REVIEW: Songs of the Fireflies, by J.A. Redmerski

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Brayelle Bates has always been a force of nature. Even as a child, Bray’s wild and carefree spirit intimidated everyone around her. The only person who’s ever truly understood her is her best friend, Elias Kline. Though every fiber of her being wants to stay with Elias forever, Bray can’t bear the thought of him discovering her agonizing history. She’s done everything she can to keep him at arm’s length, including moving away. But their undying bond was too strong a pull to deny, and Bray couldn’t survive without him. Now she’s back home with Elias, and things have never felt more right–until one night changes everything.

Elias vowed never to be separated from Bray again. So when she decides to flee in a desperate attempt to escape her fate, Elias knows he must go with her. As the two try to make the most of their circumstance, taking up with a reckless group of new friends, Elias soon realizes there’s a darkness driving Bray he can’t ignore. Now in order to save her, he’ll have to convince Bray to accept the consequences of their reality–even if it means losing her.


Wow – seriously – wow. Where to even start with this one. Anyone whose read anything by J.A. Redmerski knows what a phenomenal writer she is – but this book? Kick to the GUT! Bray and Elias’s story is …. just wow. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out? BAM!

I received an ARC from Netgalley – and like the fool that I am didn’t even get around to reading it until last week. FOOL! I should have devoured this sucker the second it downloaded to my Kindle.

Bray’s story is a sad one…. you get the feeling there is something going on underneath it all – the acting out, her relationship with her parents and everything as a whole affecting her relationship with Elias. They’re best friends, but you know deep down they both feel something more…. even when they were very, very young. It’s not everyday you meet your soul mate when they’re 8 years old.

Elias stands by her throughout everything – middle school, high school, the ups and downs she has with her parents and even when they try to take their relationship to the next level sexually and it doesn’t quite take off…. yet.

I don’t want to go into too much detail as to spoil things for those who haven’t read it – but there is REAL suspense throughout this story – it’s intense, sad and exciting. And a lot of surprises popping up made me love the story even more….. and you’ll understand when you read it.

Bray’s story – in it’s own is real – tragic and emotional. She’s suffering and Elias can’t do much but stand by her throughout all of it and try to help her. Try to be her rock and show her that she’s loved no matter what. She doesn’t have to be perfect for him – because he’s loved her through it all – the good, bad, ugly and terrifying relationship they’ve forged is one that will not leave you anytime soon.


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