Burn Bright Reviews

Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
Book One of The Night Creatures Trilogy

“It [Burn Bright] is a riveting read! … an excellent addition to secondary libraries. Recommended.”

– Reading Time (CBCA magazine)

“Burn Bright is absolutely raw and intoxicating. Set in a world of dark intrigue and deadly secrets, the book offers non-stop twists and turns with a brilliant lead character!”

– Nice Girls Read Books

“Marianne de Pierres has created an epic sci-fi/fantasy realm that is full of sinister and mysterious characters that you don’t know who to trust. Compelling, intriguing, and utterly fantastic, if you haven’t read it I highly suggest you do. One of my favourite books this year.”

– Cotton Candy Reviews

“… dark, decadent, hypnotic and magical …”

– Kate Gordon (Miss Cackle)

“This is such a fast-paced, tight narrative with absolutely splendid and evocative writing. de Pierres knows how to hook the reader – her metaphors are sharp and powerful – you breathe the air of Ixion, you feel the effects of the tablets the young initiates swallow and you experience the pulsating terror that the night creatures evoke … I was reminded of other fabulous narratives such as Logan’s Run or the Hunger Games. I want to resist comparisons – but, while drawing on some similar themes, I feel Burn Bright is better than either of these. It is so original and intoxicating…”

– Dr Karen Brooks

“If you like your stories original and a little dark, and you’re after something a bit different, you should check this one out. It’s part fantasy, part sci-fi, part supernatural, but completely awesome. The world is so strange and richly imagined that I could almost taste it, and the dark undercurrent really hooked me. Totally wicked!” 

– Jade Hears Voices

Marianne de Pierres is an amazing and ingenious writer. The world building is utterly convincing and just bewitching. Ixion is an exotic, inviting yet terrifying world all at the same time.”

– Girl About Books

“Beautifully deep, absorbing and shocking.”

– Bug in a Book


January Magazine recommends Burn Bright


“… a fictional location that is entirely fresh and unprecedented in YA fantasy … everything flowed so effortlessly. Descriptions were lush, sensual and evocative, but never bogged down in superfluous detail …”

– Renee at YA Book Reads 

“Burn Bright is a decidedly dark and decadent story of a utopian paradise layered over a richly delicate and dangerous world of secrets, pirates and dark creatures. A provocative and intoxicating story of a girl breaking through the naivety of childhood and entering the seductive world of adulthood, a world filled with ***, drugs, music and of cause night creatures. An Enthralling read that questions societies morals and individuals actions wrapped in a beguiling cover.” 

– Larissa Book Girl

“Burn Bright is an epic and mystifying new novel from Australian writer, Marianne de Pierres. The novel is a cross between ‘Logan’s Run’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Beach’ with a healthy dose of sci-fi steampunk thrown in for good measure. It is incredible, and should most certainly be appearing on everyone’s ‘Must Read’ list for 2011!”

– Read the rest of ALPHA Reader’s review here

“Burn Bright introduces one of the most exciting worlds I’ve encountered since Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, or Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn, and it will surely appeal to fans of both. Ixion is such an easy place to get lost in, helped along by strange, wonderful characters and Marianne de Pierres’s lush writing, which at times feels like you’re floating through a dark dream. This is the first YA book from the Australian author, who has previously written crime under the name Marianne Delacourt, and I for one feel so lucky she’s ventured into this genre because Burn Bright really is a book that takes your breath away.”

– Holly Harper – Readings Books

“The world-building was extraordinary, Ixion is completely intoxicating. I felt like I was in their world with the characters, on the edge of my seat as they traversed the eerie world.”

– In The Good Books

“Filled with an amazing array of characters and a visually descriptive knock-out, hold your breath, this is stunner of a plot. Marianne has yet again outdone herself. Ixion has a “real” feel to it. We have the ruling body and the sub-societies or surrogate families with the gangs and a very real dark side to the culture. Burn Bright for me also had strong undertones of “be careful what you wish for”, and that even in a society of freedom the inhabitants aren’t as free as they believe.”

– Confessions of a Booky Monster

“This book is like a twist of lemon in a plain old glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Juicy and just the right amount of ahhh …”

– Belinda’s Baubles

“It’s hard to do Burn Bright justice in a review. It’s so atmospheric and engaging that all I can really say is this: read this book. Read it now. Tell all your YA-loving friends, and then go and read it again.”

– Amy Parker – GoodReads

“Burn Bright is a decidedly dark and decadent story of a utopian paradise layered over a richly delicate and dangerous world of secrets, pirates and dark creatures. A provocative and intoxicating story of a girl breaking through the naivety of childhood and entering the seductive world of adulthood, a world filled with sex, drugs, music and, of course, night creatures. An enthralling read that questions societies morals and individuals actions wrapped in a beguiling cover.”

– I Read Therefore I Am

“Burn Bright had me fascinated from the moment I opened the book.”

– Fictional Fantasy

“This is a truly stunning book. Burn Bright treats the Young Adult reader with respect, does not over-explain trivial matters and moves at break-neck pace. It is provocative and dangerous, and de Pierres does not shy from difficult subjects such as drugs and sex. The writing style is clear, concise and beautiful.”

– Book Lovers Club

“Easily one of the best YA books that I’ve read this year. I loved it! … this kind of dystopian setting blew me away. Marianne de Pierres is one creative author!”

– The Small Town Blog

“Burn Bright did not disappoint, creating a dark and intriguing world of different rules and parties.”

– Ticon4

“A thrilling ride in Ixion. A ride that I couldn’t hop off. I was bedazzled by the atmosphere and details, that made myself burn bright with ecstasy and passion for this home-grown Australian novel. Marianne de Pierres has sunken perfectly into the YA genre and doesn’t need a second chance to express herself once again.”

– YA Concoction

“Marianne dives deep and explores the human desires and fears in a thoroughly captivating world that is equal parts seductive and disturbing. Dangers lurk within every shadow, voices whisper from the dark, mysteries are unravelled and new ones present themselves. Words leap off the pages, wrapping their black curls around you and lure you deeper into Ixion. I was sucked into this world, the atmosphere was brilliant and I did not want to leave.”

– Eleusian Mysteries

“Almost immediately burn bright draws you into a seductive tale that is both intoxicating and breathtaking.”

– SheKnownAsJess

“This thrilling sci-fi read is perfect for anyone out there in search of something a little darker, a little more sinister and a little more sinful.”

– Better Read Than Dead

“Adventurous, edgy, provocative, dangerous…and kind of thrilling with each and every page you turn. The author has created a world that is by far…very different from most YA books”

– Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic


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