7.30.2009

Review: Bones of Faerie

by Janni Lee Simner

Summary: Liza has been told of the War with the faeries that destroyed the human world. She's been told, like everyone else in her town, to cast out anything that shows remnants of faerie magic. But Liza is haunted by the memory of her sister, cast out and left to be eaten by wild animals as a newborn, because of the color of her hair. That was the night before her mother left.
Now Liza is seeing things, and knows she, too, has been tainted.
If she is to keep the rest of her town from harm, she must flee.

Review: Bones of Faerie is the best faerie story I've read in a long, long time. No shallow characters, no stupid love triangles, no lumps on a girl's back turning into wings, no girl who is really gorgeous that thinks she's ugly... No, this book is real. This book is cold and sharp.
We aren't told much about the War, which some reviewers have said annoyed them. But while it did make me wonder what really happened, I felt like it left something open for me to wonder about. And I like a book where EVERYTHING isn't known and tied in a perfect bow by the end.
Liza was very realistic. You could see the attraction between Matthew and her, and Simner didn't make that too cheesy. She just let it flow. Kudos! There were no really 'big' revelations, but there were some small ones that kind of surprised me a little. The book wasn't a mystery novel though, so I wasn't expecting a big turnaround.
Simner's writing was elegant, somewhat simplistic, but perfect for this story. I couldn't stop reading it. I was planning on just reading a little every night, but that just.. didn't work out. I had to read it during the day too and finished it in two days.
I liked that there wasn't much focus on the faeries, but that Simner focused on Liza and her character and her problems. But the faeries were still worked in. All the imagery around the plants was incredible, too. And making the plants evil in their own way was just wonderfully imaginative.
It's a very quick read, and somewhat short, too.
So in all, I strongly reccommend this if you're looking for a good faerie story, and not another cheesy love triangle. Also, if you want a nice, quick, satisfying read.
Be warned.. I got teary-eyed at the end. (Another bonus! For a short book like this, that's wonderful!)

5 Stars
256 Pages (well spaced and larger font)
Released
Contains no innapropriate material

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