I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.
BOOK REVIEW - “The Treachery of Beautiful Things” by Ruth Frances Long
Genre: fantasy / romantic fantasy
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.
I haven’t read a fairy novell for over ten years before I picked up “The Treachery of Beautiful Things”. Actually, reading Shakespeares “A Mindsummer Night’s Dream” some time ago made me want to do it again and with Ruth Frances Long’s compelling novel it found the perfect summer read for me.
I like how the author interpretes the fairy world with her own yet not too original approach (dark and evil fairies is not that new, but I like how the author delt with this). The female protagonist, Jenny, was nice to read. Though she complained a lot, was very judgy and stubborn, she was believable and able to actually admit when she was wrong. Thus she developed.
But I totally think the show is run by Jack o’the Forest, not by her. Mrs. Long, I turely love and adore your character - THANKS! <3 He is honorable though not too-glossy-perfect in character and rescues Jenny whenever in need (means every chapter) but without being cocky or playing the hero. I think his character is a lot more interesting than Jenny’s.
I would have wished for her to be not only stubborn and said to be strong but to actually save herself and not depend EVERY time on the help of a male character (Jack, Puck, her brother).That is my only critique - I would have wished for her to kick ass herself instead of only claiming she wants to. That made her seam more like a damsel in distress to me than a strong female character. Nethertheless, I was totally into the romance in the book since it wasn’t love at first sight but feelings growings slowly by getting to know each other and discovering one was wrong about the other. And since I enjoyed Robin Goodfellow in “A Mindsummer Night’s Dream” I was glad to read a new interpretation of my favorite hobgoblin.
For people who like “dull” chapters inbetween to calm down and put in line what just happend, this book could be difficult. The temop is very fast, the events hunt after each other and there is no such thing as a “dull” chapter. Which I personally really liked because it suited the scenery.
You’re searching for a fairytale romance as an exiting read for hot summer days? I kindly recommend you “The Treachery of Beautiful Things.” It changed my mind that fairy books are all the same and I’m not into it. I totally am - at least into thins one. I hope you have fun with it, too!
"she’s really pissed off."
The little last bit there where when she staples his foot to the floor and he realizes she’s going win and he suddenly snaps into good guy ward and out of who he really is, trying to play on her humanity, trying to act like oh now he is sorry, conveniently as he’s about to lose, and she punches him in the throat. And that’s SUPER IMPORTANT.
Because firstly it means he can’t talk anymore. His words have been his greatest weapon so far, they have made him able to manipulate the team. Second because it means he is still conscious. She could have knocked him out but no, she wants him to see this. To see them win, to see Hydra fall.
Apparently ward fans think she used “excessive force” by punching him in the throat when she had already “won.” No, she was doing what needed to be done: stoping him from being able to continue his sick, sick manipulation of the people she loved. Because he preys on people’s humanity and goodness because that’s how Garret trained him. And she knows her team is good and would show mercy if he begged. So she does this for them.
Best explanation of this scene yet
THANK YOU. I really don’t like redeemed!Ward, It just doesn’t seem plausible
I’ll just never get over the fact that apparently punching Ward in the throat is “excessive force” but Ward trying to shove May’s face into a buzz saw isn’t. What a PECULIAR double standard.
Yesssss. May punching him in the neck wasn’t gratuitous violence; it wasn’t beating up an immobilized prisoner. It was May removing a weapon. She could have killed him. She didn’t. She used the necessary force to render him harmless. (I’m not gonna say everything she does in this fight is strictly necessary, but a) he’s actively trying to hurt/kill her, and b) she has good reason to be angry with him, not just the personal betrayal but also the fact that he’s tried to kill and, for all she knows at this point, actually killed her friends.)
I think AOS has done a good job, with Ward, of dissecting and subverting the redeemable-woobie-villain trope. I definitely don’t think it’s impossible that they have an eventual redemption arc in mind for him, and whether I’m on board for that depends on how it’s done, I guess. But at this point they’ve made him nasty in a particular kind of way — he trades on his pretty-white-boy good looks and charm to manipulate, use, and disrespect others, especially women. He’s not a genocidal villain of the Loki type, whose crimes and betrayals are so large-scale that they’re outside the scope of what we can imagine encountering in our lives. Ward is a petty kind of evil — a manipulator and harrasser, a traitor who betrays not because he believes in a greater ideology, but because he’s too weak-willed and selfish not to. And the characters recognize it. For all I know the show will do a complete 180 and give us a non-subverted woobie!Ward next season (PLEASE NO) but at this point, at least, they seem to be very consciously aware of how they’re presenting him.
THIS. And the glorious, glorious bit of writing where Skye did NOT feel sorry for him, did NOT get talked round because she had feelings for him, but called him on the carpet when he tried to make excuses, and went straight into disgust and doing what it took to get away from him and get him taken out.
Totally agree. I adored that Skye knew she had felt strongly for him and was totally disgusted by him and never weakened from that position. He had chance after chance before the show and chance after chance after the show started to choose to be a good guy. He is just small and petty and weak. I don’t want to see him redeemed.
*sirens wail* It’s the library police!
It was only a matter of time…
Oh look, it’s me right now.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
when i find stretch marks on my thighs i make a point of smooching them because they’re just doing their best at keeping the all-powerful immortal Being within me from ripping my mortal shell asunder in a blaze of heavenly glory and eviscerating the cosmos in my divine wrath
You know what? You just changed an aspect of myself I’ve hated since ballet class in sixth grade. Thank you!
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