What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long







Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Great idea. I don't know if this is a retelling of a fairy tale, because it's not something that I've ever encountered before. But I thought the story was very creative and unique. 2) Jack. He gives very little away, but I (along with Jenny) was inexplicably drawn to him. There are so many reasons that he tries to explain why she should stay away from him, yet she is still drawn to him. 3) Jenny's devotion to her brother. I love how hard she is working to try and find him. She knows he has to be there after he disappeared into the trees so many years ago, and now that she knows she wasn't crazy, she really will do anything to find him. It shows a lot of courage and love on her part. 4) I really loved some of the creepy and mysterious creatures that we met along her journey. I think they all have a basis in some old fairy tale stories, but they seemed so real and inventive. Real things to be wary of under the bed or in the closet!

What I Didn't Like: Well...for all the good things I liked about this story, there was one thing that just didn't work for me, and that was how little emotion hit me. You could tell Jenny loved her brother, you could see she was falling for Jack, but why wasn't she able to endear herself to me as a reader? I needed more of an emotional connection from me to her, or me to Jack to feel more engaged, and it was just missing.

Overall Thoughts: Fairy story lovers will definitely appreciate the themes and settings of this story, and the research that was done into fairy lore. Plot-wise the story held it's own and had a satisfying conclusion. There was some work to be done on the character development, but other than that, it was an enjoyable story.

My Rating: 3.5 shots

4 comments:

  1. Glad to see you didn't absolutely HATE this one haha. I've seen very few reviews of it, but it's on my shelf so I'm looking forward to reading it :) Great review!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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    1. A book has to....I don't know, chew my fingers off or something for me to out and out hate it. I don't think that's ever happened. I hope you enjoy it!

      Courtney

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  2. I won this and I am looking forward to reading it. I'm glad to see that you still enjoyed it even with what you didn't like.

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    1. Ah, you know me. There is always something to enjoy!

      Courtney

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