I received this book for free from Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Written by Marianne de Pierres
Published October, 2011 by Random House
Provided by: Random House Australia
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Retra – now called Naif – has escaped from Ixion, the island of ever-night. She doesn’t know if her friends on the island survived the battle between the Ripers and the rebels. But she does know that she must return home, behind the sealed walls of Grave, to find out why the Ripers have been seen there talking to the councillors. What links the two worlds?
First she must convince Ruzalia to help her. The fierce pirate captain saves those who face terrible fates on Ixion, but that doesn’t guarantee their gratitude. Instead, she faces a revolt – and Naif is caught in the middle.
Naif will need all her courage to survive. For Lenoir, who wants to keep her safe, for her friends Suki and Rollo, if they live, for Markes, who has secrets of his own, and for the new friends she will make on this journey.
The fate of worlds depends on it.
What a great follow-up to Burn Bright! Fans of the first book will not be disappointed. Naif and her friends return, unearthing more dark secrets about the strange island of Ixion – and unfortunately for the young rebels that fled to the island in Burn Bright, these secrets are more menacing than they ever could have imagined! Fans of dystopian fiction should not pass this series up!
Much like the first book, Burn Bright, Angel Arias took a little while to really ‘lift-off’ for me. I read the first handful of chapters in small doses, but it wasn’t long before the real action and intrigue kicked in! Needless to say, the last 200 pages were turned in a frenzy. It’s a really hard book to put down once you become absorbed. I wasn’t suprised at all, though, because Marianne de Pierres is just this sort of writer! She knows how to do action, how to pace things, and how to make everything come together perfectly.
We turn away from Ixion in this book – other than a chapter narrated by Lenoir who still resides on the island – and instead face Sanctus (Ruzalia’s island) and the sprawl of Grave North (Retra/Naif’s original home). I must admit I wasn’t pleased when I thought the story would be heading back to Grave, but once I was there the action and drama soon swayed me. We focus on the characters of Naif and Markes more than anyone else in this one. I quite enjoyed that, because I thought Markes took the sidelines in Burn Bright and I wanted to find out more about the musician and Naif’s fascination with him. I like him much more as a character now, so that’s good.
We also meet some new characters; mainly Jarrold and Liam. Both were ones I liked immediately. They each add a new aspect to the story. Jarrold is a Grave resident, brother to Marke’s former ‘Trothed’, Emilia. He’s much like Naif’s own brother, Joel, mixed with a dash of Rollo from Burn Bright. Liam, on the other hand, is revealed to be someone from Suki’s past, and he’s been one of those unlucky few that were joined with the Night Creatures on Ixion after being ‘withdrawn’. I presume we’re going to learn a lot more about him in the third book, Blaze Dark, and I look forward to it. I know there’s an interesting story there.
Marianne de Pierre’s world-building skills are just as fantastic as ever. While reading, I felt completely immersed within the worlds Naif and Markes explored. I also really loved Jarrold’s experience with the tunnels beneath Grave, and how they hinted at the end of our modern civilisation. The world of The Night Creatures series is very elaborate and lush, and I dare anyone not to fall in love with it.
Angel Arias was a fantastic read – and fantastic sequel! The story develops further, things are revealed, characters evolve and new relationships are formed. It’s everything you could hope for in a second book. I urge anyone to get their hands on this series if you haven’t already done so.
Recommended to: If you liked Burn Bright, you’ll love Angel Arias. Definitely recommend this series to fans of dystopian YA. You will not be disappointed!