A Work of Art
But Tera's hopes for the future explode when the police arrest her dad for an unspeakable crime. Her father's arrest must be a mistake, so Tera goes into action, sacrificing her future at art school to pay for his defense. ...more
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The synopsis of this book grabbed me right away and when I was offered the book for a review I jumped at it. I received the book, opened it up for a sneak peek because I always do when I get a new book and this was not the next read on my list.... well that peak turned into a one sitting read. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down. It was amazing, heartbreaking, disturbing, suspenseful, and beautiful. I loved it from the first page to the last.
Anyway, Tera's entire life, she's wanted to become an artist. (As in professionally, not as a hobby.) Her dream's very close to coming true...until her dad is accused of a crime that she's sur ...more
Diversity Rating: 1 – Tokenism
Racial-Ethnic: 1 (Asian character who is barely present)
QUILTBAG: 1 (bisexual woman who is barely present)
It seems silly to read fiction knowing it will make you feel horrible and angry, but it’s a good way to see how many different kinds of people and stories are out there. For those of us that live charmed lives, s ...more
A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet is a deep and riveting psychological thriller that delves into the dark secrets of Tera Waters life and her family......Tera is an up and coming artis ...more
I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
I'm struggling a little with my thoughts on this book. I finished it and instead of writing down what I thought right away I gave myself time to think about it. The time was needed for me to figure out how I felt about it. I think the reason that I struggled so much was because there are many ...more
I don't know what I thought--but this book was not what I thought. Okay, that sounds confusing. Let me explain. I think I had it in my mind that this book was going to be some kind of mystery--centered around a major misunderstanding. I was wrong. Oh, so wrong. This book was hard to read. I was kind of blown away by how dark this read turned out to be. I felt shame, disgust, sorrow, pity--a plethora of emotions. Most of them pretty strong.
I c ...more
Tear pulls at your heart. You want to protect her, warn her, and comfort her. Each character stirs an emotion. Some you despise, some you relate to, some you want to protect. This novel leaves you hoping and praying for the future of Tera and, at least for me, her mother. That they both heal, and grow, and fully forgive themselves. They both were manipulated and used, becoming victims of a manipulative man, but I see them both overcoming. Wonderful book that takes a horrific topic and a ...more
So ... if you're an escapist reader who enjoys rainbows and unicorns, this book is not for you. But if you want a raw emotional story that deals with sexual abuse and the low self-esteem that often results from it, check out this book. But be aware - if you are a victim of abuse there ...more
This is a book that I would have passed by - but it definitely made me not want to put it down.
Tera, was a talented artist that learned the hard way from her father. He tried to mould her to his way and against her mother. Tera wanted her dad's honest love, but never got it. I found the book fascinating but I also was very uncomfortable reading it. Melody made Tera into someone I knew, loved & I wanted the best for her.
I wish the story had ...more
- abusers are extremely ...more
Melody Maysonet writes an often brutal, always emotionally challenging story that depends on the likability of its main character in order for it to work. Fortunately, in Tera, Maysonet has one.
The adored daughter of a revered artist father and a mother she believes to be crazy, Tera is on the brink of graduating from high school and heading to Paris to attend a prestigious art school. This will be her chance to emerge from her pr ...more
Tera looks up to her famous artist father. With a scholarship to a top-notch art school, she hopes to impress the man who's been her role model all her life. Then, out of nowhere, Tera's father is accused of a hideous crime. Tera knows there's not even a shred of truth to the allegations. Or is there? And if the worst happens, can Tera ever trust anyone again?
-from the book jacket
Ok, I finished reading this book a while ago. It didn't take me long at all. But, I am find ...more
Tera is an artist, following in her father’s footsteps, since the age of 9 ...more
I liked this book. It was an intense read as you follow Tera, the main character, through the story and figure out what she is going through. Tera makes a number of decisions that you, as an outsider looking in, wish she hadn't made. She believes in her father and gives up her future in order to help him because her mother is not willing to do so.
Overall, it was a good story with (mostly) li ...more