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Burn Bright (The Night Creatures Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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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.
In Burn Bright, seventeen-year-old Retra escapes from her strict and isolated life in Seal South, an area walled off from the already enclosed land called Grave, to Ixion. Ixion is an island with never-ending night known for it's pleasure. It's where young people go to run away from rules and to enjoy freedom. The freedom to have fun and party all the time. Retra isn't looking for pleasure though. Her sole purpose in going there is to find her older brother Joel, who left to Ixion two years ago. But before she starts her search, she quickly learns that the island is a much darker and dangerous place than she could have imagined. If Retra wants any hope in finding her brother, she has to survive Ixion first.
What I liked about Burn Bright was Retra's character. Even though Retra was timid and naive when she arrived in Ixion, she wasn't completely helpless. She had a determination that came out when it was really needed. It gave her the strength to survive Ixion and to eventually overcome some of the fears caused by the sheltered life she grew up in. I found her development believable, and I was glad there wasn't anything I disliked about her. Although I thought Retra was a good character, Rollo and Suki were my favorites. I felt like they, especially Rollo, stood out among the rest of the characters. Suki was a strong fighter, and Rollo knew a whole lot about the secrets in Grave and Ixion than he first let on. Both were pretty funny and made great friends, and I liked how they did what they could to try and help Retra.
Some of the relationships Retra had with other characters, though, took some time for me to accept. I didn't get why she was drawn to Markes, a guy she met on the barge to Ixion, other than the fact that he was nice and good-looking. Another was the connection she felt with Ixion's Guardian leader Lenoir. They both seemed drawn to each other, and I couldn't figure out why. Lenoir also tended to give Retra puzzling information about Ixion, and he was a complete mystery. I still don't know what he is exactly and what he's trying to accomplish in Ixion.
Which brings me to the world in Burn Bright. Retra was lost in Ixion in the beginning, and I have to say that I was just as lost as her. Probably even more. It was strange and confusing to understand at times, especially the way things were done and the certain words used in Ixion. There were a lot of times where Retra asked questions, and she either didn't get answers or the answers were too vague for me to wrap my head around. Like when Retra had Confession. The confession Retra went through was not anything like the confession I know. It took me awhile to understand the purpose, which might have been because one of the Guardians (or Ripers) messed up Retra's first confession experience. I wish I had just went with it like Retra seemed to do. Maybe then I wouldn't have felt like I was missing details. By the end, however, I felt like I understood things that I was left wondering about throughout the book. Not everything was entirely clear though. I think the reason might be because it's a planned trilogy. I'm sure the next books will have more answers.
Other than the confusion I felt, I liked Burn Bright overall. It was definitely a unique story, and I thought it was well-written. Hopefully I get the chance to read the rest of the trilogy because the ending left me wanting to know more about that world and what happens next with Retra and the rest of the characters.
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I thought this dark and descriptive freebie read was well worth my time. What an amazeball cover and great start.Read more