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Peek Inside Glow of the Fireflies

An enchanting and thrilling new YA fantasy from Lindsey Duga. In a quest to save her mother from elemental gods, Briony enters a hidden world full of magic, mystery…and danger at every turn.

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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.


"Duga conjures a classic American landscape and a sublimely sensuous adventure." – Kirkus Reviews

"Glow of the Fireflies will sweep you away into a world of folklore and magic. Its rich descriptions and lush settings will entrap you so you won't want to leave!" –Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold and Tiger Queen

"Glow of the Fireflies has everything you could ever ask for in a YA fantasy: a tenacious heroine, an enthralling journey through a mystical world, and a touch of romance for good measure. Not to mention, Duga's vivid descriptions are so delectable you'll want to savor every word. Readers will devour this book!" – Tiffany Brownlee, author of Wrong in All the Right Ways

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.” -Rhiannion H., Goodreads

Scenic, imaginative writing.” -Dreamer J., Goodreads

Glow of the Fireflies was an amazing journey that I…fell in love with. This was my first book by Lindsey Duga and it definitely won't be my last. I know this one will be a hit at my library, and I can't wait to share it.” -Angela B., NetGalley

Absolutely magical and enchanting.” -Rebecca M., Goodreads

“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.” -DK S., Goodreads

“If you are an animal and nature lover and enjoy a unique and imaginative story with lovable characters, adventure, and beautiful visuals, I highly recommend Glow of the Fireflies!” – A Bookish Escape

“This one had a wonderful magical system that I just can't stop thinking about. I you are looking for something new and fresh in the age of young adult then check this one out!!” -Crossroad Reviews

“Likable, well rounded characters, a plot which was entrancing, and twists in the story with the action and magic made this an irresistible afternoon read. I still needed to come out of my book high!!” -Shalini G., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637351
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Caryn October 04, 2019

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 s... ...more

By Lynndell October 03, 2019

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 el... ...more

By Jypsy October 06, 2019

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 vario... ...more

By KarenJo September 25, 2019

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 l... ...more

By Jantine October 01, 2019

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. Th... ...more

By Deekay September 08, 2019

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. Afte... ...more

By J Aislynn September 29, 2019

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 ret... ...more

By Lindy September 12, 2019

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... ...more

By Paige September 23, 2019

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")

By Véronique September 11, 2019

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.

F... ...more

By Lovely Loveday September 11, 2019

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... ...more

By Fizza October 01, 2019

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... ...more

By Bookishly September 26, 2019

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)> ...more

By Alex September 04, 2019

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 thou.../>

By Shalini September 22, 2019

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 o... ...more

By Vanessa September 27, 2019

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This is a fun and imaginative story that I was very impressed with. I felt that the premise for the story was very unique and I think that that the author did a fantastic job... ...more

By Shelley October 01, 2019

*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 disappear... ...more

By Michelle October 01, 2019

**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 a...

By Carrie October 09, 2019

Review coming soon. ...more

By Alexandra September 24, 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...

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Lindsey Duga

About the author

Lindsey Duga

Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. By day, Lindsey is an account manager at a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By night, and the wee hours of the morning, she writes both middle grade and young adult. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show, practicing yoga, and listening (and belting) to her favorite music artists and show tunes. KISS OF THE ROYAL is her YA debut novel.

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