AUTHOR: Lindsey Duga
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1st, 2019
GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, 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.
When I picked this up I thought it would be a contemporary read. That it would be more of a mystery/thriller type book. Boy was I wrong. It is definitely fantasy.
I enjoyed it! I really love that it takes place in Tennessee (my home state). The atmospheric writing made me feel very nostalgic for my childhood.
I will say that the magic and talk of mana was pretty confusing at times. I’m still not sure I entirely understand it. I do love the description of the different elemental gate keys though. That was really fun to read.
I think this would make an excellent TV show for younger viewers. I think my 9 year old niece would absolutely love it, especially how the animals in it.
I liked Briony and Alder. I loved learning about their friendship as kids. I’m not sure I super loved the romantic aspect, but that’s not very surprising for me.
I wish Izzie had been in it more. I really loved her and how much she loved Briony. Same with Briony’s grandmother.
This was a cute book with breathtaking atmospheric writing, though parts felt confusing. I enjoyed reading it though and I’m glad it’s a stand alone.
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.