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Review: “Burn Bright,” Marianne de Pierres

May 28, 2011

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.

Review: “Burn Bright,” Marianne de PierresBurn Brightby Marianne de Pierres
Series: The Night Creatures #1
Published by Random House on March, 2011
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 316
Source: Random House Australia

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?

Burn Bright is absolutely raw and intoxicating. Set in a world of dark intrigue and deadly secrets, the book offers non-stop twists and turns with a brilliant lead character!

Burn Bright JUST missed out on garnering a complete 5-star rating from me. The first quarter of the book was alright, but the action definitely picked up from then on. The end was absolutely amazing and I find myself wanting the second in the series, Angel Arias, RIGHT NOW!

I can’t make up my mind on the best part of Burn Bright. To me, it’s either the relationship between Retra/Naif and Lenoire, or the part the gangs in Ixion play. I find myself imagining Ixion as some kind of deadly theme park; one that’s always night and where the rides never shut down. I thought the network of kars and stations was genius, as well as the churches.

Marianne de Pierres writes settings really well. I could imagine each scene so vividly and it really added to the story. The creation of the Ripers and the Night Creatures was an interesting one, and I am dying to know more about their origin – as well as the origin of Ixion itself.

I liked the supporting cast – Suki, Rollo, Markes, etc. – but they weren’t my favourites. That lay with Retra/Naif (oh and Charlonge deserves an honourable mention, too) I must admit that I got a little confused when halfway through the novel, Retra/Naif changes names and therefore so does the whole narrative. It took me a little bit to adjust, but I did so quickly. Regarding Markes, the musician, I think I like him the least in the story. He’s just so dull and… I don’t know. As a possible love interest for Retra, I’m not feeling it. I’d rather her with Lenoire for some reason.

I’m intrigued about Dark Eve and Ruzalia, too. I love strong female characters and they definitely fit the bill.

All in all I LOVED Burn Bright. Although it does jump right into the action from page one, I personally had a little trouble getting ‘in’ to the characters and the story at first. Never fear, though, because soon you’ll be hooked on Ixion and the story in general!

Recommended to: Do yourself a favour and pick up Burn Bright if you’re a fan of dystopian fiction. If you’ve never read anything in the genre before, you might not have a taste for it as it’s a little out there and a little raw. You might want to start with a transitionary series, like The Hunger Games, before starting on this.

About Marianne de Pierres

Marianne de Pierres is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs (and once upon a time three sons - before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.


  • Reply Ophélie May 31, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Lucky you ! I have wanted to buy this book, but it’s available only in Australia for the moment… I really hope it will be successful, and that it will be published in other countries… I am a fan of dystopian fiction ! :)

    Ps: Sorry if my English is not really good, I try to learn as fast as possible ! ( I’m French lol )

  • Reply Cialina May 31, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Wow! This sounds great. Will definitely look more into this.

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  • Reply Grace Fonseca May 30, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Nice review. I hadn’t heard of these book before. i will keep it on my radar. Come check out by blog. New follower by the way.

  • Reply Brodie May 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Great review! I really loved this. The whole world Marianne has crafted is so unlike any I’ve read before. The Ripers, the Night Creatures and Lenoir are all so fascinating and I’m so eager to learn more about them and the bond between Lenoir and Naif. I’m grateful we don’t have to wait a year for the sequel like most other books though!

    • Reply Brittany May 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you – I’m so glad you enjoyed it, too! And are a fan of Lenoir to boot ;)!

      I know – November can’t come quickly enough!

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