Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Review by: Lauren
Bones of Faerie starts out with Liza sneaking off to find the broken and bloodied bones of her baby sister where her father had left her for the faeries. After this amazing and shocking start to the story (and as Jane Yolen said “This book has one of the best first chapters I know”), you are thrown into a story about right and wrong, good and bad, all mixed in a highly intriguing story about faeries.
Though her father who beats her when she fails to be perfect and her mother has suddenly disappeared, Liza only takes off because she feels the magic that resulted in her sister’s death is taking root in her as well. She doesn’t get far, however, before Matthew shows up insisting that he won’t leave her alone in the forest.
Matthew and Liza’s journey picks up at this point as they begin the trek through the woods they’d always been told to stay away from after dark. They find their way to a town that instead of shunning magic is learning to control and embrace it. As Liza learns more about her missing mother, she begins a new trip in search of her with Matthew and a girl named Allie, who has the gift of a healer.
Bones of Faerie is, I believe, the first faerie story that I have read and it was definitely interesting. I love the messages behind the story and how all the characters grew in so many ways. I think the main thing I loved overall is the idea that you should learn to love yourself and all the parts that make you, you.
A fast read!