Friday, 28 March 2014

Review - Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski

Title: Song of the Fireflies
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 464
Release date: 4th February 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:


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.

My Review:

*Contains spoilers*

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and J.A. Redmerski*

2/5 stars

Song of the Fireflies tells the story of Bray and Elias who are best friends and have been in love with each other for years.

Where to begin?
This was not the sweet, romantic love story that I was expecting. This was dark and full of sex and drugs - more than I was comfortable with. To be honest I found the whole story a bit pointless - if Bray had just turned herself in like she should have done then none of it would have happened.
Speaking of Bray I kind of hated her.



I know she was suffering from a serious mental condition but at times she was horrible to Elias and nearly everything she did/said annoyed me. She was very immature and should have gone to the police instead of running away.
Elias was okay but he deserved better than Bray - even though there were some things he did that annoyed me too.

I do think that Bray's parents had a lot to answer for in regards to her illness and behaviour.

Unfortunately I couldn't connect to the storyline or the characters.
Overall this was an okay read.