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Posted September 14, 2013
Holly has moved to Chesnee. It is where her parents are from and where they have returned to after losing almost everything they have. She has to try and be perfect and put on a front for people so she looks good to people who know her parents. She tries to go unnoticed until she notices Theo. No one every notices him as that is the way it is meant to be. He is the Earth painter and has to follow rules. As he gets to know Holly and she becomes a target for the water painter Fritz he has decide whether he will get involved or help the girl he Doesn't understand his feelings for. It becomes a battle of right vs wrong and the humans will be the ones to pay.
Holly has lived a difficult life. Everyone thinks she has it all but she has to live up to her mother's standards and that is something she knows she can't do. She has constantly been told she isn't pretty enough, good enough and has to do things her mom's way. She finally after meeting Theo decides to do what she wants and live her life the way she wants. Being told she is not pretty her whole life Theo helps her see she is pretty.
I don't know why it has took me so long to read this book. I'm so grateful to have the reason to move it up on my list and read it. This book is different and gives a breathe of fresh air. You get to see a girl come out from under her mom's thumb to become someone strong and independent. I love the idea for the different painters and how they each add their own touch to earth. You get pulled.into this book as you learn more and more about the idea the author has in this book you find yourself in awe and wonder. So many different ideas are in it. I really enjoyed about the pandas as it will make you wonder. You also have issues that everyday people go through. You see how evil some people can be and how they won't listen when they need help. I want to go on and on with book and see I have rambled some. If you want something different and great that leave you wanting more try this book.
Posted July 13, 2013
I liked the first half of the book and where the plot was happening. The author did a good job of bringing suspense into the story. I was really looking forward to how the book was going to turn out. Then the paranormal parts of the book were brought in and that’s where the author lost me. It started with how the supernatural parts were brought into the story, and for me it went down hill from there on. I usually enjoy a little paranormal in a book, but this boo was almost too unbelievable for me. By the end of the book I was a little more happy with the way the story turned out but was still a little hesitant. It just took me a little while to get back in the story and get over the introduction to the supernatural parts in the story.
The main character Holly, was an okay character. Some parts of her I liked and some I was hesitant about. I did like how she tried to find out Theo’s secrets and didn’t just automatically accept everything he told her. I didn’t like how she got so caught up in Theo that she ignored obvious warning signs. I also didn’t like how she ignored that her friend was being beat up by her boyfriend because she was scared to lose her friend.
Theo was an enigma that continued to surprise me. At first I wasn’t sure what he was and was surprise when I found out. I liked how genuine he was with his feelings. Holly ended up changing his opinion and opening his eyes to several new ideas. That he accepted them without a big fuss was nice.
Overall the book was okay. The only reason it got stars off was because of the way the supernatural stuff was presented. I really enjoyed the ending and will be looking for the next book in the series.
Posted April 2, 2013
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 type of fantasy than I've ever read! 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.
(I received a free e-book copy for my review. I reviewed the newly published version by Altwit Press.)
Posted March 11, 2013
The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee. The premise is awesome. You have Painters that painted the world into being, which of course the Sciences had to "tweak", and a Sculpture who molded humans and gave life to everything. But that was way back in the beginning, now all the Painters and Sciences do, is sit around playing cards. Then a teenager notices a Painter and falls in love.
This is the story of Holly Scruggs. Just before her senior year of high school, her dad loses his job, and they return to her family's hometown to start over. But this new lifestyle doesn't fit his wife's idea of how her life should have turned out, but Holly is just beginning to discover her own life and learns to find her own voice.
This is a sweet romance with a twist in the end that leaves us wanting to read the next book. I read The Earth Painter a little over a year ago, and the characters and their plight stayed with me. I thought I would just skim through the second time and write a review, but no. The characters wouldn't let me just skim.