The Earth Painter by Melissa Lee

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, whose 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.


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                                                            Rating: 5 of 5 stars
                                                              Series book: Yes
                                                  Will I read the next book: Yes
Okay we all know paranormal is the big thing right now. Vamps, Werewolves, etc., etc. But it is so rare to see something you haven't read before. This is one on those things. This whole "painter and sculptor" thing that was going on was just completely new to me and I loved it. But it wasn't completely focused on this paranormal thing going on, it also had real-life problems.
The writing wasn't choppy. I liked the pace. It was set so that you didn't feel like you were waiting and waiting and waiting for it to get to the point. But it also wasn't so fast that you were constantly confused. I also really liked how she thought out all of these myths and stories so that when you read them, they sounded like it was an actual view on how the world was made. There was a good higher up boss-man (the sculptor), his three painters who made everything in the world by painting it, and their assistants. There were also the sciences (Gio, Bio, Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics) to help make everything the painters made go wrong. But don't worry, everything wasn't all Disney-land perfect. One of the painters went bad and he's kind of the "devil" of the story. I loved how she could make me believe what I was reading and make me feel completely engrossed in the book.
Like I said, the pace was good. Which is an important part of the plot. The plot was also realistic enough to not get boring or annoying. Like, she was fighting to keep the well at her school running (realistic) because it had a magical chemical in it to help people find their true calling (paranormal). That compared to the plot being some girl falls in love way to quick (realistic) so she fights dragons and rides unicorns to be with him (Fail-tastic annoyingness(Sorry but I had to make up words to describe how much I hate that)). It also had other important things going on like her relationship with her mom, her family's financial issues, and her friend's abusive boyfriend. It's always good to have some sub-parts of the book just so that more people can relate (but we can all relate to wanting to ride unicorns, right?).
Oh, man I really hated her mom. I mean, I know you're supposed to hate her but really she was absolutely wretched. Theo was adorable, i think he has to take the spot of favorite character. I really liked how the main character, Holly, had a character arch and eventually stood up to her mom. But seriously, I could easily write five paragraphs on how much I hated the mom. That's another thing the author's good at. Making characters you love to hate.
The romance was good, at first. Until you realize it's really only one sided. Awkward  But there really isn't much to say. As much as you think it's focused on romance at first, you realize in the end that you could take it out of the story and it still make sense.
SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review):
Writing: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5 
Characters: 5  out of 5   
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 
Rated G- kissing, mild explosives.