Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Series: The Faerie Ring
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .3
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Published: Sept. 27th, 2011
by Tor Teen
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…
This is really a book to read and a series to look out for. It was gripping, in the sense that I just really couldn't put it down. It's big, almost 400 pages, but they go by so quickly you wont see the ending coming. And the ending? Pretty all over the place for a minute there, but it seemed to work out. In my opinion anything that has faeries involved has to be a bit all over the place hehe
What I most enjoyed about this book was Tiki really. She is an orphan that can be a thieve in one moment and the next convert into this Cinderella kind of character. She is strong and she takes takes of herself, plus all her orphan brothers and sisters. The side characters were fine, though we don't get to see much of their past. The main three characters are Tiki, Prince Leo and Rieker. Rieker was a surprise! Everything that happened in his past... well I wasn't expecting it that's for sure. Prince Leo is this rich kid who has been in the dark for his whole life, and then when the ring goes missing he starts believing and starts searching for answers, at some times screwing some of the plans of our main characters.
Romance: It's there, it's sure there, I just wasn't a big fan. Kieker, Leo... Don't really care in that way for neither.
The faeries in The Faerie Ring aren't the nice faeries you find in places like The Iron King and other YA novels (I LOVE the Iron King, it's just an example). In this book the faeries basically want to take over our world and want us all dead. YAY! Basically as our world keeps growing and evolving theirs continues to shrink, and the only reason they haven't attacked before is because of the power of the ring. A ring Kiki stole by accident, not knowing who it belonged to, or the repercussions of never giving it back. Basically, Kiki starts being in mortal danger as soon as she touches that ring. Not that she knows it...
It was just such an enjoyable book. It had a lot of different aspects that anybody would be able to enjoy, I think you should all pick it up and give it a shot.
Remember to enter my Good Bye 2011 contest! The Link is on the top, but you can also just click here and it will take you to the post. I have about 40 books to give away, who wants them?!