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Burn Bright (The Night Creatures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marianne de Pierres
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Burn Bright
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 a 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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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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  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482763273
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9SZG1O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here November 27, 2013
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn bright, baby bats March 25, 2011
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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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby bat! July 4, 2013
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and dark August 21, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intense &suspenseful August 2, 2013
By Rhonda
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good story July 29, 2013
By Shannon
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A pretty good story, fast paced, thought provoking, good & bad guys thought out, I would read her other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read July 29, 2013
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Very addictive read read all 3 books in two days hoping there is a fourth soon. Awesome imagination from this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, interesting world! July 21, 2013
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Retra lives in Grave, a place that believes in rules, discipline and denial... denial of pleasure, denial of comfort, denial even of knowledge.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique YA Heroine, Creatures, and Setting
Burn Bright is a young adult novel by Marianne de Pierres. The story centers on a young girl named Retra who runs away from home to find her brother on the mysterious island of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kayla Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars In the Middle
There were parts of this book that I really liked but, there were parts that really were awesome but others that really bothered me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by iforgot2tellya
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Descriptive Series
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Published 16 months ago by MissyDevoursDelishReads
2.0 out of 5 stars I just could not get into it at all!
Having read the reviews I was expecting great things from this book/author but I just couldn't get into it and after trying several times gave up. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex Sparasci
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
I got this free on amazon. I really liked the world in Burn Bright - the writing was so descriptive that it was easy to picture the setting and characters in my mind. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LAM
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book so much, I'm ready to read book two today. I would love to have more description of what is around them, as well as what their doing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sapphire the writer
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Marianne de Pierres is the Australian science fiction author of the award- Sentients of Orion, Parrish Plessis, Peacemaker and Night Creatures series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. Marianne is also a Davitt award-winning crime author under the pseudonym, Marianne Delacourt. You can read more about Marianne at,, and

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