Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski

Song of the FirefliesSong of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski
Published by: Forever Romance on February 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
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Rating: ★★

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 didn’t like Song of the Fireflies. It was well written and J.A. Redmerski is an amazing author and person, but this book wasn’t for me. It’s not the kind of book that I would tell everyone to avoid, it’s just the kind of book that didn’t click with me personally.

For starters, Song of the Fireflies has a lot of drinking and a bit of smoking/drug use. Those kinds of things don’t click well with me. That’s just an entire scene that I’m not into. I’m not a party girl, I don’t go out drinking, I don’t do drugs, etc. But a very large portion of this book is about those things. When Elias and Bray are on the run, they hit party after party after party. It just slowly wore me down over the course of the book. It wasn’t fun for me to read about and I slowly started disliking it more and more.

The other thing that turned me off Song of the Fireflies was Bray herself. This complaint is sort of about that last bit in the synopsis:

Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…

I’ll try to avoid spoilers so I won’t tell you exactly what that “history” is. But basically part of it involves Bray complaining about how her parents weren’t very loving or accepting of her. They went through the motions, but eventually they just got sick of dealing with her and were ready to be rid of her once she turned 18. As we learn about this, Elias always makes a big point about how he’d never do that and he truly loves her no matter what, etc.

But the problem is… I felt myself feeling just like Bray’s parents; I got tired of her. By the end of the book I was honestly so sick of Bray’s drama and problems. View Spoiler » I was so ready for the book to end just because I couldn’t stand Bray. I was sick of her refusing to turn herself in.. I wanted to yell at her to man up.

On the bright side, I loved Elias. I loved his moral struggles and his fierce love and dedication to Bray. Even if I didn’t like Bray myself, I could really appreciate how much Elias loved her! Their relationship was so sweet and it’s amazing how it could truly withstand anything.

If you like J.A. Redmerski’s other books, then I do encourage you to give this one a try! I didn’t like it, but I’m sure plenty of people will. The romance is really quite sweet, especially at the end.

The Verdict


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  1. I can definitely see why you didn’t like this one. While Elias sounds like a promising character, I would definitely get turned off by the fact that there’s a lot of partying and drug use in this book. I’m not that sort of girl either and while I’m surrounded by that kind of stuff it’s always weird to read about it especially if it’s excessive. Fantastic review, Ashley! <33 Hopefully your next JA book will be better.

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  2. Great Review Ashley!
    I love how you explained what you didn’t like and why.
    I a big fan of J.A. Redmerski and this one is high on my TBR 🙂

    I’ll still read it because I’m not turned off by storylines with a bunch of partying. I’m definitely not pro drugs, I can just tolerate it in my reads. I don’t know about the heroine though, I don’t like frustrating heroines. At All. *sigh*

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  3. Oof not sure if I’ll like Bray but she sounds kinda drama queenish. I don’t think the partying would bother me but it depends how it fits into the story I guess. I do have this one to read but so far the feedback hasn’t been too positive. Boo!

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