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The Masterminds

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From prisons and reality TV to mansions and safe houses, THE MASTERMINDS revisits THE MASTERPIECERS and closes the twins’ story. It is a tale of imperfect love and imperfect people.

The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells

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Published October 12th 2016 by Olivia Wildenstein
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Hanne
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
After the ending of The Masterpiecers, I’ve been dying to read this book. I loved this book more than the previous book. So good! If you have liked The Masterpiecers, you need to read this book! I went in blind and the first surprise was that the book isn’t told from the Redd sisters’ (Ivy and Aster) pov, but from Brook and Josh’s pov.

Brook is part of the tv show ‘The Masterpiecers’. I remember that while reading The Masterpiecers, I was constantly wondering if Brook was a bad guy or not. He sho
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Carrie
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Joshua Cooper has been in the middle of a investigation of a mob runner that is coming dangerously close to two of his best friends, Ivy and Astor Redd. The two girls are twins who have both in their own ways become involved in Joshua's investigation, Ivy had sold a quilt to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot.

Meanwhile, Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition that Ivy was accepted as a contestant. Brook has done his share of questionab
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Carlene Inspired
4.5 Stars
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Josh Cooper is involved in an investigation that tests his moral lines, he wishes he could share it with the twins, Ivy and Astrid, but the worry of him chasing a known mobster would only be more on top of their already full plates. He's determined to catch the bad guy, even more so when the mobster's death starts to tie back to the twins and the reality TV show one of them is participating in. He'll do anything to disprove the crime, breakin
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Angela Sanders
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing series!

After reading Masterkey in the Murder and Mayhem boxed set, I was so enthralled by the first book, that I purchased the second, then found the third on Kindle Unlimited. This one took me through the ringer - they all did! An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless with anticipation. It's action-packed, full of suspense, and it pulls at your heart strings.
The characters are well fleshed out. The series is simply fantastic! I was hooked from book one. Highly r
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Sue Wallace
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterminds By Olivia Wildenstein is a natural read.
The only downside to Joshua cooper's investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friend’s nineteen-year-old twins, aster and ivy redd.
Absolutely fantastic series. Loved it. Full of twists and plots. Great story and great characters. Highly recommended. 5*. Thanks to tbc and the author for the arc.
Selina
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide whether I hated or loved this. Definitely not in a bad way though. The ending left me torn but the story was just so intriguing. Once again we are walked through the events of the first book but only this time it's through Josh's and Brook's POV. Even though personally, I'm not a fan of multiple POVs.

It was refreshing to be in Brook's mind and be able to know what he was thinking throughout the show. His interaction with Ivy and what he thought of her during those interactions. It
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Blagica
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Masterminds is a Masterful read! 5 STARS all the way. Before I tell you what I loved I want to thank Olivia Wildenstein for my advanced copy. I loved THE MASTERPIECERS was amazing and so well-crafted that I couldn’t wait to see what came next. As in THE MASTERPIECERS this book is split into two POVs we get into the minds of Josh who I loved in the first book and Brook who I wanted to know more about so this was a perfect combination.
Brook Jackson is one of the Judges for THE MASTERPIECERS,
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Simon Leonard
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really captivating read. started it Friday morning and didn't want to put it down. I haven't read the first in the series yet but this book works very well as a stand alone novel so would recommend it to everyone whether you have read the first book or not. it took me a couple of chapters to get into it as each chapter is written from a different person's perspective but once I got over that the many twists and turns kept me interested in all the main characters all the way through and I wanted ...more
Danielle
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really wonderful book! It was so interesting to see things from other viewpoints besides just the twins. I really loved the twists in it, and I LOVED the ending. This is a must if you enjoyed the first book, The Masterpiecers.
Olivia Wildenstein
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A tale of imperfect people and imperfect love.
Laura
I received a copy of The Masterminds from the author, Olivia Wildenstein. All opinions expressed are my own.

I really don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, I love the story (see my previous review!) but on the other, I don't think this second volume was capitalized upon enough.

1. The characters. This is the part that I really enjoy. We spend an extensive amount of time with each of the main characters (there are three notable ones) in their POV's and their characters are developed nicel
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Veracious Reads
Certified-fresh, gripping and mind-blowing.

The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein has blown me away.

Before I write about anything else, I’d like to rave about my experience while reading The Masterminds.

This novel is fine and prime example of how one book can be more powerful than reading a dragged-out story in parts (read series) and the painful time every reader dreads to kill while waiting for the next installment. I have nothing against series, but when something as dominant as The Master
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Taylor O'Gorman
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book series! This prequel gives you insight on the other story of what really happened or from point of views different from the first book! While reading The Masterpiecers I had opinions of these characters that I thought were bad but reading Masterminds you get to understand and see what these characters had gone through and started to like them. You see the back story and understand it more as a whole. I just love this author's style of writing! This book was fantastic and ...more
Suzan
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Once again Olivia Wildenstein has written with a unique style. In The Masterpiece Olivia has written the story from Ivy and Aster's point of view in this book it is the same story line but from Joshua and Brook's view point. I would recommend you read these two book back to back as I found myself doing a little trying to remember things. Nicholas Barta does a wonderful job again of narrating this book.
Wendy
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Masterminds” is a brilliantly innovative and entertaining revisit to the “Masterpiercers” and the criminal skullduggery and death that not only undermines the reality television show but heightens an investigation into the murder of a mob runner as well as the search for missing diamonds. Combining the before, after and events of the first book Olivia Wildenstein creates a mesmerizing tale that begins with Joshua Cooper’s investigation into the death of mob runner Todd Mann which implicates ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon


**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a hard sell. We already know what happens in Masterpiecers. I worried it would be the same story, but from a different angle. This was not the case. The author does a wonderful job of giving different perspectives without repetition.



Told from the dual perspectives of Josh and Brook: one hero and one villain. Issues of family bonds and friendship, and at times, rivalry are portrayed in this work.



Joshua is the
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Emma
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

The Masterminds by Olivia Wilderstein.

In the interests of duality and balance, this book was inevitable, this is the story of the menfolk first introduced in book one The Masterpiecers. Josh and Brook are seemingly adversaries as the truth of Brook's involvement in events that have left Aster in a coma and Ivy looking over her shoulder indefinitely for the mobsters who seek to kill both sisters over the loss of some valuable diamonds and their knowledge that will leave all of the guilty incarcer
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Heather
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, teen-fantasy, 2016
This book is prefaced by the quote “A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told”, which gives a clue to the following story.

The Masterminds are a group of three very bright boys who were at college together, but then their lives head in different directions.

It revisits the events in The Masterpiecers, but this time through the eyes of two male characters. They are Brook, one of the judges, and older brother of Chase, a contestant, and Josh, a police officer, and childhood friend of A
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Julie Smith
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The blurb:

From prisons and reality TV to mansions and safe houses, THE MASTERMINDS revisits THE MASTERPIECERS and closes the twins’ story. It is a tale of imperfect love and imperfect people.
The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells one of her quilts to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot, they become entangled
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Laura
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein is a thrilling and suspenseful read. It is a follow up to book one, The Masterpiecers. This book takes place at the same time as the first but from different points of view.
Wow what an incredible read! I REALLY enjoyed this one. Reading this book answered a lot of my questions from the first one. You see another side to Brook, who was in the first book. I understand his actions a little more n
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Jessica Nelson
Full disclosure: I worked on this book as an editor. (That's why I left the stars out)

The Masterminds is an enjoyable thriller, fast paced, and populated with interesting and fleshed out characters. I did not read the first book in the series, an alternate POV of roughly the same events, but that did not interfere with my understanding or enjoyment of the book. Things I liked most about the Masterminds:
I love the premise of art-based reality TV, and now I'm wondering why someone hasn't done thi
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Lexi
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't what I expected - I thought it would follow on from Book 1, but actually it tells the same story from the perspective of two other characters, Brook and Josh, neither of whom were particularly endearing in book one! Actually the story is well balanced between these two characters - my main complaint regarding book one was that I felt Ivy's story dominated and Aster was more of a sub plot. This is also a more straightforward crime narrative with many of the other aspects from book one ...more
Vanessa
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blown away. If you liked Masterpiecers, you will love Masterminds. Told through two alternating male POV, the novel is a thrilling rollercoaster. It's one of those books that is simply "unputdownable" and kept me on the edge of my seat right until the last word. The pace is just right. The dialogue rings true. The tone is perfect. I simply can't say anything negative about it. I've just finished the book and my only worry is what on earth am I going to read next, because Masterminds will be a ha ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Once again we are transferred into the story of what happened on and off camera of the Masterpiercers. This time in 2 different POVs, Josh the twins best friend who is a cop and Brook one of the "masterminds" behind the crimes. I really enjoyed reading The Masterminds, even more so than the first book. I connected more with both characters and the twins when reading it. The ending shocked me and I'm still a tad shaken. I am really hoping we can get a little more from Asher and how she handles ev ...more
Melanie Lewis
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-books
It took me a while to get in to this book. Maybe because I haven't read book 1, but once I was in I really enjoyed it. The main characters are all very likeable, even Brook, (this was confusing as Brook is predominantly a girl's name in the UK). The narration was excellent and brought the characters to life. Now I desperately need to read book 1, and I am wishing there was a book 3! 5 stars from me.
Katie
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this sequel to the Masterpiecers. I really enjoyed reading from Brook and Josh's points of view--I especially liked getting to know and love Brook, who I considered a villain in the first book. As usual, Wildenstein keeps us guessing throughout. Despite the dark and gritty settings, this book is a fun ride.
Theresa McKone
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding

What a great series these 2 books was outstanding what a great mystery story didn't ended perfect for all but that's what happens in the real world not all perfect tears at the end. But yet a good ending anyhow not just the way it would end 50 50 so to say
Tiffany Marin
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Cooper has been investigating a mob runner. The hardest part has been not being able to discuss his investigation with the two people he's closest to, Ivy and Aster Redd, as he tries to keep them safe by keeping them separate from this aspect of his life. That becomes impossible when Aster is accused of running down the mob runner with her car and killing him. When Ivy gets a spot in a televised art competition that gives her a chance at winning acceptance at the prestigious Masterpiecers ...more
Mihlean
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-and-r, 4-stars
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review

Rating: 4 stars

Mind blowing and unique but a little boring at times. That's how I would describe The Masterminds, the sequel to The Masterpiecers.

This second installment is written in the POVs of Brook and Josh, which was GREAT. I loved the different intake of the whole situation, of all the drama and I feel like this was the best choice Wildenstein could've made.
Brook's POV was interesting becau
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Book Him Danno
I struggle writing a review for this book. I didn't find out until I started the book that was nothing more than a different POV from the first book. I found it confusing at first because for the life of me I couldn't figure out who was who.
While others found the story interesting I found it almost mundane and not what I expected at all. This book isn't a stand alone and others might recommend. The authors writing style caused this reader to have to reread sentences to make sure I was reading i
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USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.

When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eaves
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