Bones of Faerie

Bones of Faerie

by Janni Lee Simner

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375845659
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Series: The Bones of Faerie Trilogy Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 777,910
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Janni Lee Simner lives in the Arizona desert, where, even without magic, the plants know how to bite and the dandelions really do have thorns. She has published four books for younger readers, as well as more than 30 short stories. Bones of Faerie is her first young adult novel.

To learn more about Janni, visit her Web site at www.simner.com.

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* Chapter 1 *

I had a sister once. She was a beautiful baby, eyes silver as moonlight off the river at night. From the hour of her birth she was long-limbed and graceful, faerie-pale hair clear as glass from Before, so pale you could almost see through to the soft skin beneath.

My father was a sensible man. He set her out on the hillside that very night, though my mother wept and even old Jayce argued against it. "If the faerie folk want her, let them take her," Father said. "If not, the fault's theirs for not claiming one of their own." He left my sister, and he never looked back.

I did. I crept out before dawn to see whether the faeries had really come. They hadn't, but some wild creature had. One glance was all I could take. I turned and ran for home, telling no one where I'd been.

We were lucky that time, I knew. I'd heard tales of a woman who bore a child with a voice high and sweet as a bird's song—and with the sharp claws to match. No one questioned that baby's father when he set the child out to die, far from our town, far from where his wife lay dying, her insides torn and bleeding.

Magic was never meant for our world, Father said, and of course I'd agreed, though the War had ended and the faerie folk returned to their own places before I was born. If only they'd never stirred from those places—but it was no use thinking that way.

Besides, I'd heard often enough that our town did better than most. We knew the rules. Don't touch any stone that glows with faerie light, or that light will burn you fiercer than any fire. Don't venture out alone into the dark, or the darkness will swallow you whole. And cast out the magic born among you, before it can turn on its parents.

Towns had died for not understanding that much. My father was a sensible man.
But the memory of my sister's bones, cracked and bloody in the moonlight, haunts me still.

•Chapter 2 *

Three weeks after my sister's birth I hurried through town, my breath puffing into the chilly air and an empty bucket banging against my hip. The sun was just above the horizon, turning layers of pink cloud to gold. Most of the other townsfolk were already in the fields, their morning chores done.

I walked quickly past the row of whitewashed houses I'd known all my life. Their windows were firmly shuttered or else tacked with old nylon against the cold. My gaze lingered a moment on the gap among those houses, but then I rushed on, thinking about how I'd overslept again that morning, not waking until Father had slammed the door as he left the house—deliberately loud, a warning to me. I'd already been sleeping badly since Father had cast my sister out, my dreams filled with restless shadows and a baby's cries. Then a week ago Mom left us. Since then I'd hardly slept at all, save in the early hours for just long enough to make it hard to wake again.

I passed the last of our town's tended houses; passed, too, the houses we didn't tend, which were little more than tangles of ragweed with splintered wood poking through. At the fork in the path I caught a whiff of metallic steam from Jayce's forge. I headed left. The path skirted the edge of the cornfields, then narrowed. Maples and sycamores grew along its edges, draped with wild grapes. Green tendrils snaked out from the grapevines as I passed. I knew those vines sought skin to root in, so I kept to the path's center, where they couldn't reach. Plants used to be bound firmly to the places where they grew, but that was before the faerie folk came to our world.

No one knew why they came. No one even knew what they looked like. The War happened too fast, and the televisions people once had for speaking to one another all died the first day. Some said the faerie folk looked like trees, with gnarled arms and peeling brown skin. Others said they were dark winged shadows, with only their clear hair and silver eyes visible as they attacked us. Hair like that remained a sure sign a child was tainted with magic.

But whatever the faerie folk looked like, everyone agreed they were monsters. Because once they were here they turned their magic against us, ordering the trees to seek human flesh and the stones to burn with deadly light. Even after the War ended and the faerie folk left this world, the magic they'd set loose lingered, killing still.

The path ended at the river, though another path, narrower still, continued both ways along its near bank. I clambered down a short rocky slope and dipped my bucket into the water. Our well had silted up again, so the river was the only place to draw water for cooking and chores.

When the bucket was full I drew it out again, set it down, and cupped my hands for a drink. As I did a wind picked up, and I shivered. Mom would be cold, out alone on a morning like this. I knew better than to hope she yet lived, but still I whispered as I dipped my hands into the bucket, "Where are you? Where?"

Light flashed. A sickly sweet scent like tree sap filled the air. I jerked my hands back, but I couldn't turn away. The water in the bucket glowed like steel in the sun, holding my gaze. The wind died around me. From somewhere very far away, Mom called my name.

I grabbed a stone and threw it into the bucket. There was a sound like shattering ice, and then the water within was merely water, clouded by ripples and mud from the rock, nothing more.

My mother was gone. Why couldn't I accept that? I must have imagined her voice, just as I'd imagined the way the water had seemed to glow.
Yet I'd seen light like that once before.

The night my sister was born—the night I'd fled from the hillside, where I never should have been—I'd seen flashes at the edges of my sight, like lightning, though the night was clear. I'd ignored them and kept running, calling the name my mother had chosen but only once been able to use. "Rebecca! Rebecca!" My throat and chest had tightened, but I couldn't seem to stop.

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“This book has one of the best first chapters I know—and the rest of the book more than lives up to its promise. Pure, stunning, it is impossible to put down or forget.”—Jane Yolen, winner of the World Fantasy Award

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Bones of Faerie 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Books-Rule_Cats-Do-Too More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised by Bones of Faerie. I didn't expect to like it so much and I didn't expect the story to go the places it did. I picked it up anticipating the plot to be similar to that of Twilight or Wicked Lovely but was pleased to find myself wrong. Instead Bones. takes place at least twenty years in the future after a war between our world and Faerie, both of which end up being pretty much destroyed. Magic has lingered in our world even post war and people still debate if it's safe or not. In some situations it isn't, like the trees that feast on human blood and flesh. But then there are the people who have the power to heal. Are they safe? Can their magic be trusted? When Liza starts seeing things that aren't really there she leaves her town hoping to keep the people she loves safe. She is joined by Michael whose family was killed by magic and understands what she's going through more than Liza can imagine. When they come across another town Liza is floored to find it so different from hers. With her new ability, Michael and some people from the new town Liza starts to piece together information about how the world was Before and about her mother. I didn't expect some of the twists that came and enjoyed them all. Books these days don't typically have themes, but Bones of Faerie definitely left me thinking. I thought Simner imagined a wonderful story and loves all her characters. I'll be looking forward to more from her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started in 4th grd finished in 8th grd! Intiguing and amazing!
Sweatheart68 More than 1 year ago
As a young adult writer I was pleasantly surprised at Ms. Simner's story. The main character Liza is well written, the story line strong and the action keeps you wanting to read more. The fantasy thread through the story was well thought out and consistent. The author weaves a unique story of magic and reality in how nature changes after a war between two worlds. I will never view glowing rocks or vines the same again, which is a tribute to the vividness of the setting and the characters struggles in dealing with the fall out of this war. The prejudice in which the humans deal with something they cannot control or understand is very well played. It is a page turner and the action kept me wanting to know what happens next. If you like the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, you will want to read Ms. Simner's Faerie series.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Liza's town is very secluded and doesn't welcome strangers. References are made about Before when there were such things as TV and airplanes but there has been a war; a war which involved our world and the world of the Faerie. These two worlds are somehow connected to each other and the war caused great destruction on both sides. Liza's town is opposed to magic and they are taught how bad magic is. They know no different as the trees reach out to kill them and they fight to stay alive. They also make sure no magic is brought into their village even when it is born there. New born babes who show tell tale signs of magic are left on a far away hill to perish.Liza's sister is born with faerie hair and after her father takes the baby, her mother disappears and Liza soon discovers she is having visions and must go find her mother. A friend, Matthew, joins her and she soon discovers his secret as well. They have a lot to learn about themselves, the world around them and the War with the Faerie.This was a beautifully written, page-turning and thought provoking story. I really, really enjoyed it. The post apocalypse/magic angle is unique and makes for an intriguing story. Liza is a spirited, strong female lead and the characters are well-developed given the short length of the novel. A refreshing read that fantasy fans are sure to enjoy!
Joybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining, young, dark fantasy. Liza, 15 has grown up in a world changed by war, the faerie war. The modern world as we know it no longer exists, no electricity, no cars, no comforts, everything was wiped out by the faerie, even the forest is dangerous. Liza has an abusive father who is unforgiving of any one who has magic, so when Liza starts to exibit signs of magic she leaves home. Along the way Liza finds unexpected friends, learns about how to control her magic, and begins to understand that everything she was taught as a child may not be exactly right.
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liza and her town have lived in fear of all things magic since the War. Before she was born, the world of human and fae collided in a war unlike any other. Magic spread through the human world infecting, plant, weather, animal, and human alike. Magic is the stuff of nightmares. Plants can strangle you, trees have a life of their own, hawks can hunt you as prey, and some children have been touched by magic. Liza¿s world changes when her little sister is born with magic. ¿And cast out the magic born among you, before it can harm its parents.¿ Her father leaves her baby sister in the woods and the only things left of the tiny life are the bones. When Liza starts showing signs of latent magic she does the only thing she can think of¿she leaves. Liza and those she gathers along the way will fight tooth and nail making a journey few if any have ever came back from. They are going beyond The Arch into Faerie. The question is will they make it? Will they come back? Will they ever be the same? Or will they be lost in visions of faerie forever? Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner is amazing! I am kicking myself because I have had this book for over a year and am just now reading it. This slim book is deep. When I first picked it up I wasn¿t expecting a dystopian world filled with magic. I find this a refreshing take on this genre that has become so popular. The way the world has become so desolate and unwelcoming contributes to the haunting voice of Liza. The descriptions of the dying world around her are absolutely beautiful in a dark eerie sort of way. Each character is essential in their own right and has a distinct personality that contributes to the desolation and need to survive in this harsh world. Even those who died haunt the pages of this novel. The ending of the story is spectacular! While writing this review I learned that there is a part two to Liza¿s story. I can¿t decide if I am eager to see the evolution of this world or apprehensive. I can¿t imagine on another book living up to the perfection I found this one to be. This is a dark book, but I recommend that all lovers of YA, dystopian, and faeries read it.
dmckenna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a fifteen year old Liza that ends up making her way through the war torn lands between the humans and the fairies. She goes in search of her mother and hopes to bring her home. During her search she discovers her own magical powers and learns how to control them. She also discovers that her sister that had been taken from her home and abandoned and supposedly tragically died was actually still alive.Middle School students that enjoy books of magic and faeries would thoroughly enjoy this book. It is engaging and has twists and turns that keep your attention.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of friendship and trust. Liza (called Lizzy by her mother) and Matthew leave their home town because Liza has found that he has magic and it is not allowed in her town since the war between the human war and the Fearie world. On their was a few things happen ,Matthew changes in to a wolf and Liza sees him magic also .... both having lost a younger sibling because children with magic are killed in their town if it is found out. When they get trapped by living trees Liza screams for help ... wakes up in a strange place with a young girl Allie beside her , then she meets other people who have magic and her nad Matthew are healed and they set out to fin her mother who ran away before she left her own town. Allie follows , the end up in Faerie resuce her mother, go thru a lake (magically) and end up at Kate's (Matthew's grandmother)house thru her mirror , Liza's father Ian shows up a fight ensues and she wills him to leave and never come back wit her magic. Then later Allie father and the healer from her town show up and live goes on
NicolePatrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick and easy read. Not a bad book but I wont be rushing out to buy the next book in the series either. The characters a bit lacklustre with not enough of a back story for my liking. Had the author explained the details of the war and gave us some more background it may of made it a bit more interesting.
cammykitty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Janni Lee Simner has created a dark and original world where magic has a cost. Definitely worth the read.
paulafonseca530B on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Audience: Grades 7 through 10There was one a war between humans and the faerie folk. Intolerance and fear poisoned the hearts of both camps, and the world was scorched by magic and nuclear weapons. The faerie world was completely destroyed. The human world became fragmented, divided into villages many times tainted by dark magic that threatens the survivors of the conflict. Liza is a teenager born after the war. Her father, a hard man, enforces the rule of the land: magic is evil, and those who are born with it must die before their magic turns on the village. Liza always accepted her father¿s belief, but when her baby sister is left in the woods to die and her mother abandons the family, Liza embarks on a journey that will reveal the truth about her family and the war. As she discovers her own magical powers, she pursues the images she sees in her visions, and in her quest she discovers strength and self-reliance. Accompanied by Matthew, a teen werewolf, and Allie, a 12-year old faerie apprentice, Liza faces flesh-eating trees, light-bursting stones, and underwater creatures to follow the visions that lead to her mother and the truth about the war. In the end, she accepts what she is¿a powerful faerie¿and hopes that one day, the world of the faeries can see life grow again.Bones of Faerie is a book about the dangers of intolerance and lack of understanding. For centuries, humans and faerie lived in their respective worlds, but fear of each other led to a war that destroyed life in the faerie world and left the human world in ruins, its people struggling to survive among the residual dark magic left behind¿magical mines ready to explode at any time. Magic always existed in the world, but humans grew to suspect the faerie folk, and the faerie folk grew to mistrust humans. Once the war was over, the survivors were left to fend for themselves, and the pain of the war made hearts grow dark and heavy. Liza¿s father, Ian, who fought in the war, is an angry man to whom all magic kills. He sacrifices his own baby daughter because she has been tainted with magic. It is Liza who slowly discovers that in a bloody war like the one between humans and faeries, there is no right or wrong party, only pain and death. Once her father, the embodiment of all the hatred and resentment born from the war, is banned from their village, healing starts through understanding, forgiveness, and love.Bones of Faerie discusses very current and pertinent issues¿intolerance, war, lack of trust among people¿and although these are dark and heavy subjects, the book never feels dark or heavy itself. Even in descriptions such as the apocalyptic landscape of the faerie world, the reader encounters a lyricism that seeks to emulate in words the power of magic. The book shows the reader that while hatred is poison that harms and kills all it touches¿ Tara, Liza¿s mother, and Caleb, her faerie beloved; the victims of war; Rebecca, Liza¿s baby sister¿love has the power to rebuild worlds. With Liza¿s father gone, the villagers can work on forgiving past mistakes and focus on shaping a future where tolerance, respect, and understanding are the antidote to the poison of hatred. Bones of Faerie may look like another fantasy book, but its anti-war message and its belief in the healing power of love and tolerance sets it apart from its counterparts.
LarissaBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The War changed the world, afterwards people had to learn to live without technology, had to learn to live on only what they could grow, make or scavenge from what survived from Before. Afterwards the danger was not only from strangers, trees or stones but from themselves and the new born among them. The War with the Faeries left its mark on the world; as well as its magic.Liza knew the rules, knew what fate awaited those who were touched by magic, saw for herself what happen to her sister, all for being born with faerie-pale hair. So when she herself starts to display signs of magic she flees from home rather then face a heartless death, but she doesn't leave alone. Liza is curtain she can find the answers she needs if she can just find her mother, but what if her mother does not want to be found?Bones of Faerie is one of the most imaginative and rich stories of faeries and magic. A brilliant new series that seamlessly blends fairy-tales with science fiction creating a world that is tangible, wondrous and strangely attainable. Such a momentous journey undertaken for such a small book, but one you absolutely don't want to miss.
MissHavoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bones of Faerie was a good read. I mean, how can you not love an apocalyptic story set around Faerie. I'm excited for the sequel ( due tentatively--in 2011) to finish the story. Things were left very open-ended for me and I wasn't completely satisfied. The father/daughter dynamics between Liza and her father, and the children of the neighboring town are really what drives the book. The story itself was very original and I really enjoyed the dystopian society that Liza lived in, compared to the neighboring town that she visits. Her world is very believable and I sure wouldn't want to be caught in the woods after dark. Although the romance is close to nill, it is still a very good read, especially if you enjoy the dystopian genre. I give it 3 1/2 stars, and am looking forward to the next installment.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. I was so confused at the first, what year was it? I thought that main character was stupid and underdeveloped. I just hated this book.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, it had magic, shape-shifting, and apocalyptic sort of events. Yes, it had well written sentence constructions and interesting concepts. I just couldn't get into it. Now, I realize that because I didn't get into it, doesn't mean someone else might feel the opposite, and actually love it. I just didn't. It was hard to get into, the characters were difficult to attach to, and once I did, their bizarre behavior and adventures threw me off. Yes, it was very imaginative, and maybe that was my problem. In this case, I simply didn't have it in me for a drawn out "faerie"-tale with a lot of creepy factor mixed in. Although my own reading of the novel was not as exciting or positive as some readers, I can say that it is an interesting story, and one that readers that love this genre would most likely love and connect to pretty easily.
YAaddict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, this story is like no other faerie story I have read. It's a post-apocalyptic faerie tale. There was a fatal war between human and faerie. After the war, our world changes drastically. Trees and and plants are now predators that have a thirst for blood. They also no longer change in seasons. People are now starting to develop faerie abilities. In Liza's town, all faerie magic is considered bad. Anyone with faerie ability is cast out, including newborns. When Liza, our protagonist, starts to discover she has some faerie abilities, she runs away for fear of hurting others.With murdering trees, haunting shadows, people with clear hair and silver eyes and special abilities, this story is exactly like a crazy dream. I felt like I was dreaming while reading this. Simner has painted a very vivid story that you can truly close your eyes and see like you are there. I loved Liza. She is a smart girl that does what she feels is right, no matter how hard it is. I hated Liza's dad (you're supposed to). He is a horrible man that keeps his town in fear. Matthew was a sweet kid that truly wanted to help Liza no matter of the danger. I was glad he went on Liza's journey with her. When I got to the part where Liza meets Karyn and Caleb, I really started to enjoy the story. They show Liza that magic can be used for good. Like all things, it can hurt or help someone, depending on how you use it. My favorite character in this story was Allie. She is a young girl with faerie abilities that just wants to grow up now. She doesn't like anyone telling her she can't do something. I was alot like that at that age. Bones of Faerie was a fun story that swept me in and kept me reading. But I have to say I felt it was too short. For such an intense story, we don't get to see enough details. I wanted to know more of this world destroyed by a war between humans and faeries. I wanted to hear more about the faeries and their world. I wanted to know more about the powers people are developing. For me the shortness and lack of details keeps this story in the "good" category and out of the "great" category. But that just could be me, I like alot of details.In the end, I really enjoyed Bones of Faerie. It had that ability to take you away and get you lost in a whole other world. If there ever is a sequel, I will for sure be reading it.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. Overall it is an interesting book with a creative premise. I thought it was okay, but it didn't blow me away.It's been twenty years since the fairies destroyed the human world by suffusing everything with wild magic; and twenty years since we did worse to their world. Liza is a girl raised in a town where magic is feared. Anyone with magic is killed. Then Liza's mother gives birth to a baby with silver spun hair and the baby is left to die. After that things start to change. Liza's mother leaves, leaving Liza with her abusive father; then the unthinkable starts to happens, Liza starts to show signs of having magic herself. When she flees the village and wanders into the woods after dark; disobeying the greatest rule of their village, she has no more thought than to escape and find her mother. But what happens when she finds out that her village's way of life isn't the only way of life? What happens when she finds out about the truth behind the magic?The premise propelling the plot is amazingly creative. A post-apocalyptic world where the final war between fairy and humans tears the world apart. I love how magic suffused every aspect of the world making it dangerous and desperate. The ways that Simner came up with to incorporate magic into deadly seeds and plants was well done. Unfortunately outside of this, I didn't like much else about this book.The characters were kind of dull. Even Liza is pretty tame until she finally stands up to her father; which takes a long time. They were okay, just not all that interesting or all that engaging. The writing style was very simplistic and this is a very short book. Really I felt like I was reading a book for younger children, except that the topics that the book dealt with (abuse, world destruction, and death) were much to heavy for a younger age set. I guess I just felt like the writing style dumbed down this fabulous concept way too much. Also the focus of the book is very narrow, involving only a few people in a small area. The scope of the world destruction felt like it should involve, well, the whole world. We never got to see outside of the tiny sphere that made up the characters' lives.Overall is was an interesting idea that was done in a child-like way; the result for me was an okay story but nothing to write home about. I am glad I was exposed to the idea, I wish it had been implemented with more depth and more engaging characters.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liza didn¿t witness the war between the humans and the Faeries, but she lives with the after effects.In Franklin Falls, a town devastated like all the others during the war, the townspeople are fearful of magic. Since the war and all the death caused by the Faeries, they fell nothing good can come from it. When Liza¿s baby sister was born with eyes as silver as moonlight and faerie-pale hair as clear as glass, her father did what was expected. He took her up on a hillside and abandoned her. He said, ¿If the faerie folk want her, let them take her.¿ Liza slipped out of the house later that night in an attempt to save her sister, but it was too late - the animals got there first.Three weeks after losing her sister, Liza¿s life changes forever. Strange visions keep popping into her head. The visions scare her and lead her to believe she has magic inside of her just like her sister did. Liza runs from everything she¿s known. She runs away from Franklin Falls and into the woods she¿s been warned against all her life. Her only companions are her cat and a boy named Matthew - who has secrets of his own.Together they make their way through dangerous terrain hoping to find answers to the many questions they have. What they find out leaves them questioning everything they¿ve been taught.BONES OF FAERIE is a fast-paced story. As a reader, it is easy to get attached to the characters. Liza¿s visions are marked by italics for easy identification throughout the story and the language is clean which makes this appropriate for even young fantasy fans.
ReadingFever on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I expected of this book, but whatever it was, it wasn't what I got. Liza--the protagonist--fails to fit the role given to her of a strong-willed, skillful teen, who just wants to make things right. I failed to find any depth or sincerity in her emotions and feelings, and felt like they were just words on a page. Nothing more. I don't think I knew enough of her before I was suddenly told that she conveniently possessed the perfect skills needed in any situation. Hunting, knife wielding, stealth, surviving the wild, calling people back from the dead, and traveling through visions; all of these skills seemed to be brought up exactly and only when they were needed. Also, after Liza is whipped by her father, runs away, and falls in the river, the supposedly excruciating pain from the lashes is conveniently not a hindrance. In fact, it isn't even mentioned until after it is already healed by Allie. That's the thing that really got to me about this book: things happened too conveniently for my taste, without a lot of explanation or foreshadowing. Plus, where was the excitement? Where was the intensity of not knowing the outcome? In every situation the characters were put through, I never worried because it was clear that someway, somehow, Liza would pull a wildcard out of her pocket and get them all through safely. Besides fetching a rabbit for dinner, what was the point of having Matthew along? Yes, he was able to guide them through a few feet of the road, but I expected a bigger role for him. I mean, he's a WOLF! And don't get me started on Allie; Yes, she healed Liza, but after that her glory was in drowning and allowing Liza to find out that she could call her back from the dead. I also wish there had been more explanation about the war. Aside from a few hints, we are never really told what went on during the war, and what happened to the other billion people on the planet. Did this spread to other states or countries? All we know is that humans and fae didn't like each other and they fought because of it. It is hinted that Liza's mother returning to the human world may have had something to do with the war, but what was the actual instance that set off this massive war that tore apart both worlds? Aren't fae supposed to be a little smarter than that? And are Caleb and Karin the only ones left from the faerie world? There are so many questions left unanswered!I really think this book could have been much better had the author chosen to allow some of the other characters' powers shine. Or maybe if she had made the task seem more impossible, instead of allowing a straight path to their destination; one where--mysteriously--the trees and plants couldn't touch them. Or, even, if she hadn't given them all such a happy ending where Liza got everything she hoped for...except for the cat, but I think tallow was really just a pet to keep Allie occupied.
klolovebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i read this book and it was really cool i take off what i said about fairy tales cause come on this is really cool book i hope there would be a next part to it really its (i think) a great book if you like fantancy which in fact i love fairy tales are cool as vampire are now but they are old read it
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the War between the humans and the faeries, both sides were decimated. In Liza's village, any child who shows the signs of having magic is killed for the protection of the village. When Liza begins to see signs of magic in herself, she leaves the village in search of her mother who also left. And what Liza finds will change everything. I enjoyed this post-apocalyptic fantasy, although a big chunk of the background information comes in the forms of Liza's visions. That structure didn't work so well for me, but I liked the characters and I thought it was an original idea. Recommended for fans of fantasy.
nilchance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it's this crazy post-apoc/fairy tale thingwhere the world had a war against Faerie, there are Ruins-esque killertrees and werewolves. BEST EVER.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 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.
hhershey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Liza¿s world the war between the humans and the faeries have all but destroyed the planet and left her town isolated and fearful of anything related to magic. When Liza¿s baby sister is born and shows sign of magic their father immediately leaves her out to die on the hillside. Liza¿s mother flees shortly after and when Liza begins to experience magic herself she chases after her mother, desperate to find out what she knows. With the help of her friends and her cat, Tallow, Liza learns the truth about the war, magic, and her family. This was a really enjoyable read with a very unusual post-apocalyptic meets fantasy world setting. The storyline immediately hooked me and the constant action kept me reading. Overall, the characters were well-developed and likable. Though written for young adults the story does not shy away from themes of life and death and even hints at emotions of first love and coming of age. A great fantasy read!
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Liza¿s newborn sister is touched by magic, so her father abandons the baby outside of town. Then her mother disappears, and Liza discovers she might be touched by magic as well. What will her father do to her if he finds out?Review: I enjoyed the mix of magical and real elements in this story. It¿s set in a post-apocalyptic world, which is right up my alley.This one¿s not for the faint of heart, though. Check out the opening: I had a sister once. She was a beautiful baby, eyes silver as moonlight off the river at night. From the hour of her birth she was long-limbed and graceful, faerie-pale hair clear as glass from Before, so pale you could almost see through to the soft skin beneath. My father was a sensible man. He set her out on the hillside that very night, though my mother wept and even old Jayce argued against it. ¿If the faerie folk want her, let them take her,¿ Father said. ¿If not the fault¿s theirs for not claiming one of their own.¿ He left my sister, and he never looked back. I did. I crept out before dawn to see whether the faeries had really come. They hadn¿t, but some wild creature had.