Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Beautiful Pretender: A Review

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences
The Beautiful Pretender is the second book in the Thornbeck series. I was excited to read the book about the Margrave. He is introduced just a little in the first book. This book I believe was very quick and to the point. In this first chapter Dorothea is gone and Avelina must go, so it definitely  starts the story quickly.

I can say this book was a pretty fast read, but on the downside nothing really surprising happened,  I mean at all. You know that sort of line in all romance books, when the protagonist says she will not fall in love? Who are you trying to fool, we all know what is going to happen.

I thought the characters were okay, I didn’t really connect with any of them or really care about any of them.  The Beautiful Pretender was a very short and sweet romance, and it’s also a Beauty and The Beast retelling.

I received this book for my honest review from the booklook bloggers program. (


Monday, May 9, 2016

Long May She Wave: A Review

Compiled from one of the largest collections of the American flag art in the world, these postcards showcase more than two hundred years of artistic interpretation and innovation. From patriotic banners and folk art curiosities to modern artistic masterworks. This historic cache of images has been lovingly curated and packaged by legendary designer Kit Hindrichs

In this postcard collection there are 50 different designs and 50 duplicates. Each card is made out of a thick cardstock. Also each postcard has the description and year it was made or when the picture was taken. I feel unfortunately to say that I’ve never sent out a postcard and I think with these it’ll be exciting to do so. Also I make no promises to not use a bunch of these as bookmarks.

If you are interested in this or anything Kit Hinrichs has curated you can just out his website for future projects.

I was given the Long May She Wave postcards in exchange for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (


Sister Dear: A Review

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever? Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.
After reading Laura McNeills Center of Gravity, I was beyond excited to read this. Sister Dear is full of twists and turns. Also I feel McNeill is very good at suspense. Another thing there is, is there are four points of view in this story. It adds so much more drama and mystery to the story. Allie has been put away for ten years for a murder she didn’t commit.
So I feel having the different point of views adds the mystery. Also I feel the entire book is so unsettling because it feels like any character could just snap. I really enjoyed the book, for the most part it was a very even pace through out the book. But and this is a big but, and happens to be about the end. For the last 30 pages or so it just crams the rest of the story. It was like “wait we are running out of book make everything go faster”. Also the very end like the very end of the epilogue end could have just been deleted. It was such an unnecessary part to the story. Inclosing I really liked the book and I cannot wait to see wait else Laura McNeill will publish.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the BookLookBloggers program. (