Bones of Faerie - Janni Lee Simner Light and fun, Bones of Faerie is a quick read that's the equivalent of candy. The story moves fast, coming out of the gate at a quick pace and maintaining momentum throughout, which means it won't take long for anyone to read. The story is gripping, and I love, love, love the idea of a fairy story set in a post-apocalyptic world, urban fantasy with an upped ante and a twist. (Did I mention that I love that set up?) Simner earns a star for that alone. So sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy a story that doesn't require you to think too much.

...which is a good thing, because if you think too much about it, there are some gaping plot holes, issues with the author's own mythological rules (lack of consistency), and a major imbalance of cause and effect in the first half. People either overreact to a minor problem or pay only lip service with no actual reaction to major developments. Liza isn't stupid (thank God) and she isn't some psychic prodigy, which is refreshing, but these characters display a rather noticeable lack of resolve in...well, almost everything aside from Liza's determination to find her mother. More than one conversation follows this basic outline:

Character 1: "I want to do [insert action here] with you. I feel very strongly about it."

Character 2: "I don't want you to do that."

Character 1: "Oh, okay. Nevermind."

Character 1 is usually right, Character 2 is usually Liza being stubborn without any real reason other than to move the plot along, and it's completely unbelievable. There's a difference between reality and authenticity, of course, but those setups make it hard to suspend disbelief. People, real or fictional, don't give up that easily.

Overall Bones of Faerie is a good read, fluff from your brain that won't take up too much of your time. And yes, despite my complaints, I'm planning on reading the sequel.