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Random House Books for Young Readers – January 27, 2009

Liza didn’t witness the war between the humans and the Faeries, but she lives with the after effects.

In Franklin Falls, a town devastated like all the others during the war, the townspeople are fearful of magic.  Since the war and all the death caused by the Faeries, they fell nothing good can come from it. 

When Liza’s baby sister was born with eyes as silver as moonlight and faerie-pale hair as clear as glass, her father did what was expected.  He took her up on a hillside and abandoned her.  He said, “If the faerie folk want her, let them take her.”  Liza slipped out of the house later that night in an attempt to save her sister, but it was too late – the animals got there first.

Three weeks after losing her sister, Liza’s life changes forever.  Strange visions keep popping into her head.  The visions scare her and lead her to believe she has magic inside of her just like her sister did.  Liza runs from everything she’s known.  She runs away from Franklin Falls and into the woods she’s been warned against all her life.   Her only companions are her cat and a boy named Matthew – who has secrets of his own.

Together they make their way through dangerous terrain hoping to find answers to the many questions they have.  What they find out leaves them questioning everything they’ve been taught.

BONES OF FAERIE is a fast-paced story.  As a reader, it is easy to get attached to the characters.  Liza’s visions are marked by italics for easy identification throughout the story and the language is clean which makes this appropriate for even young fantasy fans. 

Click here to visit the BONES OF FAERIE website.

Be sure to stop by Janni Lee Simner’s page too.

As a bonus, here is a short story set in the same world as BONES OF FAERIE.

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Bones of Faerie

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Coming March 2009

The third and final installment in the Mortal Instruments trilogy definitely lives up to the reputation of the first two – CITY OF BONES and CITY OF ASHES.  CITY OF GLASS picks up a short time after CITY OF ASHES ends.  Clary has a mission.  Madeleine, her mother’s friend, is possibly the only person who knows how to wake her mother from a coma.  Clary will have to travel to Alicante in Idris to get what she needs.

Alicante is the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters.  It is known as the City of Glass because of the beautifully tall glass towers that guard the city from harm.  The only way to get to Idris is through a portal and Magnus, the warlock, has arranged one.  Clary is planning to go through the portal with Jace and the Lightwoods.  The only problem is, Jace doesn’t want Clary to go so he lies to her about when he and the Lightwoods are leaving.  He thinks it is too dangerous for Clary. 

After being left behind, Clary eventually finds her way to Alicante.  She uses her ability to create runes and makes a portal for herself.  Being new to the Shadowhunter world, Clary doesn’t know that using a portal and entering the city without permission is against the law. If she is found she could be put to death. 

Once in the City of Glass, Clary is thrown in the middle of the largest battle the Shadowhunters have ever had to face.  Valentine’s evil plans are in the final stages and everyone is on full alert, not knowing what he will do next.  Jace and Clary’s complicated relationship keeps them just as confused as ever, but provides great excitement for the reader. 

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel.  The excitement begins on the first page and doesn’t stop until the final sentence.  She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending – even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever.  One thing Cassandra Clare fans need to keep an eye out for is the release of THE CLOCKWORK PRINCESS: VOLUME 1 of THE INFERNAL DEVICES.  THE INFERNAL DEVICES is a trilogy of prequels set one hundred and forty years ago in Victorian England.  Tessa, a warlock, is the main character.  The first prequel to the Mortal Instruments trilogy is scheduled to be released Fall 2010.

needZara hasn’t been herself lately and people are starting to get worried about her.  Since the death of her step-father, Zara has fallen deeper and deeper into a pit of despair.  Her mother decides to send her to live with her grandmother in Maine in the hopes that a change of scenery might perk her up a bit.  Zara doesn’t realize that other, more sinister, reasons are behind the move as well.

Zara begins school the day after she arrives in Maine.  Her grandmother feels that getting Zara in a normal routine is the best way to combat her depression.  Once there, she meets the normal characters usual found in a high school.  There is the Queen Bee, Megan, the quirky new best friend, Issy, and the hunks battling for Zara’s attention, Nick and Ian.

Zara attempts to move on with her life, but being back in the town her step-father grew up just reminds her of how much she misses him.  It also doesn’t help that a strange man keeps lurking around her.  Who is this man and does he mean her harm?  Who can she trust in this town full of strange people?  Which boy should she rely on to tell her the truth – Nick or Ian?

Carrie Jones has written a touching and emotional novel that contains many elements of a great fantasy novel.  The suspense is palpable when Zara struggles to make sense of the odd events in her life.  Readers will come to love many of the characters and will definately want to know more about them by the end of the novel.

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Zara hasn’t been herself lately and people are starting to get worried about her.  Since the death of her step-father, Zara has fallen deeper and deeper into a pit of despair.  Her mother decides to send her to live with her grandmother in Maine in the hopes that a change of scenery might perk her up a bit.  Zara doesn’t realize that other, more sinister, reasons are behind the move as well.

Zara begins school the day after she arrives in Maine.  Her grandmother feels that getting Zara in a normal routine is the best way to combat her depression.  Once there, she meets the normal characters usual found in a high school.  There is the Queen Bee, Megan, the quirky new best friend, Issy, and the hunks battling for Zara’s attention, Nick and Ian.

Zara attempts to move on with her life, but being back in the town her step-father grew up just reminds her of how much she misses him.  It also doesn’t help that a strange man keeps lurking around her.  Who is this man and does he mean her harm?  Who can she trust in this town full of strange people?  Which boy should she rely on to tell her the truth – Nick or Ian?

Carrie Jones has written a touching and emotional novel that contains many elements of a great fantasy novel.  The suspense is palpable when Zara struggles to make sense of the odd events in her life.  Readers will come to love many of the characters and will definately want to know more about them by the end of the novel.

Charlie has a parking fairy.  For a fourteen-year-old who can’t even drive, a parking fairy is pretty useless.  Charlie would much rather have a shopping fairy like her best friend or even a bathroom fairy.  At least that way she’d never have to go to the restroom in the middle of a movie.  Charlie always smells like gasoline and people constantly bug her to go places with them so they can benefit from her fairy and get great parking spaces.  Charlie has had enough. She has decided – NO – vowed to get rid of her fairy.

One way Charlie thinks she can ditch her fairy is to prevent it from doing its job.  She isn’t going to ride in any vehicle until her fairy is gone.  The problem? Walking everywhere is causing her to be late to school so she is racking up demerits faster than she can get ride of them.

Another situation causing Charlie stress is a new boy at school.  Steffi is handsome, interesting, and seems to be showing interest in her.  UNTIL he sees Fiorenza and her stupid “All The Boys Like You” fairy.

Charlie develops a drastic plan.  She even teams up with her nemesis, Fiorenza, to take care of her fairy problem once and for all.

HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY by Justine Larbalestier is a delightful story about fairies, friendship, and first love.  Some nonsense words are interspersed throughout the book to replace selected vocabulary. Determining the meaning of a word is easy by using the context of the sentence, but for those who want to be sure, there is a glossary at the back of the book.  The author has even included a cool list of common fairies.

Charlie has a parking fairy.  For a fourteen-year-old who can’t even drive, a parking fairy is pretty useless.  Charlie would much rather have a shopping fairy like her best friend or even a bathroom fairy.  At least that way she’d never have to go to the restroom in the middle of a movie.  Charlie always smells like gasoline and people constantly bug her to go places with them so they can benefit from her fairy and get great parking spaces.  Charlie has had enough. She has decided – NO – vowed to get rid of her fairy.

One way Charlie thinks she can ditch her fairy is to prevent it from doing its job.  She isn’t going to ride in any vehicle until her fairy is gone.  The problem? Walking everywhere is causing her to be late to school so she is racking up demerits faster than she can get ride of them.

Another situation causing Charlie stress is a new boy at school.  Steffi is handsome, interesting, and seems to be showing interest in her.  UNTIL he sees Fiorenza and her stupid “All The Boys Like You” fairy.

Charlie develops a drastic plan.  She even teams up with her nemesis, Fiorenza, to take care of her fairy problem once and for all.

HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY by Justine Larbalestier is a delightful story about fairies, friendship, and first love.  Some nonsense words are interspersed throughout the book to replace selected vocabulary. Determining the meaning of a word is easy by using the context of the sentence, but for those who want to be sure, there is a glossary at the back of the book.  The author has even included a cool list of common fairies.