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She’s the artist that finds him in her drawings. He’s the medieval ghost that conquers her heart. And their time is running out.

Michelle De Freccio moves to England seeking a normal life, but someone starts appearing in her sketches. Then he grabs her at the castle, his pale green eyes full of longing. She’s immediately drawn to him, but is Christopher Newman real? She’s e
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 2012 by Lamba Associates, Inc.
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Michelle De Freccio and her father have just moved to England and all Michelle wants is to be normal and not be known for having a psychic mother and a brother who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. However she soon starts drawing a knight called Christopher from the 1400’s. As she starts getting drawn into his world, she does not know if this is real or if she is going crazy.

Drawn is a fun Young Adult read abou
Novels On The Run


Drawn has it all, 3 guys who are completely different, a castle, ghosts, an Earl who is in a spot of trouble, lest he know it, a girl who has a complicated family and a love that can endure centuries.

Marie has used art in the most wonderful way in this book. Michelle De Freccio is an American living in England. Her mother a psychic/fortune teller, up and left her family, her brother Wayne has some issues and her father can’t afford to lose another f
Donna Galanti
DRAWN is a unique young adult novel that grabs you and spins you into different worlds and time. It takes you on a journey to a place where love and loss collide, and blend together to powerfully change the future.

Young artist Michelle De Freccio moves to England with her father yearning to leave her tainted family’s past behind. She soon discovers not only does it follow her, but a boy in her sketches starts appearing before her at the local castle. Is he real or is she going crazy like her mot
There are so many things I liked about this book. It was original in so many ways, especially with the time travel. Michelle's an artist and when she starts drawing a picture of a sexy man with piercing glow-stick green eyes dressed like someone right out of the history books she finds herself thrown into a different century. She comes face to face with Christopher Newman a warrior fighting in the War of Roses. I love that time frame in history so it was great to be a part of it in this book. Bu ...more
The first thing that drew me in about this book had to be the summery. The first few sentences of the summery to be precise.
"She’s the artist that finds him in her drawings. He’s the medieval ghost that conquers her heart. And their time is running out."
Sounds like my kind of book! I found myself relating to the main character on a number of levels. I like to think of myself as an artist at heart, so when she described her drawings throughout the story. I honestly felt like I could actually pic
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Drawn has it all, 3 guys who are completely different, a castle, ghosts, an Earl who is in a spot of trouble, lest he know it, a girl who has a complicated family and a love that can endure centuries.

Marie has used art in the most wonderful way in this book. Michelle De Freccio is an American living in England. Her mother a psychic/fortune teller, up and left her family, her brother Wayne has some issues and her father can’t afford to lose another family member.

Lyndi Lamont
Michelle DeFreccio, an American teenager just moved to England, is a talented and sensitive artist. Her father has started teaching at an upscale English academy, which Michelle now attends. She hopes to start over without the baggage of her past, namely her "psychic" mother and schizophrenic brother and the label De-Freak-O.

But life in England has its own challenges. As an American, she's not always sure how to navigate the social divide within her school. More troubling are the pictures she f

When your emotions pull and tug towards that inner feeling of love and commitment it is truly hard to let go. In Drawn by Marie Lamba we find our main character Michelle De Freccio is ready to start a new life away from her private past. A past however, that finds her fairly quickly in this new environment. Michelle has moved to another country with her father, where he has taken a new job as an instructor for the local school that Michelle will be attending. Michelle tries to make friends,
I'm not normally a fan of teen romance novels, but the premise of this one seemed appealing so I picked it up. I almost set it back down again, because at the beginning I wasn't really grabbed by the story and the characters seemed kind of flat. I'm glad I persevered though, because the novel gains in complexity and became quite engrossing by about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through.

The story centers around a girl who has recently moved to the UK and is attending a new school. Her mother and brother
(This review may contain spoilers).

I didn't realise at first that this book was about teenagers/young adults. I was a little surprised to realise when I started reading it, but I still found myself drawn into the world of this book. The characters were definitely three-dimensional and all but one of the bad characters seemed to have more than one side to them.

With one exception, the language worked remarkably well in both the modern times and the medieval time (there was one use of 'okay' by Chr
Kerry Gans
I love when a book’s title works on many levels. Marie Lamba’s DRAWN does just that. Her protagonist, Michelle De Freccio, is a teenage artist who loves to draw. Characters are drawn together by romance, friendship, and hate. Michelle and her friends are drawn into a mystery. And the reader is drawn into this book, and it never lets go.

Lamba’s writing is flowing and easy—nothing to trip the reader up and break the spell of the novel. The book starts quickly and speeds up from there. I found mys
Jen McConnel
Marie Lamba has crafted a world of romance, villains, and a healthy dose of messing with the space time continuum. I couldn’t put this book down

Michelle and her father are starting over in England. Maybe here, no one will know that her brother is a diagnosed schizophrenic, or that her mother is a self-proclaimed psychic. But when Michelle starts hearing voices and seeing visions of a handsome medieval man named Christopher, she fears that she has followed in her brother’s footsteps. It doesn’t h
Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
Review copy supplied by the author.

My Grade
Plot: 5
Setting: 5
Writing: 5
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Romance: 5
Overall: 30/30!
Title/Cover Bonus: 2

A fun, historical time travel full of creativity, beautiful scenes, and an engrossing mystery.

First Line
I pull the zipper up the back, sealing myself into the dress.

Most Memorable Scene
I loved the first time Michelle meets Christopher. Also, Michelle is attacked in an alley and Christopher helps her.

I fell in love with the entire stor
I recieved this book for free from a Goodreads First reads Givaway.

I LOVED this book. It wa such a breath of fresh air. It was so well written and so entertaining i could not put it down. The story focuses on a teenage artist named Michelle that moves with her father to a small town in England. While there she undergoes a series of encounters involving a medieval castle and the history that surrounds it and the town.

Whay i really liked about this book was that it was believable. I thought the ch
Tara Calaby
Marie Lamba has proven herself to be a very proficient author of realistic young adult fiction, with her first novel, What I Meant... being published by Random House in 2007 and its sequel, Over My Head being much enjoyed by me when I reviewed it for my blog last year. I was intrigued, therefore, to discover that her next offering would be a paranormal offerings. There are no vampires or werewolves here, however. Instead, Drawn explores a connection across the centuries with a romantic interest ...more
i was so impressed by this book!! I couldn't put it down.. until practice came along and i couldn't read it but other than than my eyes were glued to my kindle.

This is a story about a girl that has just moved to england. Her mom left over a year ago and her brother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Things are looking pretty bad but as long as no one knows of her life in Jersey everything is ok. One night at a party she sees this man at the castle and she is drawn to him. They lean in to kiss each
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I was drawn (pun intended) into this book from the first page and couldn’t put it down. I love Michelle. She’s both a typical teen and uniquely herself—talented and liked, but not popular. She’s pretty without being gorgeous. In a word, she’s real. Her worries about making friends and fitting in felt honest without being too angsty. She deals with the strange things that happen to her in a believable way.

When Michelle
Can I give this a 4.5 stars?

Overall, I would say this was an awesome book. It starts out a bit choppy but it has a lot of ground work to cover. Soon the excitement of the plot catches you and smooths things out. The author weaves a wonderful tale of mystery, love, and intrigue and gives you bits and pieces along the way until you're dying to know what happens. Great twists and turns take you along as the past is changed and the future is affected. The characters are all wonderful, filling in two
Drawn is the perfect triple-entendre of the attraction between the main characters, the adept art-based descriptions of people and places, and how readers are pulled into this historical time-travel mystery.

Marie Lamba's easygoing dialogue and smooth narrative keep you engrossed. Intriguing locales -- a medieval castle; Roman ruins amidst the English countryside, and a presitigious academy -- are made more so by events in multiple time periods, yet the transitions are so well done that you're ne
I've read other books with similar aspects to the love story (ghosts, time travel, etc) where I spent the entire book worried how this could possibly work out. Maybe because of that, I was expecting a different ending. The ending wasn't bad - I was just a little underwhelmed. I kept expecting another twist and ended up feeling a little saddened even though it wasn't an unhappy ending per say. I was hoping for a sequel but it looks like wishful thinking on my part.

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This book was so unexpectedly amazing, and I only say unexpected because it was so inexpensive and the cover isn't really promising. So, good thing I'm not a book cover snob lol. The plot was so fresh and new, unlike many other paranormal stories just being recycled and the characters were realistic. They were easy to relate to and not annoying at all. I really hope there will be a sequel, don't get me wrong I love a stand alone novel but this one was so great I didn't want it to end and I also ...more
OK, this is a pretty fantastic book. Yes, I am a bit biased, but while I will admit that I started it because my friend Marie wrote it, I sped through it and finished it because it is a GREAT read! Beautifully drawn characters (pardon the expression) and wonderfully plotted, I am just sorry that it's done! The Medieval historical parts are completely believable and alive and the contemporary segments equally so. I love Time Travel done well almost more than anything, and this more than fulfills ...more
Lisa Tomarelli
Although this book is not in my usual library, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Engaging from the first page. Highly recommended.
Adam Smith
A dramatic romance with time travel and psychic gifts.

This book was great, although it was a little open-ended in my opinion, and the real villain should have been obvious to Michelle from the very beginning (they practically had a billboard announcing it), still it was great to read.

Also, I find it hard to believe that there could exist someone who's never seen (or heard of) Back to the Future; if there is, they should be ashamed of themselves and go watch it immediately. ^_^
What a pleasure to read! Initially, the characters come across as stock characters, but what the author does with those as the story progresses is quite lovely and I did not get all the parallels right in the end. My biggest complaint would be the diction and manner of speech in the 1400s was not done very accurately. And if that is the worst of it, it's pretty darn good.

I read very little YA, but this was quite good and actually quite adult in many ways.
LOVED this book! Marie Lamba has a talent for bring characters to life and this book highlights that gift. Michelle De Freccio and Christopher Lawrence are a couple that face many challenges (not the least of which is living in different centuries). The main characters are surrounded by a quirky, flawed cast, which makes the story that much more fun. I lost hours of sleep promising myself, "Just one more chapter..." I recommend this book for a captivating, romantic read!
J.M. Maison
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; such a surprise to me because I rarely read paranormal... but I read the sample chapter and was absolutely hooked. A tight suspenseful story full of intrigue, time travel, ghosts, beautiful and dramatic setting -- all intertwined with engaging characters. Incredibly romantic and timeless love story, but at the same time addressing serious issues facing teens (and all). A perfect book for the hopeless idealistic romantic in me.
Jac Zifos
It was awesome...until the end. I HATED the ending. The whole story was great, I really liked the link to historical happenings, but I did not appreciate the way she wrapped up the love story portion. It's just my opinion, but after all that happened to the main characters, I really wanted then to have the HEA. Not sure if I want to read another of her stories if they will also pull me in, then let me down in the last 3 pages :(
Katie Carroll
Drawn is part love story, part mystery, party history and all good reading. Marie Lamba seamlessly weaves together two different times periods and deals with the whole space-time continuum is a satisfactory way. There is certainly no shortage of dashing young fellows for main character Michelle to swoon over. I recommend this for any fans of Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard.
InD'Tale Magazine

Epic and gorgeously written, “Drawn” pulls readers in, demanding they not leave unaffected! Michelle is snarky, down to earth and likable, and all the other characters are delightfully intriguing.

Read full review in the 2012 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Marie is author of hilarious and moving YA novels including WHAT I MEANT... (Random House) and OVER MY HEAD. Marie's newest novel (out Jan. 2012) is a paranormal titled DRAWN, which is about a teen artist who falls for a hot medieval ghost with a sketchy past. She has a short story in the anthology LIAR LIAR, and an essay in the anthology CALL ME OKAASAN: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering. Mar ...more
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