July 14, 2011 by thequotedpage
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Series: Bones of Faerie
Book #: 1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal
My Rating: 4 hearts
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.
Let me just say upfront: I’m a huge fan of faeries…the fey are probably my favorite supernatural-type. But that does not skew my opinion of this novel because I’ve read a whole slew of doozies when it comes to books about fey. This book, however, is not a doozy 🙂 I’d read mixed reviews of this book and I was a bit hesitant to buy it. But I did and I loved it! It’s not the perfect fey book, but it’s definitely up there.
The writing is superb, to begin with. The premise is unique and sets up a starkly beautiful tale of survival, betrayal, and love in a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s also a coming of age story as Liza, our protagonist, is discovering things about herself and her life while grappling with what it means to truly trust someone. Liza is a survivor and feels alone, but along the way, learns that to truly live, you must let those who love you in.
Fans of Melissa Marr & Holly Black will most likely enjoy this 🙂
*Format: Kindle Edition