Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Book Review: Bones of Faerie - Janni Lee Simner
The Plot: Fifteen year old Liza starts having visions of her mother, who had vanished long ago, in the water. The problem is that Liza lives in a world permanently scarred by the war with the fey. Any type of magic is forbidden. Liza knows the law, and knows that her father will not hesitate to inforce it, even though it means killing her. Liza has no choice but to run.
This is a very promising first YA novel by Simner. I had to read it based on the title alone. And like the title promises, the story is slightly dark, without being overly creepy. The future world (centered around St. Louis) where Liza lives, is an interesting combination of a post-apocalypic land where only small remnants of technology remain, and a completely wild place where even the plants are enemies. My only comlpaint is that some of the secondary characters could be strengthened a little. But perhaps they will be stronger in the next book, which I plan to read.