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Faerie Winter (Bones of Faerie #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,420 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner's breathtaking YA fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie.

Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away. Months ago, she used her powers to banish her dangerous father and to rescue her mother, lost in dreams, from the ruined land of Faerie.

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Published April 5th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sara It does explain the origins of the war, but does not go into how long humans and faeries had been interacting.
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Apr 12, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's read "Bones of Faerie" or anyone who loves the Fae in general
I read Bones of Faerie and fell in love with the world, accepting the fact that there probably wasn't going to be a sequel. In fact, I didn't even expect one. But I was delighted when I saw there was one, forgetting how intense my love was for Bones of Faerie. Faerie Winter matched that adoration and rose above it.

Simner creates a world that is simplistically complicated. It's hard to explain. I felt it was pure, like the essence of, well, a faerie and not cluttered by dirt and other things tha
Nov 28, 2014 Jilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, faeries-fae
So much darker than the first book. I like that. No more silly or funny scenes in this sequel, the author just goes straight for the murderous sadistic games of the fae. It is twisted and delicious.

I also appreciated the character of Liza. She was never too stupid to live, nor was she perfect. She screwed up, kept trying, made tough choices, and slowly grew and changed through it all. She is a cool chick. I really loved her relationship with Kyle, who was adorable and I want to adopt.

The love st
Tabitha (Pabkins)
More sadness and brutality to twist your heart!

Faerie Winter exceeded my expectations for a sequel! I felt about it the same way I did Bones of Faerie. That it was a great story and by the end I would have been satisfied if I learned there wasn't going to be another book. Lucky for me its a trilogy but even better that each book thus far in this trilogy has done such a stellar job of standing on it's own legs.

There WAS NOT a ton of rehashing at the beginning going back over absolutely everything
Feb 08, 2011 Kyleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this on Around the World Tours. I completely adored Bones of Faerie and I had no clue that Janni was writing a sequel. It's been a long while since I read Bones of Faerie, but even with the gap I have to say that the sequel was just as good if not better.

Faerie Winter picks up a few months after Liza successfully brought autumn into her world. It's now the dead of winter and Liza and her village fear that spring may never come. The once blood seeking plants
MissHavoc {Cry Havoc! Reviews}
I have been DYING to read this. Bones of Faerie is one of my all time faves. It combines both Faerie AND a dystopian world. Gah! It's wonderful. Well, actually it's very depressing and dangerous, but you get what I mean. It's sequel, Faerie Winter lives up to my expectations beautifully.

It wasn't enough though. I wished it could go on and on. 300-ish pages just didn't satisfy me, I felt like there could have been more. Wishful thinking I know, but the ending felt a little rushed. I was three-qua
Anastasia (At Bookish)
So, I wasn't particularly impressed with Bones of Faerie, the first in the series. But I saw this in the library, and it wasn't particularly long, so I'm like What the heck? Might as well, right? Thankfully, it wasn't worse. It was actually better, but not by much.

In Bones of Faerie (my review here ) I thought it was very hard to understand, the story jumping from place to place without me understanding how. While that didn't happen in this book, it still seemed like the story was kind of disjo
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
The Short Story? – The highly anticipated sequel to Bones of Faerie does not disappoint! Simner has written yet another seductive dark fantasy set in a dystopian environment! Enticing and dangerous, Faerie Winter is beautifully dark and brilliant! For fans of the supernatural with an exciting new edge, this one is for you!

The Long Story? – One of the things I love about this novel was the setting. The series is set in a dystopian world which is interlaced with magic. Unlike most dystopian societ
Jul 06, 2014 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An apt follow-up to the first book, this one continues the story to see how Liza fairs after she returns home. Faced with new challenges as she attempts to understand her powers, she goes through another rite of passage that involves challenging the queen of Faerie. This is just as dark and dystopian as the first, but offers hope, at least.

I wanted more from each of the characters: more explanation, more emotion, more details. It feels like the good outline of a story, but elements of how thing
May 12, 2016 Rychele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid sequel to the first book.
It was dark, mysterious, and bleak where it needed to be, and picked up with lots of bravery, heroism, and a few surprising ways in which the characters overcame the struggles in the end. I must say that relationships developed very believably within these first two books of the Bones of Faerie series, and I especially liked the way both new and old relationships developed and reached new stages within Faerie Winter.

The storyline and world building was defi
Nicole Field
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book of this series, but enough time has passed now that I wanted to give it a chance to see if the second one utilised the set up created in book one.

It does. Faerie Winter shows off the generation of children born after the war between humans and Faeries as a generation of kids with magic. The older generation isn’t overly happy about this, and the first part of this book is dedicated to fleshing that out. It also gives a helpful recap to the novel that came b
Apr 14, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, magic
said the first book was like water and the sequel is ice. Nature’s violence has been tamed by winter, making the world cold and grey. Things are bleak and though Liza has help, it feel as if she takes on her current quest alone. The action seems tighter and more intense than the first, part of why I like this one more than the first.

Read more in my review.
Mira Domsky
Jun 15, 2011 Mira Domsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
Dark fantasy set in post faerie apocalypse America. Sequel to Bones of Faerie. Liza and her village fear that the first winter that has come in many years will never end. They fear that the world has forgotten spring. To make matters worse, not all of the faeries who wish to destroy the human world have given up. Liza must try to save her town not only from the beginnings of another war, but from Winter itself as well.

Dark, dark, dark! But delicious.
May 04, 2011 Mackay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Eagerly I plucked this from the shelf--I adored the first book, Bones of Faerie, which is a masterwork. This one, not so much. It felt padded, and then wrapped up quickly without much meaning. An unnecessary sequel, alas. But Bones of Faerie is exceptional.
Aug 05, 2015 Lacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my. I loved Bones of Faerie, and Faerie Winter was even better. There was so much depth in this little book. And it was just as crammed with action as the last one, or more. I loved all of the characters and each one of them played such a critical part. We come to find out in a round about way the roles that were played to start the war, but I have a feeling we will finally get mom's point of view in the next/last book. We still don't visit the faerie realm really , but that wasn't supposed t ...more
Ciara M.
"Afters have to stick together.”

More like 3.5 satrs. Just like the first book, this one was fun fun fun. The setting is interesting and I'm a fan of anything that's not afraid to mix genres (faeries and fantasy mixed with post-apocalyptic environment following a nuclear fallout?? hell yes).


-New Characters!! Don't get me wrong, I liked the old characters, and I'm glad we got to see them again, but the previous cast was kinda few in number, and I'm a HUGE sucker for books with a massive amo
Alissa Bach
Read for professional review.

p.s. It was awesome!
Rocio Anahi
Al leer el primer libro de la saga el sabor que me dejó la lectura no fue desagradable si no mas bien desabrido... creo que hubiera pensado mejor del libro si esta "segunda parte" hubiera formado parte de esa primera entrega como un todo. Se nota mayor concentración en la creación de personajes y una envoltura más emocional que llega de mejor forma, pero mi crítica se centra esta vez en un pensamiento mágico surrealista donde la protagonista ya es extremadamente protagonista y la magia, valga la ...more
I liked this one better than Bones of Faerie, but I still had some issues with it. And to be fair, while there was some improvement on some of the things that bugged me from #1, the main reason I enjoyed this one more than the first was that it allowed for more time to be spent in this world and with these characters. (If you’ll recall, my biggest issue with the first book was that it was too short.)

Faerie Winter picks up about six months after Bones of Faerie. Liza and her friends and family ha
Jun 18, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow up to Bones of Faerie. Liza brought the chia tree seed back from the dark dead world and had it come to life in the human land. But after fall winter occurred and never left. Those from Before kept saying spring would come but after 6 months, it looked a bit grave. Many of those from Before don't trust their own children since all born After have magic and they are afraid of the children. Liza's mom is trying to train the children how to control their magic. But many like Kyle a ...more
The Winter Rose
May 20, 2011 The Winter Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am a big fan of the first book BONES OF FAERIE. It’s one of my favorite books. I assumed it was a single book. I didn’t know or expect a sequel. So you can imagine my joy when, while strolling through the bookstore, my eye caught FAERIE WINTER. I snatched it up and let out an audible squeal of delight (one which made a nearby youngster pause and give me a rather quizzical look). At last I was reunited with the characters and world I had fallen in love with. And happily, FAERIE WINTER did not d ...more
Michael (Mai)
Dec 11, 2011 Michael (Mai) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janni Lee Simner you did it again! I guess I’ll start with Wow. It felt exactly like the same world that I loved. I read Bones of Faerie originally while standing on the train platform in No-One-Knows-This-Place rural, Japan. I remember looking at the trees suspiciously thinking maybe just maybe they might try to kill me. Janni made it all seem so real. In book two, we’re still in this world only it’s winter and because of Liza all of the trees are pretty much hibernating. So, no killing. Did th ...more
May 16, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all the events that happened, Liza is now adjusting. She's learning to control her powers alongside the other Afters, children with magical powers as well who were born after the War. It is winter time, and this is the longest winter that Liza can recall. One day, she finds a boy named Ethan, who can control fire. However, his abilities are out of control and he severely injures himself. Matthew, Liza's close friend, goes out to another town to find Kaylen, a faerie who is also known as Ca ...more
I would have given this a four, but I think it unfair, given what I am going to say next.
This is not a great book. It is not close to being one of the best all around books of the year, nor does it even reach the concept of a masterpiece.
The writing in this book made me roll my eyes some times. Not because its bad, but Simner here tries to be incredibly minimalistic, and writes at times as if trying be poetic, which doesn't always work. This doesn't happen all the time. But there were enough ca
Apr 08, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
*Spoilers for Bones of Faerie Possible
I signed up for this tour on Around the World ARC Tours without reading the first one, Bones of Faerie. It had been on my TBR list for a while so I figured it was a good way to get me to read it and then I would have the second one soon. I read the first one and really enjoyed it so I was happy to be getting this one soon!

I think I liked Faerie Winter even more than Bones of Faerie. They are both great but there was so much more going on in Faerie Winter. Th
M. Dobson
Oct 22, 2011 M. Dobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Believe in Spring

Janni Lee Simner’s “Faerie Winter” is the enchanting sequel to her “Bones of Faerie”. As in the first, her realistic characters struggle with their own insecurities, histories, and the consequences of their promises in the midst of two dying worlds—human and fae. Janni’s world is deftly drawn and stunningly original; a world where magic endowed children live in an environment where even the flowers sting, bite, and kill. Harvesting carrots could literally kill you, and as for a
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The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner's breathtaking YA fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie.

Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away. Months ago, she used her powers to banish her dangerous father and to rescue her mother, lost in dreams, from the ruined land of Faerie.

Born in the wake of the war between humanity and Faerie, Liza lived in a world where green things never slept,

Tiffany (About to Read)
Faerie Winter is the second installment in the Bones of Faerie series. I like this series because it combines a post-apocalyptic world with faeries, and that’s not something that I’ve seen done before. Even though I am getting tired of dystopians and I’m not crazy about post-apocalyptic novels, adding faeries into the mix almost makes it feel new.

Since these books are relatively short, they are perfect if you want something quick, but aren’t in the mood for contemporary. The plot was pretty go
Katie Hutchison Irion
I really, really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a book in a while that I stayed up late reading and this one definitely kept my attention.
It starts right where the first book left off with Liza trying to help the kids in her town with their magic and the town trying to figure out why the trees are all dying and spring is not coming. The books begins with Matthew and LIza finding the bones of a little boy who had burned to death. They eventually find a firestarter who cannot control his magic
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
Full review here

Wow! I just want to say Faerie Winter was kind of intense – in the best kind of way. A really good second novel.

Liza and her friends have survived vicious plants, and stones that can burn you alive but now they have to survive an unnaturally long winter. Not to mention a very bad Faerie.

The writing was again beautiful and the rules the govern magic in Liza’s world were still firmly in place, which can sometimes be a rarity in fantasy. I imagine it’s quite hard to remember every n
Jessica Bierschied
FAERIE WINTER, by Janni Lee Simner continues the tale of Liza and her fight with herself and others to protect the ones she loves and also the town she lives in. Without a dull moment in the novel this is a fast pace read that leaves you smiling.

I was really surprised at how much I was able to relate to Liza. She has a strong will and a protective personality while she also struggles with her own demons. She is a summoner, with more power that she realizes she has. I was really impressed by the
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“Blessed are the powers that grant me magic.
I promise to use their gift well.
To help mend my world.
To help mend all worlds.
And should I forget to mend,
Should I refuse to mend,
Still I will remember
To do no harm.”
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