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Bones Of Faerie: Book 1

by Janni Lee Simner

Random House Children's Books | January 26, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Bones Of Faerie: Book 1 is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.24 × 5.69 × 0.58 in

Published: January 26, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375845658

ISBN - 13: 9780375845659

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from fave new author! Not your typical YA faerie book - this well written story gives us a different look at the realm of faerie vs. humans. A war has destroyed the human world and has left humans feeling as though they cannot trust anyone for fear that they will hurt them with magic. Liza, has been brought up to fear magic. She was easy to empathize with as she panics and feels she will be no longer wanted by anyone if she reveals her evil (magic) side. As she flees her town, her stubborn nature and strong will are what help her in the upcoming adventures and keep her moving forward. Liza is joined by a few misfits along the way; Matthew, a fierce protector, who is touched by magic and has been hiding it for years; Allie, the best friend with magical healing powers and Tallow a tag-along cat with a humorous personality. The four make a great team and rely on each others strengths to help them through many obstacles. There was a tiny glimmer of romance developing between Liza and Matthew, though Simner did not expand upon or explore the idea of their budding romance in this novel. It would have been truly exciting to see unfold while they are going through such an emotionally charged journey together. The use of American landmarks is quite creative. There are references to different rivers and landmarks from the state of Missouri. The destruction left by the war is so descriptive during the misfits adventures along the abandoned highways and cities. The one thing that is alluded to is that there are always two sides to a story. I think it would be wonderful to see both sides of the history of the war. There are glimpses here and there, but are never really elaborated upon, nor do they explain what started the war in the first place. The fae left the plants and forests to have magic within them that seek to kill humans, which is also not explained. This bit of dark magic makes Simner's tale that much more interesting and unique. I feel a sequel could be created that may explain the past war and could easily carry on with the characters in their new awareness of magic and it's uses.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I picked this book up, hoping for great things and it didn't disappoint. It was a captivating read full of twists and turns that I didn't expect. More importantly it was totally unique. Not once in this book did I feel like I had read it before. I strongly recommend this book, though after reading the second one recently I suggest you skip the sequel as it's not nearly as good. Though that may be in part because there was quite a gap between when I read this first one and the second. Even so it seemed lacking in depth.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous & Very Unique 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!
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Bones Of Faerie: Book 1

by Janni Lee Simner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.24 × 5.69 × 0.58 in

Published: January 26, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375845658

ISBN - 13: 9780375845659

About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Liza travels through war-ravaged territory in a struggle to bridge the faerie and human worlds and to bring back her mother while learning of her own powers and that magic can be controlled.

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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 sto
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From the Publisher

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“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 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. The mood is strikingly dark, and questions regarding humankind’s tendency toward suspicion and xenophobia will loom large in readers’ minds. This will garner a share of fans for its unusual and unsettling vision of a magically dystopian future. From VOYA: Simner creates a fresh, compelling novel in a highly saturated fantasy market. The beginning resonates with tension and pulls the reader into a finely written, multilayered story. From School Library Journal: Postapocalyptic fiction and faeries seem an unlikely combination. However, Simner weaves these strands together to produce a thought-provoking and thrilling story about a girl at war with herself and her own magical abilities. In her world, the cities are dead, and the towns and villages have reverted to a preindustrial farming economy. Society has been devastated by a war between humans and faeries. The natural world has turned against people and exhibits a malign intelligence that it uses to ensnare unwary humans. As the story opens, Liza, 15, tells of h
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