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Glow of the Fireflies

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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 wo
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Published October 1st 2019 by Entangled: Teen
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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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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 a
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review, blog tour and giveaway can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

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 th
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

But Briony had
Marta Cox
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
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 bu
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


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
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 running! I had started readin
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
**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 fa
Otherworldly powers and alternate worlds bring Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga to life. Thanks to Entangled and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Brye is not known as a team player. She seems to do better independently and when she doesn’t have to rely on anyone else. Her father calls her after her swim meet and gives her the unwanted news that she’s being sent away for the summer. Brye will be going to Firefly Valley in the Smoky Mountains to take care of her rec
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
KarenJo Custodio
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded to 4

Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga is an imaginative and spellbinding tale that captivated me until the very last page. It’s fascinating, atmospheric, thrilling and absolutely wonderful.

I've read one other book by Duga, The Kiss of the Royal, and absolutely loved that so I was really looking forward to reading this. While I didn't completely fall head over heels in love with this book, I think Duga has created a magical and unique story that is charming, surprising, and
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the best time reading this book.
Briony and Izzie come across as mostly realistic teenagers, although they're slightly too good to be true. In a wonderful, good, wholesome way that is. It was like I fell in love with Firefly Valley again, feeling the nostalgia, together with Briony. The book has action and a fast-paced plot, but room for this nostalgic feeling as well.

I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Briony does not remember has loss of memory and scars on her back. Go on a journey with this character to find the truth. This is a new author for me and I did enjoy the book. I was hoping for a little more from this book it was slow in spots for me. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and findings out what happened. The story was good and the journey was nice with characters that made me keep reading. "This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary r ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know how to say this, I was speechless after reading this book. It was a very phenomenal and brilliant story. This is like the best YA-Fantasy book I ever read so far, the concept of the magic was brilliant, and the characters are very likable which makes this story more interesting. After I finished reading it, I needed to take a break for awhile because I really need all the time I can have to process the whole story. This isn’t the type of story that you can easily move on from, you c ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh, this was not for me at all. Part of it is me - I’m not a huge fan of magical realism to begin with. And then there were my other gripes:

- the main character was a super special snowflake
- the love interest was beyond boring...where was his personality?
- the romance was instalove and she seemed to have goo goo eyes over him at inopportune times.
- she treated her best friend like crap. The friend was always there for her but the mc never reciprocated
- despite the fact that the entire book is
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

Glow of the Fireflies was a unique, and adventurous fantasy. It was simplistic and imaginative. This story is perfect for middle schoolers. I loved the vivid imagery that Lindsey Duga crafted with the setting of Firefly Valley. I could clearly see the Smoky Mountains, the wisps, the animal spirits, and all of nature.

Briony has both literal and metaphorical scars from a fire that occurred in her old home in the Smoky Mountains. She suffered amnesia after the incident and can't remembe
Paige Green
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: Lindsey Duga

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Recommended Age: 15+ ("in a world of pure imagination")

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Synopsis: 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
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would especially like to thank Entangled Publishing and the Netgalley website for allowing me to read this book.

It features Briony who was not supposed to go back to where she had lost everything.

In Firefly Valley following a fire Briony found herself with amnesia, her mother having disappeared and her father having moved to Knoxville. Now her grandmother needs someone and Briony's father is going to help her. Until one day Briobny runs into a cute guy who tells her that they know each other
Véronique Laplante Grenier
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have received an arc of Glow of the Fireflies by Netgalley.

It was the first time I was reading a book from this author and wasn't dissapointed. I have really love it and the cover is so pretty.

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 when her grandmother needs someone to help he
Lovely Loveday
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glow of the Fireflies is a captivating young adult fantasy by Lindsey Duga. A phenomenal and brilliant story set in the in FireFly Valley which is nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains. Full of mystery and magic making this an unforgettable story that you will want to read again. The characters are vivid, real, and likable. They are well-written and develop at just the right pace. Duga's writing is remarkable, simply breathtaking. The story develops at a smooth and steady pace that is perfect ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya
For my full review click here
Briony was a very young girl when, all at once, she lost her mother, memories and her childhood home. Now, six years later, Briony and her best friend Izzie returns to the scene of the past. (Starts singing the soundtrack of Anastasia)

As it turns out, Firefly Valley is more than it appears. This amazing book is wonderfully whimsical and perfectly deep. It takes giant “One person cannot change the world” problems and makes it so one person can change the city
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Briony is a girl who is looking for closure more than anything else. She is back at the place where she lost everything including her childhood memories. She hopes that she will discover the mystery of her past somewhere in the Firefly Valley. This place holds too many secrets but she is here now and she plans to relive her past as much as she can.
This is a very well-written fantasy novel. I enjoyed every second of it. The story is both intriguing and interesting. It's told in an entertaining wa
Shirley Cuypers
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-beta, 2019, ebooks
Original review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Teen!

Glow of the Fireflies
is Lindsey Duga’s third book and tells the story of Briony and Alder.

Glow of the Fireflies is the first book I’ve read by Lindsey Duga and I liked it. The story was really original and unique and Briony, Alder and Izzie were enjoyable characters! I’ve never read anything by Lindsey Duga, so I didn’t have any expectations, but I really like a lot of books by Ent
Nikki H
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute clean read with a slow building romance
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Duga's Glow of the Fireflies is a magical tale of nature's wonder, and the true connectedness underlying all things. When Briony's Gran breaks her leg, Briony ends up returning to her childhood home in the quaint Firefly Valley to care for her. It is a place Briony doesn't remember, thanks to retro-grade amnesia after an accident that also leaves her phobic of fire. Her friend Izzie goes along to help with moral support. However, Briony isn't prepared for the emotions the valley brings. And when ...more
Becca Mee
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of his book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Glow of the Fireflies is absolutely magical and enchanting. I really enjoyed this book! Set in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Duga weaves to life a story about healing from past trama and coming home again. Briony is fierce, determined and incredibly strong for all she's endured. The descriptions were so beautiful in this book. You can't help but be transported to the Smoky Mountains a
I liked the concept and how Duga wrote it. The magic was mesmerizing. Though I don't know why I couldn't get into the story thus I felt nothing when I finished it. The main character was meh and I think it'd better if there was no romance in it.

Overall, if you're looking for an easy fantasy read, this book may be for you.
4.5 / 5 stars

[[I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]]

this was an adorable book. albeit formulaic... but honestly? sometimes we want that formulaic book to just take us away and keep us from our realistic thoughts. this book was very, very good. a wonderful little escape from reality. and it was just what i was looking for.

i enjoyed the characters, although flawed in some ways. regardless of all of that, they were spec
Rhiannon Hart
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Glow of the Fireflies’ Reminds me of the classic books I used to read as a child that were filled with worlds of magic, whimsical creatures, and enchanted forests.

With the stresses of adult life, it's been nice to slip away into this well written and addictive read.

Throughout the book, Lindsey Duga uses deliciously detailed description and exquisite word building to make you feel like you're part of every scene.

Now, I'm not an avid Fantasy reader, so I don't have a lot to compare it to but th
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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 super

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