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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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 with her dad to England, where she hopes for a more normal life. Instead she discovers a handsome guy appearing in all her sketches. When she actually meets him at the town's castle, she's unmistakably drawn to him. But s
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 2012 by Lamba Associates, Inc.
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Novels On The Run
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it


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
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lyndi Lamont
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, time-travel, fantasy
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
Michelle  novelsontherun
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

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.

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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Received through FirstReads giveaway..
I guess that this is technically a "young adult" book, but I enjoyed it just the same. So many books in that category are just horribly sappy, but this book didn't fall into that trap. Also, unlike most other "young adult" books, there weren't 47 different characters with stupid nicknames. I didn't have to cringe while reading this. And that's something when we're talking about a book that centers on a romance.
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
Kerry Gans
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-and-mg, paranormal
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
Angela Blount
Full Review for RT Magazine - March 2012 edition

3.5 Stars (Were that allowed.)

First-person present tense telling through the eyes of Michelle, an outcast American girl and recent transplant to a posh private academy in England. After her mother's abandonment and her older brother's struggles with schizophrenia, she feels that she and her father have been given a chance to start over in a place where their 'freak' reputation isn't known to anyone. But that reputation seems determined to haunt her
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
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it

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,
Kate Lutter
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was drawn to Drawn by Marie Lamba because of the lovely cover which promised romance, and then the summary of the story itself hinted that this was a time travel, so I knew I was in for a good read. I wasn't disappointed! I don't often read young adult stories, but this story had so many elements that appealed to me.
Michelle, the heroine, is an American who comes to England for the first time to forget her past. In many ways she is a fish out of water, learning to adjust to a new a
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
4.4 stars
I went into this book totally blind. It had been on my kindle for years, unread. I went overboard with downloading freebies for a while. Don't judge. I've been randomly picking a book by tittle alone and reading them most have been meh reads, this one wasn't.
What an amazing time travel, mystery, suspense, love story. This book took me, shook me, and kept me up all night. I was always in the edge of my seat, nibbling on my cuticles, heart thumping, breath rapid, the answer was there just
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-read
I won this book through Good reads. I loved this book. Wasn't a big fan of of this genre but am changing my mind after the last few I have read. I could not put it down. So exciting.
Jen McConnel
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
The Geekery Book Review
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is seriously the most underrated book that I have ever read. Every time I read it, I always wonder why it isn't a much bigger deal. It's one of those books that is just meant to be a hit. And a movie. It should definitely be a movie. Someone needs to get on that!! ;-)

The author's imagination and plotting skills are phenomenal. I think this is the 4th or 5th time I have read Drawn, and each time, the second I start that first paragraph, I am a captive in her perfect, imaginary world, and I n
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Lace Tully
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The angst of growing up with a "psychic" Mom, a schizophrenic brother, and a Dad who is a teacher at your new school in a foreign country is well portrayed in this story.
Deciding to move with her Dad to England after continually being taunted about her family at school, she wants nothing more than to fit in with her new classmates. Peace of mind is the last thing she finds. Join Michelle as she tries to understand the strange mystery man who keeps showing up in her sk
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jac Zifos
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 :(
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