Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Format Read: library book
Summary: 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 could not get interested in this book. The premise seems interesting enough, but Simner plants you in the book so that you feel like you missed the prequel. This did not feel like the first book at all, and I found myself asking so many questions. I couldn't figure out where the magic came from, why there was a great war between humans and faeries, or why magic was so dangerous. In addition, I couldn't figure out why magic was only thought deadly by some towns and not others. I was left asking too many questions to focus on the actual plot of the book, which wasn't even super great to begin with.
I felt like this story should be geared more towards the 10 - 12 age group. It did not seem like older teens should be reading it at all, really. The writing was very simplistic, and I flew through the story, even as disinterested as I was. There was never a dull moment, but this, to me, was a bad thing. Every page I flipped Liza was being attacked by one thing or another. It was exhausting. And also very unlikely, even with the feud between the worlds.
I was just so confused through the whole book, it seems difficult to review. I really just did not like this, and I know others did after reading lots of reviews, but I couldn't get into it, which frustrated me. Seems like an interesting concept for a story, but I did not enjoy the way it was told.