Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Publisher: Dial (August 16, 2012)
Length: 384 pages
Jenny is a girl on the verge of madness, of belief and disbelief. She will do anything and suffer through everything to get the brother she blames herself for losing back. In doing this she wanders into the woods that took her brother years ago. Along the way she discovers that the stories of old aren't just stories, but the history of the faerie world. Out of all the new mysterious creatures and faeries she meets none of them are quite like Jack. He is wild and sweet one moment and indifferent the next. Jenny is drawn to the need to heal him and Jack is drawn to her innocent heart. However, someone is hiding a secret that could literally tear them apart.
The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a turbulent, vivid, and exquisite ride. While reading this book I felt like Alice down the rabbit hole. Ruth Frances Long has managed to create a unique tale of the much beloved and written about faerie world.
Jenny is sweet, innocent, brave, loyal, and just a little crazy. What more could you ask for in a character? Her lyrical and free flowing (not sure I'm describing this right) personality fits in with the strange world of the faeries. She is one of those characters that believes in the impossible and has enough belief to make it happen. Jack is jaded, but Jenny's hope shows him that all is not lost. She helps him slowly realize that some things are worth everything. It is hard not to get lost in this book. The writing is vivid and beautiful. The story does not simply flow, but swirls and sucks you in like a vortex. On that same note, the only negative is that at times it is easy to get lost and the book wanders, slowly making it's way to the point. Littered with myth, legend, romance, deception, and hopeless hope Ruth Frances Long has written something lovely. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.