October 1, 2013

The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee

Hey everybody! Cassia here! A couple months ago, I received an ebook from someone on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review, and I finally got to reading it. I just finished it last night, so here's the review:

The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee

***I received this as an ebook in exchange for an honest review***
Thank you again!

Holly’s mom wants her to be perfect. No, demands it. All to make Holly’s mom look good. When Theo pays attention to her, makes her feel loved, she can’t help but be drawn to him when no one else has ever looked at her like that. But when she finds out what he really is, and that he’s incapable of love, things get complicated, and she has no idea what to think. Does Theo love her? Or is it really impossible that he could ever love her?

Wow. That’s all I have to say. I started reading this, thinking it would be good. Boy, was I wrong. It was great! One of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a while.

The idea is unique, and Lee keeps introducing new things about it. And the end. Oh, the end! A sentence before she actually came out and said it, it all came back like a slap in the face. I know there was foreshadowing in there somewhere, but it was so subtle that I didn’t even think it was weird and didn’t belong there. Let me explain: One of the things I’ve picked up on is that if there’s something there that doesn’t quite fit or makes you think, Why did they put that there? it’s most likely foreshadowing. With this book, I didn’t pick up on anything like that, but I know she wove it in, because I figured it out right before it was revealed.

I enjoyed this book. I liked Lee’s writing style, too. However, at some times I couldn’t tell what she was trying to get across. In this edition, there were lots of typos and punctuation errors. For example, where you would expect there to be a comma, there wasn’t one. So at times I couldn’t tell exactly what she meant, but I was able to guess at it. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves, but I loved the book so much that this time, it won’t affect my rating.

I really liked Holly. I could relate to her a lot, and it made the book that much more real. I found a lot that we had in common, which of course made me like her a little more. ;) And Theo: I really like him, too. I mean, what’s not to like about melancholy-but-I-can’t-feel-deep-emotions-like-love? Then there are the sciences. They puzzle me. All of them are just interesting characters, but as far as if I like them, they’re okay.

I just thought of a song for this book! “Holding Out for a Hero” from Footloose. Essentially, Holly is waiting for a hero; someone to save her from her mother’s demands, someone to help her be herself, make her feel right.

Lee creates a vivid world in Chesnee, South Carolina, with unique ideas and very likable characters.
Five stars!
Goodbye for now,

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