Breathtaking: A Review of THE TREACHERY OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Ruth Frances Long

The Treachery of Beautiful Things 

The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Ruth Frances Long
384 pages
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: August 16th 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

  It’s been 7 long years since Jenny’s beloved brother, Tom, was swallowed by the trees of Branley Copse.

   Now 17-year-old Jenny has returned to say good-bye and move-on. Instead she finds herself hearing Tom’s lovely music and goes in to the trees to find him. Now she finds herself no longer in Branley Copse but in a breath-taking place with equally pretty creatures. Here she meets Jack, The guardian of the Forest, a mysterious boy who’s trying to send her back over the Edge and into her world. But Jenny’s determined to find her brother and go back home and live a happy life once again. In the vast and beautiful faerie world Jenny comes face-to-face with the king and queen, the piper (who’s she’s certain is Tom), and creatures that are probably more dangerous than she knows.

   Stunning and beautifully written The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a book that will leave you craving for more. The beginning threw me off, making me think that it would be boring, but before I knew it, I was on the last page, and all I wanted was more. I really liked the characters, especially Puck. For me the way Ruth Frances Long wrote wasn’t exactly captivating, it didn’t really have a steady rhythm, but I still liked it. If only it wasn’t a standalone!

   The Treachery of Beautiful Things really was beautiful, just as its title boasts. The world was a breathtaking place – not only for Jenny, but for me too. The 384 pages flew by pretty fast, but one thing’s for sure: I can’t wait to read more by Ruth Frances Long!

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    September 10, 2012

    Oh this sounds so lovely and I want to experience this world now. I love a great and unique world and this one sounds so wonderful!

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    September 10, 2012

    The cover of this book is absolutely stunning, and it sounds like the author has created an incredible world that I am definitely looking forwrad to exploring! Thanks for the review.

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    laura thomas

    September 10, 2012

    This story has me hooked and look at that cover art. Stunning, eh!! I will be reading further about this book. Thank you for another author to follow and what sounds like another great book!

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    September 10, 2012

    tnx for the review . it looks good

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    September 11, 2012

    I'm still not sure if this book is for me but I must say, you sure have piqued my interest! And that cover? Beautiful! Glad to hear you liked this :)

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    September 12, 2012

    Oh, God. I am crazy about this book. I really need to read it. The cover is incredible, the plot seems amazing and everybody loves it.

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    September 23, 2012

    I seriously need to sit down and read this one. I have it, just haven't gotten to it yet. Sounds brilliant!

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    Katharyn Vela

    September 24, 2012

    Not sure if this is a me book, but so glad you liked it. I still love the cover!

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    December 16, 2012

    I love fairies and this sounds great! I am curious to know how everything turns out. Great cover!