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Bones of Faerie (Bones of Faerie #1)

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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 sh ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published December 29th 2008)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Though I read this book two weeks ago and have been meaning to write a review ever since, I haven't managed to really rally my thoughts about it until now. BONES OF FAERIE is a fascinating and welcome addition to the YA faerie world by virtue of combining faerie lore with a post-apocalyptic world for a haunting and eerie effect.

I should preface this entire review by saying that this book is for young adults. I know that will sound weird as most of the books on my Goodreads page are for YA, but m
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Tamora Pierce
This is an amazing book. I am unnerved at the way I kept managing to lose it around the house from the time it came out (when I got it) until I found it for the sixth time yesterday and chose to read it instantly before it lost itself again. It makes you wonder about things like faeries, which is nonsense! Right?

The reason I ticked sf as well as fantasy is because the characters live in a bleak and scary world, the result of a war between humans and fae. Almost all the things we taken for grante
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Crystal
I have to say this book was beautifully written. The descriptions were so vivid and I found that I could really see the world that Simner created. I think her main characters could have used some strengthening, but all in all this was a good book.
Liza is the main character and she goes on a journey after finding out that she holds magic within her. Knowing that her Father would kill her if he found out she goes in search of her Mother who left after her Father left her sister out for the Faeries
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Vinaya
One of my friends was writing two-word poetry for a competition the other day, and I thought: now wouldn't that be fun to do for a review?! So I did!

Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos Unique Worldbuilding

[image error] Too descriptive

Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos No romance

[image error] Too short

[image error] Two-dimensional characters

[image error] Slow pacing

[image error] Reader's disconnect

Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos dead baby

Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos villainous father

Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos [image error] magic system

Overall: so-so
Marcy Jo
This is quite possibly the most captivating first chapter of a book that I can ever remember reading. It is only eight short paragraphs long, but Simner manages to get her hook so deep into you that the thought of putting the book down is impossible. It made me catch my breath. It made me go back and reread those two simple pages to see if the text was as fabulous as I thought it was (it was.) It made me say "there's no way the rest of this book can be THIS amazing (it was.)

The premise of this
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Alz
This book had no heart and no soul, no flavor but nice color--which is to say that the setting is interesting--a post-apocalyptic US, where war between humans and faeries has devastated the world and corrupted nature to the point that tree shadows can slice and dice you, and even seeds are dangerous lest they take root in your skin--but the characters? They are boring, flat and wooden, with no depth. The protagonist Liza is a ho-hum-de-dum teenage girl abused and repressed by her tyrannical fath ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I've been stuck on a reading glut lately, I've got 100000 unfinished books on my ebook reader, most of which I've made slight progress, and I've no desire to finish or continue reading any of them. So to ease my boredom, I've been rereading some old familiars that I know are enjoyable.

Some series are even more wonderful than I remembered (The Iron Fey), and some made me wonder how much alcohol I had been imbibing when I decided to give it a 4 rating. Bones of Faerie would be an example of the la
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Wealhtheow
War between Faerie and the humans devastated both realms. A generation later, teenaged Liza and her town are barely surviving among the wreckage. Liza's father has kept the town alive though ruthless destruction of anything touched by magic, so when Liza starts having visions she knows she has to leave immediately--or be killed by her own father.

I was fascinated by the post-apocalyptic world Liza lives in, where "good" plastic is prized and even a single dandelion is dangerous. The magic seems
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Liralen
Lyrical, as sharp as the thorns in the dandelions, and shattered shards of broken trust that get carefully gathered together. The first two pages set the whole tone and followed through in spades. It's a beautifully written book, the first I've really enjoyed reading in the last year.

The hardships are really hard, and I loved the implicit rules behind the magic... and how consistent it was across the board. And all the reasons for the protagonist to not trust magic were hard and real, so it was
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Barry
May 11, 2009 Barry added it
This is simple: post-apocalyptic faerie novel. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Then beg Janni to write more. Now, Janni, I want it NOW!!!!
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Intense, Brutal and in your face with the darkness!

Dark and gripping, Bones of Faerie had me captivated from page one! With the opening line: “I had a sister once.” I knew I was likely in for some heartache, and boy was I completely on the mark.

Fifteen year old Liza is a cautious girl, she has grown up under a tyrannical father, who is quick to anger and even faster to turn to violence. He doesn’t spare the rid one bit! The fear and dread Liza feels is palpable! But you can also sense that she s
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Tasha
Feb 03, 2009 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
15-year-old Liza lives in a world that recently survived a war between the human world and the world of Faerie. Now the things in the human world have become strange, vines and trees have a taste for blood, corn and potatoes fight back when harvested. Liza's father has kept the entire village safe after the war, stamping out any sign of magic in the people who live there. When Liza's baby sister is born with the clear hair that is a sign of magic, her father takes the baby into the wild and leav ...more
Fantasy Literature
The human world has been rendered almost unlivable, victim of the wild magic unleashed by the faeries in their war with the humans twenty years earlier. Liza, a teenage girl, tries to survive in a small community in the Midwestern United States that has been savaged by the remnants of the war. The corn fights back against the humans harvesting it, and the blackberry vines seek flesh. Everyone who survived the war knows that magic is dangerous and cannot be tolerated, so when Liza’s sister is bor ...more
Jilly
Killer trees, exploding butterflies, vegetables that fight back when you try to harvest them? What's not to like?

As a fae book, I wouldn't list it as a major favorite, but it was definitely fun and easy to read. It had enough darkness and creepy things happening to have the potential to be a really dark fantasy, but the mix of the absurd or silly things added in kept lightening it up. (Like an oak tree beaming them with acorns).

Overall, it is a fun book and really clean. No romance or love trian
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Heather
Jun 24, 2009 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, ya
This book is about post apocalyptic faeries in St. Louis. Need I say more? It was utterly ridiculous.
Mery
Nov 23, 2010 Mery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mery by: Angelic Zaizai
Don't touch any stone that glows with faerie light, or that light will burn you fiercer than any fire.
Don't venture out alone into the dark, or the darkness will swallow you whole.




eh gokil kalimatnya bikin merinding. >.<
Buku ini direkomen sama kembaranku, alter egoku, nggggg kekasihku Angelic_zaizai *halah* udah lama banget, tapi belom dibaca2. Judulnya ada faerie2nya, males. +__+
Ternyata ceritanya gak kayak buku2 tentang peri yang banyak kudenger. Bukan tentang peri yang jatuh cinta ama m
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M. Dobson
The joy of Bones of Faerie includes a deeply engaging post disaster world. It is as much a character as the living, breathing human and fae ones. Even as I hated this world in the beginning and its seemingly hatred gone wrong against the human inhabitants, nothing gave me more joy than to see a hint that the world, fae and human, might be healed.

"I had a sister once." begins the front and back frame. The characters are three dimensional, and easy to become invested in their plight. Their trek t
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Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I didn’t understand the world of this book at first. The usual Faerie books I’ve read would be in a world either during the late centuries of the past or within the present state, since the fair folk are told to be really old. I didn’t expect a post-apocalyptic era so I had a bit of a hard time grasping what kind of environment this was.

When I finally understood the setting, I was able to relish the adventure that Liza was undertaking with Matthew.

I really appreciated Liza and Matthew’s journey
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Kat
This is a wonderfully written book. As dark and mysterious as shadows, and as sharp as the thorns of the very plants that hunt our heroes.

It's a story about Magic and how the war with Faerie left the human world fearing everything connected to it. There is no more Good and Evil, everything is dipped in gray. Children are taught fear before they're taught to speak. They are taught to turn away from magic and cast it away lest it hurt them or their families.

Liza is a smart and tough girl. I admir
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Vania
Liza is such a 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. Matt's character is much in the same way very protective and strong and throughout the book the reader really gets a clear glimpse into his maturing and ev ...more
Angelic Zaizai

Baguuuus... gw suka

Bukan kisah cinta peri-manusia kok *ada sih tapi ga jadi fokus banget*
Dimulai dari dunia setelah The War - perang antara manusia dan faery - alam berubah, ga pernah ada lagi daun yang rontok, dan pohon2 jadi ganas, sulur2nya memangsa manusia
Desa Liza yang dipimpin Ian, ayahnya jadi trauma dengan segala hal berbau magic
Apapun *siapapun* yang menampakkan tanda2 magic harus dienyahkan *rambut terang = punya magic*
Termasuk adik Liza yg baru lahir, ditinggalkan di hutan dan jadi s
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Juushika
Some years after a war between humans and faeries devastated both worlds and left ours infected by strange and dangerous magics, Liza discovers that she's developing magic of her own. Bones of Faerie's triumph is its surreal post-apocalyptic landscape, a creative and evocative world where violent plants teem over the crumbling remains of modern civilization. Unfortunately, Simner's voice has a repetitive, staccato pacing which sunders this atmosphere just as it begins to build. The book's emotio ...more
Karin
Liza didn’t witness the war between the humans and the Faeries, but she lives with the after effects.

In Franklin Falls, a town devastated like all the others during the war, the townspeople are fearful of magic. Since the war and all the death caused by the Faeries, they fell nothing good can come from it.

When Liza’s baby sister was born with eyes as silver as moonlight and faerie-pale hair as clear as glass, her father did what was expected. He took her up on a hillside and abandoned her. He s
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Shweta
This is one of those book which you can finish in one sitting . The world of faeries has been interpreted by various authors and each of these interpretations has been unique with some making the faeries ultra nice and some of them have made us fear faeries like never before. This was somewhere in between. It put the human - faerie interaction in a post apocalyptic world. A world which was destroyed by an unwanted war. Effects of the war have taken the shape humans couldn't even dare to imagine. ...more
Lucy
Liza has grown up in the aftermath of the War between humans and Faerie. It was the greatest conflict in human memory, she was told—and it left its mark in the way that the world has changed. Trees reach out their branches with sinister intent, and the forest surrounding Liza’s town is full of deadly shadows that can kill with a touch. Liza has grown up knowing the rules: any trace of magic must be cast out immediately, before it turns on the town and brings destruction on their heads.

Liza knows
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Devyn B
What would you do if the word as you know it took one giant step backwards?

That's what happened in Bones of Faerie. The war between humans and Faerie devastated both sides. Remains from 'before' are small trinkets that contain names like Disney World—things that no longer exist.

Survivors, trinkets and of course Faerie magic are all that remain on the earth. Magic is seen as a horrible burden and in Liza's village everyone who is believed to have magic is killed—to keep the others in the village
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Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
This book successfully weaves together a post-apocalyptic story with a tale of the fae. We don't see the war between faeries and humans; the story starts in the years following it. I like that we see how different groups of people deal with surviving, and with the emergence of magic in the children (although, of course, I don't like "how" some of them survive/deal).

I found the characters to be very real - normal people dealing with extreme circumstances. So many books would have followed the cl
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Kate
Review in 75 Words or Less: Bones of Faerie is an extremely well-written and magical tale. The novel combines the magic of the faerie realm and the haunting devastation of a post-apocalyptic world. There was so much to love about this novel: the writing, the setting, the characters. In the end, I was left in awe of Lee Simner's creativity and originality.

Final Verdict: I loved, loved, loved this book. Words cannot begin to describe how blown away I was with this novel. If you are a faerie or ev
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Mary
There's so much to love about this book--the inventiveness, the characters, the way it feels like a small piece of a much larger story. I'm so tickled to read a story--a fantasty--that takes place in the middle of the U.S. (having been to St. Louis and environs a number of times, I could picture it all so clearly), and that does one of my favorite writing tricks--makes the setting a part of the story. Liza's visions of The War took me right back to other, real disasters, and were all the more di ...more
chbyoungreaders Changing Hands Bookstore Kids Team
Janni Lee Simner gets five stars and two very enthusiastic thumbs up from this avid Young Adult Reader! Simner's first novel for YA readers is an absolute must-read; a wonderfully original story of Faerie and Fey. Young Liza was born into a post-apocalyptic age, scarred by an epic war between Fey and Human. Both sides showing the darkest of their powers, Faerie and human realms bare only shadows of Before. Haunted by a dark spirit and driven by the need to save her mother from a lifetime of guil ...more
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