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Today I’m sharing with you the official playlist for Glow of the Fireflies, a highly anticipated YA fantasy novel by Lindsey Duga! Here’s the 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 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.
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.
Gold Prize (Grand Prize-US only)
Annotated BookAmazon Gift Card
$25 Commissioned Art Print
Catching Fireflies Soy Candle
Fireflies Key Chain
Two Silver Prizes (Runner-Up Prizes-US only)
Annotated BookAmazon Gift Card
$10Commissioned Art Print (plus various swag)
Creating this book playlist was too easy! There are some amazing songs out there that match either the content of this book, or the aesthetic and general tone. Check out some of my favourites below and you can find my full playlist on Spotify!
1. Fireflies by Colin & Caroline
Definitely the perfect song to kick off this playlist. It’s too perfect for words in both the lyrics, style, and general sweet, nostalgic sound.
2. Sweet Tennessee by Judah & The Lion
The book takes place in Tennessee. Need I say more?
3. Upward Over the Mountain by Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine has a beautiful folksy sound and almost any of their songs would fit in well with this book,
but this one is especially appropriate.
4. Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes is, hands down, my favourite folk band! And with the setting of my book in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s pretty darn perfect!
5. Hometown Glory by Adele
My main character, Briony, returns to her hometown for the first time in six years to find out who she used to be after suffering amnesia. Adele’s ballad represents this moment beautifully.
6. Ophelia by The Lumineers
Love, love, love The Lumineers. This particular song is one of my favourites and encapsulates my main guy character, Alder, really well.
7. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
Alder would follow Briony anywhere. *cue romantic sigh*
8. Legend of Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke) by Joe Hisaishi
This Studio Ghibli film was a huge inspiration to my book, so I couldn’t not include my favourite piece from the movie’s soundtrack. You can practically see all the nature spirits within an enchanted forest…so beautiful.
9. Don’t You Remember by Adele
A big theme of my book is memories and nostalgia. Everything about this song embodies Briony and
Alder’s both their current relationship and their past.
10. Fireflies by Owl City
Gosh, I adore this song! Owl City truly has a way with lyrics. And with a song titled Fireflies, this was an absolute must!
11. The Valley by The Oh Hellos
Firefly Valley is the fictional town I created in Tennessee for this novel and this fun, folksy tune really
calls back to the book’s main setting.
12. Fresh Roses by Juke Ross
Juke Ross’s melodic voice combined with sweet, gentle lyrics and tone matches a light romance plot so
13. Bright by Echosmith
This song is about finding your better half and how they can make each other…shine bright (obviously).
That’s Briony and Alder for you! Plus, gotta love that acoustic guitar!
14. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
The message of this song is the same as GLOW OF THE FIREFLIES: you find your home in the people you love.
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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed as much as I did! ❤
Have you read this book? Do you want to? What about another book about a fantasy character with amnesia? *hint hint Lost Hero and Son of Neptune HINT HINT*