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