Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Publication: August 16, 2012
By: Dial/Penguin Teen 
4 Stars!

How gorgeous is this cover?! *stares*

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 is beautifully written, full of imagination, fantasy and romance, with engaging characters that draw you in immediately. Jenny was the only witness to her brother Tom's disappearance and it's haunted her for the past seven years.  She wants nothing more than to find a way to bring him back but she has no idea of how to do that.  Dealing with the loss hasn't been easy on Jenny or her family and she decides it's time to move on.  When she comes back to the spot where Tom was taken, intending to say a final farewell, she finds herself lured into the trees and begins an adventure that will test everything she's ever believed about bedtimes stories, fairy tales and love.
  
Once inside the forest, the very same one that claimed her brother, Jenny will be surrounded by creatures she only thought existed in make believe.  She'll also discover that life beyond the trees can be more nightmare than happy ending and there is danger in beauty. Jack, the mysterious boy who promised to help her find Tom is no exception. He's brave, strong, and has a beauty all his own. Though they drive each other crazy at times, Jenny can sense that he's hiding something.   

Being stuck in a land of mythical creatures who play by their own rules can have some serious disadvantages and Jenny will have to figure out who she can really trust.  The closer she gets to Tom, the more dangerous her journey becomes and before it's over, Jenny will be forced to make a heart-wrenching choice between life and love. *clutches chest*

This vaguely reminded me of Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" series but was scarier and without Ash.  On a personal note, I love that the main character's name is Jennifer or Jenny as she's known throughout the story!

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