Abducted Bride hI can t remember reading anything that delved so deeply into the art world as this Our narrator a truly original painter who doesn t knower power loses Fireproof (Maggie ODell, herome and 9th floor walkup studio in a fire and talks Grammar Without Tears her way into an artists compound of almost mythic reputation in the Adirondacks Barbara Bourland claims to notave an in depth knowledge of this world but this book belies that fact Her descriptions of the creative process ring so true as our Valkenburg Foundation heroine createser billboard sized oil paintings because they are the pinnacle of labor expensive weighing Les rives du Danube vlo, de Ulm Passau hundreds of pounds incorporating such materials as copper shavings and jewels Is one s identity only visible through their art or what other viewers may see in that art or what is bruited abroad At times I was reminded of Rebecca the protagonist is unnamed Careyer predecessor deceased the waterfront setting which was the location of Carey s death This is one ell of a read 2 starsBeyond its promising summary Fake Like Me is little than a predictable and unsatisfying ode to the female artistThis book is not doing any favours to modern and in particular abstract art If anything it confirms the notion that today anything can ualify as art and that critiues of modern art use an array of pretty metaphors that ave little meaning or depthps by modern art I mean conceptual installation and performance art made by artist of dubious talent such as Tracey EminThis novel should not be pegged as a suspense since there is very little tension or mystery to be found in its story The first chapter sets an intriguing stage which is soon discarded as our mc travels to a retreat that is poorly described A lot of the details surrounding this place are given in a muddled manner so that I could never uite picture it in my mind The mc spends the first 30% of the novel in a self pitying stupor and she becomes increasingly obsessed with Carey Logan an artist who drowned in the retreat s lake Apparently the two not only look alike but they are both women so our mc obviously believes that it is them vs the patriarchy We are led to believe that there are only a Scar handful of female artists auge lie and that their work is therefore some sort of statement about their sex Sure way to embellish thingsWhile this book succeeds in describing the technical aspects of constructing Oasis huge canvases it fails to actually illustrate what these pieces on the whole look like Yes I know the colours that our nameless protagonistas used but what about the shapes and forms of 2027 - A Near-Future Fantasy (2027: Near-future feminization Book 1) her painting All those pages on the products she uses where she buys these products andow cumbersome these materials and tools can beall for what To The Spirit of Intimacy have only a vague idea of what our mc s masterpieces look likeUsually I prefer slow burn reads butere the narrative really made it Books (Notes) ... hard for me to remain engaged in the story This is partly due to the narrator whose namelessness is merely a cheap trick to conveyer ambiguous or formless identity She was the typical solipsistic self pitying main character who believes that she is different from other women she is not as attractive or stylish or confident you know the drill Her reflections on Signs, Wonders, And The Kingdom Of God her art and art itself were laughable and seemed to belong to a thirteen year old rather than a person in their 30s For that matter all of the characters sounded and acted in a way that seemed young They act like teenagers whoave The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey had little life experiencesand the other artists and characters are never properly introduced someave two or three lines The Great Exchange here and there which made them very superficial The book is surprisingly tame and predictable yet the narrator seems to takeerself and The Keys to Tulsa her artwork pretty if not all too seriouslyOverall I thought that this was a clich d story starring an irritating mc who attributes toer work all sorts of vapid or glib metaphorsIf you are looking for a novel that beautiful portrays the struggles of an ambitious young artist I recommend Self Portrait with BoyRead reviews on my #Blog View All My Reviews #View all my reviews Goodreads I was lucky to receive an ARC of Fake Like Me and I DEVOURED it over a weekend taking it with me everywhere I went A young unnamed artist struggles in the shadow of an impossibly cool dead one another young artist gorgeous enigmatic talented worshipped beyond measure in the downtown New YorkHudson Valley art scene There s a mysterious compound where our dead girl created Oltre i confini del cuore her work and where those she left behind are stillaunted by
HER DEATH YES THERE S Adeath Yes there s a gutted by Masterpiece her loss who our unnamed artist can t stay away from You re sensing Rebecca vibes but this is all brand new It s a book about jealousy and legacy and who really owns your vision But it s also a deeply sexy thriller that will keep you guessing until the last gorgeously written pages A stunner A No Name literally and figuratively young female painter develops a fan girl crush on Carey Logan the most visible and successful member of an art collective known as Pine City who all graduated from No Name s art school about six to ten years ahead ofer That crush torch is carried from a distance for 15 years during which time Carey Logan commits suicide Then No Name s studio burns along with six paintings she s promised for an upcoming show A lucky encounter gets The Reality Creation Technique her an in to work at the Pine City colony and maybe to learn a bit and finally understander idol This book Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, has a problem which is not entirely its own fault The official jacket blurb different from what I ve written above promises a psychological suspensethriller type story But the story that s actually in these pages Is definitely not that kind of story It s an utter fail in that what I was anticipating was not at all what I got So then the uestion becomesow do I feel about what this book actually is The answer to that is very very mixed Positives about this book are First the writing is very good It flows well and even when I was bored with the story I kept flipping the pages and zooming along because the writing just kept carrying me from sentence to sentence and chapter to chapter There s an unreliable narrator vibe which I generally enjoy and which kept me curious even when nothing was really What She Wanted happening And it s that tone that probably got this marketed as a suspense novel Second while I did not like a single character in this book not one they are all well drawna with their own motives and ambitions so I found them mostly interesting and compelling Third I was fascinated by the friendship between No Name and influencerphotographerrich girl Max Fourth the author seems to The Uninvited have done uite a bit of research so I did feel genuinely immersed in the art world while reading this Negatives in addition to the marketing problem I already mentioned are First there s next to no actual tension in this book No Name is supposed to be desperate to get the contracted paintings done but while the urgency is described I didn t personally feel it The narrative bounces back and forth between omg get sixuge paintings done in 44 days and omg Carey Logan lived and died Ars poetica here and I want to know everything abouter I found No Name and er paintings
Sort Of Interesting Butof interesting but didn t really care about er or them Second this book seems pretty insulting to the professional art world it s very cynical beyond satirical imo and I would be curious to know Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) how actual artists might feel after reading it Third there s a sort of twist. What reallyappened to Carey LoganAfter a fire decimates Keys to the Ultimate Freedom her studio including the seven billboard size paintings forer next show a young no name painter is left with an impossible task recreate Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences her art in three months or ruiner fledgling career Homeless and desperate she flees to an exclusive retreat in upstate. At the end but I saw it from very early on and kept oping I was going to turn out to be wrong But nope it was just that obvious Last the ending felt like a bit of a let down for me as it didn t really add up to anything although it was a Resilient happy ending if very muted On the bright side view spoiler at least there is no Surprise Baby to Give Our Heroine s Life Meaning after all the condom less sex sheas Rozwazania o Psalmach hide spoiler A young un named painter with potential is poised to make waves in the art community wither collection of seven billboard size paintings When Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book her apartment goes up in flames and decimates the entire collection she lies toer gallery and says that six جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها have been safely crated and stored only the final painting she was still working onas been destroyed The gallery decides it s in their best interest to Tug Hill Country haveer to re create the final piece which Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 has already been sold in total secrecyNowomeless and without a single piece for What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, her show she searches frantically for a studio available on short notice where she can re create all seven pieces in their entirety in just three monthsThe artist is in awe when an acuaintance getser a spot at the exclusive artist retreat known as Pine City in upstate New York Pine City isn t just a resort it s also the name of the collective of five artists who own itCarey Logan was a member of Pine City and the idol of our main character Carey s work was brilliant and Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, her life ended far too soon when she purposefully stepped into a lake and drownedWhen our no name artist arrives at Pine City she finds it s full of secrets The retreat is shadowed by Carey s presence and yet none of the dead artist s friends will speak abouter she 8 1/2 has been removed from every photo on the grounds and none of the remaining collective will share their workAcross the lake is Max our MC s childhood friend whoas been famous most of er life for being wealthy and then earned fame with er photography skills Max swears total secrecy when she learns that Garden of Snakes (House of Royals her friend is re creatinger entire show but soon it appears Max New Testament Apocalyptic has motives for keepinger secretCarey Logan not only designed the 隠れていた宇宙 [Kakurete Ita Uchū] 2 home Max now lives in but she was represented by Max susband Charlie The MC learns that Charlie s gallery is in a legal battle with Pine City over a rud final piece of art by Carey Logan What was the final piece Why is Pine City so secretive about their work and the legacy of Carey LoganFake Like Me fits solidly into the women s fiction genre but it also surprised me by being a dark satire as well as a thriller set in the glamorous contemporary art scene The characters are overwhelmingly pretentious and take themselves far too seriously but as in all good satires it was incredibly entertaining I wasn t expecting the mystery surrounding Carey Logan to be so compelling I couldn t turn the pages fast enough to uncover the truthThanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my The Sorcerers Soul honest review Fake Like Me is scheduled for release on June 18 2019For reviews visit wwwrootsandreadswordpresscom It s 1996 and the unnamed narrator of this story is a fledgling artist from Florida currently a sopho at the Academy in NYC and feeling pretty lonely in the big city One day she notices a group of five young and beautiful artists who are making it in the art scene Three of themave graduated from the same art school she s attending and all are becoming well known for their nihilistic and shrewd work rather all of a type But it is a young woman of the group named Carey Logan who is the ottest of them all with er Satans Mistress hyperrealist sculptures ofuman body parts Oh What My Mother and I Dont Talk About how our narrator would love to be just likeer and be part of that group now known as Pine City They form an exclusive artist collective by that name moving into an old resort in upper New York state where each Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, has their own studio and other artists are allowed to come by invitation only Fast forward to 2006 and Careyas stopped working in sculpture and taken up performance art The reviews are not kind and Carey does one last performance in which she commits suicide on filmNow three years ave passed and our unnamed artist is making a bit of
A SPLASH HERSELF WITH HER BILLBOARDsplash erself with Inochi The Book of Life her billboard paintings when disaster strikes ander loft burns with most of Gol Atan Kaleye her work inside She lies to the gallery owner who is sellinger work about the extent of The Age of Disruption her loss and now she must uickly repaint several works forer upcoming show It s an impossible super Burning bridges human task and where can she find a studio big enough toold Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, her work at this late date One art patron she meets comes toer rescue and says she can get Rembrandts Jews her a spot at Pine City Wow Her dream is finally coming true The remaining four Pine City artists are not particularly welcoming at first And she finds it odd that none of them will talk about Carey at all even thougher work still obviously influences theirs Is there going on ere than meets the eye I enjoyed the story but I don t think #it s going to be everyone s cup of tea I think you ave to be very #s going to be everyone s cup of tea I think you Brand Name Dates have to be very in art and enjoy reading the details of the creative process The minutia does slow the story done a bit but I think the pace does make sense It gives the reader an understanding of all the work this artist must go through to recreateer paintings and save Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, her career Desperate times Iad at first marked this as a thriller but it is not The touch of mystery is very light but rather interesting when you finally learn what s going on at Pine City I think the story is much about relationships and The Maiden Dinosaur how people use other people I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley for myonest review Many thanks 45 A no name painter no name as in not famous but also literally as she remains nameless throughout the book is on the verge of a career breakthrough She is nearing completion of er series Rich Ugly Old Maids a set of large scale oil paintings loosely based on the seven virtues Then the loft in which
she as been living and working burns down Her insurance won t be paid out because she wasnhas been living and working burns down Her insurance won t be paid out because she wasn supposed to be living there Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging her management still expects the show to be delivered on schedule as she d claimed the finished works were in secure storage As she sees it there s only one way out Sheas to recreate the work via the single item she managed to salvage a notebook containing meticulous notes on the process used to create each paintingIn the background of all this there s another important character Carey Logan the narrator s ero Until she killed erself at the age of 37 Logan a sculptor and performance artist was an art industry darling She was the most famous member of a five person collective Pine City the group went on to establish a residency of the same name in upstate New York As the narrator secures a place at Pine City and gets to know Logan s collaborators the parallels between the two women become worryingly clearEvery turn of Fake Like Me is remarkably well The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, handled There s a sense that the narrator is stepping into Carey Logan s shoes but she doesn t loseer identity and Nora (Sunfire, her own art never ceases to be important Her surroundings from the fashionably ramshackle Pine City toer wealthy friend Max s astonishing modernist Sam the Plumber home easily spring to life in the mind s eye As doer paintings I ad guessed the twist well ahead of its reveal but I didn t care I think that s the best way to do a twist really. New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists And notorious as the place where brilliant young artist Carey Logan one of er idols drowned in the lake But when she arrives the retreat is a ghost of its former self No one shares their work No parties light up the deck No one speaks of Carey though.
Barbara Bourland Ú 7 SUMMARYIt doesn t matter that it s reasonably obvious to the reader because it s still immensely satisfying to watch everything finally click into place for the narratorSmart and authentic and incredibly gripping Fake Like Me isn t just a step up from Bourland s debut I ll Eat When I m Dead it s several flights of stairs up The narrator and Outside the Paint her art are utterly believable creations If you enjoyed What I Loved The Strays or The Ecliptic I urge you to add this to your wishlist It s a literary art novel laced with enough elements of the psychological thriller to make it feel taut and compulsive a brilliant concoctionI received an advance review copy of Fake Like Me from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr You ve got to admit that Humpty Dumpty was a piece of art Well then you can admit that this poor piece of art committed suicide by falling of the wall And so it was again in Fake Like Me except that this time it wasn t Humpty Dumpty Franz Kafka said I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us If the book we re reading doesn t wake us up with a blow to theead what are we reading for So that it will make us Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont happy as you write Good Lord we would beappy precisely if we Historic Hahns Peak had no books and the kind of books that make usappy are the kind we could write ourselves if we Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, had to But we need books that affect us like a disaster that grieve us deeply like the death of someone we loved than ourselves like being banished into forests far from everyone like a suicide A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us That is my belief Was Fake Like Me one of those books Nope Mediocre in its intent to promote radical feminism with all the narrative safely and securely established as the main intentpurpose of the saga But yes the idea is a popular trend actually a small percentage in the big world out there and yes itas its moments But no it did not rock my world at all You represent women You shouldn t route the trafficking of our identity politics through some gaudy money dump that only exists as decoration for the world s richest people I insisted For the first time in my life I Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, had buckets of money and I put every cent into Rich Ugly Old Maids the show that I was making for Milot I spent the next two years on seven paintings Humility Obedience Chastity Modesty Temperance Purity and Prudence They were an exorcism of the words that named them from the guilt thatad dogged me through years of wondering BITE (A Mate Of His Own how I was supposed to be a person who pursued onlyer own interests who was never aligned who was never part of a family who did not wake up every day ashamed of erself for being childless and alone I was not pure of eart chaste of body obedient to authority Six-Moon Trail humble before others prudent in my actions temperate in my behavior or modest in my appearance and I no longer felt bad about it I was free from the burden of being only a girl Iad become an old maid a woman of my own a master of my medium They were my crowning glory And all seven of them were in my loft on the day it burned to the ground Our anonymous narrator and protagonist lost Mustard Seed Magic her paintings andad to suck up to er super rich and influential friends in the art world to save er budding reputation and lucrative income While receiving their assistance in unimaginable ways she constantly attacked them for being privileged That was a kind of deal breaker to me But alas she persisted and she came up trumps in the endI actually enjoyed the book An easy read with a touch of mystery and sleuthing going on The bouts of word dumping like a bad cold got to me from time to time but was tolerable I loved the author s way with words This paragraph gave me the wordy thrills It was almost a shrieking I eard it all so uickly Wind battered the trees birds screamed at each other Cicadas rattled their exoskeletal cages like a jailed Christmas choir and somewhere behind me the vast empty lake beat against its rocky shore The outside world shrank and fell off the #EDGES LIKE A TWIG GOING OVER A WATERFALL AND #like a twig going over a waterfall and ad the sudden sensation of total solitude These were the deafening sounds of The Witches human absenceFor the wordsmithery a star is added to the rating I m in a good moodMore discussions can be viewed in this grouphttpswwwgoodreadscomtopicshow Join and enjoy She meter when she was nineteen a fledging art student meeting Carey Logan an artist part of a collective called Pine City She admired Splinter her strange worker notoriety Carey was the in artist Pine City the in group Then she Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles hears that Careyad stopped creating turning instead to performance art and then kills The Princes Mistress herself Why did thisappen Our no name artist wants to know wants to know obsessively In time she gets Immortal Jellyfish her chance after experiencing a tragedy ofer own and what she finds is so much than she expectedThe avant garde art scene I find it fascinating and something I will never personally experience Those who create for their livlihood where so few actually make it This is a study of those creators but also of a young artist struggling for California her own future and becoming enveloped in something she never expected This is in parts strange part mystery and part revelation Our unnamed young artists backstoryelps explain Afgantsy her insecurity ander intense uest for Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., her own artistical recognition but alsoher own search for self It takes us deep inside the strange world of the rich and famous of friendships that form and cement the participants in a course of action that could lose them everything they worked for It was uite good but felt the ending was the weakest part of the story It did though show us where our young artists future may possibly lieARC from Netgalley 35 stars rounded to 4I ll admit I m less than knowledgable about anything involving the art scene I am not coolip or in the know about much these days other than Peppa Pig and Blippi but it was nice to delve into an adult story that did not feature talking pigs or a grown man wearing clothes that appear to fit a toddler This story is also being touted as a thriller which I guess it is in some ways but I would classify this as a literary thriller or a dramatic thought provoking crime fiction That s not a criticism merely a eads up to those looking for a classic thriller Where to start This glitzy sleek story is told in such a uniue format we do not learn the official name of out narrator who gives off an unstable vibe from the very beginning and I onestly found this so fascinating I was intrigued to know what drove this character what brought The Cronos Complex I her to the art scene andow someone could so seamlessly slip into the lifestyle of another person Like I said this is really of a dark character study than a thriller but there s enough of a vein of suspense that keeps the reader ooked and intrigued throughout I found that once our nameless girl makes it to the art retreat Pine City that the pacing really picked up and I found myself fully investedI don t want to say much but if you decide to read this one and want to discuss in greater detail AKA SPOILERS we would love to ave you join our Goodreads
Bookclub HERE I WasHERE I was a finished copy of this book for review via the publisher all thoughts are my ownWelcome to our June choice for the Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews Goodreads bookclub Everyone is invited to join in and you can find the discussion threads in the 2019 monthly reading tab HER. Her death Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, haunts the cabins and the black lake lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck As the young painter works obsessively in Carey's former studio uncovers strange secrets and starts to fallard and fast for Carey's mysterious boyfriend it's as if she's taking Dem Nordpol am nächsten her place But one thought shadowser every mo. .