Saturday, January 28, 2012

THE FAERIE RING by Kiki Hamilton {Book Review}

Rating: ★★★★★
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Format: Hardback, 352pp
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years
Series: The Faerie Ring series, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Bought at B&N
Buy: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

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…

How I love books set back in the good ole days. ;) When I say "good ole days", I really mean the days where you can tell someone you've seen a faerie and not get put in a mental ward. At least, in books.... :D

*Awkward cough*

The thing about this book, is it's set back in the 1800's. You don't find many faerie books like that, unless it's in the medieval times. Hardly even that. But still, it's a great twist on the world of the Fey. Totally something I would read again. (If you've noticed, since The Iron Fey series, I've grown onto faerie books overtime. x3)

There's not much romance in this, but when there is, you can totally feel the tension. I was like, OH MY GOD. KISS ALREADY. JEEZ. DO SOMETHING. I like that about books, because it keeps me reading. :)

For the characters, I loved Reiker/William. Who wouldn't? He's just...unf in the Victorian era. But I actually thought that Tiki would like--or fall in love with--Prince Leo. From the inside flap of the hardback, I thought there'd be a love-triangle of the sort. But I think in the second book, there might be something in there between them. ;) The way The Faerie Ring ended, how Leo acted, I think so. WHO DOESN'T LOVE A LOVE TRIANGLE?!?! :D To dwindle it down; I absolutely adored Toots. I felt sorry for Shamus. I thought Fiona was cute as hell. Clara; I just want to squeeze the shit out of her if she weren't already sick. D: I was okay with Leo, but he can be someone pushy and too determined. And for some odd reason, I liked Larkin. Don't ask why, because I don't know either. o.O

I do hope we get to see more of the Otherworld in the next books. It seems like that one scene just wasn't enough. Hell, they didn't even go anywhere in the Otherworld...except for that one pop up and that's it. D: I so wanted Marcus to snatch them and take them for Donegal or something.

In a nutshell, this was a fantastic book! Definitely going to read the next one!

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