Friday, 26 June 2009

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

From Amazon: 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.

I enjoyed Bones of Faerie, but all the way through it I just felt like something was missing. I didn't care about the characters as much as I would have liked to, and I was quite frustrated by the lack of explanation about the war. It was an important event that was mentioned time and time again, but was one that wasn't explored enough. I would have loved to hear more about the cause and effect, and why the faeries did what they did.

Saying that, there were a lot of things I liked. The different faerie mythology was interesting, and I especially liked how the trees were creatures to be feared and avoided. Allie and Liza's cat, Tallow, were my favourite characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of their scenes. Allie's healing was such a cool faerie power to possess and, as proven more than once, very useful too!

Overall, Bones of Faerie is an enchanting, quick read, and is a book that faerie fans will love. I'm no expert when it comes to the fey but, if asked, I would probably recommend other novels before this one.

7 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I want to read this but I hate not caring about the characters very much.

a flight of minds said...

I read this book too, and so did Lauren. We both agreed it's an interesting take of faerie lore, but the execution of the book is quite poor. The characters were just kind of bland to me. Great review!

- Alex

Kristen said...

I want to read this one too. I think I'm going to wait until I'm faerie deprived to though, so I can feel a little more in need of that type of book. Too much of a good thing isn't always good.

Euro Crime said...

I've got this on reserve at the library. Sounds like I may be disappointed!

Chicklish said...

Interesting review - thanks!

Thao said...

This book sounds great. I'd love to read it. I'm not a big fan or faeries though.

Kate said...

I don't like not caring about characters. I really want to read this so I'll probably still give it a try! Great review :)