Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: Song of the Fireflies

Title Song of the Fireflies

Author J. A. Redmerski

Release Date February 4, 2014

Since they were kids, Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable. When Bray moves to South Carolina, separating the two for the first time, they both at last realize that their innocent childhood friendship has developed into something much more. So when Bray finally returns to Georgia—and to Elias—things between them couldn’t be more perfect…until one fateful night changes everything.

Desperate not to go to prison for a terrible accident, Elias and Bray decide to run. As they try to make the most of their freedom, the two find themselves relying on a rebellious group of people who tempt the duo into a wild and daring new life. But they can’t run from their troubles forever.

As the consequences of their past catch up to them, the couple must finally face reality. Even if they can make it through the unimaginable, Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…

I read an excerpt of this book in The Edge of Always. Immediately, I pre-ordered the book. Then, I saw a tweet from the author about it being available on Netgalley. After not hearing anything after a few days, I was pretty sure that I wouldn't receive the book early. Then, on Christmas Eve, APPROVED! Woohoo! Anyway...

The story is told from both the perspectives of Elias and Bray. I felt more connected with Elias than I did Bray. I found this somewhat odd as I believe I have more in common with Bray than I do Elias. Either way, this didn't really influence how I felt about the book, but I was a bit surprised. Overall, the two perspectives didn't do much for me here. While it didn't hurt the book, I think it might have been stronger if it had only been told from Elias' point of view.

Wow, oh wow. This story was so much more than what I thought it was going to be. Yeah, it's a love story, but it's so much more than that. It was darker and more intense than what you'd expect from a romance. On top of it being such a good book, it definitely gets extra points for being a stand-alone novel.

While I've only read two other books by J. A. Redmerski, this one is definitely my favorite so far.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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