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The Masterpiecers

(Masterful #1)

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE 2016 MOONBEAM CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS.
FINALIST IN FOREWORD INDIE'S 2016 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Behind prison bars and the lens of reality TV, unfolds a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and ultimately redemption.

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 M

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by Olivia Wildenstein
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Olivia Wildenstein
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A fun and diabolical ride through the art world's backstage...if I may say so myself.
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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RATED 3.5/5 ...OR 7/10 explained at end

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Well well well, this one had me intrigued from the start.

I’ve not heard of many books that are centered around an art competition. It grabbed my attention right away. I love it when books include art in some way, as long as it doesn’t end up sounded pretentious (which it didn’t, in this case)
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Siobhan
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Masterpiecers is one of those books where I was unsure as to what rating I was to give it. A part of me screamed out four stars, yet another part of me screamed out three stars. Overall, it’s a three-point-five stars rating from me. I opted to round up because, in the end, I was truly addicted to this one.

The Masterpiecers was a divergence from my usual read in quite a few ways. I enjoy suspense and I enjoy young adult, but I rarely mix the two together. I often find such a mix never quite l
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Josie Shinkfield
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED A COPY FROM THE "RACHEL E. CARTER YA BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS."

I was excited to read this book from the minute I read the blurb. And I am happy to say that it did no disappoint.

This story is about identical twins Ivy and Astor. Astor is in prison awaiting trial for allegedly murdering someone. Ivy is an artist who has been offered a highly coveted place on the reality TV show 'The Masterpiecers'.
The story is told from both Ivy and Astor's POV, and as it unfolds I found myse
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Carlene Inspired
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy Redd is Lucky Number Eight. She's won a coveted spot on a reality TV competition, The Masterpiecers, that takes place at New York's Metropolitan Museum. Competing against 7 others for the grand prize of $100,000 dollars and a spot at The Masterpiecers private art school, Ivy has far more on her mind than just the competition.
Ivy's twin, Aster, is watching on from a women's prison, the place she sits as she awaits trial for murder.
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Debra
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Nineteen year old twins, Ivy and Aster are living two entirely different lives. Ivy is competing in an art based reality television program while Aster is in prison. The sisters are completely different and both take turns, through their POV chapters, telling their story. Both are in environments full of drama, lies, intrigue, deceit, dishonesty and interesting characters. Both have to keep on their toes in order to survive.

Ivy is a quilt maker who applied for and was selected as a con
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Mihlean
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein from the Rachel E. Carter YA book club on Goodreads!

My mind is blown. I began reading The Masterpiecers after checking out the summary and expected a hell of a ride, and boy did it live up to its expectations and more.

I usually write a short, non-spoilery summary for the books I review but this book's plot was so intricate, that I'm gonna break my habit and not make my own summary in fear of spoiling anything. What I do wan
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Felicia [Felicia's Ink(t)]
"Do you know what it feels like when your future contains no pigment, no sparkle? Because that's what mine looks like. I have nothing...no one besides my sister."


This story was really something new. But good new.. I'd call it a kind of masterpiece itself =] It's a really good book!!

This story is about twin-sisters. One in jail for a murder she believes she didn't commit, one entering a competition of her dreams. But the show comes with intrigue, lies and a lot of drama. While one watches her sis
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Regan
"Do you know what it feels like when your future contains no pigment, no sparkle? Because that's what mine looks like. I have nothing...no one besides my sister."

Aster and Ivy are identical twins yet they couldn’t be more different. Ivy is the polished, artistic, and charismatic sister whereas Aster shows great insecurity and has many quirks. Chosen to be on the reality show, The Masterpiecers , Ivy is hoping for her big break in the art world. Contestants compete to win an elusive spot at th
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Selina
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED A COPY FROM THE "RACHEL E. CARTER YA BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS.

Wow this was a fantastic read! I don't normally read these types of books so I was a bit skeptic going in. I was pleasantly surprised. The story revolves around twins Ivy and Aster. The story begins with Ivy visiting Aster in jail. From the beginning you can tell that Aster absolutely loves and adores her sister. She would do anything for her. ANYTHING. Even though the story skips between perspectives, you could a
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Emma
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The Masterpiecers - By Olivia Wildenstein

In the spirit of full disclosure this book was gifted by the author to whet the appetite for the second book in this two part series.

This was a refreshing change from the usual YA/NA novels I have read recently. A story about twin sisters that was never formulaic or trite. Sisters that love each other deeply but somehow never really gelled. Both are wracked with a fear that their opposite Sibling has been involved in a mob ring and yet not once do they at
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Max Power
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I am certainly not the target audience for this one but the blurb drew me in. The idea for the story is such a clever and original one that I couldn’t help myself and actually slipped this one up my rather long reading list. I wasn’t disappointed and I could give a standing ovation for how the writer came up with this story line. Where is slid for me was perhaps in a general sense of it needing to have a bit more meat on the bones . Again this may well be down to the fact that I am not the right ...more
VJ  Stock
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was one hell of a story! I was so blown away by the plot that honestly I have to give kudos to Olivia! Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Ivy Redd has won an opportunity that everyone would die for! She has a spot on a reality TV show, The Masterpiecers, that takes her to the Big Apple. Held at the Metropolitan Museum, the contestants will battle it out in winning a spot at The Mastepiecers Art School, oh and money too. ($100,000 to be exact). Ivy is excited for this but she also has
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Theresea
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Masterpiecers grabs on to you from the start. It's an exciting read with plenty of mystery to keep you up reading until the end (in other words, you may lose some sleep with this one). The dynamic between the two sisters is compelling and you will probably change your mind more than a few times when trying to figure out who is exactly telling the whole truth.
Wendy
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The Masterpiecers” an intensely gripping psychological thrill-ride opens with nineteen- year -old twin sisters; Aster who’s incarcerated in prison for the murder of a mobster, and Ivy who’s on her way to stardom, a lucrative amount of money and a spot in Masterpiecers, the prestigious school for artists if she wins a reality TV art competition.

Skilfully Olivia Wildenstein weaves a tale of dark intrigue as Aster fights for survival in an Indiana prison, waiting for her court date and watching h
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BookwormBritty
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really more like 3.5, so I rounded up. I enjoyed reading this book, but was ultimately left unsatisfied. Overall, this was a quick-paced and engaging start to a series, but the limited information the reader was given left me aggravated and with a serious disconnect.
The Good: The plot was interesting and unexpected. The juxtaposition between prison and reality tv worked really well, and kept things interesting. The writing itself was better than I have come to expect, with fairly limited
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Tiffany Jones
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED A COPY FROM THE "RACHEL E. CARTER YA BOOK CLUB ON GOODREADS.**

I really enjoyed reading The Masterpiecers and can't wait to read book 2. I found the idea behind the story intriguing and was glad to be chosen to read and review this book. I really enjoyed all the plot twists and surprises and it really kept me guessing, all the way through the book. I don't always like when a book jumps back and forth between the points of view of more than one character but Wildenstein di
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Lexi
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a great concept - "The Apprentice" meets the art world. A series of art related challenges and an elimination after each one helps keep the story moving at pace. If you don't get reality TV, or the sort of celebrity status that it can create, you might find the setting a little contrived.

Throw in a murder, several complicated personal relationships including some unresolved family issues, the mob, a schizophrenic and a love interest for good measure. Surprisingly it does all work together a
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Danielle
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! I love how it was told from the viewpoint of two twins! I can't wait to read book 2, I'm going to have to go to the bookstore tomorrow to buy it!! :-D

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from the author. I'm reviewing voluntarily. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Elizabeth Mathis
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 mobste
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Julie Smith
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The blurb:

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 wan
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it


**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

I picked this book up one night and pretty much finished it in one sitting. Told at a breakneck pace and in dual points of view by twins Ivy and Aster Redd, The Masterpiecers is a compelling read, which had me turning pages well into the night.



Ivy and Aster are both in captivity, but for very different reasons. Aster is in prison for murder and Ivy has won a place in a reality TV show for artists.



Their mother has been committed to a mental institution and both sisters h
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Marguerite
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, net-galley, thriller
4 Stars.

The Masterpiecers really surprised me - in a good way! Definitely an enjoyable read, with a cool and unique premise of such an awesome art show, that once I became immersed in the world, I found it hard to tear myself away.

That being said, there were some aspects of the book that didn't sit well with me, so this is going to be one of my 'I liked this...'/'I didn't like that...' reviews.

What I liked:
The Masterpiecers competition: Amazing! If this competition existed in real life, I would
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Carrie
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ivy Redd has won a coveted spot on a reality TV competition, The Masterpiecers, taking place in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The competition is for young artists competing to win the grand prize of a hundred thousand dollars and a spot in the Masterpiecers, a school for new artists. However, Ivy has a twin, Aster, who has been arrested for murder after hitting a mob member with her car.

The story switches back and forth between Ivy and Aster as Ivy competes in the reality competition and Aste
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Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Told in two distinctly different POVs* following twin sisters Aster and Ivy, The Masterpiecers is a thrilling story about two girls who hide more secrets than meets the eye. Both live completely different lives; one is in jail for murder, and the other is trying her hardest to be the winner of an a prestigious art competition in New York City. This mysterious story is told in a way that keeps the reader in the dark from both of the sisters’ deepest and darkest secrets, compelling you to read on ...more
Katy Haye
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn’t love a good story featuring twins? And twins with secrets is even better.

The Masterpiecers is told in alternating narratives from Ivy and Aster, and I’ll admit they were a little confusing at the very beginning (both first person) but that soon settled down. While twins, they are very distinct and very different.

The concept of The Masterpiecers was fabulous – basically, it’s The Apprentice meets Great British Bake Off in a fine art setting. I don’t generally do reality TV, but I thor
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Heather
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, teen-fantasy, review
Aster and Ivy are twins.
According to Aster, Ivy has all the talent and had all the love from their late mother.
Aster is in prison, for the murder of a man.
Ivy is a talented quilter, taking part in a reality TV show called Masterpiecers, where eight contestants vie for a place on a prestigious arts course in New York.

The book is narrated by the two girls in alternate chapters.
As the story develops, and Ivy makes her way through the competition, and Aster copes with prison life, we see that all is
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Becky Stephens
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
The Masterpiecers is well written and engaging. With a steady pace, this story moves along nicely, and keeps you guessing. You may never know who is telling the truth.

I think the idea of a game show for artists and others in the art industry is fantastic. Wildenstein really should take this idea to some TV execs. It’s smart and sophisticated; society needs more of this kind of reality TV. This is a truly original plot, and Wildenstein does an excellent job crafting the story and the twists and t
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Astrid Arditi
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear two days off your agenda! The Masterpiecers pulls you in from the start and never slows down till the end. I was totally hooked: fast paced, full of suspense, and glamorous with its art gameshow. The twins are fascinating characters, flawed yet beautiful and smart and so different one from the other. I found myself rooting for Aster one chapter then the next for Ivy and at the end of book 1, I still have no clue who lies and who's telling the truth. I need answers! Please publish book 2 so ...more
Sherri-anne
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive this book for free in a giveaway, and I'm so glad I did. Its not a book I would have bought for myself, and I would have been missing out on this piece of literary genius. It is very rare a book can manage to keep me guessing till the end, but I had to read the book all at once as I was so desperate to see what happened on the next page! Vivid descriptions and use of raw emotions made me feel like I was actually there watching the competition for myself. The shockin ...more
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USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a la ...more

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