Tuesday, September 18, 2012

REVIEW: BURN BRIGHT - by Marianne de Pierres

Burn Bright: The Night Creatures Book 1
Published: March 1, 2011 by Random House AU
Paperback: 316 pages
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
Oh, this was such a fascinating book! An entirely new fantasy world that will completely suck you into the darkness of pleasure and even fear. I was so excited to get the opportunity to review Burn Bright. It was published by Random House Australia and hasn’t been released in the US, so when Dani from Refracted Light Reviews offered to send her copy on “tour” I was so thrilled. I fell for the cover immediately, and the synopsis had me itching to read it.
Ixion is the land of pleasure, but Retra isn’t looking for pleasure. She’s looking for her brother. Every page was packed with interesting turns and I never wanted to put the book down. Unfortunately, I work a full time job and I was moving into my new house. These two things in addition to my husband feeling incredibly neglected meant I had to take a few breaks. And every minute away from Retra and her new friends was fraught with wonder. What’s going to happen next? What does THAT mean?! He did WHAT to her?!?! You get the picture. It took me about 4 days to finish the book (which for me is an eternity!) and every night I had little dreams about dancing in Ixion.
Pierres did a great job creating Retra’s world and her character. Her background as a Seal really defines her, but she also has a bravery and selflessness about her. I really enjoyed reading her and seeing Ixion through her eyes. If you enjoy fantasy worlds, you will absolutely fall in love with Burn Bright!
Want to know more about Burn Bright and the Night Creatures series? Check out the website!

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