Sunday, May 9, 2010
Bones of Faerie
By: Janni Lee Simner
Synopsis (from Barnesandnoble.com): 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.
So, What do I think?
Overall: It took me about the first 60 pages to get into the story. It was a little confusing and for someone who is relly into Faeries of all kinds, I am a little dissapointed that there were not that many of them. I wish this book had a prequel so you could see what happened Before. After the first 60 pages though, I couldn't put it down. It took me two full days of picking it up here and there and it was because the last little bit was exciting. I really felt like I was alongside the characters. I would recommend this to fantasy lovers, but if you are really into faeries like me, you might want to find a different story.
Characters: The main characters, Liza and Matthew, were very believable and strong. I think Simner did a great job in choosing them as the lad. The little girl Allie was wonderful too. I could see a lot of me in her, so I related to her the most. The one character that I think I could have done without is the father. I almost stopped reading the book because he was not a very likable character. I understand setting up the story with him, but it did get a little too graphic for me.
Story Idea: Some of the settings and characters were so complex that I wish I had thought of it. The idea behind certain objects and the attention to detail was really great. The idea of half human and half faeries dur to the War was a great idea. I like the overall theme of the story and I think that this idea could be expanded on into a longer and more detailed story.
Googie's Grade: 4 out of 5 stars!!