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  • Could have been better developed but it was good

    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!)

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  • Not what I was expecting, in a good way.

    It took a little bit for me to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The plot is unlike any other book I have read. The characters became people you rooted for. This book doesn't fit into the types of books I normally read, but the blurb intrigued me. I am so glad I read this book. It was my first book by this author, however I can honestly say it won't be the last.

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  • Enchanting for Young Adult Readers

    Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Glow of the Fireflies By: Lindsey Duga *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟.5 Lindsey Duga is new to me, and I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Briony, the heroine, through various circumstances, ends up in Firefly Valley in the Smoky Mountains for the summer. She lost everything here years ago- her mother disappeared, her memories, her childhood, a fire-just devastating stuff. Briony soon learns that this valley is more than it appears, and she has a hope of finding her mother. With her best friend and a hot guy/childhood friend, she sets out to find answers about what happened when she was younger and recover memories. Briony is a solid female lead, but I question how nonchalantly she absorbed all of this crazy information about her past. That part was not believable enough for me. The best friend character is perfectly cast as fun, snarky and supportive. Adler, hot guy, was kind of an afterthought to me. His character could have evaporated, and I wouldn't have missed him. The slow burn relationship with Briony didn't interest me. The setting is enchanting and lovely. The story moves well and freely with intrigue, somewhat predictable, and mysterious circumstances. I enjoyed this story, but I didn't totally love it. The Glow of the Fireflies is a good choice for young adult readers. It's got all the elements of an entertaining engaging read for the appropriate audience.

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  • Sweet little escape from reality

    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

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  • Enchanting

    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.

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