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When the perfect plan goes perfectly wrong.The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with the two people closest to him, 19-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd.That is...until Aster is accused of killing the mob runner. Then discussing it becomes the least of his worries.Desperate to exonerate the girl he loves, JoshuWhen the perfect plan goes perfectly wrong.The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with the two people closest to him, 19-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd.That is...until Aster is accused of killing the mob runner. Then discussing it becomes the least of his worries.Desperate to exonerate the girl he loves, Joshua dives into Indianapolis's dark underbelly, and uncovers a string of crimes and lies that leads him straight to the Masterpiecers's art show.Straight to Ivy...From a USA TODAY bestselling author comes a story about flawed love, dangerous friendships, and the indelible bond of sisterhood."Every character is true to life, each with their own outlook, desires, needs and drawbacks, and Olivia Wildenstein is masterful at weaving the web that holds all of this together — highly recommended." - 5-star review by Readers' Favorite...

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  • Hanne
    2019-03-01 02:56

    After the ending of The Masterpiecers, I’ve been dying to read this book. I loved this book more than the previous book. So good! If you have liked The Masterpiecers, you need to read this book! I went in blind and the first surprise was that the book isn’t told from the Redd sisters’ (Ivy and Aster) pov, but from Brook and Josh’s pov.Brook is part of the tv show ‘The Masterpiecers’. I remember that while reading The Masterpiecers, I was constantly wondering if Brook was a bad guy or not. He showed his good side, but then it usually didn’t take long before he did something stupid or weird. I was happy that I got his story in this book and I wanted to know him better. I want to say so much about Brook, but it don’t want to spoil anything and I want you to find out if he’s really bad or not.Josh is Aster’s ex. He still cares about the Redd sisters and would do anything for them. He visits Aster every day and he supports Ivy’s dream of being an artist. I already loved him in The Masterpiecers and I still love him after this book.If you’re looking for a very romantic and steamy book, than this is not your book. I didn’t miss the romance, because the story is really good and there were enough twists and turns that made me wanting to know everything. The Masterminds is unique, poignant, emotional and suspenseful. Like it said before, I went in blind and you should too. I’m not going to say anything about the plot, because the timeline is pretty much the same as The Masterpiecers. There was also a little bit about what happened before the show started and after the show ended. I loved the last chapter, but I do hope that the author decides to write a little more about them.I listened to the audiobook of this book. It was my first experience with audiobooks and it was a success! I already look forward to listening to more books. I loved the narration. There was only one voice for Brook and Josh. The narrator used accents and emotions. His voice was a little softer when Ivy or Aster talked. I was never distracted while listening. I enjoyed every minute of the more than 8 hours listening time.-- My honest review is based on an audiobook provided by the author. --

  • Carrie
    2019-03-15 05:29

    Joshua Cooper has been in the middle of a investigation of a mob runner that is coming dangerously close to two of his best friends, Ivy and Astor Redd. The two girls are twins who have both in their own ways become involved in Joshua's investigation, Ivy had sold a quilt to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot. Meanwhile, Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition that Ivy was accepted as a contestant. Brook has done his share of questionable activities but now he wants to prove himself to Ivy and clear his name so he cuts a deal with Joshua. Now it's Joshua's job to prove the real thieves and help the twins. The Masterminds is the second book in the Masterful series by Olivia Wildenstein. This book starts off before the events in the first book, then through what was going on and then expands past the end of that story all while switching the POVs that the story is told from the twins in the first book to Joshua and Brooke in this installment. I'd recently read another series that did something similar to this one and with each of these series I have had my moments of doubt when I think why reread things I had already read. But again the author has proven me wrong in thinking I'm going to get the same story when it truth this felt a lot like reading a completely different book with the change of angle and story focus. Great job making something new and compelling while refreshing the story from before and continuing it onward with this installment. Overall, this was a great series whether reading both books or just one or the other of them, both stories had their own feel and took on a life of their own after switching characters which I was very impressed with and again had the pages turning reading to see what would happen in the end. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Carlene Inspired
    2019-03-12 07:34

    4.5 StarsARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley. Josh Cooper is involved in an investigation that tests his moral lines, he wishes he could share it with the twins, Ivy and Astrid, but the worry of him chasing a known mobster would only be more on top of their already full plates. He's determined to catch the bad guy, even more so when the mobster's death starts to tie back to the twins and the reality TV show one of them is participating in. He'll do anything to disprove the crime, breaking every rule he swore he'd follow when he became an officer of the law. Brook Jackson is a judge on The Masterpiecers, a reality TV show dedicated to the competitive art world and the school he is an alumnae of. While he shines like wealth his family is slowly falling to ruins and he'd do anything to save them from the shame of poverty, even so far as to commit crimes for his friends that have connections to the mob. But the crimes are painting the beautiful Ivy Redd into a poor light and are causing harsh issues for her sister behind bars. He's willing to take the fall to save Ivy and her sister, but they may all fall when his friends turn on him too.We are getting somewhere, but it's not anywhere I want to get to if the twins are truly, knowingly involved.The Masterminds is the second book in The Mastersful series by Olivia Wildenstein. While book one was told from the POV of the twin sisters, Ivy and Astrid, The Masterminds is told from the alternating POVs of two important men in their lives. Josh has been in the girl's lives forever, he's more than a friend, he's family, and he's a cop determined to prove the media wrong about them. Brook should be little more than a judge on The Masterpiecers reality TV competition, but he only has eyes for Ivy and his knowledge of certain crimes is shocking. Like the previous novel, Olivia Wildenstein knows how to shock readers with twists and turns. Every character's tie to another character or event surprised me and mixed in with the mystery is dedication, obsession, and romance. Her mouth curves with a smile that takes my breath away. If only that smile was for me. At least, it's not for my brother.I was wary of reading the same story from The Masterpiecers again with a new POV especially after reading the very revealing summary, but it was so good; entertaining and gripping even more so than the previous novel was. It felt like a different book, because the perspectives were so drastically different. It also gives the reader a perspective on motive, an angle readers don't think of when they side with only one half of the story. The situations were filled with action, with a different type of fear, and a different reason to push for the innocence of the sisters. It makes the reader question the crimes and to reevaluate everything one took from the previous novel. I found The Masterminds to be a gripping novel with a plot that was so much more than just a repeat of the series' previous release, The Masterpiecers. The story is compelling and the suspense will keep readers turning the page waiting to find out what could happen next. I am a huge fan of The Masterful series and I absolutely recommend it to readers looking for a tale filled with deceit, mystery, and even romance.

  • Selina
    2019-03-20 04:41

    I can't decide whether I hated or loved this. Definitely not in a bad way though. The ending left me torn but the story was just so intriguing. Once again we are walked through the events of the first book but only this time it's through Josh's and Brook's POV. Even though personally, I'm not a fan of multiple POVs.It was refreshing to be in Brook's mind and be able to know what he was thinking throughout the show. His interaction with Ivy and what he thought of her during those interactions. It was heartbreaking frankly. It was sad. But it was also lovely. I was rooting for him the entire time. Heck I was rooting for him back when I was reading Ivy and Aster's POV in the first book. This book does shine light on some of the mysteries of the first book and helps delve deeper into the same connected story. However, it's not until the last few chapters that we get a glimpse as to what happens after the events of the first book. I came in thinking this was going to be a direct sequel but it was more of the events from the first book but from Josh's and Brook's POV. And then the last few chapters were the sequel aspect of the story. Josh. Oh Josh. Talk about heartbreak. It was so fun to see just how much Josh cared about the twins. Everything that he did revolved around them and he always put them ahead of anyone else including himself. He was constantly putting himself into dangerous situations in order to protect the twins as best he could. He put them ahead of his love life (view spoiler)[which is fine by me because secretly I've been rooting for him to get back together with Aster (hide spoiler)]. But more than anything, I wanted Josh to be happy. I was so invested in his character. Overall, it was a fun and fairly fast read. Easy to get into and once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for the third installment.

  • Angela Sanders
    2019-03-11 04:45

    What an amazing series!After reading Masterkey in the Murder and Mayhem boxed set, I was so enthralled by the first book, that I purchased the second, then found the third on Kindle Unlimited. This one took me through the ringer - they all did! An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless with anticipation. It's action-packed, full of suspense, and it pulls at your heart strings.The characters are well fleshed out. The series is simply fantastic! I was hooked from book one. Highly recommended, five-star must-read! Definitely going on my "to read again" list. I can't wait for the release of book 4!

  • Simon Leonard
    2019-03-18 04:36

    really captivating read. started it Friday morning and didn't want to put it down. I haven't read the first in the series yet but this book works very well as a stand alone novel so would recommend it to everyone whether you have read the first book or not. it took me a couple of chapters to get into it as each chapter is written from a different person's perspective but once I got over that the many twists and turns kept me interested in all the main characters all the way through and I wanted to know what would happen to them as I was reading. I would definitely recommend it to everyone and will be reading the first book in the series next.

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-03-25 04:41

    Masterminds By Olivia Wildenstein is a natural read. The only downside to Joshua cooper's investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friend’s nineteen-year-old twins, aster and ivy redd. Absolutely fantastic series. Loved it. Full of twists and plots. Great story and great characters. Highly recommended. 5*. Thanks to tbc and the author for the arc.

  • Olivia Wildenstein
    2019-03-12 06:52

    A tale of imperfect people and imperfect love.

  • Veracious Reads
    2019-03-05 01:38

    Certified-fresh, gripping and mind-blowing.The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein has blown me away.Before I write about anything else, I’d like to rave about my experience while reading The Masterminds.This novel is fine and prime example of how one book can be more powerful than reading a dragged-out story in parts (read series) and the painful time every reader dreads to kill while waiting for the next installment. I have nothing against series, but when something as dominant as The Masterminds comes along the way, I believe I’m converted; and I haven’t even read the first book, yet.The Masterminds is told from the perspective of Brook and Josh.Josh is trying to nail the Discoli family down which leads him to Brook, who fronts as a judge of a famous competition while behind the scenes, he is doing things he’s not supposed to. Both of them are trying to save who they love the most. Ivy and Aster, the twins from the first novel are tangled in this mess and the story moves forward with a pace that had me biting my nails till I didn't have any left.Olivia Wildenstein is a fine craftswoman of words. She weaved a story so gripping and profoundly moving, giving each and every character a powerful motive to make The Masterminds whole. What surprised me even more is how she didn’t use detailed sex scenes as a common literary device I’ve come across these days that many authors use to shove the plot forward and stretch the words count to a painful extent. She knows which genre she’s writing for and how to present it well. Her writing is simple because the complexities lie in her characters and the dense plot. She is a true mastermind in devising crisp sentences that don’t come across robotic.In addition to this, I liked that Olivia Wildenstein didn’t overdo the descriptions of settings and places because I tend to skip those paragraphs altogether. I hate reading about the color of the drapes and the cracks on the wall unless it's coming from Agatha Christie. Do you catch my drift? Descriptions can be poetic, but can also ruin the story if the writing is sloppy. That's where some readers like me struggle to connect with the characters. I agree, some of the readers might disagree with me on this. But, give The Masterminds a chance and see for yourself how clever Olivia Wildenstein’s writing actually is. Even without the flowery descriptions, I could relate to the characters, their stories, fears and insecurities.I also appreciate her writing more because every time I tried guessing the mystery of the missing diamonds, I was proved wrong. I loved the fact how Olivia Wildenstein didn’t describe Diana’s physical attributes at first when she talks to Brook and carefully unwraps her in another scene in the future when I kept racking my head wondering who is Josh describing, using her physical attributes. The way this author created doubt in my mind in every chapter and scene was spectacular.The ending was gut-wrenching and I did not see that coming. Olivia Wildenstein, you knocked the wind out of me using a sledgehammer.How could you?Although, I do believe it was not easy for you to write it as well. Maybe that’s why the chapter was short and a tough one. I went back to reading it twice before I could grasp what happened and what I read was actually what it meant.Before I forget, here are my favorite quotes from the book:Unfortunately, I’ve learned that sometimes you’ll love people who won’t love you back, and there’s nothing you can do about it.&My other half.My sweeter half.My shattered half. & one more….To me, Ivy and Aster are two parts of the same person. In the womb, a person’s right arm doesn’t grow sooner than the left. I’m a fan and am looking forward to read more of Olivia Wildenstein’s works of art.

  • Taylor O'Gorman
    2019-03-12 02:49

    I really love this book series! This prequel gives you insight on the other story of what really happened or from point of views different from the first book! While reading The Masterpiecers I had opinions of these characters that I thought were bad but reading Masterminds you get to understand and see what these characters had gone through and started to like them. You see the back story and understand it more as a whole. I just love this author's style of writing! This book was fantastic and kept me on the edge of seat with twists and turns just like The Masterpiecers!!! I recommend reading this series!! It's very exciting and can't wait to see what this author comes up with next!!

  • Suzan
    2019-03-25 07:52

    Once again Olivia Wildenstein has written with a unique style. In The Masterpiece Olivia has written the story from Ivy and Aster's point of view in this book it is the same story line but from Joshua and Brook's view point. I would recommend you read these two book back to back as I found myself doing a little trying to remember things. Nicholas Barta does a wonderful job again of narrating this book.

  • Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
    2019-03-08 00:28

    **** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a hard sell. We already know what happens in Masterpiecers. I worried it would be the same story, but from a different angle. This was not the case. The author does a wonderful job of giving different perspectives without repetition.Told from the dual perspectives of Josh and Brook: one hero and one villain. Issues of family bonds and friendship, and at times, rivalry are portrayed in this work. Joshua is the childhood friend of Ivy and Aster Redd, the twins at the heart of this story and central to the mystery of a crime. He was also the lover of Aster Redd until her illness came between them. Aster is key to solving the mystery to clear the Redd Twin’s names.Loyal and protective, Josh tries to balance his job, his friendship with the twins, and his new love life. He goes above and beyond, but this causes untold conflict in both his professional and personal life.Brook: The son of a prominent family who are now in decline he has found himself in a difficult situation that begins to unravel. Secrets, not to mention, an intense sibling rivalry with his brother, hang like a noose around his neck. Matters are complicated when his feelings for someone grow and the bonds of friendship begin to fray with possibly deadly results.The ending of this story shook me. I read it twice and felt a piece of my dead, cold heart break off.I highly recommend both The Masterminds and Masterpiecers. Both are good, but I’d say The Masterminds is better. Taut, quirky, funny in places and heartbreaking in others – pick this series up and give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Emma
    2019-03-20 04:45

    The Masterminds by Olivia Wilderstein.In the interests of duality and balance, this book was inevitable, this is the story of the menfolk first introduced in book one The Masterpiecers. Josh and Brook are seemingly adversaries as the truth of Brook's involvement in events that have left Aster in a coma and Ivy looking over her shoulder indefinitely for the mobsters who seek to kill both sisters over the loss of some valuable diamonds and their knowledge that will leave all of the guilty incarcerated .Josh as desperate loyal man, a true childhood friend and confidante to both girls and his friendship is a constant and the driving force for the story.Meanwhile, Brook is the man brought low by his associations and his own brotherly jealousy. His pseudo fraternal bond with some dubious characters leave him in despair as his love for Ivy is sullied and he is wracked with guilt whilst still savouring every moment he has in her presence despite the pain and discomfort of that guilt.Again the story here is taut and well plotted and again we delve deeply into what galvanises and catalyses us despite the darkness it might stem from. Jealousies, trust issues and love itself. Again this book does not come to what one might call the "expected " conclusion but despite it's unpredictable nature it is satisfying and brings the stories of Aster Brook, Ivy and Josh to a close with excitement, sadness and a bit of a pang that our association has come to an end.I highly recommend this book, but suggest both as a unit for a really enjoyable pairing. I will have no difficulty seeking out more books by the Author if this is the quality of her work.

  • Blagica
    2019-03-04 08:38

    The Masterminds is a Masterful read! 5 STARS all the way. Before I tell you what I loved I want to thank Olivia Wildenstein for my advanced copy. I loved THE MASTERPIECERS was amazing and so well-crafted that I couldn’t wait to see what came next. As in THE MASTERPIECERS this book is split into two POVs we get into the minds of Josh who I loved in the first book and Brook who I wanted to know more about so this was a perfect combination. Brook Jackson is one of the Judges for THE MASTERPIECERS, in my opinion he is a broken man looking for his missing piece. The way this story is constructed you are able to go through Ivy’s experience on the show through the eyes of Brook who is torn between wanting to get to know the perfection that is Ivy and not repeating history and upsetting his brother Chase yet again. Brook becomes the fall guy for money laundering plot that is the center of this story. You as a reader aren’t sure if you want to hug him or yell at him by the end of the story. Then you have to add to the equation Joshua Cooper. The cop the, the best friend and the good guy to Brook’s bad guy. I loved the bits and pieces of Josh’s life that show the way he interacts with everyone in his life. He is a sneaky cop that works his way back on the case against Brook. I love his creativity his smart-ass personality it makes the story so much more fun to read. All and all Ms. Wildenstein makes you fall in love with her characters. Makes you want to keep reading and most of all makes you smile because there’s enough romance in the story to make you cheer and smile. So if you are looking for a book to blow YOUR MIND this is the book for YOU.

  • Julie Smith
    2019-03-25 04:42

    The blurb:From prisons and reality TV to mansions and safe houses, THE MASTERMINDS revisits THE MASTERPIECERS and closes the twins’ story. It is a tale of imperfect love and imperfect people.The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells one of her quilts to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot, they become entangled in his investigation. The FBI even believes the twins could knowingly be involved with the mob. Joshua will do everything he can to disprove their suspicion and nail the true criminal.Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition. That is his official job; his unofficial job is running questionable errands against easy cash. But a ripped quilt and the girl who sewed it will make Brook’s life and heart spiral out of control.Accused of money laundering, Brook becomes the fall guy. After three weeks of imprisonment, he cuts a deal with Joshua: his freedom for the real felons and a meeting with Ivy. Although eager to clear his name, Brook wants to win Ivy’s forgiveness—and if she’s willing to give it to him—her love.Loved this book and glad I had read the first one before. Another 5* from me

  • Heather
    2019-03-01 03:43

    This book is prefaced by the quote “A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told”, which gives a clue to the following story.The Masterminds are a group of three very bright boys who were at college together, but then their lives head in different directions.It revisits the events in The Masterpiecers, but this time through the eyes of two male characters. They are Brook, one of the judges, and older brother of Chase, a contestant, and Josh, a police officer, and childhood friend of Aster and Ivy.Again, they narrate alternating chapters, and a very different view of all the events emerge, causing the reader to wonder who the hero is, and who the villain.I really enjoyed this book, the way it completely turned around my preconceptions, and showed the motivations of these two characters. Both were sympathetic, although I found Josh the nicer person.The end was a little sentimental, and I thought Aster and her problems had been side-lined in favour of Ivy’s storyStill I’d give it four stars.(This is the second of a pair of books, the first of which is The Masterpiecers, which need to be read in succession, to fully understand the story, but each can be read as a stand-alone.)Thanks to THE Book Club on Facebook (TBC on FB) for the opportunity to read this book.

  • Laura
    2019-02-23 04:34

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein is a thrilling and suspenseful read. It is a follow up to book one, The Masterpiecers. This book takes place at the same time as the first but from different points of view. Wow what an incredible read! I REALLY enjoyed this one. Reading this book answered a lot of my questions from the first one. You see another side to Brook, who was in the first book. I understand his actions a little more now. Then there’s Josh, who gave us a look into him and also more into Ivy and Aster. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Along with some twists and turns, it also brought out some emotions. I did some crying and my heart was hurting by the end.This was by far my favorite of the two. I give this 5 stars.*Review on behalf of Nerd Girl*

  • Jessica Nelson
    2019-03-09 03:38

    Full disclosure: I worked on this book as an editor. (That's why I left the stars out)The Masterminds is an enjoyable thriller, fast paced, and populated with interesting and fleshed out characters. I did not read the first book in the series, an alternate POV of roughly the same events, but that did not interfere with my understanding or enjoyment of the book. Things I liked most about the Masterminds: I love the premise of art-based reality TV, and now I'm wondering why someone hasn't done this already. I really enjoyed the two POV characters she chose - two males on opposite sides of an investigation, neither perfect. I also appreciated the different kinds of nuanced relationships in this book - I loved that about these characters. Friendships and romantic relationships are muddy in real life, and I thought she represented this well, and it made for a richer read.

  • Lexi
    2019-03-25 08:28

    This wasn't what I expected - I thought it would follow on from Book 1, but actually it tells the same story from the perspective of two other characters, Brook and Josh, neither of whom were particularly endearing in book one! Actually the story is well balanced between these two characters - my main complaint regarding book one was that I felt Ivy's story dominated and Aster was more of a sub plot. This is also a more straightforward crime narrative with many of the other aspects from book one (e.g. schizophrenia and the art competition itself) providing more of a general background.I received an advance review copy of this book through The Book Club.

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-16 02:36

    Blown away. If you liked Masterpiecers, you will love Masterminds. Told through two alternating male POV, the novel is a thrilling rollercoaster. It's one of those books that is simply "unputdownable" and kept me on the edge of my seat right until the last word. The pace is just right. The dialogue rings true. The tone is perfect. I simply can't say anything negative about it. I've just finished the book and my only worry is what on earth am I going to read next, because Masterminds will be a hard act to follow.

  • Theresa Hoelzel
    2019-02-25 07:36

    OutstandingWhat a great series these 2 books was outstanding what a great mystery story didn't ended perfect for all but that's what happens in the real world not all perfect tears at the end. But yet a good ending anyhow not just the way it would end 50 50 so to say

  • Tiffany Jones
    2019-03-22 01:56

    Joshua Cooper has been investigating a mob runner. The hardest part has been not being able to discuss his investigation with the two people he's closest to, Ivy and Aster Redd, as he tries to keep them safe by keeping them separate from this aspect of his life. That becomes impossible when Aster is accused of running down the mob runner with her car and killing him. When Ivy gets a spot in a televised art competition that gives her a chance at winning acceptance at the prestigious Masterpiecers school, Josh figures that, at least, Ivy will be out of harm's way. Little does he know that everything isn't what they seem in the competition or with its organizers. Now, Josh has to figure out how to keep Aster safe in prison and Ivy safe at The Masterpiecers, all while investigating his case and getting to the bottom of things. I was gifted a copy of The Masterminds, book 2 in the Masterful series, by Olivia Wildenstein, in exchange for an honest review and I'm so happy that I was! After reading book 1 in the series, I was dying to read the sequel. Now, in a way, this is as much a companion to the first book as it is a sequel because it gives a lot of the background leading up to the events of the competition. Also, while The Masterpiecers is written alternately from Aster's and Ivy's points of view, The Masterminds alternates between Josh's and Brook's perspectives. This also helps to gain a lot of information that you didn't get in book 1, so a lot of questions were answered. It also follows up with the events after the ending of book 1, which I had really been looking forward to reading about. I really enjoyed getting additional background information on the rest of the characters. I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 3.

  • Mihlean
    2019-03-14 01:49

    I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary reviewRating: 4 starsMind blowing and unique but a little boring at times. That's how I would describe The Masterminds, the sequel to The Masterpiecers. This second installment is written in the POVs of Brook and Josh, which was GREAT. I loved the different intake of the whole situation, of all the drama and I feel like this was the best choice Wildenstein could've made. Brook's POV was interesting because you could delve into his character. You were able to see how not everything is black-and-white. Brook Jackson is THE definition of a gray character, I think. Josh's POV was just the best, to be frank. It was amazing to read about and get to know his character more. I have to admit that I'm slightly biased though, because after Aster, Josh was my favourite character in The Masterpiecers.But I would also describe this sequel as a little boring because half the book is about the events in the first book. It's still interesting because it's being told in different POVs but I also got bored sometimes. The ending I did NOT expect and it's was mind blowing. A little unsatisfying in my opinion but realistic and solid. All in all, it was a great sequel but I have to say that The Masterpiecers will forever be my favourite.

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-02-23 02:52

    I struggle writing a review for this book. I didn't find out until I started the book that was nothing more than a different POV from the first book. I found it confusing at first because for the life of me I couldn't figure out who was who. While others found the story interesting I found it almost mundane and not what I expected at all. This book isn't a stand alone and others might recommend. The authors writing style caused this reader to have to reread sentences to make sure I was reading it correctly.I found several times the story to have moment where the twist was interesting but it wasn't something readers wouldn't be able to figure out The authors about the book was the quote at the beginning of the story. “A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told”Thank you to netgalley for the advance copy for my honest thoughts.

  • MichelleDriscoll
    2019-02-25 04:33

    This was even better than the first one in the series, I loved it!!Again this book is written from different points of view, but it wasn't confusing especially as I had read the first one. I think for this series it's possible to read this as a stand-alone, but it was easier to follow having read the first one. An exciting story with lots of twists.Highly recommended and 5 stars!

  • Elizabeth Mathis
    2019-03-09 02:37

    From prisons and reality TV to mansions and safe houses, THE MASTERMINDS revisits THE MASTERPIECERS and closes the twins’ story. It is a tale of imperfect love and imperfect people.The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells one of her quilts to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot, they become entangled in his investigation. The FBI even believes the twins could knowingly be involved with the mob. Joshua will do everything he can to disprove their suspicion and nail the true criminal.Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition. That is his official job; his unofficial job is running questionable errands against easy cash. But a ripped quilt and the girl who sewed it will make Brook’s life and heart spiral out of control.Accused of money laundering, Brook becomes the fall guy. After three weeks of imprisonment, he cuts a deal with Joshua: his freedom for the real felons and a meeting with Ivy. Although eager to clear his name, Brook wants to win Ivy’s forgiveness—and if she’s willing to give it to him—her love.Rating: 3/5 PenguinsQuick Reasons: I just couldn't get into this one; these characters felt a bit stiff; the action/adventure fell a bit flat; I appreciated seeing these characters from different perspectives; this took the original story and flipped it to show the OTHER side; the epilogue with Ivy's POV was awesomeHUGE thanks to Olivia Wildenstein for sending me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.The elevator doors open. For a second, I hold my breath, hoping she won't step out, wishing there existed a button on the elevator dashboard marked Elsewhere.But there is no magic button.And wishes don't come true.It's safe to say I didn't enjoy this companion novel nearly as much as I enjoyed the original. There's nothing inherently wrong with this book--I really appreciated that we were given the opportunity to step out of Ivy and Aster's minds and INTO the other side of the story. I LOVE that we were given the chance to see what was happening in Josh and Brook's lives while Ivy and Aster were struggling to stay alive. But... there was something I found lacking about this read.I think it comes down to the characters, in the end. While I appreciate being granted an insight into these two minds, I didn't feel nearly as connected to them as a reader. I felt like a lot of their interactions/reactions in this book were forced to fit the story line, instead of being allowed to flow naturally. They came off a bit like cardboard cutouts, to me personally--I just couldn't FEEL them, or believe them, as characters in this story. I kiss him before he can finish the word, hoping that if I seal the syllable between our lips, forever might happen...for once.The action/adventure also fell a bit flat for me, as these two characters weren't nearly as involved or as in danger as Ivy and Aster in the first book. It felt like these two were always the ones running to SAVE the girls instead of facing their own struggles and danger. Even Josh's relationship took a backseat; instead of being part of the story that could connect me to him better, he spent the majority of the book running away from/standing up his girlfriend. And I understand why--his job, and the girls, came first--but that was a HUGE part of the story that could have helped cement him as a realistic character in my mind, that seemed to be overlooked.In the end, this companion novel just wasn't for me I guess. It wasn't bad, necessarily--I just feel like I got all I really needed to from the original novel. Save the last few chapters, which weren't included in the original story, I don't feel I walked away from this read with any new information. I'd still recommend this to lovers of crime novels, action/adventure scenes, and flawed but redeemable characters. And of course, I can't wait to see what Olivia Wildenstein does next!

  • Danielle
    2019-03-17 00:27

    This was a really wonderful book! It was so interesting to see things from other viewpoints besides just the twins. I really loved the twists in it, and I LOVED the ending. This is a must if you enjoyed the first book, The Masterpiecers.

  • czai (the Blacksheep Reader)
    2019-03-14 07:38

    this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.* * *Well developed characters, thrilling progression, and a moving ending.I read The Masterpiecers a few months ago and ended up enjoying it. It was a thrilling read with characters I rooted for and a mystery that kept me guessing.The Masterminds, on the other hand, is a thrilling sequel that gave closure to all the characters that I loved. If you haven’t read The Masterpiecers, I got you covered. This review has NO SPOILERS. But let me tell you what it is about. The Masterpiecers is a reality TV show about art - not just your usual traditional painting, drawing. No. It’s about all kinds of art. The first book featured Ivy and Aster Redd - Ivy who was accepted to the TV show and Aster who was sent to prison for murder.Now, The Masterminds features the points of view of Josh Cooper and Brook Jackson - Josh who’s a cop and friends with Ivy and Aster and Brook who’s a judge on the Masterpiecers. The novel is told in three parts: before, during, and after the show. Through these different parts, Olivia Wildenstein was able to give a better characterization for both Josh and Brook. We get to see more of them and not just the friend and the judge. We see why they do the things they do and admittedly, I ended up liking both of them (especially Brook).Almost half of the book took place during the Masterpiecers which, at times, I found myself getting a bit bored and wishing for the next part. But they are worth the read because, as I said, they are told in different POVs and finally see a different and deeper side of Josh and Brook. The events after the show which was half of the book was certainly the interesting part of the novel. It’s thrilling. It kept me reading non-stop wishing to know how things would go for Josh and Brook and for Aster and Ivy. It’s that story you’d want to know what happens else you can’t sleep!The ending is a ‘realistic’ and an imperfect one yet beautiful and satisfying. I think that it was the ending that wasn’t idealistic and everyone has to live happily ever after but it’s certainly one that put a smile on my face despite the sadness it carries.OVERALL, The Masterful Duology - The Masterpiecers and The Masterminds - is a two-book series that’s worth the time. It has main characters worth rooting for, a mystery that kept me thinking, a thrilling story that made me read non-stop, and an ending that’s beautiful and definitely unforgettable.

  • Theresea
    2019-03-07 00:41

    After reading the Masterpiecers I was excited to see how the story ends, and this book does not disappoint! In this sequel we get to see the story from two different points of view. New secrets are revealed and the saga comes to a satisfying and exciting conclusion. Loved it!

  • Katy Haye
    2019-02-26 03:50

    I loved The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein, and The Masterminds was just as enjoyable – the same story told from an entirely different point of view.I could just see the two presented as a two-sided paperback, where you start from one side and read one story, then flip it over to read the other, the two of them meeting in the middle. Make that happen, someone, please – it would be a fabulous addition to my bookshelves.The writing was glorious; easy and convincing so that I sank straight into the story and the point of view of Brook. And it was effortless to understand his motivation and feel sympathy for him. Then I’d back out of the story going, “Whoa, hang on, this guy doesn’t really deserve my sympathy.” But, actually, he does deserve some. Life can be messy and we’re all just doing the best we know how. Great engagement.The Masterminds comes highly recommended: strong writing, vivid characters and a couple of lovely romances.This review was first shown on the Paisley Piranha review site: