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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. "From the Hardcover edition.""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375845659
ISBN-10: 0375845658
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner - Reviewed by (24 Jan 2010)

Bones of Faerie is a very short read, at just over two hundred and fifty pages. I believe that another fifty pages at least could have been added to show character development. I felt that while the story was entertaining it lacked the depth needed to make it truly enjoyable.

The characters were two dimensional. You don't get to hear enough about them (their feelings, the thoughts behind their actions) to make you feel for them. Liza, being the main character, is the one we do find out the most about. I did find the way she looked back on her father to be horribly realistic - even though he was extremely cruel to her and beat her often; she thought about him with a certain fondness. On the other hand, to me the characters of Mathew, Allie, Caleb and Tara fell flat.

The romance in this book was pretty much non-existent. I don't think that all books need romance, but Bones of Faerie seemed to set everything up between Liza and Mathew and then absolutely nothing happens. I found this to be kind of annoying as I read the book, waiting from something to happen between the two of them.

Janni Lee Simner does a brilliant job of describing the post-apocalyptic world in which the novel takes place. The idea of all the plants in the world thirst for human blood is daunting to say the least. The scenery is rich and the language wonderful, if a bit repetitive at times.

Overall, I'm giving Bones of Faerie 2 and a 1/2 stars out of five. I recommend it to lovers of faerie tales and fantasy looking for a quick read.

Book Review: Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner - Reviewed by (24 Jan 2010)

Bones of Faerie is a very short read, at just over two hundred and fifty pages. I believe that another fifty pages at least could have been added to show character development. I felt that while the story was entertaining it lacked the depth needed to make it truly enjoyable.

The characters were two dimensional. You don't get to hear enough about them (their feelings, the thoughts behind their actions) to make you feel for them. Liza, being the main character, is the one we do find out the most about. I did find the way she looked back on her father to be horribly realistic - even though he was extremely cruel to her and beat her often; she thought about him with a certain fondness. On the other hand, to me the characters of Mathew, Allie, Caleb and Tara fell flat.

The romance in this book was pretty much non-existent. I don't think that all books need romance, but Bones of Faerie seemed to set everything up between Liza and Mathew and then absolutely nothing happens. I found this to be kind of annoying as I read the book, waiting from something to happen between the two of them.

Janni Lee Simner does a brilliant job of describing the post-apocalyptic world in which the novel takes place. The idea of all the plants in the world thirst for human blood is daunting to say the least. The scenery is rich and the language wonderful, if a bit repetitive at times.

Overall, I'm giving Bones of Faerie 2 and a 1/2 stars out of five. I recommend it to lovers of faerie tales and fantasy looking for a quick read.


Author Biography - Janni Lee Simner

Janni Lee Simner lives in the Arizona desert, where, even without magic, the plants know how to bite and the dandelions really do have thorns. She has published four books for younger readers, as well as more than 30 short stories. "Bones of Faerie "is her first young adult novel. To learn more about Janni, visit her Web site at www.simner.com. "From the Hardcover edition."

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