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The Artisans Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Raven doesn't know what she'll find when she arrives at the doorstep of the Maddox family home to bargain for her debt-ridden stepfather's life, but she doesn't expect Gideon Maddox. The dictatorial and smolderingly attractive young master of the house offers her a bargain she can't refuse: In a twist straight from the pages of "Beauty and the Beast," he will forgive her father's debt, but in return she must spend a year living in his spooky ancestral mansion using her unique genius for design to rejuvenate his family's clothing line. Unfortunately, Raven finds that not only has she sold herself into indentured servitude, but she is also living in a haunted mansion. Stilted writing and trite expressions undermine the novel's fast-paced and engaging plot, and in spite of Raven's casual and modern narrative voice, her character and Gideon's are gothic archetypes. Her one-dimensionality causes emotional outbursts in the otherwise conversational narration to fall flat. VERDICT Although readers looking for something original will be disappointed, this novel makes the most of its hodgepodge of gothic elements to create a compulsive read for avid fans of gothic romance.—Anna Stover, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY
"THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters." --Teenreads
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