Spotlight Saturday: Review ‘Burn Bright’ by Marianne de Pierres.

Kindle Edition.
Kindle Edition.
Australian Cover.
Australian Cover.

Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday where I shine the spotlight on an Australian book that I think should be read. I’m very excited about today’s book ‘Burn Bright’ by Marianne de Pierres. Burn bright is the first in a trilogy and was published in Australia/New Zealand by Random House Australia, and this month Marianne is releasing all three books (Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light.) through Amazon so everyone around the world can enjoy them.

The Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 Thoughts:

5 out of 5 stars.

Wow. This was one of the most original YA Dystopians I’ve read. It was gripping, intense, dark and full of mystery. It’s a mix of sci-fi and dystopian, and even paranormal. It hooks you in and doesn’t let go before the end.
Ixion is a world like no other, shrouded in so much mystery. Told through the eyes of Retra, you only see what she sees, only know what she knows. Retra is different from the others escaping to Ixion, who just want to throw off the restraints of their stifling society, but Retra’s only reason for going to the island is to find her brother. She is lost without him.
Retra tries to blend in, to seem like she is there for the same reason as everyone else, but she attracts the attention of a Riper who means her harm, and the strange creatures that creep around in the dark outside the paths.
To survive the Island, Retra must break her shy constraints and become more outgoing, and she does.
The island is full of secrets – including what happens to the residents once they turn a certain age and must leave the Island. Retra is determined to find out and save her brother before his time is up.
Romance is not the main focus, but there are some romantic elements. Retra becomes attracted to the cute, guitar playing Markes, but she also forms a deep connection with the Riper leader Lenior, even though it is forbidden.

Burn Bright is unique and in order to fully appreciate the brilliance of this book it just has to be read. I highly recommend it for lovers of YA looking for something unique who like dystopian and sci-fi, and who love a slow unraveling of a mystery.

I can’t wait to read the other two books. Look out for Burn Bright on Amazon, or you can check it out on Goodreads here (Australian paperback): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9433912-burn-bright
or here (Kindle edition): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17452291-burn-bright

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