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The Earth Painter (Painter #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  226 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The Sculptor was alone. The world was gray, as it always had been.
And then the Sculptor said, “It is time…
Time for color,
Time for more,
The beginning.”
With a word, three sculptures became aware. And they needed to paint.
There was Ocean, Sky, Land, and Life all painted into place.
Then it ended, just as quickly as it started. Then the painters were no longer needed.
But they
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published (first published August 28th 2011)
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Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Oct 06, 2011 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee to read and review. I was immediately captivated by the title. THE EARTH PAINTER...... I found the whole concept that someone had painted the earth enchanting!!!

Holly the main character is dealing with the pressures of a controlling mother who is all about the superficial. And Holly plays along... Until she meets Theo, The Earth Painter, and he makes her see herself differently. Theo is cute and caring, and that smile and those dimpl
Nov 24, 2011 Fathima rated it it was amazing
SPEECHLESS !!! That was the first reaction i had or rather the state i was in after i finished reading this book . Words cannot describe the feeling stirring up in me . If a painter could paint using words instead of colours , then this book would be called a " Masterpiece" and Melissa Turner Lee could be considered the exquisite painter of this fine work of art .

Cover-speak : Honestly , the cover says it all .. No questions asked , it clearly and descriptively gives us an idea as to what a rea
Curse of the Bibliophile
Oct 21, 2011 Curse of the Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
“The Earth Painter” was a captivating and original fantasy novel that I couldn’t get enough of.
Holly Scruggs is a very intriguing heroine that has a lot of depth. She isn’t one of those whiney characters who can’t even think for themselves. She is real and deals with problems that lots of people her age can relate to.
Theo was really the heart and soul of the book for me. So mysterious and his true nature is really very imaginative. His character was so full of wisdom and he still grew further a
Jacquie Talento
Jan 02, 2013 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times have you read a book and had the feeling, “This book would make a perfect movie”. This is one of those moments. The characters, the plot, the structure, the way it captures your heart is what Ms. Lee has pulled out in this masterpiece. I dare you to guess what you think will happen next. Go ahead, try it. I dare you to dive right into the emotions you will feel while reading this book. I’m not even going to give any hints just tell everyone the warmth I felt when I read this book ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
I guess I am going to be going against the grain here by saying that I didn't really care for this ebook. I wanted to. It seemed like an intriguing idea for the plot. It was well liked by all those who have read it, but it didn't work for me. Maybe I'm in the wrong demographic for this one. It is the story of a girl in her senior year of high school who starts in a new school when her family moves back to their hometown after dad loses his job and has to begin anew. Holly is a typical self-consc ...more
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
Wow where to start, Melissa Turner has written a unique and fascinating story about how our world was created. When the Sculptor decided it was time for the beginning of Earth. He created 3 painters one for the sky one for the ocean and then one for the land but what happens when there’s nothing left to paint and you are left alone with only the sciences for company?

Holly Finds herself starting a new school. When she gets put into drama class (Not where she wants to be) she notices a boy sitting
Nov 30, 2011 HebaH rated it really liked it
What an unusual book…I was intrigued when I read the blurb about The Earth Painter. As I started the book and was introduced to the characters, I immediately felt a kinship with Holly. Her plight was heartbreaking…fair-skinned, red hair, freckles and shunned by her mother at every turn for her looks. In fact, her parents and everything they do aren’t just an embarrassment to her, their life is a sham. Her mom spurns her and cuts her down over and over…whew, it was hard to read those parts.
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My review of The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee is based on an e-book that the author sent me for review. The following is my honest opinion of the work.

What originally attracted me to this story was the premise; it seemed so original, something unique and just so different from what I was used to. I loved the idea of the world being painted into existence; there's just something so magical about it. Between my love of a good origin story and young adult paranormal romance it seemed like th
May 24, 2013 Bianca rated it it was amazing
I was given a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!

General Opinion: I have to say that…. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It took me by surprise, honestly. I didn’t expect to like it so much!

What I liked the most: I haven’t read read such a fun book in ages. It’s easy to follow and VERY unique!! I’ve never read a book with a painter as a paranormal creature before. And this is not the only different thing. There is a love story, but it’s SO different. I had to wait until the end for a kiss th
Oct 20, 2012 Vered rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First impression: unusual, unique and lovely. Holly is a young lady caught up in her parents’ expectations of who and what should she should be. All she wants to do is get through the last year at school, attracting little attention as possible. And then she sees Theo. And that’s strange, because no one else can see him. While The Earth Painter can be described as a paranormal / fantasy story, the focus is really on Holly’s changing relationships with her family, friends and Theo, and her maturi ...more
Heather Badgwell
Oct 12, 2011 Heather Badgwell rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I simply couldn't put it down. Its a whole new look on how the world was formed. Holly is the main character, who is learning that she doesn't have to be what her mother wants her to be. She can be herself. When she meets Theo, she thinks she has found someone she could truly love. But is that really what happened? Or was she destined to meet him? Everything Theo paints, seems to come to life. So Holly is destined to find out what is going on, and how. So very well written. ...more
Reading Bliss
Feb 24, 2014 Reading Bliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Missy:

Holly is a self conscious freckled redhead who is just entering her senior year of high school in a new school. After her father loses his job they move back to Chesnee SC, the hometown of her parents. Her mother is the bubbly brunette prom queen from the past and Holly is everything her mother is not. Her father is a laid back car salesman and her Mother is very image conscious and she acts as if everything revolves around her. Holly would like to be invisible and just get through her
Nov 16, 2011 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
The book had a very intriguing story line. Every night I read the book couldn't put the it down. I LOVED the characters, they were excellent. Holly is the kind of girl I want to be best friends with! And Theo, well Theo is just perfect! I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can continue my journey with the characters I have come to love.
Pauline Creeden
May 18, 2012 Pauline Creeden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! I loved the story, the characters, and the issues as they were introduced in this story. The concepts were original, but done in such a way as to be familiar at the same time. Even though I was given a Kindle Edition Advance Reader Copy, I bought a paperback version of the book to give to a teen that I mentor!
Jul 18, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love the way this book was written and the concept of the painters, the sciences, and the sculptor was really refreshing. I fell in love with Theo and his situation there at the end, and I promise that I'm not going to give any spoilers away, but I love how his painting was "found" I can't wait to read the next!
Jenna Pridgen
May 17, 2012 Jenna Pridgen rated it it was amazing
Loved the characters, the story, everything about it. Can't wait for the next one. Bravo, Melissa Lee!!
Tracy Krauss
May 30, 2014 Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earth Painter was different than I expected it to be, but in a good way. Somewhat allegorical, but not overtly so, the story centers around a teenage girl named Holly who is feeling misplaced when she has to move to the town where her parents grew up after her father loses his job. She is overly shy and has never felt like she fits in, partly because her mother, a former beauty queen and terribly selfish person, continually belittles her. Hollyis mortified when she realizes she’s been enrolled i ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't know what to expect out of this book.I got more than expected.I was a lovely read that really made me think about some issues that teens face.Along with that,it also is a story of love.Underneath that, it is a story intertwined with a world fantasy like no other.
Holly has just moved to Chesnee,SC.Here she meets a few friends,some of those friendships will grow,some will be broken,and some may turn into more.Holly starts out as beaten down,low-self esteem teenager who just wants
Won this on Goodreads First Reads.

Why I read: I saw it on the giveaways list and thought it sounded interesting, and I ended up winning it.

What impressed me: A few things really. But the most important was how utterly original it was. maybe I just haven't come across any other books like this before, but really I never would have thought of any of what happens in this book. At first the idea weirded me out a bit, but It was so interesting i couldn't stop reading it.

Theo I originally though was a
Nov 28, 2011 blackplume rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Review originally posted in Blackplume

The Earth Painter is the first book in The Painter series of Melissa Turner Lee. It tells the story of Holly Scruggs, a self-conscious teenager who bury herself in books most of the time. She lives her life following the image that her mom wants her to project. After her Dad lost his job, they move back to Chesnee and Holly transferred to her new school where she met Theo. Theo is a painter and not an ordinary painter but one of the three painters who is res
Emerald Barnes
Mar 08, 2013 Emerald Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
I could not stop reading this book until I was finished. I'll tell you, my schedule is normally so busy that I don't make the time to read like I should. So, when I actually do read novels, they have to be the type that I don't want to stop reading. Melissa Turner Lee has written such a book.

I loved the characters too. Holly cannot see her own worth, but Theo, the world painter, sees nothing but beauty. So, this novel just isn't about a good story, it's about helping young girls, who so often fe
Alexia Purdy
Dec 05, 2011 Alexia Purdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating story of Holly Scruggs, an ordinary girl in an ordinary world. There is something special about her though. Moving back to Chesnee S.C. after her dad loses his well-paying job, she has to deal with being the new kid and continuing to endure her ever so condescending mother- who shoots her down at every opportunity and never sees her as good enough. Holly’s realistic view of the world comes crashing down when she meets Theo-an Earth Painter. She’s the only one who can see him, and h ...more
May 03, 2012 Dorian rated it really liked it
Reasons to Read:

Theo is by far my favourite character in this book. He's a bit strange, but he is really sweet, especially to Holly. He starts to mend what Holly's parents(well, her mother) have broken. She learns to love herself again. She doesn't in a really need way, though. She doesn't depend on Theo to shower her with compliments. He brought out the best in her. I thought it was really cool the way he explained to her about his world. He's a bit socially awkward, but he doesn't even
Oct 24, 2011 Contessa rated it it was amazing
WARNING: Reading this book leads to compulsive reading.

Melissa Turner Lee is a master storyteller. The book blends modern culture with Lee’s fantasy world, a world where the Earth was sculpted into form. The Sculptor created three painters to bring life to the three aspects of the Earth (Heaven, Land, and Sea). Although written in a simple style for young adults, this book is deep and compelling. The Earth Painter is an intriguing tale of romance, heartache, and friendship. Lee hits the nail on
Dec 03, 2011 Books rated it it was amazing
Have you ever thought you would find the sciences of biology, chemistry, physics and geology personified? No? Try this book for size.

A young adult paranormal romance with a refreshing difference. No vampires, werewolves or fairies for Holly Scruggs and her friends. Apart from it being an exhilarating tale full of excitement, suspense and a dash of humor, it also delicately deals with sensitive social issues faced by young people on a daily basis. Finding one's niche; and becoming what one is mea
Lynn Worton
May 04, 2012 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing
Review 7 out of 5

After her father is made redundant, Holly Scruggs moves with her family back to her parents home town of Chesnee from Charleston. Starting at a new school is not easy and Holly is uncomfortable at making friends, so she reads her Kindle. When an error on her school schedule sends her to Drama Club, Holly is horrified. She notices a boy sitting on the stage, but no one else seems to. She finds out that Theo is an immortal who painted the world into being. When another painter tar
Mar 08, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say that after reading this exquisite, heart-wrenching story, I don't know whether to cry or be happy. This story put me somewhere between those two emotions. Although it may sound like I am unsure about whether or not I liked the story, I have to say that I truly loved it. It was a painfully beautiful story of growth and discovery, and I honestly hated to see it end. I sure do hope that the author takes the ending and weaves it into another brilliant story that will leave me once again b ...more
Darian Carter-Pace
Aug 12, 2015 Darian Carter-Pace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This review and more at my blog
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 cho
D.M. Dutcher
Sep 30, 2012 D.M. Dutcher rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Really creative and interesting young adult book, but man, it needed not to end like that.

Holly has a rough life. Her mother is a control freak, and her family had to move back home because both parents lost their original jobs. While attending school, she sees a boy painting that no one seems to notice. His name is Theo and he is an angelic being called a Painter.

You see, when God created the world, he subcontracted the physical creation to three painters. Theo painted the animals and all nonhu
Gina -   Behind the Pages
Jun 07, 2012 Gina - Behind the Pages rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
JOIN THE BLOG TOUR! Be at Behind A Million And One Pages on 9 May for an exclusive review and interview with Melissa Turner Lee.

Starting out strong, we learn about Holly's life as it is. We start where she starts in the novel and we constantly grow with her. Her mother's controlling nature falls onto us as well, as we start to realize how controlling she is and we react with Holly. We start relating to her, act as she would act, do as she would do. We get so caught up in this book, turning page
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