Book: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy
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.
Oh my goodness… This book surprised me to no end. I got lost, rooted for the protagonist and her quest.
What made this so good was that the protagonist was not perfect, and got herself into so much trouble. It was insane… The story itself was well written and had so many layers, that you got knocked on your butt around every bend. The mythology woven into this plot was well thought out – and I love mythologies in stories.
There is some romance, but it is not an ‘insta-love’ thing at all. This happened slowly over the span of the book and was just so much more realistic.
If you love fairies and myths and all things odd and different, then I’d suggest you find and read this story asap. Ruth’s writing style is incredible and will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole book.