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Angel Arias

(Night Creatures #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  713 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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 c
Paperback, 270 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Random House (first published September 28th 2011)
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Emily May
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2011, young-adult

This second installment was a very disappointing sequel to an excellent and unique series opening in Burn Bright. Though it wasn't what I'd call dreadful, it just held none of the stuff that made the first book so exciting, dark, gritty and sexy. There's a general mood in Burn Bright that the author very cleverly builds up throughout, it's a mood that emphasises the dark, dingy world of the novel, but also creates a very sexual feel too.

I think part of this book's problem is that it is not set
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was so ecstatic when Marianne asked if I would like an uncorrected manuscript of Angel Arias. I want to first say thank you to Marianne as well as the crew at Random House Australia for giving me the chance to read it in advanced. And now, from what I see so far… nobody has been disappointed in this sequel to Burn Bright. As Burn Bright is currently only available in Australia – for the moment at least – I am not going to go into too much detail about the plot of Angel Arias. It’s best that yo ...more
Angel Arias starts right after where Burn Bright left off ~ and it begins with the same dynamic energy that Burn Bright burned with ;) But where Burn Bright was mysterious, the world and plot swirling around the reader, Angel Arias has a different tone. It has an urgency and plenty of action, but this time Naif (Retra) is much more sure of herself.

The plot in Angel Arias is ambitious, secrets are revealed, unveiling more mysteries which showcase extraordinary world building: the world Marianne h
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Completely Addicting!

Angel Arias is the second installment in the Night Creature series and I have to say Marianne de Pierres sure knows how to world build and create a dark and compelling setting that has you sitting at the edge of your seat! Great addition to the series that has me excited to see how this story unfolds.

In Angel Arias Retra, now called Naif, travels back to Grave with her fellow run-away Markes to try and find a way to reverse the effects of the badges they got on Ixiom which
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Renee Thomas
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A most worthy continuation of the Night Creatures trilogy, and an excellent read all on it's own. New characters to encounter, new lands to explore, more revelations, more questions raised, more mystery remains.....
This is a fantastic series, really truly, and it continues to instill in me the same feelings and sense that I had experienced reading the Obernewtyn Chronicles. And trust me, this is a very good and welcome thing.
May 14, 2011 marked it as to-read
Amy Parker
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't finished yet, but I've read it, it's amazing, and that's all I'm going to say. Get excited, because Angel Arias is something special!
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
U.S. publishers should really snag this author up while they can! She has several great series out, and this, her second book in her Young Adult series is one I recommend whole heartedly.
What I love most about this series so far is the constant action going on. Right from page one you are thrown into this fantastic world of light and dark, creatures and pirates. Naif is one of the best main characters to have, as she is very sympathetic to all of them and their struggles to try to just exist in
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This felt very short and simple compared to Burn Bright, but it has been so long since I read it I might be remembering it wrong. This was just a single mission back into the city to find out how the elders are involved with Ixion.

We got to know Markes a whole lot more in this book, and I liked him for the most part. Lenoir was hardly in it and he and Naif never met up so we were able to focus on Markes and see if anything would happen between him and Naif. They clearly like each other but Naif
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, aussie
Thanks Arlene!!

I have learned in the past that quite a few second books in a trilogy are filled with filler and a little bit story. Well Angel Arias is a huge exception to that rule. This second book in what is quickly becoming my favorite trilogy delivers an explosive storyline and darkishly delicious characters.
The story picks up where Burn Bright left off with Naif, Markes and Charlonge leaving with Ruzalia, the pirate captain. They quickly learn that things aboard the ship are not as quiet a
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was nice. In fact, it improved compared to the first one.

Naif/Retra was smooth and a little, awkward normal girl. She's on my favorite heroine list.

Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)

What a great follow-up to Burn Bright! Fans of the first book will not be disappointed. Naif and her friends return, unearthing more dark secrets about the strange island of Ixion - and unfortunately for the young rebels that fled to the island in Burn Bright, these secrets are more menacing than they ever could have imagined! Fans of dystopian fiction should not pass this series up!

Much like the first book, Burn Bright, Angel Arias took a little while to really 'lift-off' for me. I read the
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
This wasn't horrible, but compared to the first, it was not as brilliant. I did enjoy seeing my favourite characters again, however momentarily. I enjoyed hating Markes all over again and I really wanted to see more of Lenoir, Rollo, Suki. I really liked the characters, especially Naif (though I really liked her personality change in the first one, better than this one), Rollo, Lenoir, Jerrold.
What I was a little disappointed about was the plot. Now, it wasn't bad. But it wasn't outstanding eit
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Not many sequels surpass the original work, but Angel Arias achieves this gargantuan feat with relative ease: it’s just as eerie and beautiful as Burn Bright, but quickly becomes a darker and edgier tale – one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Naif’s growth is the most striking aspect of this book for me, because her return to the Grave could have easily allowed her to slip back into being the passive Retra, but she steels herself and brings Naif into her old world and comes out a lot stronger for it. I
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Upon finishing Burn Bright, I took the time to look at the authors page and realized "She's Australian!" So, I ran into a little trouble getting my hands on this book because Amazon did not seem to like my location. But, the internet rewards those who read, in the end.

Although I think I liked the first novel in the series a little better, I still loved Angel Arias. I think Marianne de Pierres has a gift of combining the action, mystery, and YA appeal, while still keeping all the characters sane,
Angel Arias is the second novel in The Night Creatures series. It continues the story of Naif, previously named Retra, after she escapes the island of Ixion with her friends Markes and Charlonge via Ruzalia, a fearsome pirate. In this book Naif tries to discover the secrets of Ixion and the part her home, Grave, has played.

Now. I enjoyed this book more than the first one plot wise. It was just as fast, but it seemed more balanced that Burn Bright.

The few problems I have are similar to my compla
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Did. Not. Finish.

Now, I loved the first book in the Night Creatures series and I don't know whether it's because I read it so long ago (6 years) but I just couldn't get into this and it was boring me a little bit. This is the second time of my reading this and I'm just not enjoying it so I have taken the decision to not finish this series.

DNF mini-review to come.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, the author has certainly got no qualms about putting her people in sticky situations. She’s also very generous when introducing new characters who I felt just as interesting as the originals; Jarrold and Liam both had me imagining so many things! I look forward to the next one with a little more time with them.

All said, Angel Arias didn’t have me as pumped as Burn Bright. That may be because it’s not in Ixion. Let’s face it a place where anything goes is likely to grab then keep a body’s
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Ahhh, Marianne never ceases to impress me with her talent. If you havent read BURN BRIGHT yet, well go ahead and read it now!

This is the second installment of the Night Creatures series and it is kind of different from the first book(in a good way). So Naif-once named Retra, escaped the war in Ixion, together with Markes and Char and with the help of Lenoir- a Riper who rescued her- she was able to get to Ruzalia's airship. But her brother Clash, Dark Eve and Rollo were
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Naif, as Retra is rechristened in Burn Bright, needs to return to Grave, her first home. Soon after arriving in Ixion, she became entangled in the underground mysteries and evils of the place full of those in pursuit of pleasure. Through revisiting her past, she hopes to save her future.

The second book in the Night Creatures trilogy holds onto what was so intoxicating about Burn Bright: the atmosphere. It perhaps even enhances it. It furth
After her awakening as Naif, the girl who was Retra escapes Ixion with the pirate Ruzalia, but Ruzalia’s home port doesn’t prove to be much safer than Ixion since not all of those saved understand they were rescued. Naif must return to Grave to follow leads about a connection between Ixion and Grave and help Ruzalia discover who incited the dissention amongst those she rescued.

This review is written with the assumption you have read book 1 (Burn Bright), spoilers will abound for book one but I w
Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres is the sequel to Burn Bright (my review). The blurb does a good job of summing up the book (although it might be a bit spoilery to those who are yet to read BB).

While I enjoyed Burn Bright, I enjoyed Angel Arias a lot more, but I wasn't surprised because I often enjoy sequels because all the world building was done in the previous book and it’s much easier to return to a world I've already visited. The story picks up right where Burn Bright finished, Naif has e
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky few who recieved an advance copy to review from the Publishing company Random House Australia (thank you Dorothy.) When I recieved it, I was jumping up and down in such excitement. After reading Burn Bright, I'd been looking forward to the next installment for awhile. Yay!!

WOW! My mind has literally been blown, I just love these books! First we were taken on such an out of this world adventure in Burn Bright. And now Marianne has done it again with another truly magnificen
Paula Weston
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
What a brilliant second instalment of the Night Creatures series. But so stressful! This is such an intense book because Naif spends pretty much all of it on the run, but the pay-off is that we find out more about what's really going on on Ixion, and the forbidden island's relationship with Grave. (And it's so much more complex than I saw coming, which I loved.)

The feel this time around is even darker, and we get more of a look of what life is like on Grave. There were quite a few moments where
A.K. Wrox
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(Kylie) As if the world-building in Burn Bright wasn't enough, Marianne de Pierres has managed to go one better with its sequel, Angel Arias.
The saga continues, and as they say in the classics; the plot thickens. A new host of characters brings a new dimension to the story and, as always, each one is fully formed and intensely interesting.
Transported from the world we'd grown to love, Ixion, to Ruzalia's island and then to Grave, the world-building is second to none - each is alive and complete
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember picking up Burn Bright (book one) and not expecting to enjoy it but then absolutely loving it. Well, I did the same thing with this one (book two). Within the first few pages I was taken back to the world of Naif, a character who I really love. After having escaped from Ixion with her friends, she heads off into more adventure and action. The writing is superb as I didn't even realise that time was going past as I was reading, I was totally immersed in the story. Each of the character ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Almost a 4 star read, still loving the series but this one didnt grab me as much as the first. The ending really redeamed itself though, however the next book doesnt come out until September. *sighs*
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't wait till Blaze Dark:)
Jillian -always aspiring-
Nov 19, 2010 marked it as maybe-reads
Shelves: covers-i-love
These covers really make my inner goth girl really happy even though they're super emo.
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Marianne de Pierres is the award winning author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis,Sentients of Orion and Peacemaker science fiction series. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs. Her Night Creatures series, Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light has been very popular among young adult fic ...more

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