Glow of the Fireflies

Glow of the Fireflies

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. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony's dad volunteers her to help. The moment s...

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Title:Glow of the Fireflies
Author:Lindsey Duga
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Edition Language:English

Glow of the Fireflies Reviews

  • Caryn {iam.caryn}

    Some people might call this book urban fantasy, some people might call this book magical realism, some people might call it both or neither. Regardless of what genre you would categorize it as, it’s an enchanting read.

    Just like with Duga’s previous novel, Kiss of the Royal, when you start the book, you think you have an idea of where the story is going. Then Duga rips the rug out from under you and you end up going “whoa I did not see that coming”.

    This book took off runni

    Some people might call this book urban fantasy, some people might call this book magical realism, some people might call it both or neither. Regardless of what genre you would categorize it as, it’s an enchanting read.

    Just like with Duga’s previous novel, Kiss of the Royal, when you start the book, you think you have an idea of where the story is going. Then Duga rips the rug out from under you and you end up going “whoa I did not see that coming”.

    This book took off running! I had started reading this before wanting to go to bed and I told myself I’d stop at the end of chapter three.

    *cue hysterical laughter*

    There is NO stopping after chapter three. Make sure you set yourself up for a “read in one sitting” experience. Trust me, you won’t want to put it down.

    Duga’s capability to use descriptive details that flesh out scenes and characters leaves you feeling captivated. Also, her use of pop culture references injects a note of humour.

    This was an exciting, magical adventure with a beautifully sweet and adorable slow-burn romance. I will be recommending this one to everyone.

    I almost wish Dreamworks would make an animated movie out of this. Seeing what they did with How to Train Your Dragon and Rise of the Guardians... this is the perfect story for them to adapt.

  • Shalini

    I love books which can take me out of my physical being into the unknown.

    The author Lindsey Duga with the power of her imagination not only showed me the earthly realm but also transported me deeper into the astral plane. She just needed the spark of her belief to show me the beauty of the world where beings existed as energies, the mana. Where the ethereal world connected earth to the astral plane. Close your eyes and imagine pure energy, and you would get the spirit if this book.

  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

    This is a fun and imaginative story that I was very impressed with. I felt that the premise for the story was very unique and I think that that the author did a fantastic job of bringing it to life.

    Lindsey Duga's writing is extremely breathtaking. The words flow beautifully and the pacing of the story is perfect. This is a young adult book but I felt that the stor

    Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

    This is a fun and imaginative story that I was very impressed with. I felt that the premise for the story was very unique and I think that that the author did a fantastic job of bringing it to life.

    Lindsey Duga's writing is extremely breathtaking. The words flow beautifully and the pacing of the story is perfect. This is a young adult book but I felt that the story read more like a middle-grade book in some parts. Not to say that it wasn't enjoyable nonetheless.

    The world-building in this is magical. I am from the Kentucky/Tennessee border and I felt that the descriptions were spot on for the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful descriptions and imaginative details abound in this story.

    Briony is the perfect heroine. She is strong and smart and incredibly determined. I instantly felt a kinship with her character. Alder is a darling and I loved the romance between him and Briony. Izzie is such a fantastic side character. All the characters have depth and are very likable.

    Overall, this is an enchanting story with an original premise that will captivate you. The story keeps the attention of the reader well and the characters are easy to relate to. I very much enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to those that like young adult fantasy.

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  • Alexandra

    This was an exciting and action-packed urban fantasy set in a small town where auras exist and the balance of the world depends on spirits.

    Briony has no memory before she was ten. Her mother has disappeared and when her grandmother falls ill, she is sent with her best friend to Firefly Valley. There she meets Alder, who has a deep connection to the vall

    This was an exciting and action-packed urban fantasy set in a small town where auras exist and the balance of the world depends on spirits.

    Briony has no memory before she was ten. Her mother has disappeared and when her grandmother falls ill, she is sent with her best friend to Firefly Valley. There she meets Alder, who has a deep connection to the valley and the powers hidden within.

    I loved Lindsey's writing; it was fast-paced filled with amazing and colorful descriptions and the humor between the scenes made the plot lighter. The romance was slow and sweet too while Briony was brave and dealt with everything like a champ. It could easily be an anime series or an animated one!

  • Shelley

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5-4

    *Thoughts*

    Glow of the Fireflies is the story of 16-year old Briony Redwrell. 6 years ago, an unexplained fire left Briony with amnesia & scars on her back. Shortly after, her mother disappeared without a trace, and her father moved them to Knoxville to start over. When her maternal grandmother needs a caretaker, she is tasked by her father with returning to the Smoky Mountains to take care o

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5-4

    *Thoughts*

    Glow of the Fireflies is the story of 16-year old Briony Redwrell. 6 years ago, an unexplained fire left Briony with amnesia & scars on her back. Shortly after, her mother disappeared without a trace, and her father moved them to Knoxville to start over. When her maternal grandmother needs a caretaker, she is tasked by her father with returning to the Smoky Mountains to take care of her over the summer. Curiously, Briony is joined on her trip by her swimming best friend Isabelle Jennison who refuses to be left behind.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Carrie

    Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga is a romantic young adult fantasy tale. With this being the second book I’ve read from Lindsey Duga the one takeaway I can definitely share above all else with her stories is that she goes above and beyond in the creativity department giving readers something new to enjoy.

    In this book readers are introduced to teenage Briony who had been living with her father for the last six years since a fire happened in their old home. When her father hears t

    Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga is a romantic young adult fantasy tale. With this being the second book I’ve read from Lindsey Duga the one takeaway I can definitely share above all else with her stories is that she goes above and beyond in the creativity department giving readers something new to enjoy.

    In this book readers are introduced to teenage Briony who had been living with her father for the last six years since a fire happened in their old home. When her father hears that Briony’s grandmother needs help for the summer he volunteers Briony but she isn’t exactly sold on staying with family she doesn’t remember and who have not contacted her as the years have gone by.

    After some convincing and with the promise that Briony’s best friend can come along Briony finds herself arriving in Firefly Valley, deep within the Smoky Mountains. After arriving Briony intercepts a phone call that her old home is about to be torn down and wanting to see if her memories would return she makes a visit to the house now in ruins. What she finds is a boy who obviously seems to have been a friend but when confronting him she ends up finding a whole world she doesn’t remember.

    As mentioned this one was certainly different than any I’ve read. Readers start out in our own Earthly world only to find that much more than humans exist in Firefly Valley where the character finds a link to an astral world existing alongside. As the fantasy world is unveiled so begins a romance and a mystery with adventure when the character finds her mother is alive and trapped. Wrap it all up and it became an intriguing page turner.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

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    Glow of the Fireflies is a young adult standalone magic fantasy by Lindsey Duga. Lindsey Duga wrote one of my favorite books of last year- Kiss of the Royal, so to say I was excited about her next book was an understatement. And I am happy to report that I really loved Glow of the Fireflies. I still think Kiss of the Royal is my favorite book of hers, but her writing is so magical that it is hard not to completely fall in love with

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Glow of the Fireflies is a young adult standalone magic fantasy by Lindsey Duga. Lindsey Duga wrote one of my favorite books of last year- Kiss of the Royal, so to say I was excited about her next book was an understatement. And I am happy to report that I really loved Glow of the Fireflies. I still think Kiss of the Royal is my favorite book of hers, but her writing is so magical that it is hard not to completely fall in love with her characters and her stories. She is one of my newest favorite authors. Next, I think I would love for her to write an epic fantasy romance series.

    In Glow of the Fireflies wee meet our main character Briony. Briony sets out on a magical adventure to rescue her mother. I think Glow of the Fireflies  is a mixture of magical realism and fantasy, which is a genre I have not read too much of. The magical realism aspect comes in from the books setting. Glow of the Fireflies takes place in Firefly valley, deep within the Smokey Mountains. But then we also have some parallel universe action happening. It was really well done. 

    I also loved the cast of characters Lindsey created. Briony is fantastic, but her best friend Izzie also stole the show in my opinion. They have a wonderful friendship, which you know I am always a fan of in books. I like seeing healthy friendships depicted because I think far too often we see toxic relationships and awful friends in books. But Izzie is loyal and her personality is infectious. I loved her. Briony, Izzie And Alder set off to figure out what happened to her mom, and along the way they learn about magic energies, astral planes, and there are plenty of twists, turns and surprises to keep the reader engaged until the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed Briony's journey and I was really happy with the way everything wrapped up. If you are looking for a delightful story that is well written with great characters, you have to try a book by Lindsey Duga. She is an excellent author, and Glow of the Fireflies is a great standalone fantasy. I loved it. 

  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    This was a breath of fresh air in YA Fantasy. It's a unique concept in which we follow our protagonist, Briony, and her journey to regain her memories and unveil the secrets about her mother, as she returns to the Smoky Mountains to help her grandmother. There, she finds a mysterious boy, and with him and her best friend, her adventure begins.

    Female friendship here is very well represented and the romance was really sweet. The pacing was okay.

    The w

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    This was a breath of fresh air in YA Fantasy. It's a unique concept in which we follow our protagonist, Briony, and her journey to regain her memories and unveil the secrets about her mother, as she returns to the Smoky Mountains to help her grandmother. There, she finds a mysterious boy, and with him and her best friend, her adventure begins.

    Female friendship here is very well represented and the romance was really sweet. The pacing was okay.

    The writing style was clean and the plot kept my interest. I really enjoyed the world-building the author created, I mean Firefly Valley is amazing.

    As for the characters, Briony is the most complex and I'm glad I was able to follow the story from her POV because I could connect to her feelings and thoughts.

    The twists could have been a little bit more surprising, but it did not make me think less of the story.

    It is a quick read that is almost read like magical realism. Overall it was an enjoyable read.

    Those who enjoy YA Fantasy or Magical Realism will probably enjoy this.

    I voluntarily read and review an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

  • Marta Cox

    Three and a half

    I think it’s hard with YA fantasy to get the balance right sometimes as obviously there’s a huge gap in experience between a twelve year old and a seventeen year old but this author has done a credible job of bridging that divide. Her characters feel real and have idiosyncrasies particularly best friend Izzie but it’s Briony whose bravery and willingness to embrace any challenge thrown her way who quite rightly pulls the narrative along. I was a tad underwhelmed by her amne

    Three and a half

    I think it’s hard with YA fantasy to get the balance right sometimes as obviously there’s a huge gap in experience between a twelve year old and a seventeen year old but this author has done a credible job of bridging that divide. Her characters feel real and have idiosyncrasies particularly best friend Izzie but it’s Briony whose bravery and willingness to embrace any challenge thrown her way who quite rightly pulls the narrative along. I was a tad underwhelmed by her amnesia but did particularly enjoy her budding relationship with Alder who is a part of her past but also pretty much a unique entity but to say more would ruin the story. I can say I thought the villain was sneaky and whilst I wasn’t entirely convinced by everything and the way certain characters behaved it was imaginative, well written and a sweet little escape from reality.

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  • Candace Robinson

    This was an interesting urban fantasy type. Sometimes I didn’t quite get everything but I liked the uniqueness of it. Also, there was cuteness with the romantic interest and the dialogue was great!

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