Book Review: Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen of heard from Faerie since, and Liza's world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. Trees move with sinister intentions, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Still, Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.
Then Liza's sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza's father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see--into the past, into the future--she has not choice but to flee. 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.

Bones of Faerie is a dark fairy-tale twist with familiar things like moving trees with bad intentions and all together new things like glowing stones that explode when you touch them, and shadows that stalk you with motives unknown. This books is set in Missouri after the war between humanity and Faerie, and all that's left are a few towns, a sinister forest, and the gateway to Faerie itself: the St. Louis Arch. 

When Liza's sister is left to die on a hilltop because of the obvious faerie magic she is touched with, her mother leaves and goes into the forest. Soon after, Liza discovers she too is touched with magic, the ability to see. Liza's father despises magic, so to protect herself, she must leave her home and venture into the forest. Her wanderings lead to another town, one that accepts magic and teaches the children to use it, and she learns a secret about her mother. Now Liza must venture out into the forest once more and go through the gateway to Faerie, and find her mother. 

I enjoyed this book, with its dark twist on a fairy-tale. When Liza leaves her town, she realizes almost everything she knew about the world was wrong. Magic can heal as well as kill, and protect as well as harm. This book is about learning and trusting and fear and hiding. My kind of book. The characters were nicely developed, and the world was amazing with its familiarities and its strange new things, some all together dangerous. It was a good read, and I definately recomend it.   

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