The Earth Painter

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity. More
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Published by AltWit Press
Words: 65,180
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301521678

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Review by: Y I Lee on May 15, 2013 : (no rating)
The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee, is a supernatural romance, and I loved it. It is certainly different!
The characters are so well written and will remain with me; especially, Theo! But so will the heroin, Holly. She's a strong character even though beaten down by her awful domineering mother, who goes out of her way to destroy the girl's confidence at every opportunity.
However one day at school while rehearsing a play, Holly meets Theo. Interestingly, no one else can see him. They grow close and Theo gives Holly the confidence she lacks; thanks to her mother.
Over time of course their friendship becomes something more. Which brings its own problems as Theo is an earth painter and not human.
The ending was fascinating and took me by surprise, so I'm glad it's a series, as I'm keen to know what happens, especially to Theo.
This is such a good book and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)

Review by: Alysa H on April 11, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.

I enjoyed reading this, but I'm having some trouble reviewing it because although I read a lot of YA books, this one skewed a bit too "Y" for me. Now, I don't need my 18-yr-old heroines to read like fully-formed adults (it's kind of annoying when they do!) but it grates a little when they read more like they're 15, as is the case with Holly, the protagonist of this book.

I liked how some of Holly's relationships were fleshed out, particularly with her mother and with her friend Anthony's mother, but there was something about how her other relationships - with humans, anyway! - were written that felt lacking. Shelby is the *only* other teenage girl with whom Holly is friendly, or even mentioned by name if I recall correctly. Holly's only other friends are the vastly more interesting Anthony and Wayne, the latter of whom has an unrequited crush on Holly. (At one point, it is implied that Holly's disinterest in Wayne is invalid and she should give him a chance for no apparent reason other than that he likes her, and isn't that what all girls want? For boys to like them? Needless to say, this undertone kind of pissed me off).

And as for Theo, Holly's "non-human" friend and the object of her crush? He's more of an idea than a person, and as such he's really not all that interesting when you think about it. He's only interesting insofar as he shows and tells Holly things about herself. That's another reason the book skews young - it's got a lot of gentle lessons for teen girls about self-esteem, being one's own person, etc.

On a related note, there is also a lot of thinly-veiled Christian ethos here. But as a non-Christian, I was able to enjoy the book for itself without trying to interpret its mythology and moralizing in any specifically Christian way. In this regard, it's got a certain C.S. Lewis thing going for it.

Lastly, although I am always willing to cut self-published authors a lot of slack about typos and spelling and grammatical errors - especially when a book is otherwise great! - this book had a few that were just so distracting that they're worth mentioning here. For instance, at one point Holly wonders, facetiously, if groups of boys wearing cowboy boots form "posies" rather than "posses". Um, let's say I laughed out loud picturing them doing a floral arrangement.

Altogether, I'm happy that I read this but will probably not continue with Book 2.
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)

Review by: candy smith on April 07, 2013 : (no rating)
I really didn't know what to expect out of this book.I got more than expected.I was a lovely read that really made me think about some issues that teens face.Along with that,it also is a story of love.Underneath that, it is a story intertwined with a world fantasy like no other.
Holly has just moved to Chesnee,SC.Here she meets a few friends,some of those friendships will grow,some will be broken,and some may turn into more.Holly starts out as beaten down,low-self esteem teenager who just wants to blend in to the point of invisibility. However,Anthony,Theo,and Wayne won't let her.They befriend her,which makes things a little easier and a little harder.
Meeting Anthony helps because he makes sure she doesn't eat lunch alone.Holly eventually meets Anthony's mom,who is a key to helping her fight Fritz. His mom also helps her find her a purpose that gives her an idea what she wants to become in the future.
Wayne is a geek who loves role playing and science of all kinds.One of his experiments to try figure out the school's water problem leads to a great discovery.This sends Holly on a mission to save the water well,which infuriates Fritz. Also Wayne makes Holly uncomfortable because he has feeling for her that she does not reciprocate,her feeling are for someone else.
That leads us to Theo,who is an earth painter.He has hung around the high school observing humans for decades out of boredom due to his purpose already being fulfilled.No one ever sees him,which is good because he isn't allowed to draws attention to himself from humans.Except for so unknown reason,Holly sees Theo. They develop a bond that goes beyond friendship but Theo is doesn't feel the way humans do,which leaves them with dilemma.
Oh and I guess you wondering who Fritz is.Well is was a water painter but he did some questionable things after the Sculptor made humans.He detests humans,so he goes around ricking havoc by whispering negative and evil things into the ears of humans.Going against him could prove to be fatal.
Yes,I know this review kind of long but this is the last tidbit,I promise.I just want say I know Melissa's work has Spiritual undertones so I tried viewing the character this way.I don't know how she intended it,but I viewed The Sculptor and God,Theo and the friends(the sciences and space painter) as Angel,and Fritz as the devil. Of course it is up to you to determine how you view them,my view may be flawed due to the ending.I still trying to figure that one out.Guess it is time to read Book 2.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Tiffany from A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner on March 17, 2013 :
I received this book as part of its promotional tour in exchange for a honest review. And…I don’t even know where to start with this review. The way it ended, just a few minutes ago for me, was heart-twingeing! The moment I finish writing this, I’m purchasing the second book. Both are only 99 cents for March, so maybe you should stop reading my review now and just go buy it. Buy them both. Skip your coffee Monday morning and buy these two for your Kindle instead.

Yes. It was that good.

This is a different kind of paranormal/supernatural YA fantasy. Not a fang or a claw or a magic spell in sight. Instead you have the Sculptor and his painters and his sciences and humans. The characters were so relatable. I’m sure you’ll find instances in your own life that make you sympathize with Holly, understand her position about how to help Shelby even when Shelby doesn’t want help, those first flutterings of feelings towards someone, and learning something about yourself.

I couldn’t put this book down as I just had to follow the story of Holly and Theo and the painters. The world Melissa Turner Lee created for us and the origin story is so vivid and sweet and different. I must say that I was a bit worried that it was going to turn out to be a proselytizing kind of book with an agenda when I realized Theo was giving us a creation story of sorts, but it wasn’t that at all. This is geared towards Young Adults and sometimes YA books are just too…YA-geared to be enjoyable to the adult reader. This is not the case here. Without being overly wordy, the world is painted for you quite clearly. It is vivid and rich in its realism with a touch of magic that comes from Theo and his science buddies and other painters.

Lovely, lovely book. Buying book 2 now!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Tiffany from A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner on March 17, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book as part of its promotional tour in exchange for a honest review. And…I don’t even know where to start with this review. The way it ended, just a few minutes ago for me, was heart-twingeing! The moment I finish writing this, I’m purchasing the second book. Both are only 99 cents for March, so maybe you should stop reading my review now and just go buy it. Buy them both. Skip your coffee Monday morning and buy these two for your Kindle instead.

Yes. It was that good.

This is a different kind of paranormal/supernatural YA fantasy. Not a fang or a claw or a magic spell in sight. Instead you have the Sculptor and his painters and his sciences and humans. The characters were so relatable. I’m sure you’ll find instances in your own life that make you sympathize with Holly, understand her position about how to help Shelby even when Shelby doesn’t want help, those first flutterings of feelings towards someone, and learning something about yourself.

I couldn’t put this book down as I just had to follow the story of Holly and Theo and the painters. The world Melissa Turner Lee created for us and the origin story is so vivid and sweet and different. I must say that I was a bit worried that it was going to turn out to be a proselytizing kind of book with an agenda when I realized Theo was giving us a creation story of sorts, but it wasn’t that at all. This is geared towards Young Adults and sometimes YA books are just too…YA-geared to be enjoyable to the adult reader. This is not the case here. Without being overly wordy, the world is painted for you quite clearly. It is vivid and rich in its realism with a touch of magic that comes from Theo and his science buddies and other painters.

Lovely, lovely book. Buying book 2 now!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

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