Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Faerie stories are a dime a dozen these days, but this novel stands out--romantic, beautifully written, fast-paced and dark, I loved this novel--it was amazing!
Jenny saw her brother Tom snatched up by the trees seven years earlier. Ridiculed and her family broken, Jenny has returned to the same spot to tell her brother goodbye. In doing so, she finds herself drawn into a world of beauty and darkness, secrets and lies and magic. She meets a boy named Jack and faces her childhood fears, and along the way, finds love and the degree of her own power.
What I enjoyed:
-The poetic narration, sounding more like a fairy tale than a young adult novel
-The pacing, breakneck and full of action and romance in equal measure
-The way the book never let me go, even at the frightening parts
-The fae lore, original and authentic and still true to the mythology, but still adding flare to the story
-The character of Jenny, and her strength throughout the novel
-Jack--he was one of my favorite characters in the whole novel
What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this beautiful, scary book! It was amazing!
I loved this novel--it was a beautiful triumph! Next on deck: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima!