Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

Title: Glow of the Fireflies
Author: Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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 she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it's literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy 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 nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.

Glow of the Fireflies is a fun standalone that captures a fun fantasy world connected to the modern world.

It’s always interesting to me when a world superimposed over the modern world. In this case we have the different planes of the spirit world. Kind of like alternate dimensions they exist where we exist but in a different layer. I thought the imagery of the world was very well done. I could definitely visualize the plants. Which really stuck out to me.

I like books that remind me of video games. Especially when there are tasks that you must complete. For this story it’s gates, with different elements associated with them, which reminded me of playing Zelda. I liked the way they were set up with different guardians and Byre and Alder having to find ways to obtain the keys.

I wish Briony’s relationship with her grandmother was explored a little more. I felt like they need some more moments.

I liked the writing and enjoyed the romance. It was light and cute. Which is sometimes all you need, based off a past relationship. Even if Briony doesn’t remember it.

The book was fast paced. I did figure out some of things in the plot before they happened but I didn’t feel like it ruined anything.

I really enjoyed the story and as a standalone it was perfect.

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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