Review & Giveaway: The Earth Painter by Melissa Lee Turner

September 13, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Blog Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews

Review & Giveaway: The Earth Painter by Melissa Lee TurnerThe Earth Painter by Melissa Lee Turner
Series: Painter #1
on April 24, 2012
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.

A unique concept exploring some real issues 

The Earth Painter features a unique and fascinating concept of how the world was created, through painters forming the world around us and sciences including Biology, Geology and Chemistry deciding how it is shaped and governed. The Sculptor creates humans due to them being the dominant species.

These beings are relatively invisible to humans, until one day when Holly notices Theo, the earth painter in class one day. Holly is a defiant young girl who is struggling against her mothers superficial, overbearing hold and Theo helps her grow into a strong main character who can stand up for herself and who has confidence in who she is.

I really appreciated how The Earth Painter didn’t gloss over the issues Holly had with her mum. Her mother used to be a popular beauty queen in high school and now she wants Holly to be the same. She constantly puts Holly down and talks about how Holly needs heavy makeup and turtleneck sweaters to cover her freckles as a redhead. She’s a mother that is never pleased with what her daughter does and wants to push her into being exactly like herself.

“Children are a reflection on their parents…If Shelby is like that, it’s due to something Maggie failed at.” – Holly’s mother

Although the mum is annoying and doesn’t realise/care how her actions affect Holly’s self-esteem, I kind of liked a YA story where a parent has a prominent feature throughout the book. It’s more realistic and these are probably real issues that happen in real life, and I really liked how Holly’s character grew over time to stand up to her mother, aided by Theo’s admiration.

The romance was built up really well and was realistic and not a result of insta-love, but I found Holly to be way too persistent towards Theo throughout the book. She kind of forces herself onto Theo, even though it is made clear that there isn’t meant to be anything there. I also find non-human love interests to be kind of…off in a way that they’re not made to feel or love like humans, yet we persist. Kind of like Ink from Indelible, but Theo was better.

“I might look human to you, but I’m not. I’m a painter. Painters were made to paint, whereas people were made to live…learn…eat…grow…dream.” – Theo.

Funnily enough, I did end up glossing over some parts of the book to do with the mythology of the sciences and the painters, as I wanted to get to the contemporary parts. There were some parts of the book that read smoothly, but anything to do with the mythology could have been explained in a clearer way because of the new concepts. The ending was also very sad, but hopefully the sequel will address this.

Overall, I enjoyed The Earth Painter and would recommend it to anyone who loves YA paranormal stories, especially ones that have unique concepts. I received a copy of The Earth Painter for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Melissa Turner LeeAuthor Info

Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.



Twitter: @MelissaTLee1975

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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21 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Earth Painter by Melissa Lee Turner

  1. Ok wow this book sounds REALLY cool. I've never read a book with this kind of concept. Will totally check it out. I agree how you felt about the mom. Though her character is unlikeable, I like how she's part of the story and isn't one of those "Oh I'll be on a vacation, see ya later" kind of parent in books. Great review ^.^


  2. Meghan Stith

    Hi Melissa!

    Are there any actors or actresses you pictured playing the roles in your book if it ever were to go to film?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Hello Melissa! At the risk of sounding repetitive to all the other comments already entered here…I like the idea of an immortal who painted the world. It's very poetic : )

    My question for you is: What inspired the idea of an immortal who painted the world? And how did you come up with his nemesis?

    Wish you lots of luck! Thanks for the giveaway! And thanks to Happy Indulgence for hosting it 🙂

  4. Hello Melissa! I wanted to leave a message letting you know that I really like the concept of your book and am adding it to my Goodreads shelf…. hope I win! Hey, I am from Myrtle Beach, SC and will be going back soon hopefully….. I see that you went to USC….. small world. I love to find books that are based in SC….. reminds me of home.
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  5. Jesica

    This book sounds so different than anything I've read recently; the idea is fresh and exciting and I'd love to read it 🙂

  6. Nicki B

    Is this book the start of a trilogy or a long running series? I like how different the fantasy part of the story is, I've never heard this concept before.

  7. Angela Fitzgerald

    I like the idea of this book and it sounds like an interesting read. I really love YA books so I'm sure I will love this one even if it focuses on the mom instead of the teens. I'm sure it will be a fantastic read. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone.


    The concept in this book sounds interesting. I've never read a book like this one. Thanks for sharing!