ARC Book Review: Drawn

Drawn CoverBook: Drawn by Cecilia Gray

Expected Publication is December 15, 2013 by Gray Life, LLC|Expected Number Of Pages is 151

Where I Got It: from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary with a dash of paranormal

You can find Drawn on Goodreads & You can find Cecilia Gray on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.

Drawn…what to say about Drawn?  I really like the idea of a girl who has a voice that can make you spill your secrets.  It’s one interesting ability, and it’s a really interesting take on that ability.

She really is the perfect person to work for the FBI or the CIA.  I’ll admit that the FBI Sasha helping out the FBI since she was 12 to be a bit unbelievable…but at the same time, I was totally willing to overlook that, since it’s the set-up for the rest of the book.

I like the graphic novel part of the book and how each chapter was introduced by a panel from a graphic novel.  Given that Sasha likes to draw and is into comics, I thought it made Drawn interesting, even though there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on Sasha’s love of drawing.

I was expecting more mystery and espionage, and I was expecting a little more action than what we got in the book.  Still, I liked that she did make a friend or two.  I was also expecting something longer, and I think more time on her assignment with the CIA would have been nice, because there were times when I felt like the book was just going from one point to the next.

Sasha was an interesting character- mostly because of her ability, but also because her interest in art. I get why she’s not close to anyone, because her voice- understandably- makes people uncomfortable. But for the most part, I felt like I really didn’t get to know who Sasha is.  And there were times when I felt like I didn’t really care about Sasha.  I think part of that is that Drawn felt like the beginning of her story, and I’d be interested to see if there’s a sequel, just because Sasha’s story seemed unfinished.

Still, I really like that she’s pretty much a human lie detector and travels to Belgium for her assignment with the CIA.  Belgium isn’t a country you tend to see in YA, so it was a nice change.  And as much as I loved Belgium as a setting, it didn’t leave me with a memorable impression of the country.

Final Thoughts:

I did like Drawn, especially Sasha’s ability and the fact that it was set in Belgium, a country you don’t tend to see in YA books. unfortunately, it was hard to care about Sasha at times, and I was expecting more mystery and espionage than what we got in the book.  Drawn gets 3 stars.

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