The Treachery Of Beautiful Things Ruth Frances Long Book Review

When I hear the phrase ‘people-eating trees’ I immediately perk up and pay attention. The Treachery Of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long is a debut young adult book that I probably would have ignored had it not been for that phrase. You see, The Treachery Of Beautiful Things has fairies and I’m not all that into fairies, or at least I say I’m not. But if we examine my reading habits closely, they aren’t exactly anti-fey by any means. Y’all, I’m glad I read this, because I ended up closing The Treachery Of Beautiful Things with a contended sigh.

The Treachery Of Beautiful Things Ruth Frances Long Book Cover

When Jenny was a little girl, the trees swallowed her older brother Tom. As in he got sucked in and she never saw him again. Now, after several years and a high school senior, Jenny has returned to the woods to say good bye to Tom. She ends up getting sucked into the magical woods as well. There she meets Jack who is the Watcher of the Woods, meaning he protects the Edge. These are magical woods inhabited by all manner of magical creatures from the fey to dragons to red caps. Jenny is determined to find Tom and bring him back, despite the fact that she will have to make sacrifices.

It is a journey fraught with peril. The consistent dangers and lack of security faced by Jenny moves the plot of The Treachery Of Beautiful Things at a nice, fast clip. There is rarely a dull or boring moment. The action does not let up which honestly goes a long way in my enjoyment. I was never like omg stop navel gazing and let’s get on with the story.

Jenny is a character to get invested in. She’s grieving just a bit for Tom, even when she finds he is still alive. Jenny has a fierce determination to help others and do the right thing even when it’s at detriment to her self-interest. I admire that. Sometimes she lays it on a little thing with the damsel in distress bit which felt like a little much.

I think my favorite aspect of Ruth Frances Long’s debut is the setting. Y’all, I’ve always maintained that the woods are terrifying and this just confirms it. The back drop of the woods and the Edge create this creepy mystical atmosphere that permeates the book. I just ate it up as I read about Jenny’s travels through the awful, beautiful place.

If romance is your thing, well the relationship in The Treachery Of Beautiful Things is what I’d deem swoon worthy. However, it’s quite drawn out and takes the characters awhile to get to the just kiss please point. I personally like that slow development, but if you need your swoons right off the bat, I don’t think this book will meet that need.

Y’all, The Treachery Of Beautiful Things is a standalone. Hallelujah! I found the ending to be perfect. I was left satisfied and with a smile. I did not feel as though my time was wasted. Plus there are zero cliffhangers. I think if you are in search of the elusive supernatural standalone, Ruth Frances Long’s debut is the way to go. The Treachery Of Beautiful Things is magical, swoonworthy and incorporates some fantastic mythological elements that kept me intrigued until the very last word.

Disclosure: Received for review.

Other reviews of The Treachery Of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long:

Bites – “I can barely handle the awesome right now. Barely.

The Reader Bee – “completely blew me away

YA Romantics – “an atmospheric, suspenseful standalone read

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Sounds so interesting! thanks for the review 🙂

  2. I wasn’t paying any attention to this book until you said ‘people-eating trees’. 🙂 An awesome setting and a swoon-worthy romance!? I’m adding it to my TBR right now.

  3. Oooh, encouraging. I’ve seen some meh reviews of this. A bit of hope has now been restored. I hope I like it when I get to it!

  4. You’re right – people-eating trees for sure catches your eye! I don’t think I read a lot of fairy books either but I’m certainly not opposed to them. I like the slow burn with romances too so this is going on the ever-growing TBR list 🙂

  5. YAY for standalones! Woods are creeeepy and the idea of people-eating trees is so interesting. The slow burn romance sounds like it was worth the wait.

  6. I love the first line of your review. 🙂 This sounds like an interesting and original premise.

  7. Drawn-out swoon? Girl, you know I’m in.

  8. This one caught my eye a while ago. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. And it’s a standalone. Yay!

  9. Thanks for this review! I’ve seen this on a few sights and always heard good things about it, but I’ve never added it to my list because I’m not particularly into fairies either. Glad to see that someone who shared my sentiments on that actually enjoyed it. I’ll TBR it now! 😀

  10. Yep, I’m not a fairy person either BUT this sounds like it’s about a lot more than just fairies. Seeing that you enjoyed it makes me feel hopeful that I may enjoy it as well, so hopefully, I get the opportunity to read it soon.

  11. Yay for standalones! Thanks for the review, I’ll keep my eye out for this one.

  12. Ahh, this sounds intriguing! A standalone paranormal/fantasy with no insta-love? I dig it. And I trust your reviews and taste so I’m adding to my TBR.

  13. I had a feeling I might enjoy this one, and you’ve just confirmed it. Stand alone fantasy with a slow burn romance and awesome setting? Um…yes, please!

  14. I’m so happy you liked this. Ive been excited to read this, but have come across loads of mediocre reviews! I’ll just go with your word :-).

    <3 Britta


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