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Gold medal winner of the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!
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 Mafioso. 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.
©2016 Olivia Wildenstein (P)2016 Olivia Wildenstein
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By Darkangel on 02-26-17

Intrigue

This book kept me guessing until the very end.
I enjoyed all the characters. I could picture every scenario

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By Lori on 11-18-16

The Masterpiecers

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3.5 stars<br/>Overall an entertaining, enjoyable and interesting. This was a light mystery with a creative, original and unusual setting for the story. For me this was a slow moving mystery. Not that it wasn't interesting, it was. A lot of the story focuses on the details of what is going on in the Masterpiecers competition instead of on the mystery. As the story slowly moves forward through the competition you are given clues to the mystery through the dual POV's and the intertwining stories of Ivy and Aster. <br/><br/> It was interesting to see how each sister viewed the other. As the story went on you come to realize their relationship is not quite what it seems in the beginning. Even how growing up in the same house was a different experience for both of them.<br/><br/>There were plenty of unusual twists in story. Some things were expected and some were not. It was pretty easy early on to figure out the plot and who the "bad guy/culprit" was. There was just never the big climactic ending. Except for Aster. Really your going to end like that! What about an epilogue for Aster? <br/><br/> Catherine Wenglowski did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace. Good character voices. At times though her voice was a bit to soft and soothing for me. Great for listening at home but not on a road trip. Overall an enjoyable listen.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator, author or publisher. <br/><br/>

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By Melanie Preston Lewis on 05-17-17

Brilliant!

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I have listened to this series back to front, but it certainly didn't spoil my enjoyment. This is a book that is so full it's bursting at the seams. You have crime, corruption, love, hate, evil and kindness all in the mix. Ivy and Aster Redd are wonderfully drawn characters with whom I became very emotionally involved and, at times, my heart really broke for poor Aster. This is such a carefully thought out and involving story. Each thread is brilliant and engaging in its own right, and when they finally come together the result is more genius and inspired than one of Ivy's prize quilts! The narrator was excellent and definitely brought an added level of enjoyment to an already totally absorbing book. Ms Wildenstein has created a masterpiece of her own and I would really like to give this book more than 5 stars. A truly exquisite book

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