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Jewel's talent with paints is like magic, as if her brush is more like a witch's wand than a simple painting tool. She could be great, one of the greatest in the world, if her parents would only let her.

Vowing to make her own way as a great artist, Jewel runs away to San Francisco where she discovers her talent really is magical. Worse: It's dangerous. When she meets a mys
Published May 2020 by CreateSpace
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Peter Dudley
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I am the author. I think it's pretty good.

A booklife Reviews editor also thinks it's pretty good. Here are some quotes from their editorial review:

"a tense, mysterious atmosphere... darkly fantastic YA adventure"

"The novel's themes are pertinent in the #MeToo era... [this] tale is both cautionary and empowering, and YA readers in search of a topical urban fantasy will find a lot to love."

"Teen readers seeking an empowering tale about female solidarity against predatory men will appreciate this s
Melanie Hooyenga
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dudley weaves an intriguing tale of magic, art, and witchcraft that leaves the reader breathless until the very last pages. As Jewel learns more about her abilities and what it could mean for her future, she grows closer to a powerful man with all the answers—and a few secrets of his own.
First of all, let me acknowledge that a) I know the author and b) I am mentioned in the acknowledgments. AND it is precisely because I know the author that you can trust my review. It's my goal in life to keep him honest.

"Lifelike" is the fourth novel by Dudley that I've read. When I read an early version of it, I had to stop because of the creep factor. I say this with highest regard. It's difficult to create a villain. The tension that Dudley wrought was done with an expert hand. And because I
Julaina Kleist-Corwin
Lifelike is a page-turner. Jewel, the protagonist has a life-threatening inner struggle. She loves someone who could kill her with paintbrush strokes.
Throughout the book, I wondered if Jewel’s artistic talent and her unfolding magical abilities could save her from an alluring master painter.
Her decision is made more difficult when she learns there are several girls who came before her and who are kept under the master’s control.
Dudley's minor characters are developed to the point where I found m
Katarina Stenstedt
This was a fun read, and it took some turns I wasn't expecting. ...more
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Peter rarely uses his electrical engineering degree from UC Berkeley these days. Instead, he writes adventure and fantasy fiction, short stories, and poetry for people with a sense of adventure (or a sense of humor). He has a day job as an executive in Corporate Social Responsibility, running a huge corporate volunteer program and the nation's largest employee charitable giving campaign. In his ca ...more

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