Welcome to this weeks Spotlight Sunday where I shine the spotlight on an Australian book I think deserves to be read. Today I am reviewing the YA dystopain ‘Angel Arias’ by Marianne de Pierres, book 2 in her Burn Bright series.
The good news is that this series has been released on Amazon as both a paperback and an e-book so international readers can get there hands on it too. You can check it out on Amazon here
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Retra – now called Naif – has escaped from Ixion, the island of ever-night. She doesn’t know if her friends on the island survived the battle between the Ripers and the rebels. But she does know that she must return home, behind the sealed walls of Grave, to find out why the Ripers have been seen there talking to the councillors. What links the two worlds?
First she must convince Ruzalia to help her. The fierce pirate captain saves those who face terrible fates on Ixion, but that doesn’t guarantee their gratitude. Instead, she faces a revolt – and Naif is caught in the middle.
Naif will need all her courage to survive. For Lenoir, who wants to keep her safe, for her friends Suki and Rollo, if they live, for Markes, who has secrets of his own, and for the new friends she will make on this journey.
The fate of worlds depends on it.
4 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book, but I thought book one, Burn Bright, was slightly better, only because this book was so intense. Naif spends most of her time on the run in this book, with heaps of close calls. I was on the edge of my seat, heart racing, holding my breath the whole time; it was as if I was the one on the run.
Naif and Markes have returned to Grave to find out what the connection is between the Ripers and the Elders, so we get to see more of this strict society. They only have two days to find the answers they seek, and they do. Lots of shocking secrets are revealed in this book which helps you to understand what is really going on while leaving you desperate to know what Raif is going to do with the information in the third and final book.
As with book 1, there is a sprinkling of romance throughout but the romance is not the main focus of this book. Naif has feelings for Markes but she is also bonded to Lenoir, which means she can’t help having feelings for him too. I actually really like Lenoir and we mainly get to see him through the bond in this book, but there is a couple of chapters from his point of view so we can see what is going on back on the island as well.
I didn’t liked Markes after this book and I am hoping that Naif doesn’t end up with him.
We are introduced to some great characters in this book. I really loved Liam and Jarrold. Both went out of their way to help Raif, and without either of them she would never have made it very far.
Angel Arias is a dark, suspenseful and thrilling tale which you won’t want to put down once you start reading. A unique dystopian that is a stand out in its genre. I highly recommend it.
you can add it to your Goodreads here