by Kiki Hamilton
Book: Faerie Ring #1
Pub Date: Sept 27 2011
Genre: Fae, Romance, Young Adult
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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. 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.
My Review: Tiki is a girl who just about lives by pick pocketing people. She doesn't do it to simply steal though. She needs money to survive and being orphaned isn't helping her. She lives with a few other orphans who all try to survive day by day. One day Tiki is out pick pocketing, when she falls asleep on the back of carriage. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a new place, not knowing where she is she look s around and sees this building where people are making fresh bread by the loads. Tiki decides to sneak in and steal some. When going for the breads, she gets caught and runs down the hall and goes into this giant room to hide. Tiki is amazed at the room she's in. She finds herself in this grand library and before she can enjoy it, she has to hide when she hears the door open. Once she hears footsteps leaving the room, she looks at the ring, that was thrown onto the floor. The ring was a beautiful red ruby ring with fire on the inside. Thinking no one will miss it, Tiki takes the ring, and sneaks back out. Once far enough she gets a better look at the building she was just in. It was the palace, Tiki just realized the people in the room were the princes and the queen, and worst of all the ring she stole belong to the queen. Tiki quickly hides the ring and heads back home to the crossing where the other orphans are. The next day she goes out to get medicine for Clara, who is really sick. On the way there she runs into Rieker who says something to her about her mark. Once he's gone Tiki runs back to change and goes to get medicine. Once she has the medicine she goes back to the crossing and gives Clara some of the medicine and wonders on how she will sell the ring. More in the story Tiki goes out and is grabbed by some guy and before anything could happen Rieker appears and the guy runs off. Rieker takes Tiki for tea and makes her listen to what he has to say. He tells Tiki that faeries are real and they are here looking for the ring, which they think Rieker has. But before we can get much information, their conversation is comes to a halt. Tiki gets news that Clara has gotten worse. Tiki runs to her home and decides that Clara needs to go to a hospital. So Tiki and the rest of the orphans all leave for the hospital where Clara is taken in. A while later Tiki finds out that there will be a Masquerade ball at the palace. Tiki along with the others come up with a plan, which involves Tiki going to the ball and finding out what she can earn for the ring and moving it from its current place. While Tiki attends the ball she runs into the Princes and gets to know just what she needs about the ring. After getting what she needs she leave the ball, but not without making an impression on the Princes. Tiki's life goes on normally when she runs into Rieker, who is hurt. She tends to him and quickly moves on after he explains that the Fae have gone after him again. Later that night Tiki hears a sound outside and goes to check it out. She find Rieker being attacked again, and the strange thing is she is the only one who can see them, but put that aside she bring Rieker in and tends to him while the other kids ask what happened. What can they say? I'd go on and on some more and tell you the rest of the book, but that will lead to pages of writing. So I will let you all wonder what will happen and hope you get a copy for yourself.