Title:The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: September 27, 2011
Length: 352 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Review copy received from publisher for an honest review
Recommend: Julie says, “Loved this book!”
Why I read this book: I requested this from the publisher a long time ago! Victorian era, faeries, and jewelry? I was in!
What I liked:
- The author’s writing style is very smooth never taking me out of the moment for a second.
- The main characters are being fleshed out and Tiki is hard not to empathize with and what she has lost and what she wants. She has such a big heart. Reiker was a very likable fellow to me, although you never know which side he’s playing until the end. I like a guy who can handle himself in all manners though and that’s Reiker!
- Pickpockets! I really enjoyed the viewpoint of pickpockets in Victorian London. The twist with Tiki and Reiker’s past though is brilliant! Makes for a very nice contrast in points of views.
- I was a huge British royalty fan growing up and I didn’t realize Queen Victoria and her sons were such a big part of this story! I was very surprised and pleased! I’ve visited most of places mentioned in this book as well, such as Buckingham Palace, St. James, Hyde Park, etc. I really enjoyed being able to truly picture the locations.
- The evil characters have the potential to be quite scary. Larkin I would not like to see in a dark alley after what goes down with her in this book. Watch your back Tiki!
- The ending is not a huge cliffhanger; you do feel resolved at the end of this book. However, there is much left to wonder about such as Tiki’s identity, how things will play out in the faerie war, and of course, the future of Reiker. I do like how this book ended. It has a nice touch (gesture made) I didn’t expect but really liked.
What I didn’t like:
- Even though there was Victorian vernacular in the book, the characters speak very much like today. But, I also think if written in true proper speech or pauper’s vernacular, it wouldn’t be very relatable to today’s reader. The author does make note in appropriate places where certain characters slip into ‘proper’ speech or educated speech. That worked for me.
Overall: The Faerie Ring deserves all the praise I’ve read about it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to YA fantasy fans. It is a clean read as well, so no worries going to middle grade age at all in my opinion.