The Treachery of Beautiful Things Review

The Treachery of Beautiful Things
By: Ruth Frances Long
Release Date: August 16, 2012
Publisher: Dial

My Rating:

The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a spell binding fairy tale that kept me riveted through the entire book. 

The Summary (copied from the inside flap of the hardcover):
The trees swallowed her brother whole. And Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say good-bye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await–creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with allegiances that shift as much as his moods. Determined to find her brother, with or without, Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where nothing is what it seems no one is who they say, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

The Story:
It doesn’t take long for the story to take off, and for you to be introduced into the world of Fae and meet a familiar cast of characters, Puck, Oberon, Titania and Mab. Also, there are some original characters like the Huntsman and his Goodwife that I won’t soon forget.

This book was a fast pace read for me that just kept me coming back, picking the book up when I had a few minutes.

The Characters:
I really enjoyed the characters in this one. My favorite character is Jack, he is well drawn out and I could really get a sense for who he is and his motivations. He is a very complex character and you can really empathize with his struggle to follow his heart. I wanted the best for him though I wasn’t surprised with where Ruth Frances Long took his character. I was happy with our heroine, Jenny, she is brave and does what she believes is right.

The Cover:
Immediately upon seeing this book I had to have it due to how beautiful the cover is. Lucky for me the book lived up to it and more. I am happy to have this on my bookshelf.

Final Thoughts:
It did not take me long to become enthralled with Jenny’s story along with the entire cast of characters. I wish we could have seen a bit more about Oberon and Titania and what drove them. I recommend this if you like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Fae.  From what I can tell this is a stand-alone book, I would love to read more by this author set in this world.

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