Sunday, July 8, 2012

{Review} BURN BRIGHT by Marianne de Pierres



Night Creatures Series #1
by Marianne de Pierres
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Pages/Format: 316; Paperback & e-book
Source: Won from Author

Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.


Burn Bright affected me exactly how I expected; it blew me away! Marianne de Pierres' talented and creative mind created a world unlike any other I've seen. Her writing style is descriptive and flows easily. The novel's consistent tone is dark and delicious, spreading chills throughout its mysterious plot. In part one, Retra, the Grave South Seal, escapes to the island of Ixion. Ixion is supposed to be a place where oppressed kids can go to let loose and embrace pleasure. I love the irony, which Retra picks up on pretty quickly, of Ixion having just as many rules as Grave, though they are less strict. Part two of the novel sees a profound change in Retra's personality and character. The process is quick, but the novel still gives readers enough time to get to know Retra's new persona. Secrets of Ixion have been discovered and she's right in the middle of an impending war between the Guardians of the island and its rebellious members.

Burn Bright is part dytopian, part mystery, and part science fiction and fantasy. I love that there are so many of my favorite elements in the novel, but the plot is still connected and entertaining. It's strange that Retra believes Grave is the only place in the world until she meets people from other provinces while on Ixion. She's completely ignorant about her world, which is filled with other cultures and philosophies. Even people outside of Grave South are different from Seals, but she hadn't known until she met other batlings: Markes, Suki, and Rollo. The characters of Burn Bright are all fascinating with wild personalities; the scenes livened with their quirky chatting. The friends Retra makes, especially Suki, helped her loosen up and guided her through unfamiliar territory. The whole novel has this sinister vibe, readers know something bad is bound to happen, but the characters are a fun distraction from that darkness.

Burn Bright is amazing! Whoever is able to read this novel and doesn't is completely fou!

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