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.
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 people who sin and demands obedience from everyone there.
Nina Kane is a sixteen year old girl who’s main concern is making enough money and keeping her and her sister, Melanie, safe especially since their mother is a deadbeat druggie. When Melanie reveals a secret that leads her to being taken by the Church and puts Nina in danger, Nina finds herself running from both demon and humans with a group of fugitives.
I really, really liked Nina.
“If I was about to die, I wasn’t going to go out face down in the dirt”
Nina was a brave, bold, and kick-ass heroine. She loves her sister fiercely and does whatever it takes to keep them both fed, even if whatever it takes means selling herself.
“Take it off,” he repeated when I reached the last button.
Eyes still closed, I let the material slide off my shoulders, down to my elbows. His feet shuffled on the concrete floor, and I squeezed my eyes shut tighter. A second later, his fingers were there, greedy and eager. They pushed at the remaining material, shoving my bra up, squeezing, pinching.
I let it happen. I had no other way to pay.
Something else I really liked about this book was the romance… because it’s not your typical romance. I won’t say too much about it, let’s just say I’ve never really seen anything like it.
The only reason this got four instead of five stars was because there were a few parts in the middle that maybe dragged on for a little bit longer than was necessary, but other than that this book was damn near perfect. Since I have to wait practically a year for the next book, it was great that the ending wasn’t really a cliffhanger. It just set up the series for the next scarier sequel. And I’m really excited.