Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long Review

"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."

The Treachery of Beautiful Things is amazing, in summary. With an awesome storyline and conflict, I admire the entertaining twist and turns of The Treachery of Beautiful Things. Some of it is based on William Shakespeare's Midnight Dream.

The plot is pretty and dangerous. Beware of twist and turns with every page, paragraph, and chapter. With danger and beauty in every direction, the fey world is an interesting setting. Yes, Puck is here, but sadly not in the same way as Puck from the Iron Fey Series. After all, we all love that mischievous and hilarious Robin Goodfellow. 

The fairy tale retelling part isn't as strong as the romance or suspense. It's rather a small portion. I forgot the title of the tale, but can tell you the plot of it. The girl finds a charming boy. The boy plays enchanting music. The girl is trapped into the boy's curse and has to find the boy before time runs out. The girl sees many of the boy's imposters and can't find the boy. Then she hears the boy's music and is lead to him. The girl holds the boy as he shifted form usually monstrous. She has to hold him until the curse breaks and then "Happily Ever After."

NOT! In this book, the ending has a slight twist, but unfortunately leaves me hanging to wonder what happen to the Fey World. What will happen to the other characters? Is there going to be a sequel to The Treachery of Beautiful Things? All these questions. So there is a loose ending in this book? It's a huge red mark in my book.


Jenny is, in my opinion, too boring. She's too Snow White and Cinderella to me. I feel if Jenny is a bit more warrior and fighter, The Treachery of Beautiful Things will be better and more entertaining, especially to older readers. 

Jack is odd and unusual. In the Fey World, danger lies everywhere. You can't trust anybody and you should have learn from your previous lessons. But no, Jack trusted the wrong people and the worst rulers like Mab and Oberon. For a guy who lived in the magical world, he should be able to play with the strings better, but noooo!

Rating: Three out of Five

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