Title: August Moon
Author: Diana Thung
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Description by Goodreads:

The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire – orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. 

But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these “fireballs” are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit-like creatures as they leap across rooftops! 

Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games may be coming to an end, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico… when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden’s battle for the soul of a community.

My Review: 

The two main characters are Fiona aka Fi and Jaden. Jaden seems to be some sort of vagabond, and he’s always some form of trouble. Fi is the complete opposite, she came to town and stays with her Uncle while her Father researches the Totoro-like beings.  She and Jaden become fast-friends and discover suspicious people who look like they’re up to no good. 

This was cute. I didn’t really like the how the humans were drawn but the magical animals were really cute. They try to save their forests and the town, but this isn’t necessarily for young kids. There’s quite a bit of violence such as people and animals being shot. Um, yeah this was interesting. It was a little bit like Totoro on acid but it as a whole the novel was amusing.

At first it was a little hard to follow, but once Fi and Jaden investigate the suspicious new comers everything falls into place. The ending is actually a little sad surprisingly but that’s why I gave it a 4.5-5 rather than just a 4. The story had layers.

fun fact: the author actually credits Totoro as a source of inspiration.

4.5-5/7

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Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description:(by goodreads.com)

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN. 

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

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My Review: 

It took me a while to finish this book, as most of you know from my goodreads updates. I just wanted everyone to know that is not the book’s fault. Life has been insane lately, but now that I have a job in the best bookstore in the world (Strand books in NYC I have loved them for a really long time,) things are really looking up and now I can dedicate my time back to reading.

This story was so original, I thought this was an excellent telling of the Hades and Persephone myth. I don’t want to give too much away, but the ending was a pleasant surprise! I thought it would end up being more like Solstice (which I loved,) but The Goddess Test had its own edge and the plot kept you guessing. Again I hate giving out spoilers but there was murder mystery subplot and that gave the story a lot of layers.

The over all tempo seemed a little slow at times, but again I had my mind on other things so I’m hesitant to stick by that judgement. However, I will say this the romance that developed in the story felt NATURAL.There was no love at first sight, or going from hating to love in 4 seconds. Instead, the two main characters developed feelings for each other over months, not days. I love that! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciated this. In YA especially love develops way too fast, and yeah I get it. Raging hormones and all, but Kate had a complicated life with difficult circumstances. High school romances wasn’t even a blip on her radar screen. Even with the guy she fell in love with (being vague because I don’t want to give away too much,) it took time and it was great to see her open up at her own pace. She had much more pressing concerns and I actually find her a positive literary female role model. Especially because she has to dole out punishment every now and again, and she’s always calm, level headed and fair.

The ending was very touching. I’m serious. I got very choked up (even cried a little.) Overall I thought this was a really beautiful story and I highly recommend it to 16 year olds on up.

WARNING: there is at times  sexual content in this story. Personally it’s part of why I like it because sex is almost never addressed in YA and I think ignoring is not the answer. That being said know that there is sexual content, so if you’re buying this for a 13 year old… meeeeeeeh maybe not the perfect idea. The girl in the story is also 18 so it’s not taboo, and she’s comfortable in her own identity. ^___^ 

Overall: 6.5/7 not a 7 because I was distracted by other things but I really loved this novel. 

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HIGH-RESTitle: The Goddess TestAuthor: Aimee CarterPublisher: Harlequin*full disclosure:

Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen ChboskyPublisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books*full disclosure: bought from bookstoreDescription:(by goodreads.com)Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing Overall: 5/7

 Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: 

I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.

The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. 

All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.

I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.

WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing 

Overall: 5/7

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 Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen

Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle McartneyPublisher: Createspace*full disclosure: free from amazonDescription: (by goodreads.com)The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ishWARNINGS: there is a deathOverall: 3/7

 

Title: Aquatica, Tip of the Sword

Author: Donna Danielle Mcartney

Publisher: Createspace

*full disclosure: free from amazon

Description: (by goodreads.com)

The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. 

When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. 

Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?

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My Review: 

I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.

Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ish

WARNINGS: there is a death

Overall: 3/7

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 Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle

Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!description:How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.My Review:The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.beginning: 4/7Middle: 5.5/7Ending: 6.5/7Overall: 6/7 Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

 Author: Rhiannon Paille

Title: Surrender: The Ferryman and the Flame

Publisher: Createspace/Coscom Entertainment

Full Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!

description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  

The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. 

Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.

Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. 

The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.

beginning: 4/7

Middle: 5.5/7

Ending: 6.5/7

Overall: 6/7 

Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

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 Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull

Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. Description:(by goodreads.com)In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts - never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals - the Juni Jinsho - stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space - to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City - and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!My Review: Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 5/7WARNINGS: violence… um I think that was it? … I may get rid of warnings all of you are smart enough to figure out if a book is appropriate or not

 Title: Deva Zan

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. 

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts – never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals – the Juni Jinsho – stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space – to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City – and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!

My Review: 

Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. 

The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 

5/7

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 Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure:

Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: PurchasedDescription:(by goodreads.com)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…My Review:Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 6/7

 Title: The Faerie Ring

Author: Kiki Hamilton

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: Purchased

Description: (by goodreads.com)

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…

My Review:

Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.

The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. 

Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. 

Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. 

Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 

6/7

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 Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: