I have a special place in my heart reserved for anything Irish. My grandmother, who passed away last year, was Irish and very proud of her heritage. She would have enjoyed this book–as did I, and that makes the story of the Whelan family extra meaningful to me.
The fact that within this book laid a magical, almost paranormal tale excited and interested me. I really enjoy reading about characters that have special “gifts” and “abilities”, and the little boy, Ennis, who I was introduced to in this book is a prime example of the type of character I adore. If he was a real person that I was acquainted with, I would worry constantly for him lest he be hurt or crushed by the reality of this cruel world. The magic he holds within seems to prevent him from seeing the reality of his life and the world he lives in. However, this wasn’t just a book about a young boy with an extraordinary gift–it was much more than that. A tale of family, growth, love and sometimes sorrow, Fireflies is a book you will have trouble setting down.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by GMTA Publishing
Violence/Gore: A character suffers a minor injury; a character is bitten by a snake; a character has a brush with death and is suspected to have risen from the dead; a man is mentioned to have died from drinking too much alcohol; an animal is mentioned to be injured/dead.
Sex/Nudity: Two characters have a mature discussion about marriage and abstinence; minors are mentioned to make love in one brief scene; minors kiss.
Mature Subject Matter:
Secrets, death, first love.
Alcohol / Drug Use: