Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Bones of Faerie
(Faerie #1)
by Janni Lee Simner
Summary 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."


I didn’t understand the world of this book at first. The usual Faerie books I’ve read would be in a world either during the late centuries of the past or within the present state, since the fair folk are told to be really old. I didn’t expect a post-apocalyptic era so I had a bit of a hard time grasping what kind of environment this was.

When I finally understood the setting, I was able to relish the adventure that Liza was undertaking with Matthew.

I really appreciated Liza and Matthew’s journey on finding Liza’s mother, but I have to say this isn’t one of the best books I’ve read. It was good but not as memorable as I thought it would be.

There are several things that I got a little confused about. First of all, I couldn’t relate to Liza or maybe I wasn’t given the chance to get to know her more. Although I did love her faerie magic, now that was cool. Matthew on the other hand merely looked like just an ordinary werewolf other than a human touched by faerie magic.

I wish I knew more about how the magic spread among the humans in a more elaborate explanation. It would have been a very interesting subject.

I would’ve loved to see some romance with the characters but unfortunately this book lacked that part. Also it appeared a bit too short and too slow. I also think this was a bit too dramatic for me. I didn’t see any humorous events in this book, which I would’ve loved to get a whiff of.  

Regardless, I will read the next book and see how it fares. 

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