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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.

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"Like the myriad tales and ballads that are her sources, fantasy author Long, in her first YA book, presents Faerie as a dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat. Caught in the chaos is 17-year-old Jenny, whose brother, Tom, was snatched by a tree-man seven years earlier. Seeking catharsis for her guilt, Jenny goes to the edge of the wood and hears the flute Tom always played. She plunges after it into a primeval world. Long's rich knowledge of folklore is the blessing and the curse of her plot: each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined, but there are too many characters, terrors to fear, and secrets to parse. Puck, the Wild Hunt, Redcaps, the greenman, the court of the Sidhe — everything gets a turn. Individual episodes play out like the short tales from which they derive, but do not cohere to build steady narrative tension. Long is a solid writer, but when nearly every encounter ends in betrayal, it's difficult not to grow jaded by the parade of wonders. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

About the Author

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

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Reader Eternal, October 13, 2012 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This is faerie with teeth and claws. Ruth Frances Long gives stunning life to old legends--the Green Man, Queen Mab, Puck, Titania and Oberon--skillfully weaving them all into a story that is both terrifying and utterly gorgeous. No cute, harmless pixies here--this is faerie as it was of old, when people feared the Wild Hunt and the wrath of the Sidhe. It's dark and threatening, magical and mysterious and menacing. I got chills more than once while reading. This is a book to get lost in. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended.
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SarahS WondrousReadings, August 16, 2012 (view all comments by SarahS WondrousReadings)
Seven years has passed since Jenny's brother, Tom, was swallowed whole by the trees. Gone but not forgotten, Jenny returns to the forest for a final closure. The forest calles out to her, with the sound of a flute, his music, and the sound pulls her deep into the forest and she soon finds herself in a place where all is not what it seems. The World of the Faerie Realm.


She meets Jack, the Guardian of the Edge, a mysterious and handsome boy who promises to help her find Tom. Along with Puck, Robin Goodfellow, they must embark on a dangerous journey to save her brother without losing themselves in the process.


The story is magical, enchanting and beautiful written. The cover is beautiful. The Treachery of Beautiful Things shows you just how treacherous beautiful things can be!

For those who liked:
The Iron Witch series
The Iron Fey series

A special thanks to Penguin Young Readers Group and NetGalley for providing a review copy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803735804
Author:
Long, Ruth
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Long, Ruth Frances
Author:
Werlin, Nancy
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090811
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like the myriad tales and ballads that are her sources, fantasy author Long, in her first YA book, presents Faerie as a dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat. Caught in the chaos is 17-year-old Jenny, whose brother, Tom, was snatched by a tree-man seven years earlier. Seeking catharsis for her guilt, Jenny goes to the edge of the wood and hears the flute Tom always played. She plunges after it into a primeval world. Long's rich knowledge of folklore is the blessing and the curse of her plot: each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined, but there are too many characters, terrors to fear, and secrets to parse. Puck, the Wild Hunt, Redcaps, the greenman, the court of the Sidhe — everything gets a turn. Individual episodes play out like the short tales from which they derive, but do not cohere to build steady narrative tension. Long is a solid writer, but when nearly every encounter ends in betrayal, it's difficult not to grow jaded by the parade of wonders. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

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