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Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Reviews - The Stars Never Rise & The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

Reviews by Suze

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In New Temperance everyone lives in fear of losing souls. There aren't enough souls for newborns and existing ones are being hunted. Everyone is being ruled by the Church, where sins are being seen as crimes and punishment is never light. Nina's always looking after her sister Mellie. She wants to keep her safe no matter what, but by focusing so much on her sister she fails to see the danger that is right in front of her.

Mellie is keeping a secret that will end their existence as they know it and Nina is doing everything she possibly can to keep her sister out of harm's way. She discovers that she has a gift, but this doesn't help her to keep Mellie out of the hands of the Church, which means she has to set up a rescue mission. Together with a group of strangers Nina tries to get her sister back. She's part of this group, but never had any idea they existed. Finn is the one she trusts the most, but there's a complicated mystery surrounding him and it isn't easy for Nina to figure out the complete truth. Demonic possession is the biggest threat they're dealing with, will Nina be able to keep their souls intact?

The Stars Never Rise is a gripping story about dangerous demons, a controlling institute that tries to make people meek and impressive powers. Nina is strong, resilient and smart. I loved her protective character. She's always looking out for her sister and she will do anything for Mellie. Mellie is much more impulsive than Nina and I loved her sweet nature. They have a wonderful bond and finding out if they'd survive kept me glued to the pages.

Rachel Vincent's world building skills are amazing. I was immediately intrigued by New Temperance, the Church and the demons. Rachel Vincent makes her stories come to life in an incredible way. Her descriptions are vivid and there are many gripping and unexpected twists and turns. The Stars Never Rise is a fantastic story set in a dark and dangerous world ruled by an evil that is hard to catch. I loved the way Rachel Vincent writes about powers, resistance and plotting and really enjoyed reading this amazing story.

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Nina knows she's an exorcist, she was born that way. However, this doesn't mean it's easy to conquer all the demons she and her small group of fellow exorcists come across. Demons are cunning and they're forever hunting Nina and her friends. They had to leave New Temperance and are now living in the badlands, where it's easier to hide, but harder to survive. The demon problem has to be solved and a plan needs to be made, something that will confront Finn with a past he never wants to be part of again. Will Nina and the other exorcists succeed and do they actually have a chance against the demons?

Mellie is pregnant and that is a problem, because there isn't a soul for the baby. If there isn't a soul the baby will die and that is something Nina will prevent at all costs. She's willing to make a huge sacrifice if needed, but Nina's skills are important and the safety of many is in her hands. What should she do? Their new destination is Pandemonium, a city filled with demons where there's a mission to accomplish, will she make it out of there alive?

The Flame Never Dies is another fantastic story by Rachel Vincent. Nina is capable, powerful and clever. She can deal with any kind of situation and I admired her strength. Her group of friends is only small and they have to fight against a large number of demons. The demons are creepy, zombielike creatures that made my skin crawl. Nina is trying to keep Mellie and the baby safe and finding out if she'd succeed kept me on the edge of my seat.

Rachel Vincent has written a fascinating thrilling duology. I love Nina's dark and dangerous world, it's skillfully set up. Rachel Vincent combines a difficult journey with plenty of action and combat. The Flame Never Dies is a fabulous combination of dystopia, horror and supernatural romance. It's an original and creative concept that intrigued me from beginning to end. I highly recommend any of Rachel Vincent's books. They're all absolutely amazing.

Advice

If you love dystopia combined with zombielike demons and incredible gifts you should definitely read both of The Stars Never Rise books. I'd advise you to read the stories in their correct order.  

18 comments:

  1. Oh, how I'd love to have these books on my shelf!

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  3. The Mellie part of the blurb is heart wrenching.

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  4. Love the sounds of it. Exorcism and demons ❤️

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  5. The world-building sounds intense and well-crafted!

    --Trix

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  6. Sounds like a complicated scenario, but interesting!

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  7. I really like Rachel Vincent older books but this one for some reason wasn't on my radar. Great review.

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  8. It sounds exciting!..and scary too, my kind of book.

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  9. Sounds great! I'd love to read these books.

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  10. Oh these sound really good. I like the concept on the importance of souls.

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  11. Wonderful reviews for some awesome books. I friend recommended this author to me and glad to hear you enjoyed these.

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  12. I loved! The books sound quite interesting

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  13. Such a fantastic covers and sounds great!
    Looking forward to read :)
    Thank you for the lovely reviews!

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  14. Thanks for the sound advice Suze. Nothing worse than starting a book only to discover that it's part of a series!

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  15. The baby has no soul? That's certainly new!

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