“Coming out of the novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia’s story for the rest of my life.“—Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one
“Tragically relevant and unflinchingly feminist, Blood Water Paint is the kind of book all historical fiction should aspire to be.”—Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“A visceral reminder that women have suffered and stood strong throughout time.”—Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species.
“Both a grave reminder of how little has changed and a hopeful testament to how much more we might achieve, McCullough’s debut is a must read.”—Gae Polisner, author of The Memory of Things
“Blood Water Paint is a deftly layered portrait, at once intimate and universal.”—Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity
“McCullough paints an unflinching portrait that is as heartbreaking as it is powerful.“—Rachel Strolle, Anderson’s Bookstore, Naperville, IL
“Written for teens who will feel empowered as they root for Artemisia, but trust me, adult book clubs will spend a lively evening discussing her choices too.”—Jenny Chou, Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee, WI
★”McCullough has managed to vividly capture a singularly brave, resilient feminist who became an icon during a time when women had almost no agency. Her story and the stunning verse through which it is told will resonate just as strongly with readers today. A captivating and impressive debut about a timeless heroine.” —Booklist, starred review
★”McCullough’s beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia’s passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT: A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf.“—School Library Journal, starred review
“[An] incandescent retelling both timeless and, alas, all too timely.”—Kirkus
“[W]ill resonate with modern feminists.”—BookPage
“McCullough’s debut novel is one of a kind. … [A] truly inspiring and impactful story.”—Romatic Times
“Intimate, haunting, and deeply moving…”—Brit & Co.
“Make no mistake, [Gentileschi’s] story is brutal, as is her quest for justice, but it is also filled with hope and an important message that women’s voices cannot be silenced.“—Book Riot