I went into this book knowing nothing, not a description or anything, just that my book club chose it. And it was a surprise how much I liked it!
ThereI went into this book knowing nothing, not a description or anything, just that my book club chose it. And it was a surprise how much I liked it!
There's a lot in this book--suspense (how much trouble will Claire get into??), mystery (where and how and who...?), little bit of romance (I wasn't expecting that but it worked well here in upping the ante), art history (loved learning about van Meegeren, how to pull off a successful forgery, Degas is a fave), art methods (how we see color, how that affects how we paint, etc.), thoughts on morals and ethics, thoughts on the value of art (recognized only because of who painted it?, authentic vs forgeries), relationships (grr Isaac), hanging out in Boston, and at the end, scandalous secrets are revealed. Whoohoo!
And yet, even after all that, still some questions remain for our main character Claire. "I think about the life stretching ahead of me, filled with such promise. But, just desserts, it's impossible to know if this newfound fortune is due to my talent or to my infamy in a world of instant celebrity. Whether I'm a great artist or just a great forger. And no matter what happens to me or to my work, no matter how big the commissions or how great the museums, I suppose I'll never know."
Ridiculously, and I do hate myself for this, I felt that the romance part wasn't wrapped up in a way that satisfied me. I would have preferred not making the bf such a stinker. Do not ask me how the author would have worked this out, I really don't know. I do think the author thought of everything else, though! I particularly liked the discussion questions at the end of my copy ("What compromises would you make to secure what you most desire?") which really brought home all the issues brought up in the book.
Ridiculous/fabulous things **SPOILERS AHEAD**: D-Bear as an agent, Amelia being badass (she will crack you in the face with a filled coffee mug and usRidiculous/fabulous things **SPOILERS AHEAD**: D-Bear as an agent, Amelia being badass (she will crack you in the face with a filled coffee mug and use many guns), Applebee and Caesar reporting for duty (with a horse body and crab claw, respectively, thank goodness both are okay and better than ever) and the USDA's reaction, love the fuller picture of Issue 60, Tony being as badass as Amelia and noble too. I will admit a bit of surprise at Tony defeating The Collector at this point since we have a few more issues to go, but there are many more things to resolve, so that's fine. (And I took a quick look at other people's reviews and so many people feel the opposite, that Chew is dragging, so I guess those people are happy that things are moving along?)...more
This is perfection. Unisaurus-Rex. The Quacken. Meeting the Applebee family. Escalating things like whoa with The Collector. Paneer. And the ending. OThis is perfection. Unisaurus-Rex. The Quacken. Meeting the Applebee family. Escalating things like whoa with The Collector. Paneer. And the ending. Oh, the ending. I did not see that coming and it is perfect, necessary to the story, and heartbreaking. Loved this. ...more