First is The Faerie Ring--this debut novel is set in the Victorian Era and the heroine ends up stealing Queen Victoria's ring, which turns out to be an important part of a treaty of peace between humans and faeries. I love the cover of this novel, so dark and has a mysterious feel!
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…
For more info about The Faerie Ring, visit the author's blog. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
My other pick this week is The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1). How epic is the blurb for this novel? It's about a princess who was born with a mark that meant she's destined for greatness but her people doubt her and she's shipped off to marry a guy much older than her. But she decides to change her life and she might save the kingdom after all. Okay. I suck at summarizing books but read the blurb below. As soon as I read it months, I know I have to read it.
On her sixteenth birthday, she is bartered off in royal marriage and shipped away to a kingdom in turmoil, where her much-older and extremely beautiful husband refuses to acknowledge her as his wife. Devastated, Elisa decides to take charge of her fate and learn what it means to bear the Godstone. As an invading army threatens to destroy her new home, and everyone at court maneuvers to take advantage of the young princess, Elisa becomes convinced that, not only is her own life in danger, the whole world needs saving. But how can a young girl who has never ridden horseback, never played the game of politics, and never attained the love of a man save the world? Elisa can't be sure, but she must try to uncover the Godstone's secret history before the enemy steals the destiny nestled in her core.
For more info about The Girl of Fire and Thorns, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.
"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!