Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-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. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. 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. Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.

Then Liza's sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza's father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see --into the past, into the future--she has no choice but to flee. 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.

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 7/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 7/10
Total Score: 58/ 70
Grade: A

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: None
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: None
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Abuse, and some creepy and gory images (I don't think it will give you nightmares or anything. It just slightly different ideas that are kind of creepy. Shadows reaching to be 'called', and things like that)

Janni Lee Simner’s writing is simplistic, yet almost lyrical. Though the story takes place in a setting much different than the world we know today, Simner’s writing creates vivid images that are easy to comprehend, so the reader will not be confused on what is happening or where the characters are. The setting is an interesting concept itself, the story taking place on Earth, yet in a future that was forced to fall into the ways of the past because of the War.

I think the story lacked the epic quality that I expected. There was a little too much traveling, and once the characters reached the destined place, they quickly moved on to another. Even as I say this, it wasn’t the annoying traveling that some books have. Simner kept it interesting, and kept the pace of the story going even as the characters were on the road.

The vision sequences of the story often didn’t make sense to me as reading it, so that got a bit annoying. But things were cleared up later into the book. I just sometimes get peeved when reading something that I don’t fully understand. But like I said, it was all cleared up to my contentment.

Overall, this was an artful, interesting, and entertaining piece of literature. It is just not the blown-away, rereading out of amazement type.


  1. I think that I going to read this one!

  2. This book is SO freakin' awesome!! I just LOVED it!!!


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