Book Review: Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres

Monday, August 8, 2011

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1) by Marianne de Pierres
Publication date: 1st March, 2011
Published by:  Random House Australia
Source: Bought

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
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My Review:

Favourite Quote:  "Rules? Ixion is supposed to be free of rules, yet it seems as strict as Grave in its own way and more...more dangerous."

Three words: I loved it! Burn Bright is one of those reads that when you are finished you are left saying "WOW I want more" because it such an amazing story.

Burn Bright has one of the most unique and captivating worlds.  So refreshingly different but in a good way.  It slowly unravels and everything is not what it seems.  Also you could, and you will want to, re-read it again to see things you have missed the first time to better understand the mysterious and dark place of Ixion.

The plot is unpredictable and exciting.  I couldn't get enough of this story.  It is the type of book you read when you should be sleeping, or while you are cooking or during a red light in your car.  You know what I am talking about, a completely consuming read.

Retra (aka Naif) is intriguing main character.  She is quite but yet still strong.  I like the fact that she thinks about things, asks questions and doesn't follow blindly.  Retra is definitely a heroine you admire.

There is a little bit of delicious romance.  I would call it  attraction and connection.  It looks like something is building for the future books.  There is Lenior the leader of Ixion who I feel Retra has the strongest connection with.   And then there is the mysterious Markes, the musician, who was on the barge with Retra when she entered Ixion, who pops up every now and then.  Retra has more of an attraction to him.   And I am going to surprise you here and say I actually like Lenior more.  Yes I am picking him over the hot musician (normally they are my weakness) because I don't think Markes has been in the storyline enough to leave a strong enough of impression of who he really is.

Overall, Burn Bright is an alluring and gripping read that has left me craving the sequel.  I highly recommend this to all dystopia, fantasy and paranormal fans.

Overall Rating: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Romance: 4.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5

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25 comments:

Belle said...

Fantastic review Nic, from the blurb this didn't really interest me but your review makes it sound awesome. I really want to read this now - love a book that you can't stop thinking about and want to read at red lights :D

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

The premise sounds so awesome!! Great review (and woah, look at that cover). and how can you not choose the hot musician!! :p I definitely want to read this

Ange said...

Awesome review! This has been on my TBR pile for a while, looks like I'm going to put this one further up my pile! Definitely can't wait to read this.

Liz. R said...

I love the sound of this one! It's a shame it's not published everywhere, because it sounds great. Glad you enjoyed it, I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist!

Jenny said...

Yay! So glad to know you loved this one, I've been really curious about it! That cover absolutely freaks me out, but the story sounds amazing, I love a book that is all-consuming while you're reading it:)

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

This sounds interesting. It has a hint of dystopia but kind of like in the Uglies series, rather than the most recent ones, it intrigues me.

Great review!! :) you kind of put me in the mood of the book :)

Hafsah @ IceyBooks said...

That cover is utterly creepy, lol. But the book sounds pretty good. Retra is a pretty unique MC name... Thanks for putting this on my radar, Nic!

manthy said...

That is a great review, it makes me want to read it now,I like books that once you start reading them you can't put them down until they are over.
I bet 5 stars is hard to get from you in a review!
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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love that cover and I'm so glad to hear that the book sounds just as amazing. I love a book that you don't want to put down. I'm also curious about both the boys! Oh nice!

Savannah said...

So happy that my indie special ordered this book for me! I can't wait to read it! Loved the review!

Missie said...

Yes! I know those types of books and I love those types of books. The kind that make you want to read at a red light! WOW, oh wow. I'll be sure to start this one on a weekend when I don't have to be anywhere.

Sounds like it is a very good thing that this book is part of a series. Fab review Nic. Thanks.

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

This one sounds very unusual and unique, which is always good! I like the sound of the romance too! :)

Rida (Raindrop Reflections) said...

That cover is scary awesome! I think I'm going to like this book :)

A Canadian Girl said...

The cover of this is amazing but I didn't think this one would be for me based off the premise. You've convinced me otherwise, Nic. I'm love unique books and am off to add this one to my wishlist :)

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Holy hell. I haven't seen many reviews for this one, but it totally makes me want it! Fab review! :)

Rummanah Aasi said...

I have to be honest, that cover totally grabbed my attention and the premise sounds intriguing. I never heard of the book before! So glad you enjoyed it. I have to add this one to my ever growing TBR pile. Awesome review!

She Known As Jess. said...

I didn't think I would like this one, but I ended up loving it!! Ace Review!! I can't wait for angel arias!!!

abbey said...

This sounds sooo good, i saw it in a bookshop the other day and was so tempted to buy it just based on the creepy cover.
Great review NIc, wow 5/5 i will have to read this one then :)

Teddyree said...

Awesome review, I want this one sooo bad :)

mummazappa said...

I've only read good things about this book, I really must read it soon. I'm so excited to hear about an unpredictable plot, I feel like lately I've been reading a lot of things that are good but somewhat predictable. Thanks for the review to remind me to pick up a copy!

My keeper shelf said...

I really want to read thi now what a fantastic review.

Nomes said...

nic, you did an awesome job on this review :)

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I want this 'wow' read. Sounds unique and love that cover!

Small Review said...

OH wow, I'm so glad I read your review. I've been pretty much meh on the idea of this book, mostly because I don't like the cover. Now I'm totally adding it to my TBR. Thanks!

kate.o.d said...

i haven't read it, but the cover is so nice and velvety...

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