Monday 23 March 2015

Review: Song of the Fireflies of J.A. Redmerski

18189342Title: Song of the Fireflies
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Publisher: Forever
Publication date: February 4th 2014
Pages: 464 (paperback)
Source: Netgalley

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...

I liked J.A. Redmerski’s her previous book The Edge of Never, so when I saw this book on Netgalley a really long time ago I immediately requested it. But then I saw a lot of negative reviews popup so I was afraid to read it. After a long while I decided to give this book a shot, unfortunately after reading Song of the Fireflies I must say that I share the same opinion on this book as a lot of other people.

There was nothing wrong with the writing style of this book. I still believe that Redmerski is an amazing author. This book just wasn’t for me, I just had some major struggles with it. But I know that there will be many people who will still love this book a lot.

I didn’t feel any connection with the main character, Bray. And this is one of the essential things for a good book for me. She was unstable to say the least. Her behavior was reckless and well the girl was a walking bomb. Anytime she could explode and she would everyone who was near her. But the worst of all was that she didn’t care. She didn’t care that she might hurt others with her actions. When the people close to her offered her help, she didn’t want it. Bray run away from it, not believing that anyone would want to help her or could love her.  Basically it was because of Bray that I didn’t like this story.
Elias was an entirely different story. He was a really great guy. Elias had some moral struggles and he always wanted to do the right thing for everyone. When it came to Bray his judgement was sometimes clouded but he loved her like no one else would ever do and he would everything to protect her. He is an amazing guy and I really liked how he stood beside Bray no matter what. And while I might not like Bray, I really liked the relationship Bray and Elias had. Their relationship can withstand anything no matter what.

While this book was not for me, I am not saying that you shouldn’t read this book. It definitely had some potential, and I can understand why people might love it. I am sure not giving up on this author, I can’t wait to read more books by J.A. Redmerski.


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