Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner is the first book in the Bones of Faerie series. This is the synopsis:

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-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. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. 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. Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.

Then Liza’s sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza’s father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see–into the past, into the future–she has no choice but to flee. 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 dislike how this synopsis portrays her father. Her father is truly abusive to her and her mother. He also has a vice-like grip on the town. What I do like is when she finally stands up to her horrible father.

Her friend, Matthew, has some of the faerie magic. They find a group of people who actually accept and encourage the magic of faerie. Her baby sister’s ghost follows Liza everywhere. Liza is even able to hold the ghost baby. The forest and rivers are very sinister, each nearly killing her.

The book is a very easy and quick read (247 pages). This is a book that will probably go out of print in 10-20 years.

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Stars (out of 5): ***

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