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Marianne de Pierres
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Book Description

15 April 2013
Book One of Night Creatures Retra is a Seal from the city of Grave – sealed minds, sealed community. When her brother Joel runs away to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep, she is determined to find him. Retra endures the pain of her obedience strip to escape Grave and stow away on the Ixion barge. But the island is beyond anything she can imagine and she finds herself drawn deep into an intoxicating and dangerous world. What are the creatures calling to Retra from the shadows? Where is Joel? And why are the young people she meets, vanishing? Ixion may appear to be a place of bliss, but its secrets are deadly. Will the friends she makes, and the forging of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1482763273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482763270
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne de Pierres is the author of the award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. Her Parrish Plessis series has been translated into nine languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. She is also the author of the award-winning humorous Tara Sharp crime series, written under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Her teen series, Night Creatures, has been met with rave reviews. Visit her websites at www.mariannedepierres.com www.burnbright.com.au and www.tarasharp.com

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Marianne de Pierres is the award-winning author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion science fiction series. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. She also writes award-winning humorous crime novels under the pseudonym, Marianne Delacourt.

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4.0 out of 5 stars worth a go 29 Jan 2014
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This was a bit different. An interesting concept and a fairly gripping pacing, some of the characters personalities seemed a bit convenient but overall enjoyable
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here 27 Nov 2013
By Litchick - Published on Amazon.com
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Here’s the thing, you can take an overused trope and put it in an edgy outfit, maybe surround it with a unique setting and add in some Daheck Am I Reading, but guess what? It’s still a trope. And this book has a lot of them.

There’s the TSTL Mary Sue MC, the bestie who is much cooler and more awesome than her in all ways, mean girls, a beta male who’s interested in Mary, powerful preternatural males that are interested in Mary, a handsome boy that is interested in Mary and – OMG! WE GET IT, THEY’RE ALL INTERESTED IN MARY! Oh and let’s not forget that only attractive people are trustworthy, it’s not okay to be sexually active and you should always be suspicious and wary of unknown females. Finish this off with a dash of super speshul snowflake and I quit.

I’m angry, I really wanted to like this one. Even the creative setting and the fact that it seemed like everyone was perpetually mid-acid trip weren’t enough to keep me interested.

I felt like this book was trying for creepy, what with the shadows that roiled just at the edge of the character’s peripherals and the random creatures that lurked in the darkness, but even that fell flat. I just wanted…more. These things weren’t dwelled on for long enough and so there wasn’t enough detail to make it actually suspenseful. At best it made me think ‘Oh, what was that?’ That’s it, mild curiosity, for the meh.

Lastly we have all the WTFery. There were random words dropped that were never explained, hints of other lands and other peoples that really could have been fleshed out to greater extent so that I actually had some sort of idea what the world was like outside of the MC’s incredibly limited knowledge, a plot that seemed to wander all over the place and ‘twists’ I saw coming from fifty pages away.

I'm going to stop whining now because I really could complain about almost everything in this book but I can recognize that most of my frustration comes from disappointment so I won't subject you to a drawn out rant. Moral of the story? The hype is a liar.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn bright, baby bats 26 Mar 2011
By Eleusinian Mysteries - Published on Amazon.com
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Twice a year the barge comes to Grave during the night to sneak unhappy young ones away to a world of uninhibited freedom, music and eternal pleasure - all day, every day. Where desires are acted upon without care and every person burns bright with life. Retra is not like the other young partiers taking the journey to Ixion - she doesn't want to be there, she only wants to find her brother Joel, who escaped the harsh and restricted community they live in. He's the only one she's ever been able to freely talk to and form a connection with. But in order to stay safe and not attract attention, she must try to fit in. "Modesty is a sin." For a girl raised with her every move dictated by others and having to wear a veil to conceal herself, this is quite the culture shock.

It doesn't take long for Retra to make enemies and form tentative friendships and alliances. She soon learns the intricacies of Ixion and discovers that it's not all just partying and fun. Under the layers of lust and pleasure beats a darker, scarier tune, pulsing throughout every vein of Ixion. They're all warned in the beginning not to stray from the light paths, for lurking in the dark are creatures of the night. But what Retra discovers is that the dangers of this world not only lurk within the shadows, but are hidden in plain sight too. In the end, no one stays safe in Ixion.

These young souls came to Ixion with the sole purpose of freedom, to reign free and forever indulge their body and emotions. But at what price are they willing to pay for these years of ecstasy? What happens when the Ripers - Guardians of Ixion - decide you are too old to stay? What happens when you burn too bright?

Burn Bright is a dark, thrilling, fascinating ride that pulls you in along with Retra as she explores the hedonistic world of Ixion, which ultimately allows her to free that part of herself that was still shackled to the suffocating restraints of her old Seal life. Seal Retra was robbed all colour - she was black and white with a little grey struggling to break through. By the end of the novel, Naif (the name she adopted while in Ixion) is bursting with a dizzying array of colours all trying to gleam dominant. She has grown into her own - from a shy, naive girl to a brave young heroine who will risk her life to save those she cares about. Free of strict, over-bearing rules to obey and dictate, she's finally being able to breathe and begin to discover herself. I enjoyed watching her grow and I'm looking forward to seeing her continued journey of self discovery in the following books.

All the secondary characters are fantastic. I especially loved Rollo and Suki. But I have to say I am most fascinated by the leading Riper, Lenoir. He's an enthralling character, at first we're given small tastes of him and you're a little unsure, you don't really know what to expect. The more you see of him, the more you want to unravel the mystery of him. And when certain aspects come to light... well I can't say I was expecting it! He's fascinating and enticing, but when you really think about what you've learned of him, it's rather disturbing. I think Marianne has written him perfectly - given us a hint of his vulnerabilities, personality and introduced an entirely original and intriguing element. I'm quite interested to discover more about him and to see the bond between him and Naif developed more in the next book.

Marianne dives deep and explores the human desires and fears in a thoroughly captivating world that is equal parts seductive and disturbing. Dangers lurk within every shadow, voices whisper from the dark, mysteries are unravelled and new ones present themselves. Words leap off the pages, wrapping their black curls around you and lure you deeper into Ixion. I was sucked into this world, the atmosphere was brilliant and I did not want to leave. I can't wait to get my hands on book two - Angel Arias - the first chapter was included at the end of Burn Bright and it sounds just as incredible as the first book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby bat! 5 July 2013
By Rachellovescats - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read this book when I was in Australia in 2011. It BLEW ME AWAY. The world building, the characters, the flying ships, the Night Creatures... I was completely absorbed into this world and could not stop turning the pages. I NEED book 2!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and dark 22 Aug 2013
By Meryl A. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a YA fan but I really enjoyed this different and interesting take on the genre, despite the insta-love. The characters were young without being stupid and the main character had grit without being violent or over the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very intense &suspenseful 3 Aug 2013
By Rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow I did not think I was going to like this one but once I started reading I could not put it down I already have the next two books so I am off to finish the series great read
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