Feb 14, 2014
Title: Song of the Fireflies
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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 really wanted to like this book. I loved J.A. Redmerski’s Edge of Never series, and so I was very excited to start Song of the Fireflies. The problem was I never really liked Bray. She didn’t really resonate with me. I definitely preferred Elias, I felt like he was more steady and clearheaded. Plus, it was difficult to read from Bray’s point of view when she just seemed so flat out crazy.
I did really enjoy how Elias and Bray loved each other. I think that was amazing, and I loved that they were willing to do whatever they could for each other. Bray was just so messed up, and it bothered me that she was willing to take Elias down with her. For me being in love with someone is being selfless, but the whole book Bray was overly selfish.
I also started feeling like there were alot of similarities with some other New Adult books I had read. Especially Bray’s bipolar disorder, I just really felt like there was another character that she seemed modeled after. It also bothered me at the end how Bray went from horribly suicidal to suddenly being fine. Granted it was the epilogue, but I didn’t get to see her transition from one to the other and so it felt disjointed.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book, and I love Redmerski’s writing style. I was sucked in the whole way, but the character of Bray just fell flat for me. I give Song of the Fireflies 3 out of 5 stars, because it did draw me in, even if I didn’t love everything.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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