Monday, February 3, 2014

Review & Giveaway - The Song Of The Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski

✦✧✦REVIEW & GIVEAWAY -The Song of the Fireflies by J. A. Redmerski is going to release tomorrow! Check out my spoiler free review of this dark and dangerous train wreck of a love story. I don't think I have ever read a book like this that had a HEA. This book deals with some heavy stuff...✦✧✦



SONG OF THE FIREFLIES 
(February 4, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)
By J.A. Redmerski

THE TRUTH WILL SET THEM FREE
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.

Review of Song Of The Fireflies
Song of the FirefliesSong of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.50 Stars
ARC kindly provided by Netgalley and Hachette Book Group, Grand Central Publishing Forever in exchange for an honest review. No cliff hanger. Stand alone.

When I think of catching fireflies…I remember when I was a little kid and caught dozens of those glowing bugs.  Life was so easy back then.  I didn’t have a worry in the world except where to put my glowing treasures. There was a time when Elias and Bray felt that way… life was ok. Fast forward years later… their lives became seriously complicated. Here is my warning to all of you The Edge of Always/Never fans:  This book isn’t like The Edge Series. TSOF is a stand alone spin-off of two of the secondary characters from The Edge of Forever.  If you read this book (which you should) just know that this story has an entirely different feel to it. Bray and Elias are not Cam and Andrew.  The Song of The Fireflies is one hell of a train wreck love story filled with booze, sex, violence and toxic behavior.   It has an entirely different dark and dangerous vibe and I really got sucked into The Song of The Fireflies deals with some heavy issues like depression, murder and suicide. This book has a Natural Born Killers/Rivers Edge (these are movies if you didn’t know) kind of vibe. Bray and Elias lose their own moral compass on a cross country trip to nowhere at warp speed.

Once again Redmerski takes us on another unforgettable road trip. It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Redmerski. I love her writing style. This story isn’t for everyone…it will make your head spin or want to drop kick your Kindle.  The characters aren’t always likeable and this isn’t easy a sugar coated romance about slightly broken people.  Don’t miss this one of a kind book from JRed.

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About the author:
J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats 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.


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Excerpt:
Thunder rumbled in the sky and the thick, dark clouds lit up in the distance, revealing what the tops of the trees looked like painted against the black backdrop that had shrouded them. The crawling branches that reached upward along the infinite dark looked ominous as the flash of light faded.
I felt a drop of rain. And then another.
“So much for a quiet walk together,” Bray said.

And just then, the sky opened up and it began to pour. Bray shrieked and tried to cover herself unsuccessfully with her arms and then the screaming turned into laughter. We were both drenched in under five seconds. The rain pounded down so fast and so hard that we had to shout over the noise to hear each other; each drop like a million nails being thrust into the dirt on the baseball field.
“It’s a long walk back!” I said.
Bray started spinning like a ballerina in the middle of the field. She laughed and raised her arms above her and turned her face upward toward the sky and just let the rain wash over her. She opened her mouth and spun around and around. I watched her for a moment, mesmerized by her innocence. I saw that little girl I met so long ago, running with me through that pasture without a worry in the world. Just seeing her like that, it made me smile, but deep down it also crushed me. I knew that she would never be that innocent again, that our life together would never be as carefree as it was when we were children.
“Dance with me!” she shouted.
“What?”
“Dance with me!”
I had heard her right the first time. I just didn’t understand why here, why now.
“There’s no music!” I said over the rain.
She grabbed my hand. “You don’t hear that?!” she said, motioning to the patter of rain and thunder around us.
She started spinning around me and I stood in the same spot following her until she grabbed both of my hands and pulled on them. Next thing I knew, we were spinning together, holding each other’s hands tightly and distributing equal weight on our arms. At first, I felt like an idiot and hoped Tate wasn’t spying, or worse, Caleb. But I was quickly lost in Bray’s laughter and her smile and her beautiful blue eyes. The thunder got louder, the lightning more intense. I was beginning to worry about us being out in the open like this, in the center of a baseball field just asking to be struck down by the finger of God. But soon, I didn’t care. We were those two innocent children again, living free and loving life. And not even lightning could ruin this moment. It wouldn’t dare.
We stopped spinning, and I twirled her around by her hands as I stood in place, and then I dipped her. Leaning over her body, I pressed my wet lips between her breasts as her white shirt was weighted down by the endless rain.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome review! Thanks for taking the time to read it and for participating in the tour. If you haven't already, would you mind posting your review on Amazon as well? :-)

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    1. Hi J -- Thanks for reminding me about Amazon. I submitted my review on there this am. I submitted on facebook at www.facebook.com/Kindlecrack and on Twitter :) on my tour stop:) I loved this book!

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