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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 thr 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.


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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 thr 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.

30 review for The Treachery of Beautiful Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    For me, sometimes I rate a book because, objectively, it's just a really bad book with limited literary quality.  This is not an objective rating and I need to reinforce that before we continue.  It is a subjective reflection on my personal reading experience.  Because the first half of the book, that I read, wasn't necessarily a poorly written book. If you like fairy fantasy then you will probably enjoy it.  I, for one, enjoy fairies - but not this kind of fairy story, and it's not the author's For me, sometimes I rate a book because, objectively, it's just a really bad book with limited literary quality.  This is not an objective rating and I need to reinforce that before we continue.  It is a subjective reflection on my personal reading experience.  Because the first half of the book, that I read, wasn't necessarily a poorly written book. If you like fairy fantasy then you will probably enjoy it.  I, for one, enjoy fairies - but not this kind of fairy story, and it's not the author's fault. Long is trying to get back to somewhat old school fairy tale tellings, and in doing so, has returned to many of the themes intrinsic to the fairy mythos - which is moral, physical and spiritual purity of the human which is tested when pitied into the fairy realm where temptations and defilers lurk around every corner. Don't eat their food, don't dance with them (cause you know what dancing leads to...) don't corrupt yourself by lying with the fairy king.  The counter balance to that is that through love, moral goodness (restraint for evil temptations) and by having a pure heart - you can triumph over the wicked, corrupt fae. All a lovely story if that's your thing, but it isn't mine.  I don't do distressed damsels at risk of having their virginity frisked and proving to all that their mighty heart can not be conquered by evil because she's just so GOOD and PURE.  Look at her rescue that baby!  Look how vulnerable she is one minute but protecting innocent children the next! It really is my fault.  I should have paid more attention to the cover.  I mean, take a good look at that thing for a second. I mean, look at it!  She's wearing a white fru-fru dress while walking through a forest, clutching blooming flowers to her lower body and looking flustered and scared.  I couldn't have picked a better way of depicting maidenhood if I'd taped a real hymen to the front cover.  I need to learn to pay attention! Just about everything that happens to our protagonist, from the moment she steps into fairy, is a sex metaphor she must escape from.  And if that kind of repressed expression of female sexuality speaks to you then please try this book.  But at the point in which a handsome man kisses her and she LOSES HER SOUL, and Oberon shows up as one of the big antagonists promising to deflower her because she's just so pure and good - well, that's the point at which my upchuck reflex goes into overdrive and I mentally check out. At least I now know why Steph and I have no soul.  It's all that dirty, dirty sex and alcohol and bad food and filthy dancing and lack of any kind of repression.  And I really wouldn't personally have it any other way. This review can be found on our blog at Cuddlebuggery. *Thanks to the publishers who provided this ARC to me through Netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    One of the things I loved best about The Treachery of Beautiful Things was that it kept to the more traditional faerie lore -- think more A Midsummer Night s Dream and less Wings. And several favorites from the Shakespearian comedy appear in the novel, as well, making it feel as if I was visiting old friends. I love faerie stories and was glad to see that this particular tale was a return to the faerie world I’ve always known and loved, steeped in rich folklore and magical creatures. The imagery One of the things I loved best about The Treachery of Beautiful Things was that it kept to the more traditional faerie lore -- think more A Midsummer Night s Dream and less Wings. And several favorites from the Shakespearian comedy appear in the novel, as well, making it feel as if I was visiting old friends. I love faerie stories and was glad to see that this particular tale was a return to the faerie world I’ve always known and loved, steeped in rich folklore and magical creatures. The imagery used to describe the Faerie Realm is phenomenal, if not surreal. Ruth Frances Long depicts a world untouched by human technology, full of wonder and magic and unimaginable beauty. But our heroine Jenny soon finds out that the treachery of the Faerie Realm lies in the simplistic nature of things, for nothing is ever as it seems. The more she travels the Realm with Jack and Puck, the more she comes to realize this truth. Jenny’s story is a bit sad. On her way home from a music lesson with her brother, the trees reached out and stole him from her. Of course, anyone she tells this story to deems her crazy or fanciful. Seven years later, as Jenny is preparing to go off to college, she goes to the forest that took her brother so long ago in hopes of making peace with his disappearance and saying a final goodbye to the brother she loved so much. Turns out, the forest wants her, too. Once in the Faerie Realm, Jenny’s only objective is to retrieve Tom and return home. She is determined and intelligent but by no means is she any match for the Realm and its inhabitants, especially once they know she’s there and what her future holds. Jack and Puck try to keep her safe and repeatedly try to coax her into leaving the forest for good, but Jenny refuses to leave without Tom. And so Jenny spends much of her time traipsing through the forest with her companions, oblivious to what’s right in front of her. She’s a damsel in near-constant distress, but it doesn’t grate on my nerves like it might in other novels. After all, she is in a magical world with no powers of her own to speak of. Plus, her rescuer is Jack o’ the Forest and his character left me with no complaints. He was complex and difficult to decipher…the yin to her yang, so to speak. Their romance in the novel isn’t all touchy-feely, and it isn’t really the focus of the story until the end, but it was still beautiful and, I don’t know…fulfilling? You know how some love stories leave you feeling like it was just a romance of convenience, not like the characters were really meant to fall in love, just that they did so for the sake of advancing the plot? Yeah, the romance in Treachery isn’t like that at all. It’s well-developed over the course of the novel, with neither party realizing it was happening or at least denying it to themselves or anyone who risked mentioning it. It wasn’t cute or sweet, it was simply lovely. I loved all of the characters in this book, even the ones I wasn’t supposed to, including the fierce Oberon and the creepy Mab. But my favorite was probably Wayland. He was but a bit player, though his part nearly cemented the future for Jack. I always enjoy the character who foresees the future, giving you vague details but then won’t tell you what they mean. And then of course he gives Jack a gift that could kill him as soon as help him. It’s good to have a guy like that on your side, rather than working against you. The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a lesson in love, loyalty and trust. It's a charming story told amidst unsettling things, but it's one of the better faerie tales I've read. It's also a stand-alone, which means that you're not committing to yet another series if you're smart and decide to give it a try. My favorite quote: "Every game has its Jacks," she said, the sadness of it pulling down the elation of sudden understanding. "The thing that acts as a wild card. It can't be counted on or predicted. A weapon, even. But he's in other places, too, isn't he? And do you know what else a Jack is, Puck?...I do." - p. 325 of galley And I posted this teaser a couple of weeks ago: "She was talking to a tree. Just talking to a tree. Totally normal. People probably did it every day here. They're only trees. She fought an insane urge to laugh." -- p. 181 of galley Thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for providing a galley for review. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a beautifully written book, marvelously atmospheric, but bogged down by foolish characters and a confusing ending. Jenny is Tom's little sister; she adores him with a child's hero-worship for an older sibling. Tom is the favored child, tremendously talented with the flute, and when he disappears into the trees one day, Jenny and their family is never the same. She can't recall what happened, except to say that Tom got eaten by trees. Her parents never get over The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a beautifully written book, marvelously atmospheric, but bogged down by foolish characters and a confusing ending. Jenny is Tom's little sister; she adores him with a child's hero-worship for an older sibling. Tom is the favored child, tremendously talented with the flute, and when he disappears into the trees one day, Jenny and their family is never the same. She can't recall what happened, except to say that Tom got eaten by trees. Her parents never get over the tragedy, ships her off to boarding school, while their mother self-medicates the pain away. Jenny never forgives herself, but she is almost 18, about to enter college in the fall, and she braves her fear of going into the woods one last time to say goodbye to Tom. Unwittingly, she enters the fairy realm where her brother was abducted, and sets off to rescue Tom and bring him home. She runs into Jack, whom she is not entirely sure she can trust, and the book is alternately told through his and her view. The good: The writing and the beautifully-created environment. Ruth Frances Long has written a book that is verbally, among the best descriptive writing I've read in YA fiction. The world of faerie, the characters, everything comes alive. The descriptions are beautiful, vivid, and never overdone. There is nothing of Dickens about it, reading the book for the words alone is purely enjoyable. So impossibly graceful, it hardly looked real; rather, it appeared to have been spun from dew drops and gossamer. Ash trees lined the path leading toward it, slender and pale as beautiful maidens bending as if to tend it. Now that's a world I'd like to inhabit. The characters, on the other hand...not so perfect. I had high aspirations for Jenny. She seemed like a level-headed character, though mentally traumatized through her experience when her brother disappeared. Initially, I thought she was brave, confronting her fear of the woods and entering them to save her brother. She does indeed to everything she can to fulfill her goal, my main concern is that the majority of her actions are foolish and rushed, that places her solidly into the TSTL category. Forget her fear of the unknown, of the forest. Any time she's upset at her guide, Jack, she foolishly rushes off on her own, into a strange wilderness in which danger is inherent. After the first few situation, the reader loses much sympathy for her. And then there's this... "Oh God. I don't believe I'm doing this!" She surged to her feet, trying to shelter the baby, and ran into the clearing, straight at the dragon. Really, Jenny? REALLY? And let's not mention the baby. This is a fairy creature's baby. It doesn't look like a normal baby. Any idiot knows not to disturb a infant animal when there's the possibility of an angry mother returning at any moment. And yet Jenny not only takes the baby, but rushes into a confrontation with a dragon AND the baby's angry fairy mother. I wish this was her only foolish action, nope, nope, nope. Jenny even admits it herself after her 10000th mistake. She was an idiot, so afraid of the greenman, so angry with Jack, so thoughtless[...]So upset, so angry, so stupid and blind. And then there's Jack. Beautiful, wounded, martyr Jack. And boy is he a martyr, he might as well be wearing a crucifix. Jack is plagued by guilt, he blames himself for everything that goes wrong in their adventure, regardless if it's actually TSTL Jenny's fault or not. He is a good protagonist, he's nice, he's mysterious, he's not a jerk...but boy is he a martyr. I got sick of all his guilt around the first half of the book. The ending was not rushed, but I found it tremendously confusing. I couldn't keep track of what was going on, I didn't know why things happened that way, I didn't know how the characters ended up as they did. The plot and characters had too many flaws for the plot to be truly enjoyable, but the writing was a masterpiece.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long Publisher: Dial Publication Date: August 16, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: Gift from a friend Summary (from Goodreads): 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 th ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long Publisher: Dial Publication Date: August 16, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: Gift from a friend Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I have had this book for ages! Literally since Christmas 2012, when one of my best friends gave it to me that year. I've been meaning to read it since then, even before then, but never brought myself to it. Luckily, Pili pushed this one on me, so it's my Pili-Pushed recommendation of November. To see my reviews of other Pili-Pushed recommendations, see the "Pili Pushed" tag! Jenny's brother was taken seven years ago... by the forest. Seven years later, Jenny is determined to find him. She enters the forest, and finds a world so unlike her own. The Fae live in this Realm, as in, Queen Titania/Mab, Oberon, Puck... and Jack, the Jack o' the Forest. Jack is the guardian of the Edge, and he is charged with helping those on a quest (which is Jenny). But Jenny quickly learns that the Fae world is treacherous and dangerous, but she will stop at nothing to get her brother back. I usually don't like books that involve the Fae/faeries... but how much did I love this book? Let me count the ways. I really enjoyed the Fae aspect of this book! It's much like what I personally think of, when I think of the Fae. Like, the Shakespeare stuff, with wicked, tricksy faeries. Oberon, Titania, Mab, Puck... they're all very present in this book, and very much like they came from a Shakespeare play. I really, really liked this! This book is written in third person, and this really worked for me. I still connected with Jenny, though in the beginning, she seemed a little distant. Most scenes are exclusively Jenny's, but there are some that feature only Jack. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Jack. Jack is the guardian of the edge, so he watches the border between the human world and the Fae world. He serves Oberon, but he also answers to Titania (everyone does). There is so much mystery surrounding Jack, and we don't get to know everything at once. I love how Long feeds us information about Jack, bit by bit. Definitely made me love him slowly but surely, more and more. There IS romance in this book, yay! Jenny doesn't go into the forest looking for love - she's hunting for her brother. And Jack - he's been around for a while, doing his job, trying to find a way out of his curse... he doesn't expect or want to fall for anyone. Jack has to save Jenny on many occasions, and eventually, he realizes just how much he's grown to care about her. I thought the romance was really sweet and slow-burn... definitely one of my favorite structures of a romance in fiction. Love! The story was so fascinating and dark and intriguing. I love Long's storytelling, her prose, her way with words. This story wasn't just about Jenny finding her brother - it was about Jack and his curse, the Fae world and their tyrant. It's a standalone novel, so it wraps up at the end. The ending is fabulous. So beautiful, and not too perfect. Okay, it was perfect, in a warm, lovely way. Ah! What I Did Not Like: I wanted a little more from the story before Jack has to rescue Jenny from the Nix (you'll have to read the book to know what I mean - and I promise, this isn't a spoiler). This occurs about halfway through the book, but it also takes a good portion of the book, for Jack to rescue her, and then we haven't even reached the climax. I wanted a little more journey, trampling through the forest, that kind of thing. Just a small thing! Would I Recommend It: I seriously loved this book - a fantasy novel set in the modern world - and I would totally recommend it. Especially for the romance, it's one of my favorites. Love! Rating: 4 stars. I can't believe I waited this long to read the book! It's been sitting in my room... innocently... for nearly two years. Shame on me for doing that! I really liked this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    It has some good qualities and the book is not terrible, it's just not keeping my attention at all. I'm finding I don't really care for the characters still at 65% in; the MC is easily swayed and a little too "damsel in distress" for my taste, so I'm calling quits on this on. I could see those who are big fans of fantasies with faeries - the old fashioned fairy tale style - enjoying it, it just isn't for me. As this is a DNF and I kept getting too distracted to keep much in, I won't be reviewing It has some good qualities and the book is not terrible, it's just not keeping my attention at all. I'm finding I don't really care for the characters still at 65% in; the MC is easily swayed and a little too "damsel in distress" for my taste, so I'm calling quits on this on. I could see those who are big fans of fantasies with faeries - the old fashioned fairy tale style - enjoying it, it just isn't for me. As this is a DNF and I kept getting too distracted to keep much in, I won't be reviewing this one further.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deidra

    (One of) My Favorite Line(s): ""Beware a kiss," he told her. "Kisses are powerful things. You expose a part of your soul."" Why I Loved It: Now I first requested this book because it sounded a bit like the Iron Fey series. I'll admit, I still haven't finished that series yet, but I really loved the first book in the series. So I thought, why not? And I'm so glad that I pushed request. Due to a research paper that is due Monday, I was supposed to be working on that. True reading a novel is always (One of) My Favorite Line(s): ""Beware a kiss," he told her. "Kisses are powerful things. You expose a part of your soul."" Why I Loved It: Now I first requested this book because it sounded a bit like the Iron Fey series. I'll admit, I still haven't finished that series yet, but I really loved the first book in the series. So I thought, why not? And I'm so glad that I pushed request. Due to a research paper that is due Monday, I was supposed to be working on that. True reading a novel is always preferable over writing research papers, but I found that all worth ethic was being sucked away into the book. If you love YA fantasy, and you are not hooked by just the prologue, then I will say that there is probably something wrong with you. The writing in the book seemed to get better and better the more I read. The world seemed to grow and twist and turn until it had evolved time and time again to something even more incredible. Anyone familiar with the world of fae will know how dangerous that world can be. I couldn't help it though. The danger was beautiful in a way that took my breath away at times. I found myself swept away in the craziness that surrounded Jenny. And I loved Jack. Now the true test of a novel like this is in its ability to stand alone. Most people will want to read it because of The Iron Fey series. I find that I'm not wanting to compare the books because the book owned its own place, so I think it has passed with flying colors. The story was very different, but just as magical. Who Should Read It: If you read and loved the Iron Fey series, you should pick this one up too. Lovers of YA fantasy would probably like it too. Cover whores should try and pick it up too. That cover is beautiful. Warning: Book may extinguish work ethic and cause excessive reading. Special thanks to Penguin for letting me read the book in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gergana

    You see this pretty little cover with a sweet young girl in a princess dress looking all innocent and surprised? Yeah...hope you enjoy reading about her blood being sucked out. ❦ The Treachery of Beautiful Things can be best described as The Labyrinth movie meets Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth). If you're wondering whether you should check the book out, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself. 1. Are you a fan of traditional old-style fairy-tales? 2. Do you enjoy You see this pretty little cover with a sweet young girl in a princess dress looking all innocent and surprised? Yeah...hope you enjoy reading about her blood being sucked out. ❦ The Treachery of Beautiful Things can be best described as The Labyrinth movie meets Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth). If you're wondering whether you should check the book out, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself. 1. Are you a fan of traditional old-style fairy-tales? 2. Do you enjoy books about Faerie? 3. Are you a person who doesn't mind a mild horror and a damsel-in-distress type of heroine so much? If you've answered YES! to everything up there, then you're in for a real treat! ❧ The Story ☙ The Treachery of Beautiful Things follows the journey of Jenny into the world of the Fae. Seven years ago, while Jenny and her older brother were walking home one evening, the nearby forest attacks them (trust me, it's far more terrifying than I make it sound), dragging her sibling into its darkness and leaving the girl into a state of shock and paranoia. The plot mercifully cuts immediately to the present, sparing us the details of Jenny's visits to the psychiatrists and alienation from her piers and family. We see her starring at the forest, trying to muster the courage to go in, when she suddenly hears her brother playing her favorite song on the flute and the music is coming from inside the woods. Is it really him? There is only one way to find out. From this point on, the book takes a surprisingly dark turn. The forest turns out to be inhabitted by the fae (nooooo, it's not Tinkerbell, and noooooo, it's not the sexy, gorgeous, muscled guys from YA and PNR books). The fae from the legends aren't exactly nice and you'll be lucky if they just want to give you a swift and painless death. Thankfully, Jenny is rescued (and continues to be rescued) by Jack, a mysterious boy with mismatched eyes, who is tasked with guarding the border and guiding any visitors in the domain. Can she trust him to guide her to her brother? Will she escape the clutches of Titania - queen of the sidhe, or the attention of King Oberon? Will she survive dragons, nymphs, nixes and all kinds of creatures who mean her harm? ❧ Positives ☙ Judging by the cover, you would think this is one of those generic YA romance books with very little fantasy, world-building or plot. Glad to say, I got it all wrong! Pacing - it's fast, filled with action and horror. There are a few slow moments, of course, but they never continue for too long. The character development was pretty good as well - no, we don't see a 180 degrees turn, but we do see Jenny and Jack grow and their personality change (getting assulted by monsters almost non-stop can do this to you, I suppose). THE RESEARCH and LOVE for fairy-tales that was put in the story is phenomenal! The author has done her job and she has managed to combine several traditional stories into one, adapting it for present-day readers in the meantime. ❧ Negatives ☙ The story doesn't progress very quickly. Yes, the pacing is action-packed, but there is so much repetition and certain things that are obvious for the readers from the start are a mystery for the heroine for quite a long time. The repetition is ... rather annoying, I'm afraid. 1.We see Jenny in trouble? 2.A type of fairy is trying to kill her? 3.Jack comes and rescues her! 4.Jack leaves Jenny to go fulfil his duties as guardian of the forest. 5.Jenny is in trouble again. ...and so on. We see the same scenario being repeated about 5-6 times. Obviously, it wasn't so bad that it would put me off the book, but it's good to be prepared. The ending is worth it! ❧ Conclusion ☙ Will I reread? Probably not for a long time. Will I buy a hard-copy? Nah, I'm good. It was enjoyable, but reading it once on my Kindle was enough for the next few years. Will I recommend to friends? If you love fairy-tale retellings this is one of the better ones I've read. I definitely liked it more than The Darkest Part of the Forest. ❧ Similar books: ☙

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    3.8 stars. At the beginning I nearly DNF-ed this book, the author is someone I'm not familiar with and her tale of 'younger sister goes to the dangerous Realm of faes to save her sibling' feels very much like a case of 'been there, done before' to me, and the book's title is kinda sorta weird too. Not to mention the heroine turns out a bit on the 'Special Snowflake' side. Plus her stubbornness and the insta-love between her and the male love interest (they know each other for days but they will d 3.8 stars. At the beginning I nearly DNF-ed this book, the author is someone I'm not familiar with and her tale of 'younger sister goes to the dangerous Realm of faes to save her sibling' feels very much like a case of 'been there, done before' to me, and the book's title is kinda sorta weird too. Not to mention the heroine turns out a bit on the 'Special Snowflake' side. Plus her stubbornness and the insta-love between her and the male love interest (they know each other for days but they will do everything to save each other!?) surely don't endear her to me much. However, things changed probably by the time the heroine (view spoiler)[got caught by the blood sucking Redcaps (hide spoiler)] and the King and Queen of the faes showed up, Ms. Long 's faeries are impressive creatures and the myths about them well done, and the story is saved by the finely written final conflicts, even the heroine shows a certain degree of growth too. Therefore, I'm satisfied.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    More like 4.5 stars. I loved this so much. Review to come.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tara Higgins

    3.5 maybe 4...not sure

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anagha Uppal

    I have very mixed feelings about The Treachery of Beautiful Things. I just finished it, so it's a little difficult to process, so I'll take it one thing at a time... Plot: I loved the theme of this novel. When Jenny revisits the forest where years ago, her brother was snatched by the forest, instead of finding closure, she finds herself drawn in also and finds that the forest is both intensely beautiful and life-threateningly treacherous. She vows to find her lost brother, if only to save her bro I have very mixed feelings about The Treachery of Beautiful Things. I just finished it, so it's a little difficult to process, so I'll take it one thing at a time... Plot: I loved the theme of this novel. When Jenny revisits the forest where years ago, her brother was snatched by the forest, instead of finding closure, she finds herself drawn in also and finds that the forest is both intensely beautiful and life-threateningly treacherous. She vows to find her lost brother, if only to save her broken family, and comes across blood-sucking Redcaps, soul-stealing gorgeous boys, and man-eating trees. But it is also about the family bond, love, compassion and courage in the face of danger - the qualities of a true May Queen (guess who it turns out to be). Characters: This is a point in which I was severely disappointed in the novel. The characters, although "good", weren't necessarily likable. Jenny's often in the "damsel in distress" position - be it with the aforementioned Redcaps, guys or pixies. One mean word from her new crush and she's running off into the arms of a guy who kisses her and sucks her soul. That leaves Jack (the crush) to feel guilty and journey to all sorts of places to save her. She couldn't have just talked it over? Maybe even ignored him like normal people? Other times, you find her foolishly rescuing a Leczi's ugly baby, which supposedly shows her deep compassion. And then suddenly, she can scare off the monsters, who a day ago, were about to tear her apart. That last part isn't necessarily a character flaw, just a flaw in logic. I couldn't connect to the torn, tortured-soul Jack whose only memorable characteristic is that he has the one blue and one green eye. He's the guardian of the Edge, which means he must protect outsiders and must help them on their quests, but he has also foolishly promised his loyalty to both the king Oberon and the queen Titania (Mab) who are very much at odds. Even the "bad guys" - well, you're supposed to hate them, right? Or love-hate them? Or feel as if they mattered in the story, other than just creating a reason for Jack to feel uncertain about his feelings for Jenny, and then when they finally get together in the end, to make it seem all the more magical. Every couple has to have hurdles, right? In this case, they were lame ones. It's not their fault they think they're so invincible! Puck made a lot more of a mark on me than the other characters - he was mischievous and two-faced, but also caring and loyal when he was needed, but he wasn't even developed properly. He had minimum impact. Narration: The writing style of this author is truly fabulous. She writes in this lyrical prose that brings out the wonder of the forest - the enchanting and the terrifying. However, I found it to be way too long and at times, too slow-paced for my liking. For the first half of the novel, not much occurred and even the action scenes weren't very quick and snappy. Although the book could maybe have used some cutting, I was awed by the pure talent this author has: the inconceivable surroundings, the forests' inhabitants, all felt completely real to me. Romanciness: What is up with these two? They're fighting one minute and totally in love the next. I don't get it. I don't like it. Cover/Title: I feel cheated! I mostly requested this on Netgalley because of the gorgeous cover, but then I found out from a few mentions on Goodreads that the girl is just a stock photo and has been taken from the The Hedgewitch Queen cover! All they did was flip her, added the forest background, and drew flowers all over. That may be money-saving, but I am totally disappointed! Ack!! The title, however, is both apt for the story and insightful about reality.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    I have wanted to read this book since the very first time that I saw the amazing cover. Once it was released and reviews started coming out, I got a little but nervous because there were some not so great ones. That didn't at all change my mind about wanting to read it, but it did make me wonder how I would feel about it. I should not have worried. The Treachery of Beautiful Things absolutely took my breath away. Beautifully written, the world jumped off of the pages and the characters right al I have wanted to read this book since the very first time that I saw the amazing cover. Once it was released and reviews started coming out, I got a little but nervous because there were some not so great ones. That didn't at all change my mind about wanting to read it, but it did make me wonder how I would feel about it. I should not have worried. The Treachery of Beautiful Things absolutely took my breath away. Beautifully written, the world jumped off of the pages and the characters right along with it. I can still close my eyes and see The Realm, and Jack and Jenny, Puck and Tom, Titania and Oberon. The Leczi and the dragon, The Woodsman. This book is a masterpiece in my eyes. My whole heart was in this with me. The story unfolds slowly, piece by piece. It gains momentum, and you learn things along the way. It makes you think. Ruth Frances Long doesn't tell you what she wants you to know, she shows it to you. She didn't lay it all out for me, she made me go on this journey with Jenny. And I loved every single second of it. It is only the beginning of the year, but The Treachery has easily earned a top spot for my 2013 Reads list. My only issue? Please don't let this be a standalone. I can't believe that I am saying this, but I need more of this world. I need to know the rest of the story. I feel like there are so many things hanging in the balance. The ending was fantastic, but it feels like there is so much more that needs to come. I truly hope that there is a book 2. Recommended for everyone; no language, no sexual situations, or any other inappropriate situations. Some violence, but nothing too bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jalilah

    This novel is steeped in the folk and fairy tales of the British Islands. On Goodreads I see this book shelved as romance and disagree. While there is a love story in it, the entire story does not revolve around it and the book should definitely not be shelved as a romance. I enjoyed this book quite a lot! It is most definitely geared more towards young adult readers, but is a fun read for adults who love traditional folk and fairy tales. Edited to add: Don't be deceived by the cover, as it is v This novel is steeped in the folk and fairy tales of the British Islands. On Goodreads I see this book shelved as romance and disagree. While there is a love story in it, the entire story does not revolve around it and the book should definitely not be shelved as a romance. I enjoyed this book quite a lot! It is most definitely geared more towards young adult readers, but is a fun read for adults who love traditional folk and fairy tales. Edited to add: Don't be deceived by the cover, as it is very misleading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A girl gets thrown into a fantasy world of faeries and has to fight for love and freedom. Opening Sentence: The streetlights flickered on outside the window and Jenny looked up from her book. The Review: FAERIES!!!! My favorite subject in the world of Young Adult Fiction. But not the Tinker Bell type fairies, but evil, beautiful, scheming faeries from ancient folklore. So this makes me a tad biased in how the book was. But even if it didn’t have Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A girl gets thrown into a fantasy world of faeries and has to fight for love and freedom. Opening Sentence: The streetlights flickered on outside the window and Jenny looked up from her book. The Review: FAERIES!!!! My favorite subject in the world of Young Adult Fiction. But not the Tinker Bell type fairies, but evil, beautiful, scheming faeries from ancient folklore. So this makes me a tad biased in how the book was. But even if it didn’t have faeries, for creativeness alone, this book is soooo amazing. After 7 years of psychiatrists and reproachful looks, Jenny has finally decided to move on with her life and say good-bye to her kidnapped brother. So after 7 years of being told that what she saw that night wasn’t real, she is stunned to find out that there’s still hope for finding her brother and putting things right again. But it’s not as easy as she thinks. She has to get past Jack, the guardian of the Edge (where the real world and the Realm collide). He has so many allegiances to the rulers that his loyalty to her is swayed almost constantly. But Jack knows something Jenny doesn’t know…she’s the May Queen and the next possible leader of the Realm. With Titania/Mab hunting her down and Oberon trying to make her his queen, Jenny Wren has little hope for a future with Jack…but hope is the one thing that’s impossible to let go. So, as I said before, this is a book about Faeries. But it’s also a rendition of Snow White (that’s becoming popular nowadays). Although the Snow White plot is small, it’s still cute and original. Every time a characteristic of Snow White’s story unfolded, I was all “aww’s” and “oo’s” (as you can see, I am also a sucker for retold fairy tales). AND! A bit of Norse mythology thrown cleverly in the mix. The writing of the book is excellent. It has a wide variety of vocabulary (don’t worry it’s not the SATs) and great descriptions (but they don’t overwhelm you so much that you skip them *guilty.*) Some parts of the book had me a tad confused. Just more explaining would help. The 3rd person POV really helped tell the history of the Fae without going into too much detail, although this also made it confusing at parts because it wasn’t explained all the way. Although the book could have ended the way it was, I’m still hoping for a sequel. According to Long (I ran to twitter the instant I finished) a second book is still up in the air. So, we should beg Dial to turn Treachery into a series so we can have more Jack and Jenny! Notable Scene: “What’s a May Tree?” she asked, ignoring his admonition. He couldn’t know what she was planning. The idea itself was only germinating, and she’d need to pick her moment. “That is.” He yawned and scratched his rump, referring to the tree tied all over with scraps from the white nightgown. “The rags, Puck. What are the rags? Did Jack do this?” Puck froze and then his face fell. “Ah…” he sighed. “Yes, probably. He would do that.” “Why?” She folded her arms across her chest, the effect of which was lost inside the cloak. But her expression seemed to do the trick. Puck rolled his eyes to the heavens. “They’re wishes. Each and every one. They’re his wishes.” “So many?” “No. Jack only has one wish. But he wishes it a thousand times a day.” Puck turned aside, gazing off though the trees where the song of the river came from. “He dreams of it, dreams of a future. Few creatures in the Realm are so cursed as to live in hope. Poor Jack o’ the Forest, Jack in Green. He only longs to be free.” FTC Advisory: Dial/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Treachery of Beautiful Things. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Souza

    “The treachery of beautiful things”, by Ruth Frances Long is published by Dial Books and is set to be released August 16, 2012. I was doing some browsing on Goodreads when I came across this book. The cover art is beautiful and when I read the description I was very interested in reading it. “The treachery of beautiful things” starts off with a young brother and sister (Jenny and Tom) walking home from music lessons (Tom is gifted with the flute). They decide to take a shortcut by some woods an “The treachery of beautiful things”, by Ruth Frances Long is published by Dial Books and is set to be released August 16, 2012. I was doing some browsing on Goodreads when I came across this book. The cover art is beautiful and when I read the description I was very interested in reading it. “The treachery of beautiful things” starts off with a young brother and sister (Jenny and Tom) walking home from music lessons (Tom is gifted with the flute). They decide to take a shortcut by some woods and Tom is taken by something in the forest. Jenny, scarred by the abduction and unable to reasonably explain what happened to Tom to her parents, is sent away to attend school and get counsiling. Seven years pass and the story really begins. Jenny returns to the woods determined to find Tom and bring him home. She enters the forest only to find that she has crossed the border from the human world into the fae realm. She soon encounters Jack o’ the forest, a border guardian, and puck the hobgoblin (aka Robin Goodfellow). Jenny struggles with the reality of what is happening or rather the fantasy of it, but she is not deterred. Jack and Puck very reluctantly agree to help her after trying numerous times to get her back over the border. Let’s not forget the evil Queen Mab, King Oberon, the queen’s piper, blood drinking redcaps, maneating trees, and evil water fae. It didn’t take me any time at all to get fully invested in this story. I liked Jenny, which is saying something because I usually find myself disliking the main female character in teen books. She didn’t do a lot of senseless whining and fit throwing, and she stuck to her guns. Don’t get me wrong, she did make some stupid choices and I had a few moments where I wanted to smack her, but overall she was a good lead character. Jack was my favorite character in this book. He was well written and very complex. He struggles to follow his heart while battling Queen Mab and King Oberon, who are both out to get Jenny under their control. Jack finds himself wanting to be close to Jenny but knows that he needs to get her home and out of danger. He is written in a way that shows you he isn’t human, but he still wants to be free and to be the master of his own heart. In “The treachery of beautiful things”, Puck is mischevious and not entirely trustworthy, but he is a great supporing character. This book is filled with some pretty creepy fae that will make you glad you aren’t alone in a forest with them. The romance between Jack and Jenny is subtle and in no way the main plot in this book. Filled with beautiful descriptions and a not so fluffy take on fairies, “The treachery of beautiful things” is a lovely book that is a must read for anyone who likes teen fantasy books. This book seems to be a stand alone title, but I would love to see another title set in this world. Ruth Frances Long is an author to watch, and her books have a place on my favorite’s shelf.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Fey books don't really go down well for me but MY GOSH. I loved this! The cover is so beautiful and intriguing and it makes you want to travel to the world it exposes. But looks can be deceitful- if it's one thing this book reinforces its that. It's hard to distinguish right from wrong but as the wonderful and gorgeous Jack always says 'follow your heart.' and it will lead you and help you when everything seems harder. Tom and Jenny were only children when Tom was taken 'disappearing' into the t Fey books don't really go down well for me but MY GOSH. I loved this! The cover is so beautiful and intriguing and it makes you want to travel to the world it exposes. But looks can be deceitful- if it's one thing this book reinforces its that. It's hard to distinguish right from wrong but as the wonderful and gorgeous Jack always says 'follow your heart.' and it will lead you and help you when everything seems harder. Tom and Jenny were only children when Tom was taken 'disappearing' into the trees that seemingly snatched him and after 7 long years of being blamed for his death, attending god knows how many counselling and appointments, suffering from nightmares she cant get out of her head and living in the shadows as an outcast Jenny returns to the forest where she happens to hear Tom playing his famous music and before she knows it she too is snatched into a land elsewhere. There she meets Jack, guardian of the edge, knight to Oberon and slave to the forest. But also there begins a journey for Jenny nit only to survive but tosave Tom, and get home. But all is not as easy as it seems. As its not Tom the first wanted 7 years ago it was Jenny, And Tom is not the young boy he used to be but a man. A man whom is now Queen Titania's lover, and loyal prince. Queen Titania is King Oberon's enemy and unknown to Jenny she is to be Queen of May, Oberon's new lover however Titania also wants her as a sacrifice to the forest and to give Queen Mab who shares Titania's body, a body of her very own. So Mab needs a new body and Oberon needs a new Queen however Jenny is not just stuck in a war between the King and Queen but is also in a battle of her very own. A battle with her feelings, as she tries to work out her growing love for Jack, the man who tricked her, saved her and protects her. She was chosen by the forest and by Jack and she can see the fae when only the Queen of May would be. How will she survive when the Queen wants her dead, the King wants to control her and Jack and Puck are his bound slaves? And will Tom even want to come home should she find him? A complicated plot and a lot to keep up with. But you will not fall short of action and it will keep your attention and not even allow you to come an inch within boredom. A very. Very, VERY, good book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Throughout the first half of this book I thought I would be giving it more than 2 stars. But as I continued to read, the light-hearted whimsy and allure of romance that kept me turning pages became overshadowed by the book's flaws. The flaws, in my opinion, are as follows: The main character, Jenny, is not very likable. Mostly she is a very one-dimensional character, and so there really wasn't much there to like or dislike. But what WAS there was rather whiny. And kind of stupid. The author fore Throughout the first half of this book I thought I would be giving it more than 2 stars. But as I continued to read, the light-hearted whimsy and allure of romance that kept me turning pages became overshadowed by the book's flaws. The flaws, in my opinion, are as follows: The main character, Jenny, is not very likable. Mostly she is a very one-dimensional character, and so there really wasn't much there to like or dislike. But what WAS there was rather whiny. And kind of stupid. The author foreshadows things like crazy - I mean, continually slaps the reader in the face with "hint" after obvious hint about things, and then a hundred pages later Jenny finally catches on and is totally taken by surprise. Also, when elements of the plot are first introduced they seem charming and straightforward. But then the author brings in more and more branches, and the story line ends up kind of convoluted. She includes a lot of neat folklore, but she tries to include too much, I think, and things get tangled and messy and kind of confusing. I feel like she needed to scale it back a bit, or perhaps all of the many elements would have been woven together neater in the hands of a more skilled writer. My last issue I think mainly stems from the fact that I am about 15-20 years older than the target reader. At first I was intrigued with the blossoming romance, but then it dawned on me that nothing more than a chaste kiss or two was going to happen. I mean, couldn't we at least see them make it to second base? LOL. Of course this isn't a fault with the book itself, but a reason why it didn't totally work for me personally. Subsequently, if I had read this book when I was 13 I probably would have given it at least one more star. As it is, it was an entertaining enough read, but nothing to write home about.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Wow this book, it was so good. It's been a while since I have read a book with magic and fairy tale elements. This book was just so beautiful. I loved the writing style. The characters were great too, I loved how the story built and we got to see the magical elements and the forest elements in this book. It's so good I can't believe it took me almost a month to read it!! I really liked Jack, and Jenny they were really good characters. I knew I would like Jack from the moment he was introduced, an Wow this book, it was so good. It's been a while since I have read a book with magic and fairy tale elements. This book was just so beautiful. I loved the writing style. The characters were great too, I loved how the story built and we got to see the magical elements and the forest elements in this book. It's so good I can't believe it took me almost a month to read it!! I really liked Jack, and Jenny they were really good characters. I knew I would like Jack from the moment he was introduced, and the way Jenny explained his eyes, and how they were different colours I kinda liked him then and there. He was interesting to read about and I wasn't expecting any of the twists in this book that happened when it came to Jack, he was just so different. That's what I liked about him. Jenny as a character was interesting too, she was someone who knew what she wanted and would fight for it and she was strong when it came to the events that happened in this book. I don't want to say too much about the book because that would spoil it and I want people to read this book, and Entwined by Heather Dixon that book also had magic in it. It's definitely a book I will read again and recommend to people. I would recommend it to you if you like fairytales and magic in books. This was a great read for those things. I haven't heard much about it, but I wish more people would read it. Please just read it, so we can talk about it!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Louise

    Dark and twisted. The first fairy world that I never want to be a part of. Yet beautiful. This book was very predictable, yet I loved every moment. This book is a quock, easy, interesting read! I love Jack ♡♡♡ Jenny was weak, yet it didn't bother me. She was kindness in a cruel world, so it was charming how helpless she seemed. It was her kind heart that made her a victim, and after all the books I've read with bad ass women who can take down countless huge men at once... it was almost refreshin Dark and twisted. The first fairy world that I never want to be a part of. Yet beautiful. This book was very predictable, yet I loved every moment. This book is a quock, easy, interesting read! I love Jack ♡♡♡ Jenny was weak, yet it didn't bother me. She was kindness in a cruel world, so it was charming how helpless she seemed. It was her kind heart that made her a victim, and after all the books I've read with bad ass women who can take down countless huge men at once... it was almost refreshing! But, I doubt I'd like any other helpless women as much as I liked her haha. Overall, very good book. I recommend it to all lovers of books with fairies, enchantment, and no instalove :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

    My review can also be found on Reading Lark: http://readinglark.blogspot.ca/2013/0... The Treachery of Beautiful Things – isn’t that an AWESOME title for a book?!! I think I fell in love with those words and decided to buy the book well before I even read the book’s blurb or really looked at the pretty cover. And if you have read a few faerie stories in your lifetime…you might appreciate how fitting that title would be on many of them. I am generally in my happy place when I enter the realm of an My review can also be found on Reading Lark: http://readinglark.blogspot.ca/2013/0... The Treachery of Beautiful Things – isn’t that an AWESOME title for a book?!! I think I fell in love with those words and decided to buy the book well before I even read the book’s blurb or really looked at the pretty cover. And if you have read a few faerie stories in your lifetime…you might appreciate how fitting that title would be on many of them. I am generally in my happy place when I enter the realm of any faerie story. I just have a thing for this fantastical yet dangerous world. The alluring and cruel fae…so easily we could fall into their web of deceit while being totally captivated by them. Such is the case in this story. The author’s fae are breathtakingly gorgeous but equally as lethal. So easy to fall under their charms and find yourself a slave to a fae king or queen that you can’t help but adore. It’s a twisted world that is also just as fascinating. Ruth Francis Long’s story encompasses all of this, in her stand-alone novel. There was a lot to like and love about this story. At first, I found some elements a bit reminiscent of another of my favourite faerie stories, but I soon found the story was good on its own merits. This modern-type faerie tale pulled me in quite effortlessly and kept me intrigued throughout…even despite feeling a bit lost at times. I had a hard time putting the book down. Jenny watched her big brother Tom be literally swallowed up by the forest seven years earlier. She had always felt guilty for surviving the ordeal while her brother apparently did not…which inevitably led her back to the edge of the forest where she last saw Tom. She finds herself in another realm so surreal and unreal, and beautiful and deadly all at once, and on a quest to bring her long-lost brother home. The story’s heroine, Jenny, was an unlikely strong character. In the beginning, she appeared vulnerable and a bit weak in resolve. But as the story unfolded, that very same character went through an amazing evolution true in spirit with classic faerie tales. Her bravery, determination and HEART won me over…easily. I was easily won over by Jack (Jack o’ the Forest), as well, right along with Jenny! He noticed Jenny’s compassion immediately and immediately was on her side…even though his loyalties were constantly in question…keeping us guessing ourselves. Nothing was black and white in the land of the fae…and neither were its inhabitants…and Jack was no exception. But once we got to see his feelings develop for Jenny, he became classically swoon-worthy. Yes…the characters fell in love rather quickly…but isn’t that part of traditional faerie tales? This was no different. Puck was another notable character I loved. In all the faerie stories I’ve read with a Robin Goodfellow – where he’s been everything from a swoon-worthy teenager, to an older gentlemen with a quirky sense of humour, to a furry-legged hobgoblin – the common element has always been that he was the consummate trickster and someone you end up wanting to have on your side (maybe aside from in A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He was endearing in Ruth’s adaptation of this legendary character, without doubt. The world the author created was treacherously beautiful. Her fae encompassed everything that we’ve read from traditional faerie lore and she executed it well. As I said before, I did have a few small spots throughout the story where I felt a little ‘clued out’ or left out…like I wasn’t on the same wavelength with the author. But the compelling nature of the story kept me turning the pages. Some might try to criticize the ‘realness’ of it all…but I think that should never be attempted when it comes to any modern-day faerie tale. You have to accept the fantasy element going into this or else you just won’t appreciate it. The ending had me freaking out, quite honestly. I knew this was a standalone story and with only a few pages left…I was very anxious about how the author was going to tie it all up and hopefully have the ‘happily ever after’ that most faerie-tales tend to end up with. Needless to say, I was very impressed with how she ended this story. It was actually quite perfect.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanti

    Not terrible, but just not great. The monster-per-chapter thing seemed rather repetitive and I don't feel like finishing. Rating is what I think I'd probably rate it if I did finish. Not terrible, but just not great. The monster-per-chapter thing seemed rather repetitive and I don't feel like finishing. Rating is what I think I'd probably rate it if I did finish.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    I admit I had trouble getting sucked into this book. It took me a while to read, which is hardly ever the case for me. It was almost like the words were too beautiful, the images too intensely vivid, that I couldn’t find my footing. We’re thrust straight into the fae world without getting grounded in Jenny’s life in the real world first. We know she’s traumatized from watching the forest steal her brother. Her parents are grief-stricken and everyone thinks she’s crazy. I think I required at lea I admit I had trouble getting sucked into this book. It took me a while to read, which is hardly ever the case for me. It was almost like the words were too beautiful, the images too intensely vivid, that I couldn’t find my footing. We’re thrust straight into the fae world without getting grounded in Jenny’s life in the real world first. We know she’s traumatized from watching the forest steal her brother. Her parents are grief-stricken and everyone thinks she’s crazy. I think I required at least one scene in which these things were shown. But then it was like the book worked its magic on me. I LOVE the fairy world. Long’s descriptions… exquisite doesn’t even begin to cover it. I could see it. She paints a picture so beautiful and so creepy all at the same time. Nothing and no one is truly trustworthy. Motives are tangled. Everyone’s a trickster. It was intensely confusing at times, but I think it was meant to be. These aren’t you average fairy tale fairies. Approach these fae folk at your own peril. And I fell in love with Jack. Jack is the best. We get to know him so well, and he’s so full of heart and feeling, despite the fact that he’s not human and doesn’t have a heart. Plus he’s HOT, which is a weird thing to say about a guy dressed in leaves, but there it is. Jenny is strong and stubborn and plucky, even if I wanted to know a bit more about her, particularly about her life at home. But you sympathize with her completely. She’s here to get her brother. At all costs. Jack and Jenny’s relationship is complex and beautiful. It tugged on my heartstrings. It’s romantic and magical and oh-so-deep. Jack is officially on my list of Bookish Boyfriends. Everyone’s a villain in the fae world. Every legend is alive and it’s so completely creepy. I confess I’m not well-versed in this kind of folklore, and I was a bit lost in the beginning, but eventually I was able to follow along. You don’t need to be very knowledgeable about Puck and Oberon and Titania and Mab and all that to read this book (though I have read A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, and that may have helped clarify a few things in the beginning). I found myself wanting a few more info-dumps, if that can be believed. Long has created an amazing folktale world, capturing the darkness and treachery that lies at the heart of all our childhood tales. Things get creepy in the forest, and yet I didn’t want to leave it. Read this book if you love old English tales, romantic love, noble sacrifices, and the kind of world where it’s impossible to break and oath. I’ll be over in the corner hoping Jack o’ the Forest comes to rescue me next (it could happen). Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eunice

    3.75 stars Those who know me know that faerie-themed books don't usually work for me. I think the only fae series I finished and really liked was the Iron Fey. Maybe because I started with a very good one that I tend to base my expectation on it. Fortunately, The Treachery of Beautiful Things did work for me. Although not as mind blowing as I would have hoped for but still it was a nice and decent read with an engaging plot and characters. I was actually surprised that I ended up liking and enjoy 3.75 stars Those who know me know that faerie-themed books don't usually work for me. I think the only fae series I finished and really liked was the Iron Fey. Maybe because I started with a very good one that I tend to base my expectation on it. Fortunately, The Treachery of Beautiful Things did work for me. Although not as mind blowing as I would have hoped for but still it was a nice and decent read with an engaging plot and characters. I was actually surprised that I ended up liking and enjoying it. It didn't start well with me though. I can't seem to get into it during the first parts that I kept on putting it down after a few chapters only to picked it up again because I feel bad about it. The fourth time I picked it up I decided I'll finish it then. And I'm glad I did because as the story progressed it started getting really interesting and I soon find myself pretty invested with the story and its characters. Jenny was a character I didn't exactly think would be tough and fights her way. She appears to be bit too "damsel in distress" especially during the earlier parts. But I'm glad that over the course of the story her character developed and I saw that she could be a independent and strong character too despite being naive sometimes. Jack surprises me quite a lot in here too. Clearly, I had the wrong first impressions in most of the things here. I thought Jack would be this too good boring hero who would do anything to save the day. Something that easy and predictable. But I was surprised to find a multi-layered and complex character in him. I love the mysterious side in him and I enjoyed figuring it out. There were holes in this book that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. Things that I think were left unexplained or should've been discussed more. Thus making some parts of it a bit confusing and disorienting. Nonetheless, the last parts, I think, was actually pretty good and even touching. The ending was cute, sweet and satisfying although I wish it was explored a little more since I felt like it was dropped a bit too convinient. Overall, the plot line was intriguing and engaging and the characters were likable. Just a little bit more explaining in some parts becuase there were moments that I did feel lost. Despite its flaws I think this is a nice and lovely read. It took me a while to get into it but as soon as it started getting interesting I kept wanting to know what's gonna happen next. I recommend this. This review is also posted at Book Overdose

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Library Mouse's Words on a Page

    I loved the cover straightaway but little did I know what I was in store for when I went past it. I spent the grand total of less than 1 chapter in our nice, normal and safe reality. Reading this book I stumbled into a world of green, brown and danger. The more beautiful something is the more treacherous and lethal it is. Poor Jenny was initially beyond naive and it took a fair amount of trial and error for her to realise exactly, to what lengths the woodland realm she had stumbled in, was willin I loved the cover straightaway but little did I know what I was in store for when I went past it. I spent the grand total of less than 1 chapter in our nice, normal and safe reality. Reading this book I stumbled into a world of green, brown and danger. The more beautiful something is the more treacherous and lethal it is. Poor Jenny was initially beyond naive and it took a fair amount of trial and error for her to realise exactly, to what lengths the woodland realm she had stumbled in, was willing to go to use her. Nevertheless she braved it all and learnt from her mistakes. What I really liked about her was how despite everything she experienced she maintained a certain level on naivety through which she continued to have a big and caring heart. For her tale, this was both her greatest weakness and strength. Jack on the other hand was anything but naive. He was a leafy tangle of honour, vows, strength and ancient knowledge. The mystery of his true identity, wrapped up in a foliage of curses, pain and lost hearts. The more I read the more I was able to see past all the barriers, secrets and pain. Both myself and Jenny chiselled away at his story, and after some obstacles we were finally rewarded with the true roots of his tale. As their tales entwined, like vines round a tree, I was gripped following it through even the darkest corners of the forestland of the Realm. Ruth Frances Long had every blade of grass, tree and creature echoing evil, danger, mystery and magic through her style of writing. I felt surrounded by danger and was wary of everything I encountered, and yet it was all so enticing, as only something lethal can be. She made me feel like I had truly stepped into her magical Realm not only by her style of writing, but also via the used language. The way the characters spoke in riddles never quite intending what they said, the meaning just beyond my grasp and understanding; was beautifully mysterious and I confess I attempted several times to decipher the true messages. This kept me going even more and was thoroughly intriguing. It felt like a mixture of disney classics and old fairy tales, painted with a rather dark paintbrush. This tale reminded me of stories my grandmother used to tell me as a child, stories that had been told to her by her own grandmother. Thereby which adding a classic traditional feel to it I had not been expecting. I truly enjoyed how it wasn't all airy fairy, but how this magical world was actually absolutely deadly. It was absolutely refreshing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carcamo (The Reader L)

    I have to admit that the first time I read the summary for this book I thought about The Iron Fey series, which I love a lot. But while I started reading I was like... excited! It isn't any alike. You can think that after reading tons of books about fae, you can get bored, but I didn't. The world created by Ruth is exquisit and charming. Yeah, you'll read again about Oberon, Titania, Puck y Mab, but HELL!!! They're not the same you read before the so beautiful it hurts to see, and so terrorific I have to admit that the first time I read the summary for this book I thought about The Iron Fey series, which I love a lot. But while I started reading I was like... excited! It isn't any alike. You can think that after reading tons of books about fae, you can get bored, but I didn't. The world created by Ruth is exquisit and charming. Yeah, you'll read again about Oberon, Titania, Puck y Mab, but HELL!!! They're not the same you read before the so beautiful it hurts to see, and so terrorific it hurts to think. Like you can read in the summary, Jenny comes to the Faerie word with the intention to take her brother's back. What she didn't thought was all the think that could happen to her there. All the treats, and the fear, all the pain, and also, all the love. The characters are something magical, like taken from a book wrote years before on golden pages. They're totally different, almost unreal, but so real at the same time. See? I can't be focus, I just finished it and I'm still thrilled and absolutely in love. The heroine: Jenny is brave. That's the only word I can think of to start talking about her. I swear I don't remember any moment to dissapoint about her, of crying and so damn drama. She is a strong character. Selfless and mature. The crush of the book: Jack... Okay, I am weird so I'll say that when I read his description I "run" to google to search "his kind of eyes" and I loved it, that was the first thing I loved about him. But then, comes to most. He is protective but not the boring and suffocating kind. He is just really lovely and good... and well, misterious. The villians: Mab and Oberon... Oh surprise, yeah, they were the villians.. but heck, forget about the other Mab and Oberon you met before. They're are a new kind of malevolence. Don't want to say more, because I want YOU to meet them! In fact, all about this book is great, very complete and beautiful. It has all the things you want in a YA book: action, romance, a little of drama, amazing characters, a very well created universe, powerful writing-style, and a great plot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. Fae books haven’t been one of my favourite reads, maybe because I’ve only read the Need series once, so I don’t know what to expect. All I know is that Ruth Frances Long has created a beautiful world, with a simple purpose. Jenny trying to find her brother who was swallowed up by the woods. The book reads like a fairy tale, and it even looks An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. Fae books haven’t been one of my favourite reads, maybe because I’ve only read the Need series once, so I don’t know what to expect. All I know is that Ruth Frances Long has created a beautiful world, with a simple purpose. Jenny trying to find her brother who was swallowed up by the woods. The book reads like a fairy tale, and it even looks it. Look at that beautiful cover! I have seen the same model on an indie book, yet this one is surrounded with the setting of Jenny’s world. I couldn’t picture her wearing a beautiful gown until the later chapters, yet it’s still gorgeous to think she’s trolloping through the forest with flowers in her hair. I loved the fantasy elements weaved into the story. The trickery that befalls Jenny, as well as the journey she goes through to find her brother and bring him back home safely. As for the other characters, Jack is wonderful. So much depth and personality, and the struggles he must have gone through could fill up an entire book. He become the hope for Jenny. To help her succeed even if it means his own soul. A world full of faes, Danes Vertes, Foletti, gnomes, birch-boys, pixies, and green men! What a fantastic setting! I wish there was more detail about the history of all the creatures in this world. But sadly I had to visualize my own little world so I could picture each species in its glory. There needed to be more detail. Sometimes books have this tendency to elaborate way too much detail or not enough. Sadly, this book detailed less than I would like to imagine. Good thing I can fill all those details in with my active imagination. Being the second fae book in my reading list, I wasn’t disappointed. If you enjoy being brought into a fantasy realm full of evil faes, moving trees, and tricky pixies then pick this one up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alice Yates

    "They're only trees, only trees. Who's afraid of lonely trees?" This book was AMAZING. The writing was so different and very beautiful: definitely one of the best books I've ever read. This is the year of great books! I loved how Jenny wasn't fearless, but was strong enough when she needed to be. It made her a lot more realistic in my eyes, not a beautiful, unreasonably brave "normal girl" like there are in so many stories. Jack--ah, Jack was amazing. His character had a lot of depth and emotion, "They're only trees, only trees. Who's afraid of lonely trees?" This book was AMAZING. The writing was so different and very beautiful: definitely one of the best books I've ever read. This is the year of great books! I loved how Jenny wasn't fearless, but was strong enough when she needed to be. It made her a lot more realistic in my eyes, not a beautiful, unreasonably brave "normal girl" like there are in so many stories. Jack--ah, Jack was amazing. His character had a lot of depth and emotion, and it wasn't just your average swoon-worthy male love-interest. He had mood swings, he had imperfections (such as his eyes) and Jenny loved him all the same. The best part was that Jenny was a mortal, not beautiful compared to the fey folk he knows, and yet he loved her enough to give up his own freedom. It was so refreshing for the lack of a love-triangle. I get that love triangles can be cute, always making "Team Edward"/"Team Jacob" or "Team Ash"/"Team Puck" but every once and a while it's really nice just to have a plain, two-way love story. THE ENDING. woahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahWOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING ENDING. <3 I would recommend this book to EVERYONE who loves a) beautiful writing b) lovable characters c) intruiging plotlines d) mythical creatures e) love stories f) READING. The only con in this entire book I can think of was Puck, just because Puck is always described as a red-haired, tall faery in all the books I've read, and even in "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" so I found it rather distracting that he was portrayed as a hobgoblin in this. But, no matter, he was stil a lovable character. This book was awesome, amazing, magical, mythical, intruiging, beautiful, GAH. PERFECT. READ IT. NOW.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    This is a beautiful book -- not too treacherous. It opens with Jenny and her brother Tom returning home through a forest. Except that as he plays his flute, the forest comes to swallow him up. He screams for her to flee. Seven years later, she comes back. Needless to say, on top of the family distress caused by his disappearance, no one believed her. She tries to visit the woods again, to gain some closure. Which is when she finds that Tom is in there. Chasing after, she finds herself deep in the This is a beautiful book -- not too treacherous. It opens with Jenny and her brother Tom returning home through a forest. Except that as he plays his flute, the forest comes to swallow him up. He screams for her to flee. Seven years later, she comes back. Needless to say, on top of the family distress caused by his disappearance, no one believed her. She tries to visit the woods again, to gain some closure. Which is when she finds that Tom is in there. Chasing after, she finds herself deep in the forest, and a boy perched in a tree suggests she ask the Foletti -- small, winged, beautiful as butterflies. When she tries that, they lead her off a good clip, and end up having her elfshot. A young man finds her there before she passes out, and from his point of view, we learn he, Jack, is the guardian of the edge. It's his business to see her out again. Unfortunately, she had told him she was looking for her brother. And he's also oath-bound to help those on quests -- as Puck reminds him. The tale then goes on to invoke a Woodsman and his Goodwife, who had had a daughter named Hannah, Jack's calling her Jenny Wren, Jenny's talking to a tree, a crown made of flowers, her clothing getting washed, the true reason for the existences of jack-in-the-boxes, Jenny's being caught in a net, a piper who can make storms arise and roses entangle a foe, and much much more. It's not a re-telling of Tam Lin, but you can see the echoes. Also of Norse Myth, Sleeping Beauty, and King Arthur in a beautiful and intricate tale.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wang

    So when you read the synopsis, what's the first thing that pops into your mind? If you're an Iron Fey fan like me, the THE IRON FEY. And it does sound like it, doesn't it? A lost brother, manipulative fey, fey who consider her a threat, a fey love interest who may or may not be helping her...yeah,. the Iron Fey definitely popped into my head. I was worried that I would be comparing this to my absolute favorite series, and while I did, Treachery is completely different, I'm glad to say! It had it So when you read the synopsis, what's the first thing that pops into your mind? If you're an Iron Fey fan like me, the THE IRON FEY. And it does sound like it, doesn't it? A lost brother, manipulative fey, fey who consider her a threat, a fey love interest who may or may not be helping her...yeah,. the Iron Fey definitely popped into my head. I was worried that I would be comparing this to my absolute favorite series, and while I did, Treachery is completely different, I'm glad to say! It had it's own story that had no relation, so no worries to any giant fans like me! The world-building. Was. Amazing. Ruth Frances Long wrote Treachery beautifully and the descriptions were...surreal. The title, I can safely say, fits this book to the core. There were so many stunning creatures and fey, but all of them dangerous in their own way. It was wonderful to discover all these fey lurking in the book, waiting to be discovered and waiting for their secrets to be revealed. I mean, all fey readers, we know how dangerous it can be, and just how beautiful it can be. And Treachery is no exception. But the difference is that, instead of simply Oberon, Titania, and Mab ruling over courts, we're introduced to the May Queen, Jacks, and so much more faery lore then I know, which was wonderful since I was starting to predict a lot of happenings in faery books. Character wise, I was a little iffy with Jenny. She was so...naive to the world and honestly, you can't blame her. She was thrust into this world, but like I said, I'm a giant faery fan so I always think that everyone should know the dangers of the world, but obviously they don't. So while giant faery fans may find Jenny irritating a bit, she'll get better later as she slowly learns the cautions. To any non-giant fan, you'll love Jenny from page 1! She's stubborn in that good way, she's passionate, kind, smart, all those things you love in a good character! Jenny was a lovable heroine who would rarely give up, unless she was completely crushed (I'm thinking of a certain time here...) JACK. JACK. JACK. I LOVE JACK. but then, I love most love interests, hee hee. But Jack was just so sweet! He never realized how in love he was with Jenny and when he did...the things he said...it almost made me cry, it was so sweet! He was always thinking how he didn't deserve anything, to be recognized, to be known, and I just wanted to SQUASH HIM IN A HUG. He was so sacrificial and he was willing to give up more than everything just for Jenny. Thank God she didn't take that lightly! The romance was as sweet as Jack! Jenny and Jack sitting in a tree...or rather, Jenny and Jack running from the trees. Somehow, along this quest, Jack got his queen (metaphorically...) and Jenny fell in love and...well, did she get her HEA? Maybe. But the romance wasn't insta-love, which was the one thing I wanted to say about it! The plot was as amazing as the rest of the book! While it started out a little slow in the beginning (besides that prologue. Wow!) it quickly sped up so that eventually you'd be flipping through the pages, frantically wondering what would happen next. As the plot unfolded, you could feel the tension thickening until the ending where it basically...exploded, for lack of a better word! The ending was just wow. Let's just say nothing was thrown in just for the sake of it. The Treachery of Beautiful Things will capture your interest from page 1 and string you along throughout the book. It's as devious and manipulative as the fey themselves and it may sound familiar, but Treachery is original and fresh, a definite twist on fey lore. This is definitely one to buy if you're a fan of faeries or fantasy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Coranne

    The Cover: If you didn't know this already- The Treachery of Beautiful Things has a very similar cover to The Hedgewitch Queen (Sarah will be reviewing that book soon). Although it always disappoints me when one of the Big 6 Publishers uses stock photos that have been used before- I appreciate the fact that they changed the picture enough that it looks different. I love the flowers that they put all over the cover, and I love that it ties in with the storyline somewhat. It is a very beautiful co The Cover: If you didn't know this already- The Treachery of Beautiful Things has a very similar cover to The Hedgewitch Queen (Sarah will be reviewing that book soon). Although it always disappoints me when one of the Big 6 Publishers uses stock photos that have been used before- I appreciate the fact that they changed the picture enough that it looks different. I love the flowers that they put all over the cover, and I love that it ties in with the storyline somewhat. It is a very beautiful cover, but I just wish it wasn't a stock picture. The Characters: I wasn't really a fan of Jenny's character in the beginning. She felt a little superficial and a little too wide eyed and innocent. I have to say, though, that I thought the author developed the main character incredibly well. I loved Jack and the mystery surrounding him. And can I say how awesome it is for the hero of the book to not be some brooding bad boy? Seriously awesome. Jenny and Jack's development together felt naturally paced and believable (well as believable as fae can be). I loved Titania's character in this book, and I loved the conflict that Tom went through. The characters in this book really stood out and made me care about what happened. The Story: This book was like a piece of triple chocolate poundcake- you know the kind with the little chocolate shavings. You stare at the cake and take one little piece and suddenly you find yourself in front of a platter covered in crumbs and you feel satisfied and a little guilty? That is this book. The story starts off in the past, telling the story of how Jenny's big brother Tom was swallowed by the trees. Jenny has been a little off ever since- not crazy, but when you go through a trauma like that, you can't help but be affected. Jenny makes her way into the forest after hearing Tom's music (he is a flute player). She becomes hopelessly lost and finds herself in grave danger. The fae are completely intermingled in this story- and this is a fae book that uses Oberon and Titania, rather than a fae kingdom created by the author (however, there is a great deal created by the author- but alas, that is spoilerish!) I appreciate that the author doesn't explain things. It is helpful for the reader to at least know who Titania and Oberon are, and have a basic understanding of fae kingdoms. As someone who has read many fae books, I appreciated not having a page of "explaining" about all of this to skip through. This is hands down one of the best fae books I have read. This book absolutely reads like a fairy tale. It has adventure, passion, and a satisfying ending- no major cliffhangers here (thank goodness!) I loved the classic-ness of this tale. It was wonderful reading this book and experiencing the same feelings I had when I read Beauty and the Beast or Sleeping Beauty for the first time. The book has magic and shares that magic and wonder with the reader. I loved all the twists and turns in this story- every time I thought I had predicted the next scene I was wrong! The characters are brave and fight for what they believe in. All in all, this was a fabulous book and I hope that you put it on your "to read" list. Ruth Long is an author to watch- and personally I can't wait to read more!

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