Sunday, March 23, 2014

Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski

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 fateful 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 destiny, 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 it if means losing her.


What do you do when they one you love, has the power to hurt you the most?  Bray and Elias have been best friends since childhood. After meeting one afternoon while at the park with their parents, they two of them hit it off immediately.  Yeah, at first, the two 9 year olds were teasing and bickering with each other as any child would do.  But there was something different about Bray, that drew Elias to her. As the two grew up, they became best friends, they were inseparable. 

As Elias and Bray grow up, the two fall in love with each other.  The two of them have been in love with each other for years, but both feared to act on their feelings.  Elias has always accepted Bray for the way she is. Her spontaneity and her fierce attitude are just some of the things that Elias loves about Bray. Bray is in love with Elias, but she won't admit her feelings because she is afraid if a relationship between the two of them fails, she will lose her best friend.  Elias has been the only person in Bray's life that has always been there for her, Elias has always accepted Bray for who she is.  Bray is not good with people or with relationships.

When the two finally admit that they are in love with each other and they want to give a relationship a go, Elias can immediately see the wall that Bray is putting up.  Bray is afraid to tell Elias something that may change his perspective of her.  No matter what Bray could have told Elias, it would not have changed that she was the love of his life.  Bray was it for Elias. She held his heart and it was hers to keep.  So when an accident occurs and Bray in involved, Elias will do everything in his will power to stay with Bray and keep her safe, even if he knows that what they are about to do, is going to be the biggest mistake either of them will make.

Elias and Bray do not have it easy.  Things are tough for the two of them.  Over the course of a few weeks, the two are faced with decisions that will effect their lives.  Love makes you do things that you may ordinarily never do.  When the one you love is in trouble, most likely you will try and do what you can to help them, even if you may end up in trouble yourself. This is what happens with Bray and Elias.  Elias knows that Bray needs to do, but convincing Bray will be a task that Elias may not be able to do.

The love that Bray and Elias have is undeniable.  It was evident from the beginning of the story that they two of them had a bond, that they were soul mates.  No matter how much time had passed between the two of them, they were meant to be together.  Their hearts knew what they wanted, if just took Bray's head a little longer to realize that.  She needed to realize that Elias accepted her for the person that she was, flaws and all.  He loved her unconditionally.  So when Bray finally finds the courage to tell Elias her secret, it was heart warming to see how much Elias truly loved Bray.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel.  Especially knowing that it was a spin off from The Edge of Never series.  I have to say, that I was very pleased with this book and I connected with the characters.  I am not saying that I agree with how Bray handled some situations, but I loved the connection that the two of them had.

This review was prepared by Heather.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 



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