Goodreads Book Description: 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.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
My Review: I saw this book mentioned on several people's TBR lists, so I added it to mine. I award this book 3.5 stars.
Treachery of Beautiful Things (which by the way, I think the title is
one of the strongest points of the book-- love it!) by Ruth Frances Long
is about Jenny, a girl who has lost her older brother, Tom, a long
seven years ago, when the woods ate him. No one believes her, and after
many psychiatrists, she has just stopped talking about it. Then one day,
she hears Tom play his flute and follows it into the woods, where she
has dreaded to set foot in for so long. She meets Jack, a mysterious
Guardian, and Puck, his small friend, and she undertakes a very
dangerous journey to save her long lost brother.
There are some
really wonderful things about this book. The writing is very beautiful
and I can imagine this Faery like land. Jenny is a likeable heroine, and
Jack is fun love interest. I really loved the ending, which caused me
to round this up to 4 stars.
That said, I had some major issues
with this book as well. The middle drags a lot as we are waiting for
things to happen. There are a lack of plot twists, and a large amount of
time is spent on watching Jenny bumble around the forest. While
beautifully described, I had to sometimes push forward to get to the
That said, I think that Long has promise as a writer, and I think she can only improve from here on out.
What did you think of this book?