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text 2013-10-23 13:18
MICHELLE'S REVIEW: The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton
The Torn Wing - Kiki Hamilton

(To check out the review of The Faerie Ring, the first book of this series, click here.)

Kiki and her friends may be now off the streets, but that doesn't mean that the danger is over. Larkin has escaped, the worlds are teetering on the brink of an upcoming war, and still, there is something about Kiki that just might change the game...

Just like I did with the first book, I breezed through this in one sitting and I enjoyed every minute of it. The first half of The Torn Wing keeps up similar overtones as The Faerie Ring, so it wouldn't really shock the reader - especially when you just finished the first book (which was what happened to me). Hamilton slowly eases the reader into darker territory, hinting at the possibilities some scenarios may entail, but still manages to keep things light. 

The characters are still as lovely as ever, and I wasn't really surprised that Clara managed to charm a certain someone. Rieker opens up his home for Kiki and her friends, and his heart is certainly not saying to Kiki either. The romance is light-hearted with just the right amount of sweetness to it.

The Torn Wing is a good sequel to The Faerie Ring, as it doesn't hurl towards a different direction that readers have already anticipated and it does clarify some points that the first book didn't elaborate.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2013/10/michelles-review-torn-wing-by-kiki.html
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review 2013-10-22 08:20
MICHELLE'S REVIEW: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
The Faerie Ring - Kiki Hamilton

After finding out that one of her beloved friends is deeply ill, Tiki makes a resolution to steal a ring from the Crown (yes, that Crown), only to find out that the ring is the only thing that keeps the truce intact between the fey and the human world.

Tiki's heart is obviously too big for her. Not only does befriend two orphaned cousins, she also takes in a child who needs medications. If it were any other street children, they would have probably turned a blind eye and wouldn't dare take on technically what can be considered as dead weight. But Tiki, bless her, is very determined to show her friends, and even society, that anyone can have a family. Sure, pickpocketing isn't really a nice thing to do, but she does it Robin Hood style - taking from nasty people, and giving to the poor. I did like how Tiki was her own person and was fiercely loyal to the people who needed trust the most. Rieker, on the other hand, was an enigma. He keeps an eye out for Tiki, and knows what she needs the most at the right time, but he would rather keep to himself. 

I thought that the fey part was nicely done. With the ring out of its safety zone, these creatures were primed to bring harm to anyone who stands in their way. 

While I did find some parts a teeny tiny bit lackluster, I reverted to my amusement with Rieker and Tiki instead. They are both utterly adorable, and while some scenarios should have involved Tiki getting rather concerned for her reputation (because even if she did fall into tough times, she was still bred as an aristocrat and thusly thought that Rieker should have done the thinking for both of them) The Faerie Ring is still quite enjoyable.

The Faerie Ring is deceptively both light and entertaining, and readers will have a nice time breezing through this one easily without noticing the time. 

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2013/10/michelles-review-faerie-ring-by-kiki.html
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review 2013-05-30 00:00
The Seven Year King - Kiki Hamilton Kiki Hamilton has always been one of my favorite authors. From reading The Faerie Ring, I was instantly hooked with her style of storytelling. With each book, she adds a level of darkness, slowly uncovering the truths behind the glamour. The Seven Year King is the anticipated third book of the series. Hamilton brings the evil and terrifying side of the UnSeelie Court to the forefront. I absolutely loved the attention between the two worlds, and you might also.Tiki is an enjoyable character. She once was a street rat, fighting her way around to survive. Now she is the Queen of the Seelie Court, newly discovered and rightfully crowned. Tiki has grown from the time I first met her. She now allows others into her life, accepting and trusting those she cares about. And while I partially miss her former life, I enjoy this new personified Tiki. She hasn’t completely accepted the challenge of being a Queen, but I believe she is a natural leader. Tiki has proven it again and again in the first two books. Hamilton brings the supporting characters to the forefront in The Seven Year King. Whether it is the King of the UnSeelie court, or a hobgoblin protecting his land, Hamilton makes sure to showcase who they are. I never felt that there was a character out of place. I felt that each character added to the plot, bringing another detail that made the world more real. Hamilton talks about an interesting subject matter within the pages of The Seven Year King. She talks about loyalty to one’s people, loyalty to friends, and most importantly, loyalty to one’s self. Loyalty has always been a topic of the books, and it’s creative the way she did it. Tiki battles with herself in regards to her past and future. She constantly questions and debates about how she would want to rule the Seelie Court while balancing the ones that she cares for back home. While I enjoyed this story, at times, I felt that there were scenes in the book that could have been left out. The Seven Year King had a many transitional moments, most which were most likely necessary. I felt that the scenes were ones that ensured Tiki’s journey as a queen, showcasing the similarities and differences of who she was then with whom she was now. There was a moment where I felt like the subplots were battling with each other, vying for my attention. It distracted me for only a moment, but it was still there.I’m glad that The Faerie Ring series isn’t a trilogy. Hamilton’s world is too interesting to stop after three books. There is so much uncharted territory and so many characters yet to be introduced that I haven’t yet met. I enjoyed The Seven Year King for the unique Fae world and Hamilton’s take on the culture. It’s intricate and detailed; something that I thoroughly enjoy.
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review 2013-03-26 00:00
The Faerie Ring - Kiki Hamilton I think that what happened here is similar to what happened to me with [b:Between the Sea and Sky|9583173|Between the Sea and Sky|Jaclyn Dolamore|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317793561s/9583173.jpg|13018159]: 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 a wealthy man would become a street urchin because he wants to and would help them. Not only is that hard to believe, it would not be nearly as easy as this book leads you to think and also raises more questions than it answers.

The romance, while not insta-love, moved too quickly and was forgiven too easily. There was a betrayal that was never once confronted: Tiki never trusted Rieker. He should have been offended by her lack of trust, but instead he scoops her up into his arms and tells her he loves her? She just tried to steal from you because she thinks you're a liar... what?

The faery parts of this book were really cool. I really enjoyed Hamilton's Otherworld and it was because of this that I kept reading. Even though her Victorian London was almost 100% incorrect, I could forgive it because of the Otherworld. I am sad that we didn't get to see more of the faery's realm and learn more of their lore, though.

Overall, this book just wasn't for me. It was competently written and I just couldn't shake the feeling that, had I been in middle school I would have loved this book. But as it is, this book takes place during a real time period and took too many creative liberties with said time period for me to be comfortable with.
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review 2012-12-28 00:00
The Torn Wing (Faerie Ring)
The Torn Wing - Kiki Hamilton Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.The Torn Wing is the next story in Kiki Hamilton’s The Faerie Ring series. Hamilton has done a fantastic job bringing her unique fae world into the forefront, introducing lore and myth alongside strong characters. I have been a fan since the first book, and it’s no wonder I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Torn Wing. Hamilton set out for a great sequel, and she did not disappoint.The Torn Wing picks up where The Faerie Ring left off. Kiki is no longer just a simple street rat. She has support and love, from her family and from Reiker. Together, they are starting a new journey, protecting London from an invasion of fae. The UnSeelie is introduced as well as other dangers that lurk in the dark. Tiki must do what she can, and she must remember her past to do so. Tiki must play the role that she was set out to do, but is she strong enough to handle the truth? Tiki is still one of my favorite heroines. She has vulnerabilities and she has strengths. Hamilton has written her in a way that allows the reader to want to become her as well as to love her. Tiki has this tenacity that she brings out when needed, like a mother tiger protecting her cubs. The Torn Wing has become a progression for her storyline, specifically delving into her hidden past. There was always something about Tiki that I connected to, and her self-discovery just solidified it. She has taken everything with a grain of salt, and I admire her for that. I know other heroines would have had a freak out, but Tiki has adjusted well. Tiki is amazing, and I think you’ll feel the same.Hamilton brings new characters into her world of London street rats, British royalty, and the fae realm. She has brought us back to 1872 London, and it’s a great backdrop for this story. The wardrobe, the culture, the sounds…just all of the details that are put into play bring a unique mix into this world. The Torn Wing adds dimension to the series by transporting us to the past. Tiki’s history was always something that I was interested in and am finally privy to. London and the fae world bring this mix of fantasy that’s great. The story is paced nicely, allowing me to fully take in the story progression without feeling weighed down by time. I really enjoyed the Torn Wing and I think you will also.
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