I just finished reading The Artisans and it is awesome!! Check out my review below. There is also a Giveaway at the end of the post.
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Julie Reece, be sure to check out all the details below.
May 12, 2015
They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
Praise for THE ARTISANS
“The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.“Read The Artisans in the middle of the night with a flashlight if you dare. The perfect blend of romance and horror with a strong female lead kept me reading through the night.”~ L.S. Murphy author of PIXELATED Bloomsbury Spark and REAPERJ. Taylor Publishing
“Wowza!!!! That book was so freakin’ good! Intense, insane, freaky at parts and sooooo good! I haven’t had emotions like this about a book in a long time!”~ Mindy Blogger @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
“The first thing I thought when I finished this book was ‘dang, I would love to see this as a movie’. The Artisans has such an awesome and haunting concept to it plus I just adore all of the characters.”~Jena Blogger @ Shortie Says
“The Artisans was a unique modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast filled with mystery, romance and wonderful characters. From the first page I was completely lost in the wonderful setting that Reece created.”~Bridget Blogger @ Dark Faerie Tales
My first thoughts when I started reading The Artisans was Intriguing right from the start. Raven Weathersby has a gift for fashion designing and she really wants to be one. She lives with her step-dad, who can’t seem to take care of himself, let alone her, she misses her mom who died after an illness. After her Step-Dad gets into trouble with Gideon Maddox her life changes.
She ends up making a deal with Gideon Maddox, she will live in his Gothic mansion and design a clothing line for him.
She moves in to the Gothic mansion, reminds me of a Gothic, Mystical tale. The place is scary and so is he, Gideon but she needs to do this for her step Dad.
This is such an intense type of fairy tale and I loved it. The story can be scary and intense but romance in a different sort of way. I love the Gothic Steam-punk style that Raven has, love how dedicated she is to her Step-Dad and her friends. The passion shows through in the writing of this story.
There is so much to this story and this story is so well written and doesn’t leave anything out. This is the type of story you want to read it all at one sitting, it took me 2 days to read this book. I also loved that it is a clean story, a few maybe one or two swear words and no sex. Just an awesome fairy tale in a Gothic steam punk way. I definitely can see this being a movie.
I am giving this 5 stars.
I received this book for an honest review from the publisher.
grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter
brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school.
I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth
grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right
to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in
a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the
princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win
the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later,
I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and
monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary,
urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances.
I love strong heroines,
sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot
guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give
up. I say, if you write, write on!
Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn June 19, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Artisans by Julie Reece (INT)
a Rafflecopter giveaway I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl