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Bones of Faerie

(Bones of Faerie #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  8,311 ratings  ·  913 reviews
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
Paperback, 247 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Random House (first published December 29th 2008)
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Alley Lee Not so much of a romantic in the first book but in the second it has a little more. there is alot more romance in the third book tho

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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
Tamora Pierce
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr, sf
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
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, younger, fantasy
This was older and darker than I expected. I think I had assumed it was middle grade because of her other publications (I actually think this is as suitable for tweens as teens) and fluffy because of the titular "faerie" which usually seems to involve some sparkliness. Well, there are sparkles, but they're the light of evil magic that wants to eat you. ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
jv poore
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a fantastic read for the Young Adult genre. Filled with faeries, magic, shape-shifters and, of course, mere humans, this book has everything that a younger reader could hope for. The story pulled me in from the first page, as the story unfolded, the writing simply flowed so that I was half-way through, then promising myself "one more chapter" I finished the entire book. The relationships in this story are unlikely, yet remarkably sweet, and somehow, just right. The fantasies are subtley ...more
rachel ☾
2018 TBR Challenge: Book #4 ★★

I wish I had more to say about Bones of Faerie but its mediocracy does not lend well to descriptive reviews.

The world was creative. I’ll give Simner that. I loved the combination of the fantastical fae elements with the post-war apocalyptic landscape. Or I did in theory, at least. The world building was a tad too underdeveloped for me to completely fall in love with it. Matthew’s history and shifter abilities were never explained, and for the most part, Faerie
Dec 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Marcy Jo
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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Thumbs Up Pictures, Images and Photos dead baby

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Overall: so-so
Beth Cato
While a bit predictable, Bones of Faerie establishes a fascinating post-apocalyptic setting in the aftermath of a devastating war against faeries. The book is young adult and deals with heady issues of abuse, survival, and loss, all through the eyes of an easy-to-relate-to heroine.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faeries-fae
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
May 12, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The entire Bones of Faerie Trilogy now has a new look and new ebook editions!
Pat K
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am surprised that I finished this book. It started well, interesting idea of a world where plants and shadows can attack and kill. The writing was good until it wasn’t. Long pages of repetitious descriptions of visions.
Fantasy Literature
Ruth: 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 ...more
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
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!!!!
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Jane
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this book, the idea of plants with such power intent on killing people, is very scary one, and the book shows a dangerous world in which magic resides, where magic is feared, and denied rather than embraced initially, but in the end magic is seen as something good, something to be embraced and nurtured, it was a nice book, and an interesting read =]
Ari Elaine
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book.

It's an interesting plot. But, the author just throws you into the world with nothing. You don't get any background info for the world or the characters.

There is barely any past building in this book at all. Which makes it extremely boring.

Might finish it one day, but probably not.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have reread this book 4 times. I don't know what it is, but I keep going back to it. It's a quick read (although the holidays cut into my reading time). It's a nice stand alone. A good, short read, that's for sure. ...more
This was a good book but a little short I do plan to read the other books eventually, but I think that I am going to reread it before I even get the next book. This is a good book and I enjoyed reading it but I just had a hard time understanding it. I hope when I reread it without having to worry about test scores more so then what I am reading. I enjoyed her writing style and I liked the change of pace as far as the length of the book. I love the way that you are always wondering about somethin ...more
(TurtleCat3000) Joy!
This was a good and easy book, but not really for my age. It's really set for pre-teen to sixteen years of age. Great storyline, I just felt it lacked something, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe depth? I don't know...
I also felt that the author kind of started rushing through the storyline about halfway through but that could just be me.
If you want a book with a good story but not enough details or depth, and something very quick to read, get this book.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a good book. I think it’s intended for younger readers but still an enjoyable read.
2.5 stars. I was really hoping for a good fantasy series. This was ok. Slightly amateur. Even though its fantasy, the story needs to be told in a way to make it feel real. I felt the story was a bit haphazard Not sure if I will read more.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-bleach-asap
So I picked up this book because I loved the cover and the title—simple as that. I'm not going to lie about it. I think both are beautiful and alluring, but I am so disappointed with the actual story itself. To be entirely honest, if this book wasn't so short, I probably would have put it on my DNF shelf because this book was just...boring. I liked the idea of this book, but I didn't like the execution.

I didn't like the narrator whatsoever nor could I relate to her in any way, which makes it ver
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update 04/10/19: I was just looking through the books I’ve read and I stumbled upon Tithe by Holly Black, which I gave 3 stars. Holly Black???? I STILL think about Tithe.
At the end of it all, I really did enjoy this book, but it was lacking quite a bit and that really could’ve brought it up to the next level (especially considering this is ya?!!) 3 stars it is.

Trigger warning, abusive parent. I am not a person who is triggered by these types of things, but I’d hate
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Janni Lee Simner lives in the Arizona desert, where the plants know how to bite and the dandelions really do have thorns; in spite of these things--or maybe because of them--she's convinced she lives in one of the most stunning places on earth.

Janni has published four novels for young adults, the Bones of Faerie trilogy and Thief Eyes, and she wrote the script for the video game The Huntsman: Win

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