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"The Artisans was a unique modern dayretelling of Beauty and the Beast filled with mystery, romance and wonderfulcharacters." --Bridget, blogger, DarkFaerie Tales
About the Author
- File size : 1980 KB
- Publication date : May 12, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Month9Books, LLC; None edition (May 12, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00UQYA06E
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0692337326
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #739,990 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fans of Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, or Becca Fitzpatrick will love The Artisans.
The romance in this story is very sweet -it's sweeps you up if you don't pay too much attention to why they fall in love. Although for me, I felt it was hard to understand why Gideon fell in love with Raven so quickly when she was always so antagonistic to him initially. But I didn't mind too much since I really loved the characters, and it was great to read about their growing interest in each other. And I thought it was wonderful that Gideon can help Raven just as much as she can help him. And Gideon does help Raven realize her potential. Raven has two best friends who come to visit sometimes, and I loved that there is a little romantic b-plot going with those friends - this was an all around wonderful read for the romance aspect. (And YAY no love triangle!)
The story includes an interesting spin on the magic - there is a curse of sorts and a dark, forbidding house which made the story very mysterious and creepy at times. There were some particularly nerve-wracking scenes! Both the romance and the mystery of what secrets Gideon was hiding made this book so readable - a fantastic page-turner with engaging characters, swoony romance, and eerie mystery!
I know, that sound really negative, and it is. But, that's really all I hated about the book (well, expect for the silly book names, I'm not a fan, but that's just personal taste, and I've seen much worse).
I thought that the premise behind the book was quite interesting. You do have to suspend belief to enter a world where someone can essentially kidnap someone else and everyone stays so positive about it. The synopsis isn't quite right, there was no threat of jail, for example, instead, Raven takes her dad's place in order to prevent his death - something to me that's a bit more motivating. After all, in jail he would have no choice but to get clean.
The protagonist is quite likeable in my opinion. She's afraid but she still does what needs doing to protect the people (and things) that she loves. Although I could have done without the love story, it is believable, taking a good amount of time for a relationship to develop. The story flows easily and I didn't have to reread anything to follow it, which is especially nice for self-published.
I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. All I can say is that it was an easy read. A couple of things, such as her sewing ability and things about her dad, could have been fleshed out a bit more (or not mentioned at all), but didn't detract from the story. It had a satisfying ending, but there are some unanswered questions that could maybe lead to a sequel, but no so much that if there isn't one, you won't be disappointed.
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Some parts of this story also reminded me of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" from the Grimms Fairytales, which was a nice element.
Very much a Gothic retelling, we follow our main character, Raven, who has a dream of becoming a famous fashion designer. She is down on her luck and when her step-father gets in trouble with a dangerous man, it's the final straw for Raven. She makes a deal with the man in order to repay her step-fathers debt. The deal is for her to design clothes for his family's fashion brand, but take no credit for her work. She has to live in his mansion and design/make these clothes within a year.
Such a different take on Beauty and the Beast, I loved the different feel to it and the story-line. It was fast paced and engaging and while our main male character, Gideon, annoyed me at times, I still found that I loved Raven, and the story-line was just too good. But Gideon Maddox is definitely a prat for most of the book.
I really can't wait to read the second book!