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The Stars Never Rise

(The Stars Never Rise Duology #1)

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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 b
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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 t
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Lola
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

Oh, this was good. Great. Astonishingly entertaining. I first had my reservations regarding the suitability of mixing dystopia and urban fantasy as genres. Would they create a ‘‘believable’’ and ‘‘convincing’’ enough story, albeit full of demons, exorcists and religious fanatics? Would it make sense? Those two questions made me extremely curious. And I’m a curious reader. So let me tell you something: it works better than I could ever imagine.

The story was extremely fast-paced, brimming with act
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Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
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*
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Before: But why are his goddamn deep green eyes mentioned in the BLURB?

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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
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Sarah
(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 h
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Grace
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-need-it
TO THE BOOKSTORE 2015!

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Simona Bartolotta
3.5

"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
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Ash
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
first read: September 13 & 14, 2015
first reread: October 8, 2017


Wow, just...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
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Faye, la Patata
THAT ROMANCE.

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
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Aly Locatelli
2.5/3 stars.

I feel like my life is a book, and someone turned the page before I was ready, and now I can't follow the story.


Nina Kane's only worries are to keep her soul as pure as possible and find a way to bring food to the table every evening without fail. With an addicted mother and a young sister, no one can help Nina but herself. In future America, the Church rules as steadfastly and cruelly as it did in the past. Women are kept pure and, if they are healthy enough, are allowed to bree
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Taschima
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
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Alyssa
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
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Jennifer
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
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SophiAnn
Apr 13, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-it
This sounds so cool!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait until 2015!!

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

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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
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Drew
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
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Sophie
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
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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
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Sana
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?
Demons?

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

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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
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Teryna90
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 re
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Iliada
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
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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
Chelsea
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
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Sarah
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Cracked by Eliza Crewe, or anyone who wants an entertaining book.
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
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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
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Andrea
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 peo
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Elena
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5
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