Saturday, 18 January 2014

Review: Song of the Fireflies by J.A Redmerski

Song of the FirefliesSong of the Fireflies

Author: J.A Redmerski
Series: -
Pages: 464
Publisher: Forever Grand Publishing
Release date: 4th February 2014

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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…

New Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone Novel

Review: 2 out of 5 stars

I wanted to love Song of the Fireflies, Killing Sarah by J.A Redmerski was amazing and I have heard great things about her The Edge of Never series but unfortunately I didn’t connect with this one whatsoever and was left underwhelmed and disappointed.

The beginning of the book was quite promising as we meet Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates, best friends since childhood but as the book progresses and a huge mistake is made it all went downhill from there and the only saving grace for me was a satisfying ending but there was a lot of emotional turmoil and drama-filled moments to get there.

Bray wasn’t a likeable character whatsoever; I sympathised with what she went through but I couldn’t find any qualities about her that I could connect with emotionally or personally unfortunately. I did like Elias but there were many moments that left me shaking my head and wanting to shake some sense into both of them. I found their love, dedication and commitment to one another to be wonderful but it was a fragile, toxic relationship and one I was waiting to crumble right from the onset.

I won’t reveal what happens to avoid spoilers but over the course of the book there was a lot of partying, drug use and alcohol – this isn’t me so I couldn’t connect to the lifestyle or to their reckless behaviour and new friends whilst on the run. The overall storyline wasn’t believable and I was detached through a lot of it.

Overall, I couldn’t fault J.A Redmerski’s writing but the general dark tone, characters actions and the storyline just wasn’t for me.

Thank-you to Forever Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley for the opportunity to read Song of the Fireflies.

J.A. RedmerskiAbout the author

Born November 25, 1975, J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead. 


  1. I've seen so many reviews for this that say all the same things you did (you know what I mean). I loved Killing Sarai but I'm gonna be skipping this one...

  2. I know another blogger who is a big fan of this author, and she didn't love this one either. I bought the Edge of Never last year and I will start with that one. I am so not into dark books right now as it is winter here and I get depressed reading dark books. I will pass on this. Thanks for the honest review.

  3. I have the Edge of Never because folks like you raved about it, and I am so sorry this one didn't work for you on so many levels. I think it disappoints you more when the author is someone you have enjoyed.

  4. I am sorry you didn't like this one. I've seen mixed reviews. I am reading it in the next week or so and I am curious as to how I'm going to like it.


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