Tuesday, June 7, 2016

REVIEW: The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

About the Book

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s 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. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

My Review

The Beautiful Pretender, Melanie Disckerson's second book in her Thornbeck series, is crossover of two very much beloved faerie-tales The Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the Beast. I love Beauty and the Beast, but not so much The Princess and the Pea. However, I was still intrigued enough to read the book even though I wasn't much of a fan of the first book. The Beautiful Pretender was better than the previous book, I'll give it that, but there wasn't anything here that was particularly different or moving. The characters felt kind of distant for most of the book and I didn't feel to invested in them and their story.

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