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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 of this book.
But Briony had forgotten it all. A fire and her mother leaving the family was what was remnant in the shards of her memories. A grandmother who needed her help brought Brye back to her childhood home and her forgotten friend, Alder, the boy who could travel the three realms. A sudden transgression led her to her lost mother where Briony received her quest to save her from the clutches of the villain.
The writing was clean and crisp, the planes well explained, and seemed to flow into a smooth coalescence. The stretches of Lindsey’s imagination were beautifully penned as scenes in the book. Each was well placed and captured my heart with the uniqueness of it.
The entire atmosphere felt magical as if it were really occurring in the three-dimensional slice of space where time ceased to exist. The world of the fireflies was enchanting, their glow gave the book a special sparkle. The characters were wholesome and believable, their bond palpable. Best friend Izzie needed a special mention as there was a vibe of pure acceptance between them, mark of true friendship.
And the action grasped me with an inner excitement. It sure wasn’t easy for Briony to fight at all levels to open the gates and free her mother. The magic of the mana was well engraved in the plot giving it a spectral radiance.
Likable, well rounded characters, a plot which was entrancing, and twists in the story with the action and magic made this an irrestible afternoon read. I still needed to come out of my book high!!
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
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.
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.
Publication Date: 1st Oct 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen