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About the Author
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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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.
Although the book to me was very unique, there were some flaws that I found hard to ignore. The descriptions were interesting but there were a lot of times where it was hard to follow. I had a hard time picturing some of the scenes in my head either because it wasn't flushed out enough or because the way the author wrote it didn't make much sense to me. There were also many grammatical errors and because of these flaws, it pulled me out of the book many times along the way.
Overall, I recommend this book to those who are trying to find something different and want a faster pace. I will definitely be reading the next book to find out the next phase that Retra will have to face.
When Retra's brother runs away to Ixion, a place that holds youth and pleasure above all else, things become unbearable for Retra. He was her only friend, her only comfort and now, because of his escape she has been subject to the painful, humiliating lengths Grave's Elders will go to keep her from running also.
Determined to find her brother, Retra escapes to Ixion, but her life of rules, order and modesty have not prepared her for a place where the only rules are party, have fun, and stay on the lighted paths!
While searching for her brother, Retra finds herself question in a place of for youth and pleasure, what happens when you get too old? And what is happens if you step into the darkness just beyond the lighted paths? In her search for her brother and the answers to these questions will she find she's escaped one overbearing, stifling place in exchange for somewhere far more frightening.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this. I'm always excited when I read books by authors from other countries, because they usually have something totally different for me. This book did not disappoint in that regard. It was unique, the story line and the world fresh and so different from anything I've read lately.
The world of Ixion was beautiful and scary at the same time. I didn't want the story to end, but this first installment wrapped up fairly decently compared to many firsts in a series, though many remain to be answered in the next book which will be buying right away!