I received this book through Rachel E. Carter’s Reader Group on Goodreads as part of the Read & Review group. I got it in exchange for an honest review. I’m thanking Rachel E. Carter and Olivia Wildenstein for granting me the opportunity and providing me with the copy of this book.
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 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 mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad.
Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It’s the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.
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About the book:
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Book length: 348 pages
Published: April 15, 2016
Series: Masterful #1
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 quills
Started reading: April 9
Finished reading: April 11
“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.“
What did I think about the book?
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 sister survive the show from behind bars, the other is playing to win and to get the mystery around her sister’s accusations resolved.
A really strong plot and a fast-paced story. These are two factors I find very important. It was written in a way you can’t stop reading. I love how Olivia switched between sisters each chapter. It gives you two sides of one moment, but also insight in two very different lives.
I really liked the insight in a women’s prison. Not all are like Orange is the New Black, but this had a feeling like it. That makes the story more likeable I think. I love OITNB and it has a lot of drama, action and humour. Just like in the prison in this book, dirty guards, a warden who has his own secrets and the lesbian effect from women locked up with each other. I’ve never had any problem with the LGBT, my aunt is married to a woman and it’s so normal for me. But I like the realism of women being locked up together for a long time. It’s also seen in men’s prisons. I believe it to be nature calling, we all have our need and in desperate times…..
I never expected this kind of competition. It was amazing!! We need a show like that in real life. The diversity in challenges and competitors. The drama and the danger.. It sparked my love for mystery and intrigue =]
All in all it was a really good story, and I’m curious for the sequel!!
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