Review: Bones of Faerie

3379051 Review: Bones of Faerie

Bones of Faerie (Faerie #1)
by Janni Lee Simner
Published 1/27/2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:
The 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.

What I thought:
It was clear to me that Bones of Faerie was going to be a totally dark read from the very first page when Liza is telling us about the night her sister was born and was immediately slaughtered by their father. Wow. Nothing is as guaranteed to pull me into a book more quickly than the death of an infant.

We are immediately immersed in a desolate world where a war between the fae and the human kind has completely destroyed life as we know it.

Liza has been taught from before she can remember that magic is BAD… very very bad. no exceptions.We’re then taken on a journey TO Faerie (which is through what was once the St. Louis Arch)

I liked this book, it was a very dark and compelling read. I never really felt like I got to know Liza though… and that’s a HUGE downfall for me. I’m the type of chick who NEEDS to have that crazy connection with characters. I took a mini-break about 3/4 of the way through this one, and by the time I picked it back up again I was totally irritated with myself for it!

The end of this book is everything I love to have in an ending. Full of hope, love and a promise of better times ahead! Oh God… I sound like a commercial. The first 3/4 of this book was easily a 3.5 stilettos rating- the last 50+ pages were very impressive, so I’m giving this one 4 stilettos on principle!

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15 Responses to Review: Bones of Faerie

  1. Victoria says:

    Seems like an intense book… but in a good way.

  2. I know what you mean by needing to connect with the characters. I have the same hang up. Great review. Great book. Will need to re-read (I read it when it first came out and don't remember much except the infant killing- which is disturbing)~Trish

  3. Lindsay says:

    Oh book soulmate, I just love ya! I like sounding like a commercial! We should make them together!Looking back, I wonder if there was no connection because during the beginning of the story, Liza had no personality due to the way her father regulated everything in the town. I remember thinking the same thing, and then somewhere during the middle I was like "OH! There she is!". IDK. I'm probably analyzing too much, but there it is, and that's what I do. AND YOU LOVE MEEEE! <3

  4. Sabrina says:

    This is the first time that I read something about the book and it sounds interesting, I think I will add this book to my wishlist.

  5. Jenny says:

    I love when I'm reading a book and a little unsure of how I feel about it and then BAM the last however-many pages change my opinion and up my rating:) I haven't heard of this one, so thanks for the review Ashley!

  6. Sarah says:

    Slaughtered by her father, huh? Sounds lovely. lolI think I need to be in a special kind of mood to enjoy these dark fae novels. :-P~ Sarah ♥ I'm Loving Books

  7. Missie says:

    ha! You do sound like a commercial. A Hallmark one at that! Still, love ya. :)I need that character connection, too and am sorry to hear it didn't come through in this book so well. I'm still interested in reading it. That opening sound horrific though.

  8. Alexa says:

    I have this one in my pile to read for the read-a-thon this weekend. I hope that I get to it. I have actually met Janni and she is a very nice lady and she plans on having this series be three books. :)

  9. Shy says:

    This is the first review on this book that I've ever read. I normally try to stray away from Fae books because I didn't manage to find any that I really like. Though the dark theme in this one totally appeals me and make me want to give it a shot =) Thanks for the glowing review on the book. Very good!

  10. Oo glad you enjoyed it and the ending brought you back!

  11. Oh wow, that sounds like an interesting beginning to a book! Glad you enjoyed reading this! :)P.S. Ultraviolet is still on Netgalley!

  12. Oh I have been curious about this one. I've been wanting it too. Oh and you are the best kind of commercial… I wanna read it b/c of that ending!

  13. Maybe you should work in advertising because you've certainly made me want this book!Pretty cover too! :P

  14. I am so glad I am not the only one that can totally up or down a book based on the last 50 pages. Endings are everything and when they can make a whole book that much better :)

  15. Chrystal says:

    Crazy how parts of a book can make you not want to keep reading, but one thing happens and the whole book ends up being worth it. :)I loved this book and have the second in the series sitting in my HUGE TBR pile. I can't wait to see what happens. :)

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