The Stars Never Rise
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.
I was first introduced to this author with her Shifter series. I own all of the books. I have tried reading other books since that series ended but could not really find my groove with them. This new series does show great promise. I was able to jump into the story and the characters. Nina may not be Faythe but she does show that she can be a strong female while staring danger in the face. Also, the relationship forming between Nina and Finn is nice but again not the love relationship that I grew to love in the shifters' series but who knows, I could change my mind as this series progresses.
What I do like about this series thus far is that it is dark. Evil dark like PG-17. There are mention of sexually, killings, etc. that the younger audience may not be able to handle like the older audience. Also, the storyline was strong and believable with plenty of action to keep it moving along at a fast pace. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with Nina, Finn, and the rest of the gang.