Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review of The Earth Painter

When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity. The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, whose family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful, too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter, who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

Wow! What a great book! This book is different than any I have ever read--and I'm a voracious reader. It's fantasy and, yet, is firmly rooted in reality. Such a realness to these characters, even the nonhuman ones! I loved that the fantasy world was never allowed to overshadow the story and the characters.

This is a different kind of book, one that will live with me forever. The characters are that real.

The main character, Holly Scruggs, who has been beaten down by her mother, is such an inspiration! She never allows herself to fall into self pity.

With the mysterious Theo's help, she discovers her true calling in life and the confidence she needs.

Without a doubt this book just made my top 10 list of favorite books ever. What an amazing gift Melissa Turner Lee has!

I tried to think of a book to compare this to and failed. However, the way The Earth Painter made me feel reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. It evoked feelings of satisfaction, joy, and, yes, love.

You will not want to put it down when you begin to read. When you finish the Kindle version, you'll want to buy the paperback, for the simple reason that when you glance at it on your bookshelf, you'll remember the great pleasure of reading it. And with that glance will come a happy sigh.

And, although all the loose ends are not tied up, happily for the readers, there is a sequel, The Man Painter. The new edited version will be available soon!

(I received a free e-book copy for my review. I reviewed the newly published version by Altwit Press.) a Rafflecopter giveaway

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