Jan 7, 2014

Song Of The Fireflies by J. A. Redmerski


Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Forever


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Genre:
New Adult/ Contemporary Romance

Summary on Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author J.A. Redmerski brings us a stunning and heart-wrenching new novel about a couple who find each other in their darkest moment.

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…

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***REVIEW***

***Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review***

"They say you never forget your first love, and I have to say that they are right. I met the girl of my dreams when we were both still fans of the tree houses and dirt cakes- she made the best dirt cakes in Georgia- and today , seventeen years later, I still see her smile in everything good."

The (in)famous curse of first love- there are lot of things and people throughout our life which time can erase from memory, but everyone seems to remember their first true love. The sweetness of the first kiss. The bitterness of the first heartbreak. This is a story about that type of love, but don't expect your typical fluffy romance, because this is a dark read with a troublesome and not easily likable couple, Bonnie & Clyde of nowadays. The story is very complex and therefore I foresee a lot of mixed/ pro & con reviews. The book had 2 things that are on top of my list what-I-don't-like-books-to-have and those are: 
1. not exactly likable main female character                   
2. drama
But I also have to say that there was an important reason and explanation for that and that's why these things didn't bother me that much as usual, but they made the story more real. Another reason and more important one is that the story was very interesting, unpredictable and well-written. J. A. Redmerski is a new author to me. I've recently read her two books from In The Company Of The Killers Series and loved them both, so I was very excited when I got a copy of this book for review and I'm glad to say that, even though this story has no similarities to those books, it also didn't disappoint.

Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable BFFs since the moment they met as little kids. Bray was the incorrigible troublemaker and Elias was the cute kid next door who always had her back. They have always been there for each other, in good and bad and with time their relationship was growing in something more than friendship. To take the friendship to the next level or not to? That was the one fear they were constantly battling against and failing, but no matter what they did their life roads kept taking them to each other and when it seemed that things finally were starting to get better *something* happens which changes their life for good and turns their world upside down. 

"It took one night in a waterfront beach house to know that I didn't know my girlfriend, the love of my life, as much as I thought I did. And it broke my fucking heart."

Elias and Bray are far from your usual perfect lovebirds. They are two young people with a lot of flaws and baggage from past. They will make a lot of bad decisions and choices throughout the book that at times it was really hard to like them, especially as far Bray is concerned, but at the same time it was also hard not to feel sorry for them and  later their friends.

The story is written from both, Elias' and Bray's, point of view. It was a very emotional, adventurous and definitely way-too-hot read which will keep you on the edge til' the last page, because it is written in such way that the past and present events are mixed and we are getting the most important  information piece by piece and I loved that. At the beginning, when I really didn't know what to expect, it seemed to me that it will be one of those fluffy romances, but  then  soon enough, something big happens and I was so glad to be wrong. From that moment the story kept surprising me over and over that I stopped racking my brains about what will happen next. There were some situations that made me eye roll, but despite them I enjoyed the story very much.

I would recommend it to readers who enjoy dark, emotional reads with a little drama and stories with best friends falling for each other. Is love enough when everything else lets you down and how well can you really know someone? Will there be a happy ending for this couple? Buy the book & find out.

"I'm not going to leave you," I stopped her, turning around to face her. "I'm not going to lose you. It's you and me, it always has been. It always will be."

xoxo

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that it's not just some NA romance and has more depth and drama in it (I love drama!!!). When I requested it, I honestly didn't even remember these characters from The Edge of Always, I saw it was by JA Redmerski and I had to have it. Love her books, though I still have to read Reviving Izabel. The unlikable heroine might bother me a bit, but I'm really hoping the story will be as good and refreshing as you say. Great review, Glass :)

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    1. Thanks Aman.:)
      If you love drama, then you'll definitely love this book. I'm not a fan of drama, but I still liked it and that says much. Oh, you have to read Reviving Izabel- that book is amazing. I haven't read Edge of Never yet, so these characters were new to me, but I think I read in some review that the main characters of that book show up in this one for few pages, so that's another reason for you too read it.

      Thanks for stopping by ;)

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  2. I SO need to read The Edge of Never and the Edge of Always. I've only read Mayfair Moon by J.A.Redmerski and I had really liked it but I've heard that her new adult books are even better. The Song of Fireflies has a gorgeous cover and though you didn't like the female character I' glad it was still good for you. Thanks for your review! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  3. Welcome :) & thank you for stopping by. I haven't read The Edge Of Never either, but I highly recommend Reviving Izabel.

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