What a surprisingly pleasant read this was. This book wasn't perfect but it’s plot sure hell was original. The author embroidered her plot with exquisite details that just arouse you to keep reading till you reach the last page!

This is a fast-paced book that you are going to have a hard time putting down. And when you get to the end you’re GOING TO BE eager to know more. So I’m surely going to read its sequel. There are a lot of questions and I can’t wait for them to be revealed.

I’ve never r
Andrew (BritBookBoy)
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of reading an e-ARC of The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent, provided via NetGalley. It was a fantastic Paranormal/Dystopian hybrid, a combination that made for a completely captivating read.

The pacing of the story is extremely brisk, with action and plot twists abundant from the first chapter. This had me tripping over the words, unable to read fast enough to find out which direction the story and characters would take next. Often leading to me rereading paragraphs, due to
Ashley Daviau
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I absolutely freaking LOVED this book! It was so badass and unlike anything I've read before. Demons, exorcists and degenerates made for one hell of a story that I just couldn't put down. I loved everything about the concept, it drew me in from the very beginning and kept me constantly guessing as to what could possibly happen next. I also quite enjoyed that certain parts of the story (I won't say which so as not to spoil it) mirror society in a startling way, it made the story a ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If I had to give one reason why I liked this book so much, I would have to go for originality. I've read lots of fantasy YAs and I'm sure there are people who have read much more than I have, but I think this book manages to surprise and be a breath of fresh air in a genre that is almost saturated. Degenerates -possessed people- isn't something you easily come across in YAs, or at least I know I haven't. TSNR is a very well-deve
I’m about to break one of my rules: rating a book 5 stars for entertainment. This didn’t personally affect me like many other 5-star reads, but damn if it wasn't an amazing ride.
One word: ADDICTING.

You know what I love? When authors take two overused genres, mix them together, drop the silly tropes and work their magic.
And so a hybrid is born!
Truth is, paranormal and dystopian are some of my favorite things to read when it’s done right. I give both these genres a tough time and like to nitpick a
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This is an action packed novel that will keep you turning pages. A unique premise and pretty strong characters, this is definitely a promising start to a series. 3.5 stars

This book takes place in a somewhat dystopian future, where the government is the Church, and society is now strictly controlled and must uphold almost puritan-like values. On top of that, there are demons that possess people and also exorcists. It’s quite the world.

Nina has it even worse than most people, since her mother is a
4.5 stars

It's official, I will read anything this woman writes. This is the third series I've read of hers and they've all been amazing.

The Stars Never Rise was entertaining as hell. It was a mix of urban fantasy and dystopia and it was amazing.

Set in a future America, The Unified Church has risen after humans lost a war with the demons, A.K.A. the Degenerates. After the war the remaining humans move to towns which are governed by the Church. Life there is very strict, the Church punishes p
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
#COYER challenge hunt item number 73: Read a book set at least 20 years in the future (5 points)

Quite fast paced, and set in a very bleak future, The Stars Never Rise is a solid start to Vincent's new series.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Casey Ann Books
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Moly.

I was looking for a new, fresh and badass book to read and I have found it. I have been a huge fan of Rachel Vincent's novels! This book just topped the list. The concept of this story was epic. The whole instead of organ donors its soul donors, due to there not being enough to go around, thanks to the horrible demons. I love the exorcist theme, I haven't seen this much in YA and it was so refreshing! The writing in this book is what I love to see in YA. Its dark, gritty, and isn't afr
Colleen Houck
One of my favorite reads this year! I really, really love the whole idea of Finn. You'll get what I mean when you read it. Lots of twists in this one so get ready! Already waiting for the next one! ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I've never read a Rachel Vincent book before this one, but after thoroughly enjoying The Stars Never Rise, I'm convinced that I'm going to be reading more by this author. The Stars Never Rise was one heck of an entertaining, thrilling and dark book. Coupled with some badass characters and unique world building, this book was near perfect.

Nina's character is solidly one of my all-time favorite female protagonists in YA. She's someone very memorable and I meshed with her very easily. She was fierc
Well, this wasn’t what I had in mind.

I loved Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. It’s one my all-time favorites. All-time!!! It is why I was so looking forward to her brand new YA series (I never got around reading her adult books though). And she was also bringing new ideas on the table; at least new in terms of recreation of certain themes. It’s not my first time to read YA book with exorcist; Gretchen McNeil’s Possess had that too. But since I have a great history with the author’
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