New York Times bestselling author J.A. Redmerski brings us a stunning and heart-wrenching new novel about a couple who find each other in their darkest moment.
Since they were kids, Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable. When Bray moves to South Carolina, separating the two for the first time, they both at last realize that their innocent childhood friendship has developed into something much more. So when Bray finally returns to Georgia—and to Elias—things between them couldn’t be more perfect…until one fateful night changes everything.
Desperate not to go to prison for a terrible accident, Elias and Bray decide to run. As they try to make the most of their freedom, the two find themselves relying on a rebellious group of people who tempt the duo into a wild and daring new life. But they can’t run from their troubles forever.
As the consequences of their past catch up to them, the couple must finally face reality. Even if they can make it through the unimaginable, Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…
New Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone Novel
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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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Review by Michelle:
When I first heard about Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski I was elated to say the least. After my profound adoration of both The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from two seemingly insignificant characters from Camryn and Andrew’s story, but I was positive that I would rave about this one as well. Whatever my expectations were, this story was definitely not it. This isn’t necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, but it did lead me to many conflicted emotions as well as numerous questions about this book.
The biggest question I have to ask is: would I feel differently if Song of the Fireflies was a standalone instead of part of the Edge of Never series? There was a major disconnect between this book and the previous two in the overall feel and tenor of the story, the nature and mentality of the characters, and the overt and in-your-face portrayal of sex and drug use. Because of these things the only answer I can come up with is: I don’t really know. The characters, Bray and Elias, and their story was so incredibly different from the rest of the series that no matter what was happening I was always left with nagging questions in the back of my mind. Where did these characters come from and why are they considered so intimately connected by a chance encounter that they are a bigger part and an important addition to the series? On some accounts I think being a standalone would make this story a lot easier to swallow. On the other hand, whether part of the series or not, Song of the Fireflies does seem to be missing some of the nuance and vital characteristics that made the first two books so easy to fall in love with.
Bray was a huge stumbling block for me. She was just so hard to love. She definitely has issues that make her flaws much more palatable but countless bad decisions that she makes one right after another makes it both frustrating and cumbersome to invest in her and her story emotionally and to retain the motivation to continue on. Elias was really not only Bray’s saving grace but also that of the story’s. If it had not been for his loyalty, dedication, and unwavering love and devotion, their journey would have been much harder to traverse. But was he enough? Were Elias’ commendable and endearing qualities enough to make me identify with him and admire him? Yes, I think so. Were they enough to help me solidly connect with him and maybe overlook some of the concerns I had with Bray and the story? I’m not so sure.
There were unquestionably some really beautiful parts of this story reminding me that it was in fact written by J.A. Redmerski and a part of a really wonderful , beautiful, and uplifting series. The exploration of just how far one would go for someone they love was both fascinating and rousing and the conclusion of the story was fulfilling and comforting. There were also some really difficult parts making this narrative much darker, arduous, and many times downright depressing. The constant party atmosphere was somewhat off-putting and tiresome and many times the choices and actions of several characters, not just those of Bray and Elias, were baffling and maddening.
Overall Song of the Fireflies was a total rollercoaster of emotions and not always in the really wonderfully angsty, powerfully emotive way. I, of course, enjoyed J.A. Redmerski’s outstanding writing. I enjoyed the elaboration on the group that was touched upon in The Edge of Always. I loved the additional insight into those characters and relationships and actually found myself really liking and empathizing with not only Elias but also Tate. I was certainly left with more than a few questions, but I encourage The Edge of Never series fans to experience and explore these questions firsthand as well as draw your own conclusions about Bray and Elias and their turbulent journey.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Moment of Letting Go
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author J. A. Redmerski brings us a heart-wrenching, stand-alone new adult novel that fans of her blockbuster The Edge of Never are sure to fall in love with. In THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO Sienna Murphy finally lands her dream job. It's everything she's ever wanted...or so she thought. When she's sent on a business trip to Hawaii, she meets Luke Everett, a guy who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and give in to the promise of all the happiness they could have together. As their passion grows, Luke makes Sienna start to question whether the carefully constructed life she leads is really as perfect as it seems.
Releases: April 14, 2015
I touch his lips with two of my fingers. “You can tell me whenever you’re ready. I’m here to listen, and I’m not going anywhere. There’s nothing you can say to scare me away. I won’t leave again unless it’s what you want. I still have four days left of my vacation and I want to spend them with you.”
“I want you to stay.”
“Then I’m staying.”
“What about after that?”
“We’ll figure it out.”
He gazes into my eyes, searching for something, I could never know what, but I think he finds it because his lips smash against mine and he kisses me hungrily. I feel my body being lifted into the air, my legs wrapped around his waist, and the air in the room hitting me as he carries me quickly through it, never breaking the kiss. In seconds I feel the comfort of his bed beneath my back and his lumpy pillows I missed so much, around my head.
We strip off each other’s clothes clumsily and Luke is on top of me before I can even catch my breath. But I don’t need my breath when I have his, and his kiss is deep and forceful and it alone makes my body dizzy with need.
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