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The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
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really liked it
bookshelves: fey-faeries, hardcover, own-it, faery-tale-spin, stand-alone
Recommended to Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) by: Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

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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 any faerie story. I just have a thing for this fantastical yet dangerous world. The alluring and cruel fae…so easily we could fall into their web of deceit while being totally captivated by them. Such is the case in this story. The author’s fae are breathtakingly gorgeous but equally as lethal. So easy to fall under their charms and find yourself a slave to a fae king or queen that you can’t help but adore. It’s a twisted world that is also just as fascinating. Ruth Francis Long’s story encompasses all of this, in her stand-alone novel.

There was a lot to like and love about this story. At first, I found some elements a bit reminiscent of another of my favourite faerie stories, but I soon found the story was good on its own merits.

This modern-type faerie tale pulled me in quite effortlessly and kept me intrigued throughout…even despite feeling a bit lost at times. I had a hard time putting the book down. Jenny watched her big brother Tom be literally swallowed up by the forest seven years earlier. She had always felt guilty for surviving the ordeal while her brother apparently did not…which inevitably led her back to the edge of the forest where she last saw Tom. She finds herself in another realm so surreal and unreal, and beautiful and deadly all at once, and on a quest to bring her long-lost brother home.

The story’s heroine, Jenny, was an unlikely strong character. In the beginning, she appeared vulnerable and a bit weak in resolve. But as the story unfolded, that very same character went through an amazing evolution true in spirit with classic faerie tales. Her bravery, determination and HEART won me over…easily.

I was easily won over by Jack (Jack o’ the Forest), as well, right along with Jenny! He noticed Jenny’s compassion immediately and immediately was on her side…even though his loyalties were constantly in question…keeping us guessing ourselves. Nothing was black and white in the land of the fae…and neither were its inhabitants…and Jack was no exception. But once we got to see his feelings develop for Jenny, he became classically swoon-worthy.

Yes…the characters fell in love rather quickly…but isn’t that part of traditional faerie tales? This was no different.

Puck was another notable character I loved. In all the faerie stories I’ve read with a Robin Goodfellow – where he’s been everything from a swoon-worthy teenager, to an older gentlemen with a quirky sense of humour, to a furry-legged hobgoblin – the common element has always been that he was the consummate trickster and someone you end up wanting to have on your side (maybe aside from in A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He was endearing in Ruth’s adaptation of this legendary character, without doubt.

The world the author created was treacherously beautiful. Her fae encompassed everything that we’ve read from traditional faerie lore and she executed it well. As I said before, I did have a few small spots throughout the story where I felt a little ‘clued out’ or left out…like I wasn’t on the same wavelength with the author. But the compelling nature of the story kept me turning the pages.

Some might try to criticize the ‘realness’ of it all…but I think that should never be attempted when it comes to any modern-day faerie tale. You have to accept the fantasy element going into this or else you just won’t appreciate it.

The ending had me freaking out, quite honestly. I knew this was a standalone story and with only a few pages left…I was very anxious about how the author was going to tie it all up and hopefully have the ‘happily ever after’ that most faerie-tales tend to end up with. Needless to say, I was very impressed with how she ended this story. It was actually quite perfect.
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Reading Progress

October 22, 2012 – Shelved
October 22, 2012 – Shelved as: fey-faeries
October 27, 2012 – Shelved as: hardcover
October 27, 2012 – Shelved as: own-it
May 19, 2013 – Started Reading
May 26, 2013 –
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41.8% "I'm really liking this! Not surprising to me that the faerie realm is a dangerous place...but in this one, it's is pretty scary. Similarities to The Iron Fey but not so similar to think it's a copy."
May 31, 2013 – Shelved as: stand-alone
May 31, 2013 – Shelved as: faery-tale-spin
May 31, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) Great review, Michele. Putting it on my TBR list (that very long one)

Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) wrote: "Great review, Michele. Putting it on my TBR list (that very long one)"

Thanks! Haha! I *think* you'll like this one! I can't wait to hear your thoughts...read it sooner rather than later...pleeeeez?!! ;)

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