Review: Faerie After by Janni Lee Simner

June 20, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 20

Pabkins’ One Liner: A trilogy that redefines what you think about Faerie and the Apocalypse!

Faerie After

After a devastating war between humanity and Faerie, Liza’s world was forever changed. Plants and trees became aggressive, seeking to root in living flesh and bone, and newborn children were discovered to have magic powers. Liza was one of these children, and with her abilities she brought her mother back from the ruined Faerie realm and restored the seasons to her own.

Now there are signs of a new sickness in the forest. Piles of ash are found where living creatures once stood. Liza investigates and discovers the Faerie realm has continued to deteriorate, slowly turning to dust, and that its fate is inexorably linked to that of the human realm. To find a solution, Liza must risk crossing over, putting herself and all she cares about at risk. Will Liza be forced to sacrifice her life and the lives of her friends in order to save both worlds?

Here is the exciting conclusion to the Bones of Faerie trilogy, for fans of dark fantasy and dystopian adventure entranced by Janni Lee Simner’s unique vision of a magic-infused postapocalyptic world.

​​The long wait for Faerie After, the last in the Bones of Faerie trilogy, was completely worth it! Simner has a way of connecting you to her characters on an intimate level. Their struggles with each other could very well mirror your own struggles with loved ones. Ok, maybe not with all the faerie, post apocalyptic business but you get what I mean.

In my opinion, it is essential that we see all sides of a character in order to bond with them. Of course there are going to be traits you love and hate, but these things all serve to make the characters more real. Simner has a deft skill at writing characters I can directly relate to. They didn’t read like cookie cutter characters like I’ve read a zillion times before.  Liza can be a selfish nit when it comes to certain things, thinking she knows best but she is also self sacrificing and tries to be honest and do what’s right – but even that doesn’t skim the surface of who she is.

In Faerie After, Liza is thrust into yet more tragedy and harsh realities, about life and death and the gravity of one’s choices.  She’s been through so much and it doesn’t seem like she can ever catch a break. I was saddened that Matthew was again absent for a big portion of the book but I was delighted that Allie played a large role. She is a wonderful character and we’ll deserving of her own story.  Overall this trilogy has tackled some hefty issues like child abuse, neglect, discrimination and hate crimes.

The only complaint I have is when I reviewed Faerie Winter (book 2 in the trilogy) I oozed over how I thought the “rehash” of the previous book was done so well – how you weren’t hit over the head with it.  I have to say I was extremely disappointed in the beginning of Faerie After because you weren’t just hit on the head with the recap information – you were freaking face punched with it.  I know what Simner was trying to do with using the “Before” reference as the characters call the time preceding the War “Before.” But she reiterated every major event as “Before this happened, Before that happened” and it was in a constant stream of this for at least an entire page.

We are taken on a journey into Faerie as well as the place beyond where all go when they die. A battle is fought and the very fabric of reality re-woven. What I especially enjoyed was that the book didn’t end immediately after the climax. I was eased into letting the story go, which I’m thankful for as I will definitely miss this world.

My Reviews for:
Bones of Faerie
Faerie Winter

Faerie After

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20 Responses to “Review: Faerie After by Janni Lee Simner”

  1. sqt

    I can’t believe I have never heard of this series before. I’m so buried in books though, so I don’t always manage to see everything that’s out there. I’m definitely adding it to the list though– off to Goodreads…

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      The first one came out in 2009 So the timeframe between releases was longer than your average YA trilogy. I look forward to hearing what you think!

  2. [email protected]

    I hate when books do recaps…hello you been with the series since it began. I left a series because 7 books the author did mini recaps …so I broke up with it.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      She didn’t do it on the second book. Luckily this only happened once, and I still enjoyed everything else. I just had to mention it because it did bug me.

  3. Jaime Lester

    I hate that this is going to be a very short comment. I do apologize. But the only thing for me to say is that you have me thoroughly convinced that this series is one that I will adore in every way. Thank you! Looking forward to checking out the Guest Post!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Jaime that you comment at all makes my heart sing…like the Backstreet Boys *sings* Everrrryyybodyyyyy YEAH – JAIME rocks my boooksssss YEAH…too much? Did I make you uncomfortable? Watch the movie This is the End in theaters right now and you’ll get why I can’t get this freaking song out of my head!

      I’m glad you’ve been convinced to read it!! So how do you get most of your books? And when did you discover ‘book blogs’ #drumroll – Do tell do tell!
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      • Jaime Lester

        From bottom to top, answers! I discovered the amazing invention of “book blogs” about 2 years ago now. I have no idea what I would do without them, nowadays! I discover books anywhere and everywhere, honestly. Blogs, Goodreads, Libraries, book stores, Amazon! I buy them from Amazon mostly, because I can get more for less, which is always awesome!
        This Is The End is on my weekwnd To-Do list with my husband for our 3 year anniversary. Glad to know that it is as awesome as it looks! And you didn’t scare me. I am pretty brave of heart. Backstreet Boys song is pushing it, though. Almost like Freddy Krueger in the music world! 🙂

          • Jaime Lester

            Not yet, but hopefully Saturday or Sunday. My dad-in-law is coming down from Jersey. Think he could handle it? He is a weird one, but I don’t know. Too weird for the old man?

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            If he won’t mind really crass dirty humor and these celebrities doing lots of drugs then he’ll get a kick out of it. I don’t normally like crass humor but I thought it was freaking hilarious!

          • Jaime Lester

            By the way, nice to meet someone my own age around the YA blogosphere. Most of the bloggers that I talk to are younger than me. Some are still in high school. Love them to death, but they make me feel like a granny talking about some things. I have no idea what they are saying sometimes. So, yeah

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            Agreed! I hate being made to feel old – 30 is the new 20 don’t you know!!? I follow the blogs of a few youngsters, because I do read a few middlegrade now and then plus half of what I read lately is YA. I’m making it a point though to take turns back and forth. A YA/MG book then an adult book. It helps keep me sane!! Now I’m always looking forward to your comments every day haha!

          • Jaime Lester

            The old man is pretty crass himself, and back in the old days I think he was something of a pothead! I can still see it, after all these years. He is….. interesting! I read mostly YA and some MG, and I am alright with that for the most part. But I do think that, being 30 (31 in July) , I should try to read at least some Adult Fic. I just have no idea where to start. The one Adult series that I have read in the past few months and LOVE is The Immortal Empire series by Kate Locke. I normally try to stay away from language and tons of sexy stuff, but this series has both and I just don’t care. If you don’t mind a little of either, I would highly recommend. The first book is God Save the Queen and the second is The Queen is Dead. The final will be here in November!

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            I just added it to my to buy on Amazon. Oh if you need a good Adult urban fantasy – my favorite in that genre this year is Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Fanfreaking tastic. Then there is Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh which I read recently and I’m reviewing just waiting for the author’s guest post to put them up hopefully next week. It is SO awesome. Have you seen Love Actually the movie? Its like told from 3 different perspectives about a group of people in our future or crazy dating and women are frozen and put into cryogenic dating centers for rich men to “date” and possibly fully revive if they like them enough. It’s AWESOME.

        • Jaime Lester

          I have not seen it, but now I plan to! Sounds like my kind of movie. Writing down those books so that I can head over to Amazon myself. Hope you can squeeze in Kate’s books sometime. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them. Just don’t de-twitterpate me if you don’t love it, please! 🙂

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            Well the book is the futuristic one. Love Actually the movie is a British movie with Hugh Grant and C olin Firth and whats her face…from Arthur and that new Pride and Predjudice movie. I love Love Actually haha. Never de-twitterpate!

          • Jaime Lester

            Kira Knightley, maybe? I don’t know. I will check it out, either way!

  4. Gayatri

    I haven’ heard of this series but it sounds like an amazing Faerie series. I adore Faerie series.
    I am definitely going to be reading this series. I can’t believe I never heard of this series!

  5. Gayatri

    Heh ! Now that I read it, it does sound like a tongue twister! I hope I do too!