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.