The Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas

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Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
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OVERALL SERIES RATING: 4.5 stars.

Again the Magic (Wallflowers, #0.5) rating: 3 stars
Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1) rating: 4 stars
It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2) rating: 4.5 stars
Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3) rating: 5 stars
Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers, #4) rating: 5 stars
A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #5): 4.5 stars

A review for a different type of book today! A historical romance! I’ve done a review of The Prize by Julie Garwood in the past and, not going to lie, I felt rather embarrassed about having read these types of books. You know historical romance with a high amount of erotica. But now I’ve realised “stuff it! I can review what ever the hell I want on my blog” and that is what I will do. Expect more of these types of reviews in the future.

Now on to the Wallflower series. Honestly, I was a little apprehensive going into this series. The only historical romances I had ever read were medieval ones and I was a little bored with books set in the 19th century. I picked up the first book in this series on a whim really because a lot of my friends on Goodreads had given books in the series 5 out of 5 stars and they were raving about them. Although I didn’t storm through the books one after another in the space of a week like many, I took my time and read them over the space of about 4 months. Its safe to say, I really enjoyed them. A lot. I’ve even gone back and reread passages over and over again.

One thing that really captured me in this series was Lisa Kleypas’ writing style. It was engaging and consistent throughout. I found that when I started to read a book I would find myself looking up from the book an hour later and not realising how much time has passed. It was a nice experience as over the past few months I had been going through a horrible phase of starting books but taking weeks to finish them. I also really enjoyed Kleypas’ characterisation. Everyone of the characters in these books are original and intriguing. I especially loved Evie and Daisy, and Sebastian and Matthew. Such great characters and I always wanted to know more about them. Even now as I make my way through Her other series The Hathaways I am hoping for more little scenes with wallflower gang.

Obviously there are aspects of the books that are not for everyone. There are things that appeal to different people and everyone will find something that they dislike whether it’s something that happens in the plot or a character. For me, I wasn’t fond of Lillian, I loved her book BUT when she appeared in any of the other books I hated her. I really disliked her in Devil in Winter and Scandal in Spring. Although this is just my personal taste and she had some traits that I dislike immensely in people.
Other than that, there wasn’t much in these that were badly done, the main reason for giving a few of the books a lower rating that the others was because of how much I enjoyed the book. There wasn’t anything wrong with them really, I just wasn’t as connected with the story, I preferred some of the stories over others.

Overall, if you’re looking to read a few light historical romances, look no further than Lisa Kleypas. I can’t express how much I recommend her. I’ve read quite a lot of historical romance over the past year and these were some of the top books I’ve read. So enjoyable and the characters are just divine. I’ve just started The Hathaways series and although I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as the Wallflowers, I will certainly be carrying on with the series.

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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Summary for Clockwork Angel:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
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Overall rating of trilogy: 5 STARS!
Clockwork Angel: 4 Stars.
Clockwork Prince: 5 stars.
Clockwork Princess: 5 Stars.

This review is going to be split in two parts: non-spoiler and Spoiler. I will tell you when to stop reading unless you want to. 

Although I have read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (except for Heavenly Fire, I heard there were spoilers to The Infernal Devices Trilogy), I don’t think very highly of it. I enjoyed it enough, but I barely remember what happened in it now. So I had The Infernal Devices trilogy (TID) sat on my shelf for about a year and a half before I decided to pick it up last week. I don’t regret this at all. I genuinely feel like I’ve lost part of my soul now that I’ve finished it and there is no more. I would recommend giving this a go even if you didn’t like The Mortal Instruments (TMI), The characters are so much better in my opinion.

Clockwork Angel took a while for me to get into, it was a solid start to the series, but it really was just a “setting the scene” kind of book. It was really good, but lacking in some areas, such as plot development and I feel it probably could have been shorter if Clare didn’t make the characters go off rambling in their minds about nothing in particular. However, the series seriously picks up in Clockwork Prince and I read it one sitting, staying up till about 4am. Lots of character development and amazing new characters that I just fell in love with. Which is something that sets TID apart from TMI for me, in TMI I didn’t actually care about any of the characters other than perhaps Magnus Bane. I was practically reading it for the plot. Whereas in TID, I don’t think I have ever loved side characters so much; Sophie, Charlotte, GIDEON (<3) and Gabriel, Henry! So many fantastic characters. Clockwork Princess focuses a lot in the first half of the book on the romance, I didn’t mind this. It balanced well with the action packed second half. Believe me, the romance is worth pushing through to get to the what happens in the end. Although, I recommend not reading the epilogue. I mean, read it, but be prepared. I wasn’t. I’m still pulling myself together.

I loved this trilogy so much. Probably one of the best I’ve ever read. Read it. It’s worth the time.

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***SPOILERS***

Okay I need to just let my feelings out.
Despite not being a massive fan of Will and Jem (I know I’m a freak), I liked them enough but I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE FEELS DURING THE EPILOGUE.
I can’t deal with it. I could have done without that Cassandra Clare!
I was pushed even more over the edge by Gideon dying, my OTP during the trilogy was Sophie and Gideon! My fave characters!
But I was bawling my eyes out so hard I started to feel sick. I haven’t cried that hard at a book since Harry Potter! It was INSANE. I keep thinking about it and tearing up and its been nearly 12 hours.
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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
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Rating: 3 stars

This series has been given rave reviews on Goodreads and on BookTube, and I fear I’m going to one of those who disagrees. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this first book in the series, I did. It was very entertaining and I don’t regret reading it. But it isn’t a five star book, I can’t quite understand people’s reasons for giving it that rating.

There are a number of problems in the book and some of which were probably caused by errors in translation. The book was originally written in German, and it was most likely translated into American English, which isn’t good when the book is set in England with English characters who apparently speak in American English. I kept finding myself pointing out things that are wrong to English culture or words the characters speak that mean something different in England than America. It started to bug me after a while, because it came across as being inconsistent with what the story was trying to portray. Other than this, the writing is easy to read and would probably be enjoyed more by the younger teenager.

The characters were rather average, nothing different from the thousands of other YA characters that I’ve read about and not going to lie I’ve already forgotten their names. I feel like they could have been fleshed out a lot more and the author wastes words by having the main character ramble in her mind about things that don’t really contribute to the plot in any way whatsoever. It’s a shame really because the plot is actually really good, I just feel like it could have been written a lot better.

Like I said I didn’t dislike the book but I doubt I’ll remember it in a months time. I think I probably will read the other books in the series if I should ever see them in the library but I’m not going to go out of my way. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something relatively fast paced and really easy to read.