Series: The Faerie Ring #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Tor Teen (9.27.2011)
Hardcover, 343 pages
Source: I own it
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…
I had heard good things about this book, so I bought it. I am now regretting that decision. I made it through 200 pages, more than halfway…and was absolutely bored to death. Everyone talks about the fey being real, but you don’t really see many glimpses of them. There was little to no plot in my opinion and the story was not convincing. The characters didn’t have any personality. There was little to no action. I would have liked to see much more magic in a faerie story. This one just fell flat for me.
There was no background on Reiker and Tiki. I would have liked to hear how they knew each other. He’s just randomly there. I couldn’t get a feel for their relationship.
While it’s sad to think of a bunch of orphans living in poverty on the streets, fending for themselves, I felt no emotion for the kids. They just didn’t feel real to me.
I read the ending to find out how it ends, and it was thoroughly predictable. I would much rather spend my time reading something interesting. I found myself sitting around the house being bored and looking for things to do so I wouldn’t have to read this book. Even doing nothing was preferable to finishing it. I do believe I’m done!
There was little to no discernible plot. She steals the ring and is trying to figure out how to get the reward. That’s about it.
Writing Style: 1/5
Not intriguing or interesting at all.
Not realistic, inspire zero empathy.
Watching paint dry would be more interesting.
I love the writing, it’s beautiful. Guess this book was only meant to sit on my shelf and look pretty…
Overall rating: DNF