The Treachery Of Beautiful Things

The Treachery Of Beautiful Things

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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 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 150 x 216 x 38.35mm | 509g
  • Dial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0803735804
  • 9780803735804
  • 361,146

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"A dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat....Each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined."--Publishers Weekly
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About Ruth Frances Long

Ruth Frances Long lives in County Wicklow, Ireland. A lifelong fan of fantasy, romance, and ancient mysteries, Ruth studied English Literature, History of Religions, and Celtic Civilization in college and now works in a specialized library of rare and unusual books. This is her first novel for teens.
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5,593 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (1,688)
3 25% (1,389)
2 8% (452)
1 4% (210)

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things was a beautifully written, though complex, story of the fae of the old, dark fairly tales. In a few ways, I adored it. But in many respects, I was left agitated and lost. Let me begin with what I liked about Treachery. I enjoyed the romantic, charming tone of Long's writing. The narrative was vividly detailed. I could picture the Realm, it's forest, creatures, and magic. I also enjoyed the character of Jack, who surprisingly dominated the story. I expected Treachery to be Jenny's story, but I felt a stronger connection and empathy for Jack. He was by turns sexy in "I'm complicated and dark" way, solemn and mysterious. He is torn between his oaths, his duty, his hopes. He is ruled by two opposing personalities. Without Jack, Treachery would have lost most of it's appeal. So I'm sure you're dying to know how I felt about the main character, Jenny. My feelings for Jenny can be described best as "meh". I didn't hate her; I didn't love her. There were times when she was really brave, really smart. She didn't back down from her quest, regardless the personal cost. But then, she was so blind sometimes. I get it, characters make mistakes. I happen to love flawed characters. But I have a pet peeve when it comes to relationships, real or fictional: If a guy/girl tells you they are bad news, that they will get you hurt, maimed or your heart eaten, LISTEN TO THEM. Just do it. And I know, this is a fantasy, but when the heroine gets her panties in a twist after realizing that the guy who told her he was dangerous, actually meant what he was saying, well, that just grinds my gears. So most of the time, I just wanted the story to turn it's focus back to Jack. Deep, calming breath... The actual story was interesting. I have read several stories about the fae and have enjoyed them. But in reading Treachery, I mostly felt lost. I knew who Oberon, Titania, Mab and Puck were (b/c I've read the Iron Fey series. Holla!). And I sort of understood who was working with/against whom. I didn't understand a lot of the long-standing dynamics of the Realm. It seemed that an extensive knowledge of the old faerie tales was needed to fully understand what was happening. There were underlying issues that seemed like they were common knowledge about the fae, that I didn't understand. Maybe not, though. Maybe it's just me and I've sniffed too much rubber cement in my time and it's coming back to haunt me. I would love to hear from someone who has read this to verify that yes, it is a bit confusing, or no, I just didn't read it right. Overall, I can say The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a story that I both liked and disliked. I never felt as if I couldn't finish it, but I had to work hard to keep the details straight. I believe that I'm likely in the minority in my opinion of the book. With it's lush writing and dark charm, The Treachery of Beautiful Things will appeal to fans of dark faery more
by Andrea Thompson
Seven years has passed since Jenny's brother, Tom, was swallowed whole by the trees. Gone but not forgotten, Jenny returns to the forest for a final closure. The forest calls out to her, with the sound of a flute, his music, and the sound pulls her deep into the forest and she soon finds herself in a place where all is not what it seems. The World of the Faerie Realm. She meets Jack, the Guardian of the Edge, a mysterious and handsome boy who promises to help her find Tom. Along with Puck, Robin Goodfellow, they must embark on a dangerous journey to save her brother without losing themselves in the process. The story is magical, enchanting and beautiful written. The cover is beautiful. The Treachery of Beautiful Things shows you just how treacherous beautiful things can be! For those who liked: The Iron Witch series The Iron Fey series A special thanks to Dial Books and NetGalley for providing a review more
by Sarah
A mythical and enchanting journey guaranteed to whisk you away to the land of magic. The Treachery of Beautiful Things will surely leave you breathless. What I love about this story is how convincing it is. There's nothing more pleasant than authenticity, and you'll get that and more in this book. Ruth is a talented writer who through the usage of captivating words has sprung to life a world many would describe as non-existent. My imagination was doing overtime while I read, and believe me when I say that I've lost sleep anticipating how the story will end. It's just that enjoyable. I'm talking about the kind of enjoyment that let's you know you're going to give the novel 5 stars before even reaching the middle. Yes, there's fireworks! One would believe there's nothing more beautiful than getting plunged into a place straight out of your childhood storybooks, but not for Jenny. This strong spirited and determined young girl has never given up hope that her brother was still alive and trapped somewhere in a mysterious forest. What she had seen as a child haunted her for several years, almost making her think she was crazy. But after stumbling upon the same otherworldly occurrence, Jenny is more than convinced that her mental stability is quite in tact. And not to mention that along with uncovering the mystery behind her brother's disappearance she learns some very interesting truth about herself and the person she's deliberating on whether or not to trust, for in this kingdom it is quite dangerous to trust just anyone. Aside from that, readers are taken on a wild adventure that entails twists and turns you'd never imagined, and encounters that'll have you thinking back on a few fairytales. Of course there are other characters just as likable and valuable to the story, without their presence some of the fascination would be lacking. In particular, Jack. Jack came into the picture with no story behind himself except for proclaiming his position in the forest. I knew someone portraying so much kindness along with fear of another's well being had some secrets of his own. This mysterious-and might I say hot-character ignited something in Jenny and their feelings for each other was like an undying fire. In every young adult fantasy there's usually a villain and the antagonist in this story redefines scary. I believed every sensual threat and shivered at the scenes where she'd touch someone. Now that's creepy. I guess I was too drawn in? Whatever the case, I loved it. The writing style, the pace, the poetic and smooth way in which the story flowed, everything was well balanced, perfectly thought out, and without a word, remarkable. The Treachery of Beautiful Things, once again, was just magical. Remember, steady breaths as you read or you'll find yourself panting at the end. I kid you more
by Shane Morgan
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