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The Artisans

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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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 e
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Month9Books
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Julie Reece So sorry, I have been trying to work this out for readers. It's available in paperback lots of places, but the ebook is only in the states - which sti…moreSo sorry, I have been trying to work this out for readers. It's available in paperback lots of places, but the ebook is only in the states - which stinks :( If you follow me on social media, I give ebooks away fairly often through contests and you can watch for that. I just gave away two on Instagram, Twitter and FB. For my readers outside the states, I gift an e—giftcard so a reader can buy The Artisans ebook for themselves. It's the only way I know of to do it. Thanks for asking! Xoxo(less)
Julie Reece Hi! *waves* Thank you so much for asking about the book!! Drat!! I'm trying to check on availability. I will let you know what I find out. In the mean…moreHi! *waves* Thank you so much for asking about the book!! Drat!! I'm trying to check on availability. I will let you know what I find out. In the meantime, you can email Month9Books here to ask, as well ...
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Wendy Higgins
It's out!!! SO good, you guys. <3 Really enjoyed this one! ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I thought when I finished this book was 'dang, I would love to see this as a movie'. The Artisans has such an awesome and haunting concept to it plus I just adore all of the characters. It's truly an eerie and unforgettable book with a slightly sexy twist and I loved it.

At first when we meet Raven, I almost thought this book was a historical fiction because it came off so gothic-era-esque, but you later find out that it's definitely not and gothic is just her style, which was a
Juliette Cross
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Julie's beautiful craft and dark storytelling blew me away in The Artisans. Her writing ensnares the senses and makes me feel like I'm there right along with the characters. And this is a place I WANT to be. Sure, there's a touch of horror here and there, but I enjoyed this thrill ride. Not only for the mystery and ghostliness, but mainly for the scintillating tension between Raven and Gideon. Raven is the kind of heroine I can relate to and root for. And Gideon is the book boyfriend of any girl ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Wowza!!!! That book was so freakin' good! Intense, insane, freaky at parts and sooooo good! I haven't had emotions like this about a book in a long time! ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling with the perfect blend of romance, mystery, and suspense this is sure to be a great hit with all young adult paranormal fans.

Opening Sentence: The winter of two thousand nine brought influenza, taking twenty-seven souls from Colleton County, South Carolina.

The Review:

Raven Weathersby grew up in a small town in South Carolina. She has always had a very artist heart and she expresses herself by designing
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-released
‘Raven must choose between Gideon Maddox, the monster the world believes him to be, or the one she can allow herself to fall in love with.’

STOP, JUST STOP, My heart can’t take this!

I have been searching no end for this book since Wendy Higgins recommended it and this woman is never wrong, she is always on point when it comes to a good romance and she doesn’t disappoint with The Artisans. I seem to be all about re-telling’s lately and The Beauty and the Beast story never gets old, no matter how m
I’ve recently moved to Mississippi, which I guess has put me in a southern gothic mood as of late, and a southern gothic retelling of Beauty and the Beast? Um, yes. Yes, please.

Unfortunately, while I appreciate the vivid, creepy descriptiveness of Reece’s scene-building as well as her general writing style, I found myself struggling to appreciate Gideon’s character (our Beast), the romance, or even the mythology in this version of the fairytale.

Gideon. Gideon’s character is controlling and unli
J.A. Belfield
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A super fairy tale retelling. Dark, gothic, romantic, mysterious. The Artisans has pretty much everything I could want in a book.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Raven Weathersby grew up in a small town in South Carolina. She has always had a very artist heart and she expresses herself by designing clothes. Ever since she can remember she has always loved to create beautiful and original clothing. Her work can rival some of the best in the fashion industry. But four years ago her mother died and with it so did everything that was good in Ravens life. Her stepfather started drinking himself into a stupor every night and gambles away everything they have. ...more
J. Ford
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-must-read
Author, Julie Reece, has done it again. What an incredible journey she has taken me in her latest masterpiece, THE ARTISANS.

The writing is mature, intoxicating, the storyline haunting, and let’s not forget the unforgettable characters. After reading Ms. Reece’s previous novel, CRUX, I didn’t think her writing could get any better. I was wrong. THE ARTISANS blew me away.

What did I love the most? So hard to say. I adored Raven. Her story is not an easy one. She’s seen her share of bad times. I fel
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this!!! AND GAH THAT ROMANCE!!!!
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
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Basically this is pretty much the best book ever
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Dios mío. This book is one of the most amazing books I think I’ve ever read. The Artisans has everything I’ve ever wanted in a book, plus has me liking things I’m usually not too fond of (like ghosts and ghouls) a whole flipping lot. A modern twist on Beauty and the Beast with a dash of a few other fairy tales for good measure, this tale is one of a curse, a steampunk dress-maker
Claudia Garcia
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG absolutely loved it! It is the first book by Julie Reece I read and I fell in love with the characters, their interactions and all the spooky details in it! And OMG how I wish I could meet Gideon Maddox!

Wishing this was a series :)
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one I can't wait for everyone to read it! ...more
Aeron Trahaearn
This book deserves the praise it gets! seriously its a work of art! I fell in love with each and every character of the book! seriously guys go and read this book you wont regret it. (though A.F you might not like it, you should stick to historical romances :P)
(Gideon Maddox: Is it just me or is every one with the surname "Maddox" hot as hell?? This guys no exception. Sexy as hell, Sweet as sin and hotter than hot this guys book boyfriend material!!)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the heart eyes and love for this southern gothic YA! ❤

**This review also appears here on A Leisure Moment!**

**I received an e-book from the author!**

I love Julie Reece’s work. Needless to say, One Summer With Autumn is one of my favorite books of all time. I love the enemies to lovers romance and wanted to read more of her writing. When Julie offered to send me another one of her books when I participated in the Swoon Romance Valentine’s Day extravaganza, I was beyond excited. I started read
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
A contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling is always welcome, and I really enjoyed this book! It's light on the retelling aspect, although there are the important elements from the fairy tale - the confinement, the beastly hero, the connection between the couple, and the power of love to redeem. The story weaves in a great backstory for the heroine - Raven or Rae, who has a talent for designing clothes, but who has a very tough home life. Raven was so much fun to read about because of her wry ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book only needs one word to describe it, and that word is FABULOUS! Everything about this book was fabulous, especially Raven, Edgar, Jenny, smexy Gideon, the hot ghost Cole, and even grouchy old Jamis! I have so much love for this book and highly recommend it to everyone!! Read this book NOW!!
Stephanie Friend
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Words can't even describe this book. It makes me want to paint a picture! Think gothic meets 'Beauty and the Beast.' This story is so intricate and well thought out. I would absolutely recommend this one!

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Julie at Apollycon. She talked a few shy wallflowers into mingling with authors. Thank you again, Julie! Can't wait for your next book!
Saundra Bowman
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this book was so good you guys... it is so much more than I was expecting, the setting was creepy and beautiful, I am in love with all the characters and had a beauty and the beast feel that I loved it was atmospheric and I loved the fashion aspects guys read ittttt
THIS WAS NOT!!! Worth staying up until 3 AM for. IT WAS NOT.
Colour me intrigued, what a strange way to format a Beauty and the Beast retelling.
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Apr 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
this was just not my cuppa of tea!
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Reread thoughts: It is so funny how you adapt over time, even in your reading. While I still enjoyed this story this go round, it isn't quite a 5 star read for me anymore. But, like I said, I still loved the story. Julie Reece is something special!

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The very first thing that attracted me to The Artisans is the simple, yet stunning cover. I love the fonts and the color is perfect. The second thing that attracted me? Raven, the Goth Steam
I've never read anthing by Julie Reece, but the elegant cover and the fact that is was a retelling caught my eye.

I hesitate to say it's a retelling though, because I think it misses out on the most important parts of the tale it's retelling. Raven Weathersby's stepfather Ben accumulates a debt with the rich owner of Maddox Industries, Gideon Maddox. Since her dad is an alcoholic and can't really make choices, Raven steps in for him and agrees to let Gideon use her clothing designs for his compa
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this story, it was interesting and a totally different way the author went with this story.

This is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I liked that it had a unique twist to this story. The Beast, Gideon, wasn't really a "beast" but a normal 19 year old guy who dealt with deals, and Raven was a Gothic girl who was good at making clothing and she made a deal to save her stepdad from the Maddox company. While it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, we have the loyal servants,
Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweat drips from my temple as I push a needle through my friend's torn flesh....

Seventeen year old Raven Weathersby dreams of becoming a fashion designer. After the death of her mother she gives up that dream to take care of her stepfather Ben (who is an alcoholic with a drinking problem) and working as a seamstress after school to help make ends meet.

Ben's problems lead him to a run in with the heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon. Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to atten
E.M. Fitch
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julie Reece has crafted a hauntingly beautiful tale and I’m so excited to have found this author. This book was funny, edgy, downright creep-me-out scary at moments and I loved every minute of it. The protagonist is fresh and compelling, the dialogue sharp and witty, and the storyline thoughtful. I love YA books that don’t pretend real life doesn’t exist for teens. Reece has included an alcoholic, gambling character that was written to perfection and the ways in which the protagonist, Raven, man ...more
Jenny Perinovic
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, haunting, and hard to put down, Julie Reece's THE ARTISANS is a stunning reimagining of a familiar story. I fell instantly for the wounded, mysterious Gideon, and the stubborn and resourceful Rae. This book is everything you want from a gothic: an atmospheric and secluded mansion, secrets at every turn, and a swoony romance. Add in an loveable cast of secondary characters and some genuinely scary scenes, and you've got a truly unforgettable story. I loved every second! ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An electrifying retelling of Beauty and Beast with a hauntingly good twist. Julie Reece's new release was addicting, to say the least. It has the right amount of intrigue, romance, suspense, and great character chemistry that made it impossible to put down. I ended up reading it in one sitting.

Read my FULL REVIEW here
4.5 Stars. A beautifully woven gothic fairytale for older Ya. Full of vibrant characters that you will fall in love with, this stand alone story is a unique blend of fairytale and romance that is addictive reading.
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Julie Reece writes YA stories. Many inspired by life in the southeastern states where she grew up. She's passionate about family, friends, animals, underdogs, and writing, but bubble baths and dark chocolate make the list, too. ...more

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