"The Treachery of Beautiful Things" by Ruth Frances Long is a fairy tale turned nightmare. It's also a bit confusing at the start but entrancing at the same time.
It all started when the trees swallowed Jenny's brother. Seven years later, she finally has the courage to try to find out what happened to him. But when she enters the small woods, she finds a strange and magical place. And not necessarily magical in a good way.
The horrors that await her are described in careful, gory details. The creatures she meets there go by different names like Puck, Mab, Titania, and Oberon. They also have alternate names from other times and places. Oberon is also known as Alberich, the Trickster, and king of the elves.
Then there are the Jacks. In folklore there's Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant Killer, Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Jack-be-nimble, a Jack o' Lantern and a Jack-in-the Box. And there's the Jack o' the Forest with whom Jenny falls in love. And then there is a simple child's game played with jacks.
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