Friday, February 3, 2012

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1) by Marianne de Pierres

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)
By Marianne de Pierres
Available in Aus and NZ, US residents can attain it from
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback

★★★ 3.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Review:
Dark, sensual, intoxicating...these are the words that describe Burn Bright. 

Welcome to Ixion, an island without rules. We are introduced to Retra, a girl from an extremely sheltered community who sets out to Ixion to find her brother who left a year earlier. Therefore, she is unlike the rest of Ixion's occupants. She is the innocence in a world of darkness. She doesn't want the drugs, clubs, and sex, yet she does feel herself being drawn to the Island and a few of its inhabitants. There is Markes, the first guy she's even had feelings for and Lenoir, the dangerous leader of the Ripers. While I don't understand the importance of Markes, he wasn't very well developed, I must say that I was extremely intrigued by Lenoir in a weird way. Dark, dangerous, sensuous Lenoir. However, he too was left in the dark. Neither was extremely well developed.

  The descriptions of the Ixion itself were extremely stimulating. It was mysterious, daring and both scary and beautiful at the same time. 

 However, what interested me most about this book was the story itself. I was intrigued with the world of Ixion and the story behind it. There is more going on in Ixion than meets the eye. Who are the Ripers? Who/what are the Night creatures? What happens once you get to old for Ixion?

Sadly, these questions are what made both love and hate the book. I was really engrossed because I wanted to know the answers to these questions. However, I don’t think a single question was answered. When it ended I had about a bajillion questions! Not only the ones mentioned above but how did Ixion come about? Who is the Ruzalia? How can she travel through the Spiral? How did the gangs start? How do they get in touch with Ruzalia? How did anything come to be?! What kept me so interested were these burning questions! That’s the only reason I wanted to keep reading! But sadly, I think only one thing was answered, and this “answer” just brought on more questions. However, this does make me want to run out and get the second book just to see if it will tell me anything. Now you see my dilemma:/ 

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it. It was….intoxicating to say the least. The story itself was incredibly interesting, not to mention Ixion, but my interest in this dark world couldn’t surpass all of my burning questions. Will I continue the series? Yes! I want to know what happens. However, I hope that we learn more in the next installment. 

Warning: For mature YA 


  1. Hmm, I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds interesting, although no answers? That might annoy me a bit. I mean, I know in a series you can't answer all the questions right away, but I at least need a few answers. Then again, I loved the show Lost and I STILL have questions... ;)
    And what an awesome cover! It reminds me of Lady Gaga for some reason...

    1. It was actually really interesting! I read it all in almost one sitting. But those darn questions! I completely agree that they can't answer all questions, but the author shouldn't leave that much hanging.

      Ooooo I LOVED LOST!! hahaha I definitely know how you feel. I'm still Lost when it comes to that show o_O

      Hahaha yeah the cover is pretty cool! I do love it! Its one reason I was attracted to it to begin with!

      Warning for the book: I didn't put this in the actual review so I'll have to update it. There is a bunch of drugs, sex and clubs-for the drugs it just talks about the effects how it loosens up the people, and the 'Enlightenment" is.... weird, but overall its not that descriptive. Just to warn ya :)

    2. Ah, sex and drugs don't bother me too much, as long as it's not a story just about a hard-core drug addict and really goes into detail about it. But thanks for the warning, and you should definitely let other readers know about that, since that might not be appealing to others.


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