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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Treachery Of Beautiful Things By: Ruth Frances Long (Review/Author Spotlight/Giveaway)

Hey Everyone! I'm so happy to be a part of this Blog Tour. Thank you Shane @itchingforbooks for letting me participate! Here you will see my Review, and down below, you have the opportunity to Enter A Giveaway (US Only). Ok, well thank you for stopping by and just Click Here if you would like to see the rest of the Tour Schedule!


Title: The Treachery Of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Release Date: August 16, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books


Book Blurb

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 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.


Review
What first really drew me into this novel, was the cover. It just looks so enchanting and rich with beautiful and simple colors; it invited me into the story. All in all, I feel this was a very nice tale. It kept you guessing, and was not that predictable to me. I have not read a fantasy story with Faeries in a while so this was pretty refreshing. I thought it was creative to have this other world, this forbidden realm for the main setting.

We start out with siblings, Jenny and Tom, whom were 10 and 14 at the time, and while they were walking together in the outdoors, Tom basically got sucked and dragged by enchanted trees, and that is the last time Jenny sees her brother. Now, we fast forward to seven years, Jenny is 17, is planning to go to University, but for some reason she is brought back the place where Tom was hastily taken away. But...now she thinks she hears Tom, his music that she remembers so well; his mad skills with the flute. She thinks she's hearing stuff, but it just calls to her, and she goes farther into the forest, and is sucked in the forbidden realm. Since she is in this new world, she is convinced that Tom might still be alive, and she has to get him, from wherever he is. So on her journey, there are definitely some obstacles, but she receives some help from some sort of Guardian, Jack, but there's some stuff he's not telling her hmmm....Anyways, there are unexpected turns that start to happen, and will Jenny ever see her older brother again? How does she get away from a King and Queen that are convinced she is some sort of Queen, as what one has planned is not so nice. And then there's Jack, whom Jenny might be falling for, but what about him, what's in his...heart? Does he feel the same for her? These are all things to perhaps consider while reading, and I must say, it was just a wonderful read. There was a nice flow; writing style/language was pretty good; the characters were really well written, especially Jack (he's one to read!). By the end of this story, I found myself on the edge of my seat, and you will see why. I thought it was a beautiful ending, finishing on a happy note :)

My Rating: 4.2/5
A Mild PG-13 Rating


Author Spotlight
A lifelong fan of fantasy, romance, and ancient mysteries, Ruth Frances Long studied English Literature, History of Religions, and Celtic Civilization in college and now works in a specialized library of rare and unusual books. She lives in County Wicklow, Ireland. The Treachery of Beautiful Things is her first novel for teens. 

Visit Ruth at: Website/Twitter



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6 comments:

  1. Lovely review! Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for participating.

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    1. Thank you Shane! I loved hosting, and really liked the book :)

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  2. I love the concept of the story and it's one I could totally get lost in. The blurb was wonderful and the review gave me a better glimpse into the storyline. I've added it to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :)

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    1. I'm glad you're adding it to your TBR list! This is one where after I finished, I was just glad to have read it as there is some good mystery and fantasy elements that kept me turning the pages. And, thanks for Entering!! :)

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  3. Im gonna have to add this to my must read list.

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    1. Do that as this is a real magical read that will definitely make you feel good that you read it :)

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