The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein (Review)

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*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: 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.

Genres: Mystery 

My thoughts: 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 in order to find out what they both are really up to. And just when you think one sister is the one telling the truth, you may be completely wrong which really kept me on the edge of my seat as I read this book. 

The story constantly unfolded and brought in more drama and secrets as the chapters progressed. One of my most favorite aspects of the book was how distinct the two voices were. Usually dual POV novels make you feel as though both characters think and speak in the same way, but not with Aster and Ivy. Both of them have unique voices and opinions but are both just as devious as the other in the end. I also really loved how complex and interesting each round in the art competition was and how Ivy had to figure out how to win each round. It really captured my attention and made me root for Ivy to win. 
All in all, this was such a different story concept that I’ve never encountered before and I am glad to have been able to read it. Both sisters were compelling and unfurled their history as the story progressed in a way that kept me guessing to how this book was going to wrap up. It was such a quick and mysterious read and I’d highly recommend it for lovers of reality shows and mystery readers as well. 

Book Info: Goodreads | Amazon 

*POV= Point of view

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