The Artisans by Julie Reece Review!
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?
This book was so good! It was a really fast paced and really gripping read that really made me just not want to stop reading. I loved the connection it had to beauty and the beast as it is one of my favourite Disney movies and was going into this book excited to read my first retelling!
The world building was probably my favourite part of the book, it was a really intriguing and creepy start and really had me not wanting to put the book down even when I tried (and not so well succeeded) to pace out the book so that I could enjoy it for longer.
Our protagonist Raven was such a good character to be in her point of view and wasn’t annoying or anything like some protagonists can be and I really enjoyed being in her head!
Overall, The Artisans was a creepy, romantic and fast paced read and was a really and is perfect for those that love fairy tail retellings!
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
Thank you to Month9 Books for sending me an arc for my honest review 🙂