BONES OF FAERIE
by Janni Lee Simner
Released January 27, 2009
AT A GLANCE:
* HARDBACK, PAPERBACK, LIBRARY: Paperback. I really enjoyed this novel, but it isn't one I will re-read a ton, so a paperback is sufficient. Although I do love the hardcover's appearance. What can I say, I'm a sucker for hardcovers.
* THE NEXT PERSON I'M GIVING THIS BOOK TO IS: Speed Reader. It is such a fun unique novel that I think she would really like it.
* TO RE-READ or NOT TO RE-READ: Re-read. It is an intricate story, and I will want to get my facts straight when book 2 comes out!
ABOUTThe war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.
Janni Lee Simner’s first novel for young adults is a dark fairy-tale twist on apocalyptic fiction—as familiar as a nightmare, yet altogether unique.
At first the book took me off guard because you are thrown into this incredibly ambitious world where it is not only a world of magic and faeries, but of apocalypse and survival. Janni's writing emphasizes the survival mode mentality of Liza's town. However, his book was so completely unique that it was hard not to be sucked into it.
Liza's life is disturbingly harsh. Magic and plants are not beautiful things anymore, they are things of destruction. This reality has hit hard for those who remember the war, like Liza's father. This has made him hard and cold and manic about destroying anything magical, even his own newborn baby. The thrilling nature of Liza's struggle to live, be a good person, and find out the truth about the war, faerie, her mother, and her magic is a captivating tale.
My only complaint would be that there were times where the narrative was so quick that I had to pause to figure out what was going on. Janni's writing is beautiful and if I had been the editor, I would have asked for a bit more explanation. I suppose the fast pace and lack of explanation was intended to give the story more mystery, but I would have liked more. I am excited however that there will be a sequel and that I can learn more about this world!
And on a less narrative related note, after reading the book I love the cover!