Song of the Fireflies

Song of the Fireflies

by J. A. Redmerski


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"I loved every last word! Beautiful, heartfelt, consuming--I couldn't put it down. There's pure magic in J. A. Redmerski's pen." --- KATY EVANS, New York Times bestselling author of the REAL series

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455555062
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 810,214
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

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.

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Song of the Fireflies 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J.A. Redmerski did a wonderful thing with this book! Amazingly written! I love the reality of the book and how it intertwines the definition of True Love and real life issues! I love all her books and Song of The Fireflies doesn't disappoint!!! A must Read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most horribly written, trailer-park, pre-teen mindset, book I've ever read. For those of you who said that was an awesome read: seriously?!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how people can say this was boring. There was action throughout the entire book. Yes it was dark and raw, but life is sometimes. The author was telling their story of growth. They mess up, make mistakes, and let love blind them. But its beautiful because they become better people throughout this terrible, crazy life of theirs. I will warn you that it can be hard to read if you relate to them like I could, but it was an incredible story for me! Their's just happened to be more tragic than others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redmerski does it again! I have loved every single book by this author and this one certainly did not disapoint. I preordered this right after reading about camryn and andrew and couldn't wait for it! Their story is definitely a lot darker and has some really heart-wrenching moments that will have you gripping your nook because you have to know that everything will be okay, but you're too afraid to keep turning the page. And of course, there are also some pretty steamy scenes that come along with any great romance novel! I stayed up all night trying to finish this because I just couldn't put it down. Grab this book, its seriously amazing and you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ehhh I really didn't enjoy this. The main characters were kind of gross and the writing style was pretty dull. I enjoyed other works from this author, but unfortunately this one fell far from the mark.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I didn't get Brayelle and if I'm being honest, what I did understand about her, I didn't like. It was apparent that something was wrong with her from the start, and that was touched on later in the book, but not before the damage had been done. Elias was so very devoted to her, but I just couldn't understand what he saw in Brayelle and why he continually put her ahead of himself. She just wasn't a very nice person. He was obviously seeing something different in her than what I saw. Elias was still flawed, but not to the extent that Brayelle was. I actually liked his character, despite wanting sometimes to yell at him for some of the things going on. This was was a heavy book and it was an emotional read. It was an interesting mix of the NA books I'm used to and some of the darker books I've come to really enjoy over the last few months. I liked that the author confronted issues head on, but I just had a really difficult time with this one. The writing was excellent, as I've come to expect from J.A. Redmerski and the book took me through a myriad of emotions, but overall just left me confused. It kept me interested, despite not really connecting to the main character. I kept waiting for Brayelle and Eli to do the right thing. I kept hoping Brayelle would find a way to redeem herself in my eyes. Unfortunately that redemption never really came, in my eyes. There was eventually hope in all the darkness, but it came almost too late for me. I still love J.A. Redmerski and will continue to read her books. I've loved every one of them up until this standalone. It wasn't a bad book, and I didn't dislike it, but it's far from my favorite of her works. A secret about me and books? If I can't connect with the main character, I have a very difficult time enjoying the book. That was definitely the case here. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudoBook Review: Stars:  Overall: 4 Narration 4 Story 4  I wasn’t expecting quite this emotional a journey when I started this book, but J.A. Redmerski doesn’t hold back:  life isn’t always pretty or straightforward, and we live every ugly, convoluted twist along the way.  Intentions  don’t always bring us a happy ending, and some people are simply too broken to fix, and are best left alone.   Elias and Bray met as children, and instantly were the best of friends. Throughout everything, Elias stood by Bray’s side offering comfort, friendship, loyalty and stability. Something that was missing in her life.  A greatly  troubled soul, even as a child, Bray is one of those wounded people who never actually step forward to fix themselves, preferring to wait for someone else to complete them and fill the gaps.   Emotionally trying, I was so angry with Bray and her callous disregard of the man who tried to be by her side : just the fact that Elias gave her another chance after she disappeared without a word or trace for years should have proven his character to her. But, she’s so unable to make a good choice, it’s like she’s programmed to pick  the worst option. Always. Now, I could understand her trust issues, but Elias has been there for her: for him, the  loyalty earned in childhood equates to his almost unconditional acceptance and willingness to forgive her anything, and he does so repeatedly. Yet, she can’t seem to incorporate that into her reactions.  Elias too, for me, became frustrating. While you can’t help who you love, you can make choices that won’t run your heart through a meat grinder, repeatedly. Just because you love someone doesn’t mean that those words or every moment you stand by them will help them to learn to love and forgive themselves.  He has so much to offer the right person, and I don’t see that as Bray, no matter HOW much he may want her.  This is a beautifully depicted and emotionally charged relationship that is everything that a relationship should not be: one-sided, laden with deception and disbelief, heartache and horrendous behavior. It is so easy to be  the one who ‘gives more’ in a relationship, Redmerski just elaborates on that issue in the extreme version: neither are ever truly settled or happy, and for Elias, I even actually held out hope to the end that Bray would realize what she had.  Narration in this story is provided by Chelsea Hatfield and Douglas Berger. I will say that the use of two narrators worked well, as they were able to play off one another, carefully presenting the words on the page.  Hatfield managed to incorporate the hesitancy, caution and self-absorbed moments of reckless disregard that  Bray displays regularly into her performance: there is that ‘tone’ that we all know when someone is absorbed in  their own purpose, but responding to you. This sense of disregard of the personhood of Elias was a frequent feel from Bray, and Hatfield elucidated those moments beautifully.  Douglas Berger hit all of the right notes with Elias, the frustration, desire, need and the utterly confused moments that followed every bad act, along with the “I am being patient and explaining for the millionth time” background tone of utter frustration with Bray’s inability to believe in his love for her.  I can only expect that this performance was exhausting for both narrators, they hit  every note perfectly and the voices were nuanced and laden with the often dark and despairing aura surrounding this story overall.  Redmerski did not write a happy fluffy skip in to the sunset story here: deeply emotional, twisting and turning  that keeps readers and listeners at the edge of discomfort, this was a wonderful listen.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series!!! Sad it ended
Craasch More than 1 year ago
I loved Song of the Fireflies; we see such a strong love and strong connection between these characters. The home lives they both live are so different from one another yet they are one when they are together. Only if they could get it right in the relationship department but that wouldn't be much fun and we wouldn't get the amazing story I just read! I couldn't put this book down. My heart hurt when theirs did, I laughed right along with them. Sometimes I was like you have to be joking me could this girls luck get any worse.  But most of all we see the struggle that she not only faces every day but did her whole life and no one not even her parents supported her and that makes me so sad because believe it or not it happens more often than not! Mental illness gets over looked and or parents just don't want to have a child with a mental illness.  This Story hit Close to home for me, I have not only dealt with some of these things in my own life but have family members that I have watched my whole life go up and down and someone or many people turn a blind eye. Why I don't really know but It is upsetting to me and I feel as though this is something that need to be talked about and not look down on so much and I love that J.A. Redmerski did just that in Songs Of The Fireflies, I hope that someone that reads this book gets that little bit of hope that they need from reading it! It's beautifully written right down to the ugly and dirty truths.   Seeing all the problems and struggles these two went through I’m so glad that she had her best friend there for her from the moment they meet. Songs of the Fireflies is most certainty 5 plus stars and I would buy it for my family and friends in a heartbeat. It's a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is dark... & depressing at times. But I found that I didnt want to put it down... & wanted to know what happened next. You must read to believe that even in the darkest hour.. there is light shining at the end of the tunnel. This book does end with a happy ending. & you wont be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I purchased this book on accident but I loved the authors other books so it was an ok error. I did not connect to this book ar all. I'm glad this has a different story line than most of the other new adult books but I was kind of bored. I feel like she spent too much time on the runaway stuff and then fast fwds through the later years. I would have liked it if the author eent into exp,aining the disorder more and not waiting to state the exact disorder until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very dark read but stay with this book! Tragic and beautiful love story that looks at the depths mental illness can take you to. Even in your darkess hours love really saves
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark and boring
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I was in no way emotionally prepared for Song of the Fireflies. It is a journey that is filled with beauty and heartbreak. When we briefly met in Elias and Bray in The Edge of Always, I had no idea just how much these two had gone through to be together what they will have to undergo to stay that way. This book is so much darker and heavier than Camryn and Andrew's. My heart broke for Bray. She suffers from something beyond her control and affects who she is and how she handles situations. She has loved Elias since childhood but has so many fears when it comes to him. He is the one constant in her life who doesn't disappoint her or feel she isn't enough and she is terrified of losing him. Elias has been in love with Bray since they were kids also. His most cherished memory is one where they caught fireflies together. It is symbolic of a time where things were simpler. Both burned so brightly and were unchanged by the world and its expectations. The night with the fireflies symbolizes freedom which is why both of them hold it so close to their hearts. Bray was such a challenging character. Elias is everything to her and she has no idea just how much she means to him. She knows he loves her, but he will literally go to the ends of the earth for her, which is why it was so hard to see her hurt him. She tries to push him away in the beginning, but realizes she doesn't want that. She needs him in her life and believing otherwise is a sad excuse for the truth. I couldn't believe the direction this novel took. It was unexpected and completely bound Elias and Bray together in a way neither planned. Their love for one another is what keeps them going and is tested in every way imaginable. Both are terrified of the consequences of their actions and are afraid of what it will mean for them. Elias is the voice of reason, but when it comes to Bray- all reason flies out the door. As serious of an undertone this book has, Bray and Elias's vagabond lifestyle reminded me of Kerouac and the Beat Generation. The people they meet along the way play a significant role in their lives and they find both unexpected friendship and betrayal as they continue on their journey. Bray loves Elias but knows its wrong to keep him from living his own life. He is always there for her and she starts to feel as if she doesn't know how to stand on her own. This is a really big revelation on Bray's part, and as much as she tries to distance herself, he won't allow it. The whole book I was afraid Elias would start to resent Bray for her choices and how they affected him. He does a bit, but his devotion to her far outweighs that resentment. Overall, this was an emotionally taxing book filled with its ups and downs. I felt Redmerski did a great job with her pacing and creating such deeply broken characters. The struggles both Elias and Bray must overcome will break your heart but their absolute love for each other will leave it full and hopeful that these two can come out on the other side still intact and together.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
 Song of the Fireflies is a lot different that some of the other things I've read so far from J.A. Redmerski.  It is very dark and raw with characters that are flawed and far from perfect.  Elias and Bray's story is hard to read sometimes because it is so emotional and heartbreaking.  It is told from both Elias and Bray's point of view.  I really liked Elias, and Bray did grow on me.  One thing I did like was that the two stuck together in spite of everything they went through.   J.A. Redmerski addresses suicide, drug use, and the inner demons that plaque and effect the characters.  I don't think this story is going to be something that everyone will enjoy, but I do think there will be people who embrace Bray and Elias and will really like it.  I was somewhat in the middle.  It isn't one of my favorite works by this author, but it was good for the most part, and I was really pleased with the ending, despite the emotionally rough road that I had to take on the journey. 
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KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I read an excerpt of this book in The Edge of Always. Immediately, I went to Barnes & Noble and pre-ordered the book. Then, I saw a tweet from the author about it being available on Netgalley. After not hearing anything after a few days, I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t receive the book early. Then, on Christmas Eve, APPROVED! Woohoo! Anyway… The story is told from both the perspectives of Elias and Bray. I felt more connected with Elias than I did Bray. I found this somewhat odd as I believe I have more in common with Bray than I do Elias. Either way, this didn’t really influence how I felt about the book, but I was a bit surprised. Overall, the two perspectives didn’t do much for me here. While it didn’t hurt the book, I think it might have been stronger if it had only been told from Elias’ point of view. Wow, oh wow. This story was so much more than what I thought it was going to be. Yeah, it’s a love story, but it’s so much more than that. It was darker and more intense than what you’d expect from a romance. On top of it being such a good book, it definitely gets extra points for being a stand-alone novel. While I’ve only read two other books by J. A. Redmerski, this one is definitely my favorite so far. * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿ Friends since their first encounter at nine years old, Elias and Bray have stayed close. Other than using each other for practise, they never developed into something more, always to scared to risk their friendship. It wasn't until much later, when after a long separation they finally gave in to what had been obvious for so long.  Enjoying their new status as a couple brings some jealousy to the surface within a group of friends. As a result of a horrible accident on a group camping trip, Bray and Elias decide to take off and leave everything and everyone behind. With only their car and a limited amount of money they hit the road.  But when they end up without money and car, at the mercy of two brothers and their group of girlfriends, second thoughts begin to set in. Rather than straightening out their troubles, hanging around with the new group only seems to bring them more problems.   When the choice is taken away from them and Bray is taken away in handcuffs, Elias isn't sure whether he will ever see her again...... ***** It will tear your heart will put a smile on your will shock and disgust will lift your spirits..... This book will have you run the gamut of emotions and impressions, thoughts and feelings. It will test your limits of understanding and empathy and your knowledge of mental illness and it's devastating effects, and if you will allow for an open mind and spare your judgements, just go with the flow, you will hopefully find yourself as invested in this book as I was.  It didn't start out that way, I had a bit of trouble early on, getting into the characters and the flow of the story. I didn't get the depth of the emotional issues early on.... and therefore couldn't grasp some of the behavior or reactions. Once I realized we were dealing with a mental illness, and one I am actually quite familiar with, all the pieces of the puzzle started coming together, and what seemed unexplained irrational behavior before, was now explained. Yes this is a love story, but it is also a story about living with a crippling disease that is invisible to the eye. One that has a tremendous amount of stigma attached to it  and therefore the person who suffers it becomes tainted with that stigma as well. Enter Bray......who was more known and judged and treated for the symptoms of her illness, than she was for the illness itself. Left to cope by herself from an early age on, it is no wonder that judgement may not always have been sound or wise. Where were her examples?  Her only true constant had always been Elias, who saw her as she was and never asked, wanted or loved anything else, just her. Elias has always known Bray had something special, it was precisely the reason he loved her. His is something of an obsession and although for a while he tries to give Bray her space when she demands, he is willing to completely throw out his own sense of right, his own moral compass, to appease her ........or rather her anxiety. It takes him quite a while to grow a bit of a spine and set out some rules, but with someone as unstable as Bray, he has to tread a fine line. The supporting cast was equally intriguing and at the same time disturbing. A group of young people who seemed to be trying everything and anything to escape. Whether it be the boring daily realities of their lives or some tragedy, or as in the case of Bray and Elias, a terrible lapse in judgement. They even encounter Andrew and Cameron, familiar faces for us from THE EDGE OF NEVER and THE EDGE OF ALWAYS. The scenes they feature in will be easily recognized by those who have read the books.  The writing is once again fabulous, J. A. Redmerski does not disappoint. The story is much darker and more disturbing than what the previous two books have shown. But the subject matter requires it. And it remains a beautiful story, as long as you are willing to travel the painful road with Elias and Bray. That's about as real as life can get. ¿A dark, dangerous and hauntingly beautiful love story.¿ **ARC provided by NetGalley and Forever in return for an honest review.**