Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Faerie Ring by: Kiki Hamilton

Synopsis: 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…


Thoughts: Beautifully written, tons of creativeness, and plenty of action. The Faerie Ring is an exciting tale with its own uniqueness that will have you constantly turning the pages.

We start off with Tiki, a thief who lives on the streets with her family of orphans... a new family that means everything to her. When Tiki ends up stealing the Queen's Ring, strange things start to unravel themselves. Like the fact that fellow thief, and sexy protector, Rieker, is suddenly showing up more often. Tiki is seeing people that she's not sure are really there. And well, Prince Leopold, can't seem to get her off of his mind. When Tiki realizes the Queen's ring is really the Faerie Ring, her whole world begins to change.

When I first started reading this, I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to think. Historical YA isn't really my cup of tea, but I have to admit the writing was so lovely that I continued to find myself sucked in page after page. And the more I saw Tiki's love for her "family", and Rieker's protectiveness for Tiki, I continued to love the story. Even though Tiki is more apart of this world than she knows, you can see the strength in her. The fight, the persistence, the magical quality in herself that I'm not sure she sees herself. I loved following the story with her.

I have to admit, I really and truly loved Rieker. Firstly, that name is pure bliss and brilliance. It just rolls off the tongue and is so sexy yet strong. Rieker is one of the boys that I tend to love when I read. The dark and haunting past, the type who isn't sure he deserves all that he has, the fact that he feels most comfortable in a place out of his element just makes you want to hold him tight. Yet, he's witty and protective and a strikingly over all good guy. Totally fell in love with his character and how things ended for him and Tiki.

I really enjoyed this story. It was very different from other faerie stories I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely looking forward to reading more in this series to see where the story continues, because as I see it, I'm sure it'll just keep getting better and better. :)

- 5 out of 5 stars -


  1. I just got this one and haven't had the chance to read it yet. The reviews are a bit mixed. I'm glad to hear you really liked it. I love all things fae so hopefully I'll enjoy this book as much as you! Great review!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts :D you can tell you really enjoyed this one and that makes me that much for pumped for it!

    awesome review!

    Diana @ The Lovely Getaway

  3. I'm so glad you liked this one! I've been hearing so much about it, and the whole premise and cover were enough to lure me in! Seeing you rate it five stars and say that the main characters are great? That just sealed the deal!

    Awesome review, Jena! I'm definitely going to be reading The Faerie Ring soon! :)

  4. Oh stop it, you tease *fans self* I love me a boy with a dark and haunting past. And who's witty. And protective and oh gosh, why haven't I read this book yet? It sounds SO good! I really enjoy historical novels and I so want to read more faerie books, so thank you for making me even more excited with your awesome review :D

  5. I really enjoyed this story too. Like you mentioned, the writing was beautiful and Rieker was such a fun character. Hard not to fall in love with him! Great review!

  6. I'm usually not one to pick up hysterical YA but this one has been getting such great reviews I really want to. Awesome review! It sounds so unique and with great characters.

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  7. Aah I'm so exciting for this book. I have a copy on the way to me. Great review! :-)

  8. AAH! im sooo excited to read this book! i won it and its on its way! But as soon as i get it, i want to start reading ASAP! hehe! Great Review dear! :)
    Im glad you enjoyed it!!


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