Title: The Masterpiecers
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Series: Masterful series, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 248 pages, Ebook
Published: April 15th 2016
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd’s talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight.
Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad.
Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It’s the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.
This book was very, veeery different from anything I’ve ever read, it was pretty interesting and suspenseful. The blurb and that cover was what drew me in, in the first place and I have to say I definitely enjoyed this ride!
Ivy and Aster are twin sisters. While Ivy has been selected for the famous reality tv show “The Masterpiecers”, Aster is rotting in jail, facing murder charges against her. Aster has full faith in Ivy that she is going to bail her out as soon as the show’s over but after she learns the truth about what her sister actually thinks of her makes her loose all hope. But something else, something far more mysterious is going on as well which is connected to both the sisters, Aster can’t exactly pinpoint the fact but when she does, will it already be too late to save Ivy?
This was something totally new and different. The Masterpiecers is narrated in dual POVs of both the sisters which make us aware what both of them are going through and what they think of one another. Aster and Ivy despite being sisters are totally different from each other. Honestly, I think I liked Aster more than Ivy. Nonetheless the whole story was mysteriously woven which kept the plot very intriguing. The main mystery was around the murder that Aster committed although she claimed it was self-defense but there’s more to it. I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next although I do agree it could have been a bit more shorter, I felt the story stretched a bit in the middle which bored me a little.
The characters were one of the most interesting aspect in this story. You want to trust the characters but you don’t know if you can. The mystery is revealed a bit towards the end of the story but I don’t that’s all because the ending definitely indicated that something far more large was coming their way. Nonetheless both Ivy and Aster were both unique characters and I enjoyed reading both their POVs. The setting was pretty realistic as well. All the other characters were pretty different and memorable as well.
Overall, The Masterpiecers was an interesting read. The plot kept me intrigued from the beginning and the characters were interesting as well. The aspect of the reality show and how it was woven with the story was pretty new and interesting as well. The writing was smooth and although the pace slightly differed throughout the story. I can’t wait to know what happens next!
So guys have you read this book yet or are you interested to? What do you think about it? Share your thoughts with me!