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The Treachery of Beautiful Things

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,718 Ratings  ·  603 Reviews
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 thr
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Dial Books
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Kat Kennedy
For me, sometimes I rate a book because, objectively, it's just a really bad book with limited literary quality. This is not an objective rating and I need to reinforce that before we continue. It is a subjective reflection on my personal reading experience.

Because the first half of the book, that I read, wasn't necessarily a poorly written book. If you like fairy fantasy then you will probably enjoy it. I, for one, enjoy fairies - but not this kind of fairy story, and it's not the author's fau
Nov 28, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: pili-pushed
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The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Gift from a friend

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 th
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
One of the things I loved best about The Treachery of Beautiful Things was that it kept to the more traditional faerie lore -- think more A Midsummer Night s Dream and less Wings. And several favorites from the Shakespearian comedy appear in the novel, as well, making it feel as if I was visiting old friends. I love faerie stories and was glad to see that this particular tale was a return to the faerie world I’ve always known and loved, steeped in rich folklore and magical creatures.

The imagery
Aug 11, 2012 Giselle rated it it was ok
It has some good qualities and the book is not terrible, it's just not keeping my attention at all. I'm finding I don't really care for the characters still at 65% in; the MC is easily swayed and a little too "damsel in distress" for my taste, so I'm calling quits on this on. I could see those who are big fans of fantasies with faeries - the old fashioned fairy tale style - enjoying it, it just isn't for me.

As this is a DNF and I kept getting too distracted to keep much in, I won't be reviewing
Khanh (the Grinch)
May 13, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fairies, tstl, quest, siblings
The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a beautifully written book, marvelously atmospheric, but bogged down by foolish characters and a confusing ending.

Jenny is Tom's little sister; she adores him with a child's hero-worship for an older sibling. Tom is the favored child, tremendously talented with the flute, and when he disappears into the trees one day, Jenny and their family is never the same. She can't recall what happened, except to say that Tom got eaten by trees. Her parents never get over
Deidra (I Believe in Books)
(One of) My Favorite Line(s): ""Beware a kiss," he told her. "Kisses are powerful things. You expose a part of your soul.""

Why I Loved It: Now I first requested this book because it sounded a bit like the Iron Fey series. I'll admit, I still haven't finished that series yet, but I really loved the first book in the series. So I thought, why not? And I'm so glad that I pushed request. Due to a research paper that is due Monday, I was supposed to be working on that. True reading a novel is always
You see this pretty little cover with a sweet young girl in a princess dress looking all innocent and surprised? Yeah...hope you enjoy reading about her blood being sucked out.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things can be best described as The Labyrinth movie meets Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth).

If you're wondering whether you should check the book out, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself.

1. Are you a fan of traditional old-style fairy-tales?
2. Do you enjoy b
Tara Higgins
Jan 31, 2016 Tara Higgins rated it liked it
3.5 maybe 4...not sure
Jaime Lester
Jan 03, 2013 Jaime Lester rated it it was amazing
I have wanted to read this book since the very first time that I saw the amazing cover. Once it was released and reviews started coming out, I got a little but nervous because there were some not so great ones. That didn't at all change my mind about wanting to read it, but it did make me wonder how I would feel about it. I should not have worried. The Treachery of Beautiful Things absolutely took my breath away. Beautifully written, the world jumped off of the pages and the characters right al ...more
Wow this book, it was so good. It's been a while since I have read a book with magic and fairy tale elements. This book was just so beautiful. I loved the writing style.

The characters were great too, I loved how the story built and we got to see the magical elements and the forest elements in this book. It's so good I can't believe it took me almost a month to read it!! I really liked Jack, and Jenny they were really good characters. I knew I would like Jack from the moment he was introduced, an
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 26, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A girl gets thrown into a fantasy world of faeries and has to fight for love and freedom.

Opening Sentence: The streetlights flickered on outside the window and Jenny looked up from her book.

The Review:

FAERIES!!!! My favorite subject in the world of Young Adult Fiction. But not the Tinker Bell type fairies, but evil, beautiful, scheming faeries from ancient folklore. So this makes me a tad biased in how the book was. But even if it didn’t ha
Kimberly Souza
May 05, 2012 Kimberly Souza rated it it was amazing
“The treachery of beautiful things”, by Ruth Frances Long is published by Dial Books and is set to be released August 16, 2012.

I was doing some browsing on Goodreads when I came across this book. The cover art is beautiful and when I read the description I was very interested in reading it.

“The treachery of beautiful things” starts off with a young brother and sister (Jenny and Tom) walking home from music lessons (Tom is gifted with the flute). They decide to take a shortcut by some woods an
Aug 19, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
Fey books don't really go down well for me but MY GOSH. I loved this!

The cover is so beautiful and intriguing and it makes you want to travel to the world it exposes. But looks can be deceitful- if it's one thing this book reinforces its that.

It's hard to distinguish right from wrong but as the wonderful and gorgeous Jack always says 'follow your heart.' and it will lead you and help you when everything seems harder.

Tom and Jenny were only children when Tom was taken 'disappearing' into the t
Megan Olguin
Jan 11, 2016 Megan Olguin rated it it was amazing
Dark and twisted. The first fairy world that I never want to be a part of. Yet beautiful. This book was very predictable, yet I loved every moment. This book is a quock, easy, interesting read! I love Jack Jenny was weak, yet it didn't bother me. She was kindness in a cruel world, so it was charming how helpless she seemed. It was her kind heart that made her a victim, and after all the books I've read with bad ass women who can take down countless huge men at once... it was almost refreshing! ...more
Madison H.
Dec 02, 2012 Madison H. rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely and utterly FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I loved the imagery of it and I adored the characters! Jenny was amazing! She was strong and good, but not so overbearing in her strength that it made you roll your eyes. She was a perfect herione! Jack was wonderful!

The writing was lyrical and full. I could feel the forest all around me and see the beautiful fae creatures! The plot was wonderfully done and kept me reading and guessing the whole time. This book conveyed the ancient and new ve
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Fae books haven’t been one of my favourite reads, maybe because I’ve only read the Need series once, so I don’t know what to expect. All I know is that Ruth Frances Long has created a beautiful world, with a simple purpose. Jenny trying to find her brother who was swallowed up by the woods. The book reads like a fairy tale, and it even looks
Aug 12, 2012 Anagha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like to read YA Fantasy
I have very mixed feelings about The Treachery of Beautiful Things. I just finished it, so it's a little difficult to process, so I'll take it one thing at a time...

I loved the theme of this novel. When Jenny revisits the forest where years ago, her brother was snatched by the forest, instead of finding closure, she finds herself drawn in also and finds that the forest is both intensely beautiful and life-threateningly treacherous. She vows to find her lost brother, if only to save her bro
Lis  (The reader lines)
Aug 13, 2012 Lis (The reader lines) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-covers, arc
I have to admit that the first time I read the summary for this book I thought about The Iron Fey series, which I love a lot. But while I started reading I was like... excited! It isn't any alike. You can think that after reading tons of books about fae, you can get bored, but I didn't. The world created by Ruth is exquisit and charming.

Yeah, you'll read again about Oberon, Titania, Puck y Mab, but HELL!!! They're not the same you read before the so beautiful it hurts to see, and so terrorific
Jan 07, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the first half of this book I thought I would be giving it more than 2 stars. But as I continued to read, the light-hearted whimsy and allure of romance that kept me turning pages became overshadowed by the book's flaws.

The flaws, in my opinion, are as follows:

The main character, Jenny, is not very likable. Mostly she is a very one-dimensional character, and so there really wasn't much there to like or dislike. But what WAS there was rather whiny. And kind of stupid. The author fore
3.75 stars

Those who know me know that faerie-themed books don't usually work for me. I think the only fae series I finished and really liked was the Iron Fey. Maybe because I started with a very good one that I tend to base my expectation on it. Fortunately, The Treachery of Beautiful Things did work for me. Although not as mind blowing as I would have hoped for but still it was a nice and decent read with an engaging plot and characters. I was actually surprised that I ended up liking and enjoy
Dec 19, 2012 Gillian rated it really liked it
I admit I had trouble getting sucked into this book. It took me a while to read, which is hardly ever the case for me. It was almost like the words were too beautiful, the images too intensely vivid, that I couldn’t find my footing. We’re thrust straight into the fae world without getting grounded in Jenny’s life in the real world first. We know she’s traumatized from watching the forest steal her brother. Her parents are grief-stricken and everyone thinks she’s crazy. I think I required at lea ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Spokensilence marked it as to-read
Sounds a lot like my favourite series "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa with the whole missing brother, goes to save him, brooding faeries guy kind of thing, but I'll read it and find out.. :P
Jun 28, 2012 Coranne rated it it was amazing
The Cover: If you didn't know this already- The Treachery of Beautiful Things has a very similar cover to The Hedgewitch Queen (Sarah will be reviewing that book soon). Although it always disappoints me when one of the Big 6 Publishers uses stock photos that have been used before- I appreciate the fact that they changed the picture enough that it looks different. I love the flowers that they put all over the cover, and I love that it ties in with the storyline somewhat. It is a very beautiful co ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
A mythical and enchanting journey guaranteed to whisk you away to the land of magic. The Treachery of Beautiful Things will surely leave you breathless.

What I love about this story is how convincing it is. There's nothing more pleasant than authenticity, and you'll get that and more in this book. Ruth is a talented writer who through the usage of captivating words has sprung to life a world many would describe as non-existent. My imagination was doing overtime while I read, and believe me when I
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)
Jun 13, 2013 Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) by: Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

The Treachery of Beautiful Things – isn’t that an AWESOME title for a book?!! I think I fell in love with those words and decided to buy the book well before I even read the book’s blurb or really looked at the pretty cover. And if you have read a few faerie stories in your lifetime…you might appreciate how fitting that title would be on many of them.

I am generally in my happy place when I enter the realm of an
The Library Mouse
Aug 31, 2012 The Library Mouse rated it it was amazing
I loved the cover straightaway but little did I know what I was in store for when I went past it. I spent the grand total of less than 1 chapter in our nice, normal and safe reality. Reading this book I stumbled into a world of green, brown and danger. The more beautiful something is the more treacherous and lethal it is.

Poor Jenny was initially beyond naive and it took a fair amount of trial and error for her to realise exactly, to what lengths the woodland realm she had stumbled in, was willin
Nikki (Fiction Freak)
So when you read the synopsis, what's the first thing that pops into your mind? If you're an Iron Fey fan like me, the THE IRON FEY. And it does sound like it, doesn't it? A lost brother, manipulative fey, fey who consider her a threat, a fey love interest who may or may not be helping her...yeah,. the Iron Fey definitely popped into my head. I was worried that I would be comparing this to my absolute favorite series, and while I did, Treachery is completely different, I'm glad to say! It had it ...more
Alice Yates
Feb 17, 2013 Alice Yates rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
"They're only trees, only trees. Who's afraid of lonely trees?"

This book was AMAZING.
The writing was so different and very beautiful: definitely one of the best books I've ever read. This is the year of great books!
I loved how Jenny wasn't fearless, but was strong enough when she needed to be. It made her a lot more realistic in my eyes, not a beautiful, unreasonably brave "normal girl" like there are in so many stories.
Jack--ah, Jack was amazing. His character had a lot of depth and emotion,
Mary Catelli
This is a beautiful book -- not too treacherous. It opens with Jenny and her brother Tom returning home through a forest. Except that as he plays his flute, the forest comes to swallow him up. He screams for her to flee.

Seven years later, she comes back.

Needless to say, on top of the family distress caused by his disappearance, no one believed her. She tries to visit the woods again, to gain some closure. Which is when she finds that Tom is in there. Chasing after, she finds herself deep in the
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Ruth Frances Long writes young adult fantasy such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things (Dial, 2012) and A Crack in Everything (O'Brien Press, September 2014), the first in a trilogy set in the world of demons, angels and fairies that exists alongside our own in modern day Dublin.

Winner of The European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children's Science Fiction
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