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The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)

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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. They survive 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 o...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Tor Teen (first published September 27th 2011)
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Faerie Ring is an intriguing, beautifully written, blend of historical fiction, mixed with the perfect dose of romance, mystery, and faerie lore, all set within the time period of Victorian London. I was completely enraptured with the story that I couldn't devour this debut novel fast enough. I absolutely loved reading this! Kiki Hamilton's writing is spellbinding and her story completely mesmerizing. The way Kiki mixed historical London with faerie lore was masterfully done, making this a t...more
Kristi
The Faerie Ring is an enchanting novel, woven with dramatic adventure, intriguing faerie lore and a charming love story! I couldn’t stop turning the pages even though I didn’t want the story to end!

There is a little bit of everything in this novel. There's the historical aspect which is beautifully depicted! The not to glamorous streets of Victorian London and the oh-so-glamorous Royal Palace.... you feel like you're right there with Tiki. So, magnificent descriptions... check. Kiki did a great...more
slayra
Oct 25, 2011 slayra marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton is one of my very favorite books of all time. I’ve read it a total of 4 times and I think the reason that The Faerie Ring stole my heart was that it literally transports me to another time and place. By this I mean the entire book is literally a Faerie Tale combined with a wonderful historical setting that is just so easy to get lost in-it's better than the bath salts that say "TAKE ME AWAY", for that it does! Enmeshing myself in The Faerie Ring is...more
Ashley (Books Obsession)
The story is set in London, 1871. Tiki is a sixteen year old orphan living in an abandoned shop behind the railway station. She pickpockets wealthy people on the streets in order to survive and also takes care of four friends who she considers her family: Shamus, a boy her age, Toots and Fiona, the young ones, and Clara, the little sick one who Tiki cares fondly about. When Tiki steals a beautiful red ring, which she hopes to trade for a bundle of money, she quickly finds out that it's the queen...more
Jane
I felt a little bad about giving a book one star. I seriously considered giving it two, but then I remembered that I didn't really like anything about it, so I stopped feeling guilty. The reviews for this book are overwhelmingly positive on Goodreads, though, so maybe I'm just crazy.

I was really on the fence about deciding to read The Faerie Ring, too. The cover is just awful. The inside flap made it seem intriguing. I decided to go for it anyway, since it seemed like I was piling up a stack of...more
Kelsey
I am so glad I had the chance to read The Faerie Ring. It was a mix of my favorite book topics: history, faeries, and romance. It was incredibly well written and the characters were all developed and likable.

Tiki, a pickpocket living with four fellow orphans by Charing Cross railway station, is a brave, innovative, and kind person. She works hard to keep her and her "family" alive and is determined to get them better living conditions. I loved all of her fellow pickpockets. Clara, Toots, Shamus,...more
TheBookofJules
I think that what happened here is similar to what happened to me with Between the Sea and Sky: this was more of a middle school book that was marketed as YA.

I wouldn't say that this is a bad book, per say. It is riddled with historical inaccuracies, however, and I have to admit that those inaccuracies eventually grated on my nerves. It also requires a certain amount of suspended disbelief. Obviously, there is the faery aspect, but there's more than that. You have to be able to believe that (vie...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Pros
Premise: The Faerie Ring has a lot of positive qualities. For one thing, Tor Teen knows how to write a synopsis that draws in a reader: "Prince, pauper, thief...all must work together to secure the treaty..." As soon as I read this last sentence, I was hooked. I had to get my hands on this book. And the premise was very interesting. I'm sure we've all read faerie books before, but I can't name another one off the top of my head that takes place in Victorian London and attempts to create a sh...more
A&E
This isn't a full review but I was lucky enough to read it early and provide a blurb. Here it is!

"A delicious blend of urban fantasy, heart-stopping suspense and sizzling romance - THE FAERIE RING rocks! Pulsing with excitement this high-stakes adventure catapults you through the gritty slums of Victorian London, the glittering balls of the Royal Palace, and the menacing Otherworld, in a thrilling tale where no one and nothing is what it seems. Deception, twists, diabolical faeries, a gutsy hero...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
The Faerie Ring is an intriguing, beautifully written, blend of historical fiction, mixed with the perfect dose of romance, mystery, and faerie lore, all set within the time period of Victorian London. I was completely enraptured with the story that I couldn't devour this debut novel fast enough. I absolutely loved reading this! I will be sharing my full review closer to the release date next year.
J.
On the surface, this book seems like it's just about an orphan girl trying to survive in harsh Victorian London. Tiki picks pockets to keep her friends and herself alive. However, from the moment she steals the faerie ring, and maybe even before that, readers become increasingly aware that something unusual is at play. Tiki comes to realize that the fey are real and that she is more closely tied to them than she would ever have imagined.

With the ring in her possession, Tiki is drawn into dangero...more
Jennifer
Tiki lost her parents young and ran away from her Aunt and Uncle's home. She lives with four other orphans, Shamus, Toots, Fiona, and Clara. They survive by stealing food and pick pocketing. Tiki also has another thief friend named Rieker that helps her out of some of her thieving jams. While Tiki is out one night she hops on the back of a carriage that ends up taking her to the palace. Tiki goes in without even realizing it at first to steal food. After she grabs some food she goes to hide in a...more
Lisa
(originally reviewed on starmetal oak book blog)

As you can see, I didn't have much luck with this book despite it being on my most anticipated reads from BEA this year. I really wanted to be absorbed into Victorian London and experience through the eyes of Tiki, the main character, but it never worked out. Tiki is a street kid living in an abandoned shop with a few other orphaned children. They have to steal to live and often go hungry. I liked that the author chose to tell this story from that...more
Precious
Hamilton presented a London that had so many abandoned children, orphans and pickpockets. It was a fragile and problematic time wherein money was hard to earn and food came scarcely. I was entirely sold out to how the world was built. It seemed real, complete with all the drama of everyday life in the streets. I found it easy to sympathize with the street urchins of The Faerie Ring because here in my country, there are a handful of them too. Their situation was really heartbreaking.

Tara Kathleen...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: You will be captivated by the world that Hamilton has built and be enchanted by the romance of the story.

Opening Sentence: “You won’t be here pickin’ pockets, would you?”

The Review:

Kiki Hamilton’s The Faerie Ring is set in 1871 London. She has created a world that I want to be a part of. While Hamilton portrayed a time filled with problems and poverty, she also described a world of secrets and enchantment.

Tara Kathleen, or Tiki, lost her pa...more
Krystle
3.5 stars.

Who loves faeries? Cheer with me! (the boisterous crowd erupts in a deafening wave of cheers) Yes! Now I have my minions!

So, these faeries, how did you like them? (crowd acknowledges with nods, enthusiastic clapping, blank faces, and jeers) Well, my people, I’m sorry to disappoint you all but I enjoyed them. Sure, they’re your standard fare stunningly beautiful creatures of magic but I must defend myself and say that I like how they’re totally nasty mofos who are vindictive, manipulati...more
Alexandra
so far I'm liking it, although I really dislike the cover. it's black, with a huge hand and the ring looks like and engagement ring.... the plot moves at a good pace, which is always nice... review to come soon.

so here is the review
Tiki lives in Victorian London, she is 16 years old and she is a thief.

Anxious about the other orphans that are in her care, and desperate, she finds herself one night in a lavish house, stealing a golden ring with a red stone. Little does she know that the lavish hou...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Well, I was enjoying this book until I got to the middle. I loved reading about Tiki’s and her makeshift family’s thieving exploits. The enjoyment lasted until I got to the part where Tiki was able to put the stolen ring back to the palace…quite easily. But that’s not the only thing that I had trouble with. I thought that even when Tiki and the kids were swiping food or coal or money, it was conveniently easy. But let's not focus on that. After all, there are other elements in this book that wer...more
Coranne
Before I tell you my thoughts on The Faerie Ring, I wanted to share my experience with you about Kiki Hamilton, the author. I have a special place in my heart for this author. Back when I started this blog, I saw The Faerie Ring on goodreads and was immediately taken in by the cover. I decided to get up the nerve to send an email to Kiki and she was sweet enough to send a reply. She was the first author I had ever contacted and she also sent me my very first swag. Since she was so sweet to me, I...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This is not your average Faerie Tale. The fact that the main character is living in an abandoned shop, stealing from others to feed the family she has made for herself, all while dressed as a boy, certainly sets a different tone. It also takes place in a time when tuberculosis was rampant and shortly after the first TB sanatorium was opened. While this wasn’t a large part of the story, it was interesting to me because I am a nursing student, though it does fuel the reasons why Tiki steals the ri...more
Jen
I've been looking forward to reading The Faerie Ring FOREVER, so you can imagine my delight in delivering this message to you: it is MORE than just a breathtakingly stunning cover. I think I have found a new favorite author in Kiki Hamilton. Her writing style is pretty and flowy and she perfectly depicts 19th century England. Or at least what I'd imagine it to be.

Tiki is a lovable, frustrating MC. Sometimes I wanted to wring her neck a little for being stupid, but I'd rather dislike her SOMETIME...more
Jodie (Books for Company)
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In Short
- Although I don't like historical books I found that it was an advantage to The Faerie Ring that it was in the past
- All the characters were very easy to like
- The main character, Tiki, was someone I connected with straight away
- I finished this book with a smile on my face

In Long
When I was asked to be part of The Faerie Ring UK Book Tour I was so excited! I have had my eye on this book for a while. I have to admit that I was first drawn to it by the cover, which...more
Colleen
I have never read any story that involved a faerie until I read The Faerie Ring. Well, unless you count Tinkerbell. Even then, I only did it because my daughter must have REALLY wanted me to. See, I was never a big “faerie” girl…until now.

I started the book with a bit of reluctance, to be completely honest. Thankfully I new I had a deadline otherwise I probably would have put off reading it just based on my assumptions of faeries. I was absolutely hooked from the moment I started reading. I kno...more
Isamlq
Dangit! I had such high expectations for this one... and it started out well too.

Tiki is a thief who had taken it upon herself to care for some other kids like her. I liked her at first with her fiery go at it attitude, but little by little I felt something was missing. What went wrong exactly? Nothing... and maybe that's what was wrong. Basically, the story was too pat.

To start, anything bad that could happen, did happen. Her parents die, leaving her an orphan shuffled to an aunt and a shady u...more
P.J.
Ever since Kiki announced her book deal back when we were in The Enchanted Inkpot together, I couldn't wait to read it. I was lucky enough to meet Kiki in real life at ALA this past June and get my own signed ARC. And now that ARC can be yours (actually, I'm giving away a friend's signed ARC because I want to keep mine for myself).

3 Things you will love about THE FAERIE RING:

1) The romance blossoms. I wasn't sure in the first part of the book who the main love interested would be, and this kept...more
Amy
Historical fiction, romance, faerie lore, adventure, fantasy, intrigue...this book has it all! I was lucky enough to get a copy of the ARC at BEA and it's a page turner. It's 1871 and Tiki's stolen a ring that turns out to have hidden secrets--a truce between the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie. But who can Tiki trust? The mysterious Reiker??? With a family of orphans to protect, Tiki is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse with faeries and a world she's connected to in ways she...more
Jessica
Sweet, with fast-paced, straightforward storytelling. I will admit that I would have liked richer world building and more believable character interactions and plot points, though.

Among other strains on my ability to suspend disbelief was when Tiki crashed a party at Buckingham Palace while everyone was already anxious about the queen's stolen ring. Even Disney would throw in a fairy godmother to make that believable.

Still, it was cute enough that I'd be willing to try the next book in the serie...more
Gabrielle Carolina
Though the plot felt slightly redundant of itself the longer it went on, and the pacing had lurches of lag, The Faerie Ring marks the start of a new Fey series sure to appeal to all those who are in need of a fix!

As is the case with many Fey novels, this first installment many prove to be the least exciting, it's sequels heating up the romance, bringing on the battles, and raising the stakes.

Book one was fair, but book two might prove to be fairer still, and you can bet I will be pining for it...more
Danielle
This was the first book I read after getting back from BEA. Wow. Amazing. I love love loved it. Full review to come closer to release date.
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Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and the YA contemporary novel, THE LAST DANCE. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day. Visit her website at: www.kikihamilton.com




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