July 17, 2012

Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Published: August 16, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 384

From the publisher: 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.

**This book was obtained through Net Galley, but it did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: I’m not going to lie, the gorgeous cover just drew me in.  The first pages were as descriptive as the picture on the cover! The forest was exactly as I’d imagine a beautiful, yet creepy and very dangerous forest. One that was dangerous enough to literally engulf Jenny’s brother 7 years ago. Very cool, right? YES! So now Jenny is 17 and goes back to the spot to say goodbye and find closure, but of course this is a novel and it’s not that simple. Before we know it, Jenny herself is lured into the woods and the magic begins

Shortly after Jenny crosses the threshold into the Realm she meets Jack, the handsome boy who has one blue eye and one green eye. Wow! He says he is Guardian of the Edge and calls her Jenny Wren. I loved all this and was excited to see where there relationship went. However, now I was more into the middle of the book and started to get very confused. Jenny’s goal was to find her brother who had been lost to the forest 7 years ago. While that goal seems very clear, there were so many other things going on that clouded it for me and I couldn’t follow very well. However, I still knew Jenny’s main goal and there was just something about Jack that I liked and wanted to trust, so I kept reading.

We meet many more fae folk, as well as a king and queen along the way. Every one has their own tie to Jack and to Jenny, and everyone is bound to someone and talks in riddles. Jenny, and I, the reader, had to wade through this to see what is true.

The ending redeemed the book in many ways for me as there was quite a bit of action and many details became clearer…but not everything. I’m not sure if there was missing information or I was supposed to be able to figure things out…either way I still felt lost. I am also not sure how much I felt the chemistry of the romance….or exactly the nature of all the relationships in the book. But then it seemed many things were left out. The ending itself did tie up things very nicely, but at the same time happened very quickly. It was a great story line with a lot of promise, I just needed some of the blanks filled in for me which I think would have helped it to flow better.


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