Monday, 30 July 2012

Book Review! The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Book: The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen/ Macmillan
Pages: 343 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library book

Hey guys! Sorry I've been away but its been a busy week at the Wayworth household! Lots of traveling, and not much Internet time, but I'm back now! Now, I picked this up from the library the other day, and I absolutely loved it! So lets get started;

Goodread Summary

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
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…

First off, I had never heard of this book before diving head first into it and I was pleasantly surprised . I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the characters as much as I did, and I didn't expect to feel for them as much as I did either. I loved the main character Tiki a lot and I really liked the role she played in the book. She was really trying to be the martyr of the story but because of her situation, it had massive consequence. I really fell in love with how her entire existence was based around the orphans that she called her family and she was an incredible character.

I also loved the relationship between her and Rieker. It was well developed and very sweet.  I also loved the element of pick pocketing, because it really fits with the times and it gives the whole novel a very shady, back alley kind of feel to it. The last thing that I loved was the magical aspect, because it was so well incorporated into the novel, i feel like the story only worked because of Linkin and the ring.

Overall, Kiki Hamilton's debut novel is a wonderful story that, more than once, brought me to the edge and back. I recommend this to everyone. :) A full 5/5 stars for The Faerie Ring.


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