Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simmer (January 27th 2009)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “Fifteen-year-old Liza lives in a world of rigid rules that are in place to protect her from magic’s deadly power, or so she has been told. But one day, when Liza is gathering water, the surface of the water shines bright like a mirror and shows her a world like one she has never seen. And it shows her mother, who had left after her father cast out her baby sister, who had signs of magic in her blood. Frightened by this strange vision and the understanding that she too holds faerie magic, Liza flees her town. When she stumbles upon another village quite unlike her own, Liza realizes that her vision might have been one of the future. And that her mother might need her help. 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 the worlds.”
Review: Bones of Faerie was beautifully crafted, delightfully entertaining, and a wonder to read. The constant flashbacks and future visions flowed smoothly with the rest of the tale and the transition between the two worlds was ingeniously linked.
I found the sudden twist of the fear of the unknown turning into a positive form truly pleasing. Never would I have imagined it so, the following shadow morphing into the past.
What I would have liked in this book was a bit more depth of the War. The cause of the war and the struggles, but mostly how Liza’s mother, Tara, played a part in the War. I wanted to know a bit more about her past, and how she came to be. Like what many have said, Bones of Faerie skimmed the surface but never got delved beneath it.
The characters were also on the fence. Some had wonderful traits and development and some fell short.
Overall: An easy and quick for those who enjoy faeries and fantasy. The tone of the tale is almost similar to that of The Hunger Games especially in the post-apocalyptic sense. Nevertheless, Bones of Faerie stands differently from it and can still be enjoyed by those who might have not liked Games.
I had no idea what the cover was about until I almost finished the book.