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.