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.
Melissa Turner Lee
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Wow! What a great book! This book is different than any I have ever read--and I'm a voracious reader. It's fantasy and, yet, is firmly rooted in reality. Such a realness to these characters, even the nonhuman ones! I loved that the fantasy world was never allowed to overshadow the story and the characters.
This is a different type of fantasy than I've ever read! A different kind of book, one that will live with me forever. The characters are that real.
The main character, Holly Scruggs, who has been beaten down by her mother, is such an inspiration! She never allows herself to fall into self pity.
With the mysterious Theo's help, she discovers her true calling in life and the confidence she needs.
Without a doubt this book just made my top 10 list of favorite books ever. What an amazing gift Melissa Turner Lee has!
I tried to think of a book to compare this to and failed. However, the way The Earth Painter made me feel reminded me...
In a book that did so much right, where can you start? The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee is a story about a girl named Holly Scruggs who is forced to leave her home in Charleston, SC for the small town of Chesnee after her father is laid off from her job. She suffers all of your normal teenaged problems: overbearing mom who wants her daughter to be perfect in every way, senior year of high school in a brand new city, and the worst (in her eyes, so not mine but I will get into that later) Drama Class. On her first day at Chesnee High, Holly’s main goal is to remain invisible. When she walks into her drama class she is no longer the invisible one, the boy sitting on stage is. No one seems to notice him but her, until she points him out. How does he do this and why does he look at her like that? That is not the last time she sees Theo. He keeps popping up and she always sees him. When she is given a monologue to perform for her drama class, she takes a drink from the...
I found, The Earth Painter, and instantly downloaded it and began reading. After reading a couple chapters, I knew I was hooked and bought book 2, The Man Painter.
I wasn't sure what to expect at first. As the story unfolded I thought it was going to be the author's interpretation of how God (the Sculptor) created the planet Earth using his disciples; the Painters - Earth, Water and Space, and the Sciences - Bio, Geo and Chem.
Now, I don't want to lose you here, and make you think 'Oh boy. This book just dipped it's pages on the side of science-fiction with a twist of theology.' By no means is that the case. This is a story of finding a long lost love you weren't sure even existed and at the same time, discovering yourself.
Theo's and Holly's paths converge in the high school auditorium. Holly arrives in a new school, in a class she didn't sign up for. Theo is sitting on the edge of the stage watching. Holly takes notice of Theo and from that moment on...
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