Review: Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

June 11, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 7

Pabkins’ One Liner: ​​Intense, Brutal and in your face with the darkness!

Bones of Faerie

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.

​Dark and gripping, Bones of Faerie had me captivated from page one! With the opening line: “I had a sister once.” I knew I was likely in for some heartache, and boy was I completely on the mark.

Fifteen year old Liza is a cautious girl, she has grown up under a tyrannical father, who is quick to anger and even faster to turn to violence. He doesn’t spare the rid one bit! The fear and dread Liza feels is palpable! But you can also sense that she seems to think she deserves it, she considers it her shame when she is disciplined, because that is the only thing she knows. I feel like Simner got this so right and true to reality the way the abused can feel like they are in the wrong and that they are deserving of the abuse.

They live in a post apocalyptic time after a war with the Faerie folk. These are hard times now, where the land is dangerous and plants and animals all posses violent magic. I was entranced with the seemingly evil nature of the plants. They wanted to destroy living things, and venturing out into the dark in these times is practically a death sentence.

The pace of Bones of Faerie is very brisk. Liza moves from one crisis to the next basically through the entire book. I felt a lot of sympathy for her in the beginning but then also wanted to slap her a few times for her pig headed-ness. Luckily as she experiences more and learns more of the nature of magic I came to like her more and more. By the end I was fully in her corner.

She has two excellent supporting characters, Matthew of the same age from her village with a secret of his own and Allie, a much younger and stubborn girl with extraordinary abilities of her own. I loved these characters. They were so well done that I could see Allie starring in a book of her own.

I have to say I LOVED Matthew. He is strong, determined, self sacrificing and he manages to be all these great things without being some annoying good two shoes character that you just want to slap.  Sometimes I hate the do gooders but he isn’t like that for some reason – probably because he is so fierce about his convictions and I can feel violence in him like a tight coil ready to spring. Yeah if I were 16 I would be crushing hard core.

What I loved best about Bones of Faerie was that originally I read it a few years ago not realizing it would be a trilogy. After reading it I was content thinking that the story was over. It stood well on its own and I didn’t feel like it was just the precursor to another book. This is so important to me as I hate books that aren’t complete by themselves. So if a reader wanted to, they could pick up only this book and be satisfied at the end without feeling the need that they absolutely had to read the next book. Though I’m sure like me they would want to!


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7 Responses to “Review: Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner”

  1. Gina

    Nice review! I’ve heard of this one previously, but only in passing. Sounds like a winner and the line about the trees moving with sinister intent…totally drew me in. Thanks for the share! Happy reading…

  2. Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner

    Great review! When I read it, too, I didn’t know there will be more, and as you, I was happy with the way it ended 😀 I’ll definitely need to re-read it, since it’s been so long, but I remember that I loved both Matthew & Liza, and loved the book, although for example I’ve forgotten about Allie, so yeah, I’ll definitely need a re-read before continuing the series 🙂

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      That’s why I had to reread it – I could remember the overall arc of the story and my feelings on it – but it had just been too long. Thankfully the last book is out now so you’re all set! That’s why sometimes on trilogies I will purposefully not read them until the last is about to be released.

  3. Jaime Lester

    I am really weird sometimes. Yeah, so, I love anything Faerie, Fae, Fairy. These tend to be my favorite stories or books. If I see a fae story at the library, I bring it home. Except this one. I see this one all of the time, it has FAERIE in the title, and I have not brought it home. I honestly have no clue why, but I think that your review just cured that little bit of weird because next time I go to the library, I will bring this one home with me!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m glad! I mean come on its post apocalyptic faerie! I recently finished the last in the trilogy I look forward to hearing what you think! If you’re on goodreads you should friend me so I can see when you read it cause I don’t see that you have a blog!

      • Jaime Lester

        No blog yet. But I will definitely friend you on Goodreads. My name on GR is Jaime Lester. I look forward to more of your reviews! And I look forward to some post apocalyptic fae, for sure!