The Treachery of Beautiful Things

The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Dial Books
August 2012

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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.

Editorial Reviews

“Delicious and wonderfully romantic…Lyrical prose, along with highly imaginative and descriptive phrasing, makes the forest setting–and its creatures and people–immediately present and sparked with magic.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Entrapment in a faerie forest has never been so delectable…A worthy, memorable read (with movie potential).”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat….Each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A heady atmosphere of folk tales, suspenseful terror, and passionate romance.”

“The immediate connection forged between Jenny and Jack will melt the hearts of romantic readers and have them rooting for the pair to overcome the impossible.”
-School Library Journal

“[The] malice that underlies the world’s beauty plays out the title to the fullest and adds a substantial bit of true gruesomeness to what is already a suspenseful story.”

Book Trailer

Book trailer by Fionnuala Murphy
Images from and Ruth Frances Long
Music by Kevin MacLeod,
Jenny: Laura Jane Cassidy


The Treachery of Beautiful Things