Book Review: Song of the Fireflies

Song of the Fireflies by JA Redmerski: 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…

TeriLyn's thoughts: **ARC generously provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Song of the Fireflies is a tough one for me to review. I am so grateful to the publisher for providing me the opportunity to read this story. I am a huge fan of J.A. Redmerski and her works. Her writing is one of a kind and Song of the Fireflies is no exception. The story is interesting and the plot engaging. Ms. Redmerski's style of writing draws into the story even more. I think with a different writing style my opinion of this story wouldn't be what it is. The alternating POV's enhanced it for me as well because hearing their story just from Bray's POV would have been too much. The storytelling here is what captivated me. Not the individual characters or even the plot but the way the author told the story of Elias and Bray was so good that I couldn’t look back.

The premise of the story is boy meets girl at a young age, they become fast and best friends and remaining best friends for 17 years. In that time they experiment with each other and give a real relationship a try. Girl runs, boy is devastated. Girl return a few years later and the saga begins. Turns out girl is hiding something monumental from boy. She is the black sheep of her family because of her up and down personality, only ever understood by the boy who loves her. Something just didn't click for me with these characters. Elias and Bray didn't fascinate me; I didn't feel connected to them. I kept thinking to myself Bray has this crazy power of Elias, she can talk him into anything even when she's in a complete downward spiral. And Elias follows her like a lost puppy. I don't know what it was, maybe I don't have good grasp on what their problems are actually like so I can't begin to relate. But I do know that my love for a great book stems from the two main characters, always. My reviews are always more character heavy than anything and with these two I don't feel enough of a connection. Elias' loyalty, strength, and fight for Bray though melted my heart. He never stopped loving her through anything and proved it in huge ways. His character has many redeeming qualities and I'm really glad half of the book was from his POV. The secondary characters were interesting as well. Andrew and Camryn make an appearance in this book which I liked because I love their books and really like cross referencing of characters.

Because of Redmerski's excellent writing and the way she so easily hooks a reader into a story this book kept me entertained and able to finish it. Without her unique style, I don't think I would have liked it. The story will be for many people but it's not the best fit for me. However, Redmerski managed to still entertain me with a story that I normally wouldn't go for so I think that's a huge factor with this book. Song of Fireflies is just further proof that Redmerski can tell an entertaining story. As always, I'm excited to read what she publishes next.

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