Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann

From the back cover

 

Book Details

Book: Firefly Beach
Author: Meira Pentermann
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: April 5, 2012 (2nd Ed)
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Rating ★★★☆☆

Welcome to Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales stop in the Firefly Beach book tour!

I thought the premise of this novel sounded really interesting – I do enjoy a good mystery and was super excited to participate in this tour.

In this post you’ll find a review outlining my thoughts on the novel.  On top of this I’ll also be sharing an excerpt of the book with you and if that isn’t exciting enough you can also enter a giveaway for either an ebook or signed copy of the story!

Book Excerpt

In a clearing, somewhere between the edge of the forest and a jagged cliff, a lone firefly danced in graceful circles. It was beautiful, stealing attention away from the moonlight shimmering on Penobscot Bay. For a brief moment, the captivating creature was more hypnotic than the wispy clouds that brushed the face of the moon.

There was something highly unusual about that firefly. Beth couldn’t quite put her finger on it. She had only seen fireflies once before, when she went camping with the Girl Scouts. She vaguely recalled their random flashing in the woods and how magical they seemed to her as a ten-year-old. She remembered dozens of fireflies, blinking sporadically, flittering about as if they were at a cocktail party, all vying for center stage, and all talking at once.

She looked out at the peculiar glowing insect and realized that there was definitely something different about that firefly.

It did not blink. . . and it was all alone.

Review

I signed up for the book tour shortly after reading the phenomenal Young Adult novel, Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar which had a similar premise and I was really in the mood for supernatural thrillers.  After getting the excerpt and tour information I started to worry, how on earth was I going to be able to give this book a chance without continually comparing the 2? Thankfully it became pretty clear within a couple of chapters that while the 2 sounded alike, where one was full of symbolism and quite disturbing, Firefly Beach on the otherhand was more lighthearted and fun not really alike at all.

Firefly beach is about the emotional journey Beth Lamonte, our heroine takes after going through personal loss and a relationship breakdown.  Determined to rediscover herself and start living life again, she moves to a small coastal community to fulfill her youthful dream of becoming an artist and immediately on arrival is rewarded with some artistic success and inspiration.  Along with her professional successes, Beth, with the help of a supernatural ball of light ie. the “firefly”, discovers a diary of a young woman who disappeared some 30 odd years ago.  Caught up in the story of this young girl, she sets out to uncover what happened to her and discovers there is much more than originally meets the eye.

The first half of this book is fairly slow paced, filled with a lot of character development and introducing you to the coastal community.  I found myself quite impatient at times and felt that the writing could be a little clunky – there was simply too much commentary about what Beth was doing at that particular point of time.  I am a big believer that sometimes its the things that are left unsaid that makes a big impact, and hearing about her eating lunch, having a shower, making the bed whatever mundane activity it happened to be just really could have been edited out.

The character of Beth was quite frustrating to me as well.  I understand that she endured quite a few emotional hardships but her reaction to things such as the firefly and some of the events that occur just didn’t sit well to me.  In fact I think this poor girl could have done with some serious therapy, would have done her a world of good.  She does grow throughout the novel and by the end of the book while I still couldn’t really relate to her, I did feel she was a stronger person and definitely more likeable to read about.  I quite enjoyed the secondary characters of Rod and Kenny both of whom also conquer their own personal demons in the story and I really empathised with both of them.  I was hoping there would be perhaps more backstory into Kenny and his relationship with his mother but can understand that it wasn’t really of value to the plot, just something that interested me.

The second half of this novel really picked up pace and from about 60% through the ebook on I found it very difficult to put down. Infact towards the end I turned to the clock and realised it was 1am, then found myself unable to sleep as I couldn’t stop thinking about some of the developments and plot twists that had come to light!  Some of the plot twists relating to Katherine, the diary’s owner, I found quite heartbreaking most likely due to being a mother myself.  I think also the fact that there were so many forks in Katherine’s road that if each decision had just gone a little bit differently things could have worked out so much better.  I found this so sad and just wished that things could have worked out differently for her!

Overall I really did enjoy this book, and I think that anyone looking for a fast summer read with a mystery element will thoroughly enjoy this book!

About the Author

On slow, snowy days in her Colorado home, Meira Pentermann enjoys cozying up on the couch with a novel. Naturally, snow is not a requirement; neither is the couch. In fact, she sees no reason not to indulge in reading three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Apocalyptic science fiction, mysteries, and young adult titles top her Kindle list, but legal thrillers and chik-lit make an appearance now and then.

When not absorbed in writing or reading, Meira enjoys life’s little moments with her family – the love and devotion of her black lab, the quiet wisdom of her artistic twenty-one-year-old, the trials and triumphs of her petite sixth grader, and the unlimited encouragement offered by her Dutch husband.

Meira strives to write stories that deliver the unexpected. She prefers down-to-earth characters that look and behave like regular folks. The prom queen and Adonis take a backseat to reclusive, soul-searching heroines and quirky, introverted gentlemen.

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18 Comments:
Melissa o says:

Thanks for the great review. The book sounds interesting, I think I will add it to my reading list. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Thanks Melissa – good luck on the giveaway!

Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for the giveaway! ;)

Thanks Zara, best of luck on the competition :)

Meira Pentermann says:

Thank you, Philippa for hosting the giveaway and for your wonderful, thoughtful review! I appreciate the time you invested and I happy to hear you enjoyed the story. Look forward to sending a signed copy to one of your followers soon :)

Thanks for reading! I really did enjoy the book and I just hate reviews that seem to gush for no reason, I like to try to keep them a little balanced – nothing is perfect :) Hope the blog tour is a great success for you!

Review and Giveaway of FIREFLY BEACH on Tea, Daydreams and Fairytales | Meira Pentermann says:

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Meira Pentermann says:

(continue from above) “. . . I caught her on the second half!”

Yes, you definitely did hook me in, I probably should have also explained that 1am is a very big deal for me to go to sleep seeing my daughter still wakes me up around 3am and 5.30am every morning!

This book sounds quite good, thanks so much for the good review and giveaway!

Glad you enjoyed my review and good luck with the giveaway :)

What a beautiful blog. I love how you have your home page organized.

Very nice review and post.

First-time visitor…so glad I found you.

My review is up for June 6…..I truly enjoyed the read. I stayed up late too reading. :)

Stop by on June 6 or sooner if you like.

Elizabeth

Silver’s Reviews

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by, this is what I love about taking part in tours and blog hops you discover all these wonderful blogs and bloggers!

I’m incredibly lucky with the blog design side of things as my sister does web and graphic design for a living.

I look forward to reading your review next week :)

I really enjoyed the excerpt. I need a book that will keep me up all night & ignores the pile of dishes in the sink. Hungry children, of mine, will fend for themselves. :-)

Yes in the insanity of mummyness a good book is sometimes very necessary :) Hope you get your hands on a copy!

Meira Pentermann says:

Thank you, Lisa!

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