Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Published: September 27, 2011 by Tor Teen
Pages: 352/Hardcover
Series: The Faerie Ring #1
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge, 2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Source: bought

Summary: The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Review: How can I even start a review about The Faerie Ring? By telling you how awesome it was? Because it was awesome, oh how it was awesome. 
Starting off I knew something paranormal/strange was going to happen, but in the moment Tiki seemed like just a normal girl who was doing what she had to to survive. And that helped me to get in her head and understand her. She was a strong girl who didn't give up, especially when it came to the ones she loved. 
I could tell that Hamilton was trying to show that Tiki didn't really trust Rieker and Tiki herself even convinced me a few times that he wasn't to be trusted, but throughout the whole book I just couldn't see him as an untrustworthy guy. He just seemed so good. Maybe that's just me.
There wasn't any real mystery to the book because it was in third person so I pretty much knew what was going on with all of the characters even if they didn't know. What got me was the suspense. I knew what the characters were doing but would it work out? Would they save everyone? Would the faeries get the ring? All of these questions had me flipping the pages faster and faster until I got to the end.
Oh the ending. It really was quite nice. It wrapped up the story nicely and I know there's a sequel planned, but even if there wasn't the ending left it in a nice place to simply be a stand alone novel.
The Faerie Ring was a fantastic book! It had faeries and history and romance and thieves and just utter greatness. Go and read it! I'm begging you!

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