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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bones of Faerie Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375845631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375845635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It has been 20 years since the war between faeries and humans destroyed everything. Liza, a teenager living in what was once the Midwest, has always been taught that magic kills. When Lizas mother gives birth to a faerie baby with hair clear as glass, her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die; Lizas mother then runs away, and Liza begins to have magical visions of her own. Petrified that her powers might cause death, Liza flees into the woods with her friend Matthew, only to be attacked by deadly trees and rescued by a woman with magic. The plot quickens as Liza realizes that the woman is connected to her mothers past, knowledge that propels Liza into a dangerous journey into the land of Faerie, in search of her mother. Debut novelist Simners style is poetic (A land of steel and glass, of towers and sharp angles. A sky the color of dried blood), but she only vaguely describes Lizas world. Its hard to understand how, for example, a faerie differs from humans with magical powers, or what triggered the cataclysmic faerie war. Despite the murkiness, the plotting is strong, and readers will want to stay with Liza until her questions are resolved. Ages 12–16. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Simner’s first novel for YAs is an attention-catching twist of two piping-hot speculative scenarios—a postapocalyptic-wasteland journey layered upon a faerie-world-intruding-upon-our-own setup. A war between our world and a faerie world has left the planet a ruined and perilous wilderness. People huddle in the remains of towns, afraid to venture out at night, and swiftly put to death any child suspected of having been infected by the faerie fallout. When Liza discovers that she may have magical abilities, she flees town, and eventually seeks out answers in the equally ruined faerie realm. Simner’s world-building leans heavily on atmospherics in lieu of specifics, and the foggy descriptions of magic are even tougher to get a handle on. But the mood is strikingly dark, and questions regarding humankind’s tendency toward suspicion and xenophobia will loom large in readers’ minds. Much information is frustratingly withheld from both Liza and the reader, and many questions are left unanswered, but this will still garner a share of fans for its unusual and unsettling vision of a magically dystopian future. Grades 7-10. --Ian Chipman

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Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next books.
Kim L. Heferle
By the end of the book, I felt as though there were some things left unfinished.
Leslie A. Kennedy
Simner's characters are so well written in this story.
M. Ball

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By HHK VINE VOICE on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow, this was a very imaginative and well written book. The trend towards faeries in YA books is nothing new. This book however takes a totally fresh spin on the subject.

The heroine is plucky,determined and brave. She suffers the loss of her Mother and sister, and physical abuse at the hands of her Father. Despite this she is not bowed down. I love her!

The setting is a post-apocalyptic world in which small towns survive in isolation, afraid of faeries and magic. This is result of the war between Faerie and humankind. Both sides have been devastated.

For romance lovers, there is a subtle romantic interest woven through. I don't want to give away anymore of the plot- buy the book yourselves, and enjoy!

All in all, a wonderful read both for YA and not so YA.
I hope there is a sequel.
If you are a fan of Melissa Marr and Holly Black, you will love this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vania Stoyanova on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Overall, this book was a great story filled with adventure and the price we're all willing to pay to survive. The writing at times got irritating due to its repetitive nature. For example, on one single page I read:
"and I looked in the mirror and saw--"
"I screamed, and I screamed I saw--"
"I fled from him, and as I fled I saw--"
I shut my eyes, and behind closed lids I saw--"
This sort of pre-vision dialogue certainly became noticeable and therefore irritating, and distracting. The imagery throughout the book is well written and familiar. For example I loved, "Oak and maples and elms all reached toward the rain, sighing happily as water soaked through their leaves and into their roots."

The plot moved, though sometimes slow. The beginning started off right, fact-paced and exciting, the middle, during the journey outside, it all became slower. The end, again, picks up leaving you on the edge of your seat and rooting for the characters. Throughout the whole book you feel for Liza and you keep hoping she finds what she is looking for, physically and emotionally.

The characters, all, are well defined and concrete though, not to say that they are perfect. I am left at the end wanting to learn more about Tara, Caleb,Kate and Matthew's history. I feel like I still don't know enough about them. For the story itself--good enough. For me and my overzealous imagination--I wanted to know everything.

Liza is sucha strong character, so kind and caring and passionate.But above all else she is majorly self-sacrificing, which is a wonderful point for young girls to take away from the book. Allie, the young, sweet healer, is a reliable friend and a deeply caring individual filled with unconditional love. Yet, she's smart and knows her limits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. Stewart on September 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reading the first sentence, I felt a frisson, and knew I was reading something special. Janni Lee Simner has created a truly haunting world, our own, but devastated after a war between humans and faeries. For the children growing up post war, including the teenage narrator, its causes are mysterious, but like any war, its aftereffects still resonate and burn.

Some things I really liked about this book were the relationships between characters, and understanding why certain characters became the way they are, without condoning what they do. I'd tell more, but that would be spoilery.

There is a mystery to solve, magic to discern, and a world to set right. Luckily, there will be a sequel, because it's too much to do all in one book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Rehnberg on May 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lately I've been a complete sucker for faery books. This probably started with Wicked Lovely, and then continued with Holly Black's Tithe trilogy.

I liked this book--for the most part. I felt that it read like a novella, meaning that while the writing was above average, the plot was too short. It starts too quickly, with no introduction to much background information, and little known about the characters prior to being thrown into "action". The "action", however, felt methodical and a little forced.

I enjoyed the characters, but wish that they were developed more. I wish the relationships were more developed as well. I got into the characters and the story and it was over. I hope that there is a sequel, because if the story ends on page 247, I don't think it's living up to it's potential.

I really liked how this book sounded... I liked it enough to buy it in hardcover--at BORDERS. That usually means that a.) someone I love told me to buy this book RIGHT. NOW. b.) I have high expectations for this book. or c.) I have a coupon! Options b.) and c.) are both applicable.

Did this book meet my expectations? Not quite. Would I buy it again? Probably in paperback. Would I recommend it? Yes, but only to people I know that like fantasy quick reads.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Bones of Faerie, but all the way through it I just felt like something was missing. I didn't care about the characters as much as I would have liked to, and I was quite frustrated by the lack of explanation about the war. It was an important event that was mentioned time and time again, but was one that wasn't explored enough. I would have loved to hear more about the cause and effect, and why the faeries did what they did.

Saying that, there were a lot of things I liked. The different faerie mythology was interesting, and I especially liked how the trees were creatures to be feared and avoided. Allie and Liza's cat, Tallow, were my favourite characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of their scenes. Allie's healing was such a cool faerie power to possess and, as proven more than once, very useful too!

Overall, Bones of Faerie is an enchanting, quick read, and is a book that faerie fans will love. I'm no expert when it comes to the fey but, if asked, I would probably recommend other novels before this one.
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