I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Song Of The Fireflies has earned it's place as one of my favorite books EVER. As an avid reader, I look for books to make me feel. Well I didn't just feel this book, I LIVED it. I didn't just read this book, I EXPERIENCED it. This earth shattering, heartbreaking, yet beautiful story took me under it's spell. I am forever ruined because of this book. Every book I read from now on will be compared.
“...but love isn’t always roses and rainbows and butterflies in your stomach. It’s equally cruel and painful and the world’s worst villain.”
Bray and Elias were childhood best friends. As they grew older, this friendship blossomed into love. While Bray is reluctant to try anything other than friendship, Elias is persistent in proving to Bray that their love is so strong and that to be together is inevitable. Soon after, Bray allows fear to get in the way and live pulls them a part. Four years later, Bray returns to the love of her life, Elias. While older, their connection has never been stronger. One night, something happens, and it spirals into an adventure where they are on the run. Throughout this adventure, their love is tested. Secrets are exposed. Their lives are never the same.The Bray and Elias you meet at first, are different. If you think you know what will happen, you have NO idea.
“I can love a lot of people… But I could never love anyone the way I love you.”
The love between Elias and Bray is unlike anything I have ever read. Their bond goes beyond anything measurable. Their love knows NO boundaries. Their love goes places where love doesn't go. I don't think soul mates even begin to describe them. Their all consuming love is felt through every moment in their story, during the good and the bad times.
“I love you, Bray… I love you more than you will ever know.”
“How is that?”
“Because I would do anything for you… You just don’t realize yet what ‘anything’ truly means.”
“I love you, too, Elias. More than you could possibly ever know.”
“How is that?”
“Because I’d never ask you to prove your ‘anything’.”
To love with a love like Elias and Bray is something that most people dream about. This raw and genuine story will leave you breathless, speechless, and at times emotionally spent. Your heart will ache. This is not your average hearts and rainbows story. This love is dark. It is cruel. It is beautiful. It is real. The writing style immerses you in Elias and Bray's story. I said goodbye to real life as I became so engrossed in their story. It is days later as I write this review and I am still reeling over it. I haven't cried over a book in a long time. Song Of The Fireflies went where many books dare to go, but are unsuccessful. LIVING this book reminded me of my love for reading. The writing is breathtakingly beautiful and flawless.
“What I want is to be with you. That’s what I want. It’s all I’ve ever wanted.”
In darkness, there is always light. Light drives away the darkness. How much can that light withstand? Elias and Bray are characters that will be with me for a long time. Their dark, heartbreaking, passionate story is one that I will probably never forget. Elias? He loves Bray beyond words. He loves wholeheartedly and with conviction. He is the epitome of loving someone despite their faults. Love perseveres. Love always wins. In all things, choose love. Thank you to the author for writing such a deep, thoughtful, beautiful story.
They met as young children and grew up as best friends. They both knew one thing… that their futures would always include each other. In just which capacity that would entail, neither of them really knew. The strong bond that they share and the adventure they were about to take, would forever link them together forever.
Bray was the wild and care-free girl her family didn’t understand. She was always being over shadowed by her older sister. And because of that she mastered the skill of pushing people away, coping alone, because she didn’t believe that anyone actually cared about her.
Elias fell under Bray’s spell the moment he set eyes on her as a young child. Bray lead him into mischief, he would do anything for her. She was his soul mate, and he was the one person who understood her more than anyone else in the world. He would die for her freedom, if given the choice.
“Promise me we’ll always be best friends. No matter what. Even if you grow up ugly and I grow up mean.”
As Bray found herself in a life changing situation, she was determined to push Elias away, to keep him out of the mess she had caused. She knew Elias would do anything for her. And even though she said she didn’t want him to, she knew he would never leave her alone in the world. He gave everything up for her to keep her free. And if she couldn’t be free, he was determined to go down with her. Whether it be in life or death, he would never leave her side.
These two had quite the adventure on the road. Meeting up with a couple who stole everything they had which lead them right into the lives of a group of other lost souls, Tate, Jen, Grace, and Caleb.
As their story unfolded, I have to say at times I was worried about how this story would end. I didn’t think it was possible to get and HEA out of this. The trouble these two found themselves in, seemed like one or both of them wouldn’t come out of it alive. Every turn they took, every move they made I was worried it would be their last. Elias and Bray were nothing short of keeping me on my toes. And even though the “what-if” scenarios where running through my mind as their story played out on the pages, I wanted to strangle them and make them open their eyes! I had hoped that they would step up and own their actions before it was too late. But they just kept going, until it all had to end.
This book had adventure, suspense, heart-stopping moments. They loved each other so hard and you could feel it as you read. I really enjoyed the story, I just couldn’t get to the end fast enough, to see if they would be ok. And I’m happy to say, I got the ending that I was worried that wouldn’t be. This is only the second book of J.A’s that I’ve read and I’m so in love with her style and stories, I can’t wait to read them all.
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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