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Bones of Faerieby Janni Lee Simner
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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.
"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 Liza's mother gives birth to a faerie baby with 'hair clear as glass,' her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die; Liza's 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 mother's past, knowledge that propels Liza into a dangerous journey into the land of Faerie, in search of her mother. Debut novelist Simner's 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 Liza's world. It's 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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
"[An] unusual and unsettling vision of a magically dystopian future." Booklist
"With its dark, sharply imagined world, this will appeal to readers of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare." Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will be surprised by the identity and motives of the 'evil' shadow that follows Liza. They will also be satisfied by an ending that is optimistic yet not akin to a fairy tale." VOYA
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.
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