Parts of [Wicked and the Wallflower] are excellent, but not good enough to overcome gaps in the storytelling ... [Wicked and the Wallflower] is a bit of a mixed bag. The romance between the principal characters is wonderfully realized and the premise of the series is strangely fascinating/ugly. And although I like the idea of the overarching storyline, readers deserved a bit more secondary character and backstory development.
The plot and characters’ motivations feel predictable and yet muddled. The climax and eventual resolution is satisfying but throws the weaknesses of the initial chapters into sharper relief ... [Wicked and the Wallflower] is a new bottle with old wine.