Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. Random House, 2009. ISBN 9780375845635 $16.99
A post-apocalyptic fantasy that grabs you at the beginning, throws your preconceived ideas out the window, and leaves you asking "Just what happened?, how?, and why?"
There are great reviews and excerpts already out on the web for you to click and explore. I don’t like to rehash the plot when you can read someone else’s well-written reviews. I want to ask you why you haven’t read this yet. Sometimes we see a book and don’t immediately pick it up. I think Bones of Faerie is in this category. I found it on my Scholastic Spring Book Fair and it seemed dark, menacing, and mysterious so I took it home for a fun read. (That probably says something about my deep, dark, mysterious side, but let’s skip glibly over that)
I’m glad I did snatch up Bones of Faerie because this book hooked me with it’s opening, shocked me with it’s twists, frustrated me with it’s racing through the magical knowledge transformation, satisfied me with interweaving locales I’d recognize like St. Louis’ arch, and most of all because this book left me hanging and wanting more.
Jannie Lee Simner has created characters that intrigued me, left me wondering how they did that and what motivated them. I think we are seeing a new world here with the opportunity for many voices to tell their stories. While many reviewers commented on the quickness of the read, I enjoyed it. I like books that leave me wondering about the details and that enable me to create my own suppositions on the past and predictions for the future.
Bones of Faerie is complicated and daring. It has horrifying and appalling moments, yet the overall book is not as dark as I predicted. I think this title will fit nicely on my list of "after the disaster" titles. I like the interweaving of fantasy and ecothriller. Any novel where you fear the plants is deliciously scary.
I think it was humbling, too. As much as I read, Scholastic Book Fairs still manages to surprise me with titles I’ve never seen. We finished our itty-bitty mini-3-day-book fair last week. I took the books for profit and stayed late Friday to process every one of the titles before the middle school dance.
Monday morning a gaggle of guys (you know they can be silly geese) raced into the library to start "nagging" me to see if I was going to order any of the books from the fair that they couldn’t afford. Imagine my glee when they had to immediately shut their beaks and start snatching the books from the new book shelves to check out. They only had 4 days of circulation this week, but those books raced through my student body. Bones of Faerie has found its group of thriller-loving teens already.