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Beautiful Thingsby Ruth Frances Long
"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 always appreciate a Young Adult book that some reviewers consider "too tame". It takes place in the world of the fae, and many familiar Shakespeare characters either make an appearance or are pretty main characters (i.e. Puck, Oberon, Titania, Mab...). Jenny and Jack, the main characters, are very likable. My favorite quote: ""Beware a kiss," he told her. "Kisses are powerful things. You expose a part of your soul."" The ending has a sweet surprise. All in all, a pretty enjoyable read.
Areas of concern: A couple of kisses. Some violence with mythical beings. No bad language.
School Library Journal - Grades 7+
Publishers Weekly - Ages 12+