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The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee (Review & Giveaway)

…” I want to make a place for you. A beautiful place – a place to go to when the world outside gets too hard and too mean. “ 

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.

The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, who’s family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

Personal Thoughts:

The Earth Painter is the first book in The Painter series of Melissa Turner Lee. It tells the story of Holly Scruggs, a self-conscious teenager who bury herself in books most of the time. She lives her life following the image that her mom wants her to project. After her Dad lost his job, they move back to Chesnee and Holly transferred to her new school where she met Theo. Theo is a painter and not an ordinary painter but one of the three painters who is responsible for painting the Earth and its original creative beauty.

Lee created a masterpiece through The Earth Painter. She painted a unique fantasy novel full of authentic characters and unique mythology. Her writing is simple yet compelling. With her well described tales and vivid descriptions of characters and surroundings, and well paced plot The Earth Painter is a treat to read.

Lee simply crafted a fascinating and fresh world through her version of how the world is created. The tale she weaved to describe how the Earth and everything in it exist is extremely unique and interesting. The idea that someone painted the Earth is definitely fascinating and clever. Through her characters she combine myth, logic and creativity in one. The way the sculptor, painters and sciences works is simply genius. It is easy to believe that the story behind them is actually true.

I really appreciate the presence of scuptor in the story. Lee doesn’t give all the credits to the painters which simply acknowledge the existence of higher power. If the painters are responsible for the Earth, there is also someone higher responsible for the painter, sciences and human being. It’s like Painters are the designers, sciences are the engineers and sculptor is the ultimate boss.

The characters were well casted as Lee offers different types and kind of people. There is a talented and well-rounded character in form of Holly, a mysterious and non-emotional Theo, a superficial and dominating mother, supportive father, psychotic ex-best friend, ever loyal khai-ree, and a science geek student who isn’t just fascinated with chemicals but also with the main character, Holly.

There is also the representatives of different branch of science. Their presence as a characters offers more fun & originality to the story. Imagine meeting Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology and other branch of sciences as characters whom you can chat and play cards with.

I like the way Lee developed Holly’s character. You’ll definitely see growth in her. From being a lonely & self-conscious to a responsible and brave teenager. The way she handles the issues with her mother, Shelby and even Fritz is very mature. She knows when to fight back and when to simply accept defeat. She also learn how to stand up for her wants and not just be the perfect daughter that her moms want her to be.

The Earth Painter is a brilliant start to a series. With extremely unique mythology, interesting characters, beautiful romance this book is definitely a must read for fans of fantasy and supernatural novels. I can’t wait to read the next book of the series, The Man Painter.

The Giveaway:

What’s up for Grabs?

An e-Book copy of The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee 

The Rules:

  • Open to everyone
  • Prize will be sent directly by the author through amazon or smashwords downloads
  • Winner will be chosen using
  • Winner will announce here on the post & will be contacted thru email
  • Winner should response within 24 hours
  • Ends Tuesday, November 29, 2011 (Philippines Time)

To enter fill out this FORM

Good luck!!!

The contest is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who has entered. I will be running all the names through shortly. Stay tuned for the winner announcement.


Random has spoken and the winners is….

Congratulations to Lisa Richards. I will be contacting you momentarily to get your details so I can forward it to the author. You will have 24 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!


6 thoughts on “The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee (Review & Giveaway)”

    1. Hi Denise,

      Did you get the email I sent you regarding The Burn giveaway? You are the winner of The Burn by Annie Oldham. I hope you can get back to me before the day ends. And Goodluck on this another giveaway.


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