Summary (from Goodreads):
“Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.
The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.
Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.”
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I think this is one of those novels where, if a different author wrote it, it would be an absolute train wreck. This idea is so completely out there that it could easily have become ridiculous. Not surprisingly, Daisy Whitney handles this with a deft hand and makes it so believable and wonderful.
In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Midnight in Paris. It’s a completely outlandish concept, but you almost immediately start to believe that it’s possible and actually happening. (And seriously, if things like this were to happen, wouldn’t they happen in Paris?)
This book is a huge departure from Daisy Whitney’s other three books in terms of plot (her others are straight contemporary, no hint of the paranormal in them) but does have the great writing (in terms of plot, characterization and dialogue) that I’ve come to expect from her. Except now I have read all of her available books and there aren’t any more. This is very sad. If you haven’t read Daisy Whitney before, this would be a good one to start with, especially if you like paranormal fiction.