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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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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!
Fans of Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, or Becca Fitzpatrick will love The Artisans.
Did you know this was a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast? Or maybe it's not, but I certainly got the feel of the "beauty" and the beast with his limp and over powering personality.
The supernatural aspect of this novel was very good. Kept everyone on suspense and I was surprised by the revealing.
Overall I enjoyed this book. There was a lot going on and the chemistry between the two characters fell short, but I've read worse and I actually went through the novel pretty quickly so I would say it was a decent novel.