*I had received an eARC of this book for helping MTMC with the cover reveal last year and ending up buying a copy because there was a time limit of the ebook’s accessibility (because of Netgalley). This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book.*
Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga
“Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.
Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. It’s been six years since an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared, and her dad moved them away.
But now her grandmother needs a caretaker, and Briony’s dad insists she be the one to help. The moment she returns, she feels a magical connection to the valley, as if it’s a part of her somehow.
And when she meets a hot guy named Alder who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.
Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful gods. But when saving her mother comes with the ultimate sacrifice–Alder’s death–how can she choose?”
If you like:
- Sweet Guys
- Fantasy/Contemporary Books
- Adventure with a Time Sensitive Mission
Then this book is for you!
I love this book! It’s very well written with descriptive writing that isn’t overly painted that makes you skim over word but has the right amount of adjectives and adverbs to make the story come to life in your head as you read! The character of the story are lovable and sassy and determined and everything else you could want in a YA story. Then who doesn’t love a good mission to save someone you love (and the world) with the clock ticking and the uncertainty of the future.
Y’all, I haven’t read any of the other works by Lindsey before reading Glow of the Fireflies; I’ve had a copy of Kiss of the Royal in my room for a little while but hadn’t gotten around to read it. But after reading GotF, you can bet that I’m going to be reading KotR soon because Lindsey’s writing is so descriptive and enticing that I was instantly pulled into the Smoky Mountains with Briony and could feel everything she was feeling.
“It unfurled below me, a moving patchwork quilt of colored mist. All shades of green, from peridot, to lime, to emerald, to deep olive. Variations of blues, from sky blue, to periwinkle, to sapphire, to violet. Golds, orange, pinks, and reds rippled through the valley as the sun’s rays touched each layer of mist, illuminating and saturating the mana in a broad spectrum of vibrant hues.”
Briony has always kind of wondered what her life was like before her and her father had moved from their life in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Parts of her wants to know why her mother left them so abruptly, why she likes certain things and have particular habits, and wants to fill those holes in her memory that makes her who she is. But at the same time, she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to handle everything or how it will affect her life and the way she sees things. The lack her memory and mother walking away makes Briony an independent person who would rather work alone than have to rely on others in fear that they’ll leave. So of course, when her father calls one afternoon in the early part of the summer to help take care of her grandmother (on her mom’s side) over the summer, she’s hesitant because it could be a time to find the answers she knows she wants deep down but is afraid for what it could mean.
“I had barely known Mom when she left, yet I could still see her escaping out of the front door in the middle of the night with only a bag slung over her should… Her leaving, as I watched from the steps, hidden in the show, was burned into my mind forever.’
She’s not sure what to expect with her forgotten memories when she arrives to a place that she once called her hometown. Briony gets these faint little tugs in the back of her mind of memories, but she doesn’t remember a lot, and to make things even better her grandmother is acting distance from Briony and prefers the company of Briony’s friend Izzie.
“Seeing Gran look at me, her eyes glassy and full of pain. I wondered if she saw my mom in my place. Did I remind her of Heather? Of my mom?”
Briony also doesn’t expect to find this guy at the remains of her burnt house when she wants to see if it’ll bring back some of her memories. Seeing Alder in this place makes her feel almost like things are normal. He’s a familiar as a dream from last night that made you want to stay asleep just to see how it ended. It’s obvious that Alder knows Briony from before from the orange and blue friendship bracelet on his wrist to the way that he wants to be near her but also wants to stay away to keep her safe.
“I didn’t recognize him, but I recognized the feeling… Nostalgia.”
Over the next couple of days, Briony finds out that there’s more to the world than she thought. She discovers that there’s another dimension where there are gods, spirits, and talking animals that is a perfect place in nature. She also has the ability to save her mother spirit from the god who took it. Briony embarks this journey into an unfamiliar territory with Alder and Raysha (one of the gods in the body of a fox) who help her gather the keys to open the gates of the different elements of the world. They have to do all of this before the Summer Solstice which is about 3 or so days away… no big deal right?
Through their journey Briony slowly gets some of her memories back by going to places that hold a special meaning. She also digs up secrets that make her rethink everything she thought was true from the reason her mother left to the secrets of the world.
In this magical book that combines fantasy elements in the real world, you’ll fall in love with a story that has close ties to the beautiful land in the Smoky Mountains and the Briony as she tries to save her mom who she doesn’t know (or remember) while trying to figure out whatever that thing is that is growing between herself and Alder and try to remember her past; oh, and save the world from possible destruction!
If you pick up this book, make sure that you sit enough time aside to be able to read in as few sittings as possible because you won’t want to put it down!
- Ghost of You by 5SOS
- Counting Stars by OneRepublic
- 18 by One Direction
- Amnesia by 5SOS
- Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
- Nervous by Shawn Mendes
- If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
- Would You Go With Me by Josh Turner
- Wake Me Up by Avicii ft. Aloe Black
- I Lived by OneRepublic
Happy reading until next time,