February 8th, 2012

Review: Drawn by Marie Lamba

Drawn by Marie Lamba296 pages, Lamba Associates, Inc., (2012-01-05)$12.99 (Amazon.com)

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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

Overall

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

Summary (Goodreads)

Michelle De Freccio moves to England seeking a normal life. Instead she falls for a hot medieval ghost with a sketchy past.
First he appears in her drawings. Then he grabs her at the castle, his pale green eyes full of longing. But history calls him a murderer.
Now Michelle faces endless dangers…and a timeless love.

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.

Plot

I fell in love with the entire story. I loved learning about Christopher’s time and the political issues that make up most of his issues. Michelle’s brother, while a small role, had a huge impact on me and I loved how his presence is increased by the end of the book.

Setting

Set in London, the setting was mostly amazing. The castle that Michelle meets Christopher in is spectacular.  And going back in time during that setting? Brilliant. I’m a huge fan of historical books or movies that center around this era of armored knights welding swords.

Writing

I had no issues with Marie’s writing. I enjoyed hearing the story from Michelle’s point of view. I loved how she seamlessly integrated the two worlds.

Originality

I haven’t read too many time travel books and none that had such pure romance and a true mystery element to it. Michelle and Christopher’s relationship unfolds magically. Their first encounter is a favorite scene of mine. I truly didn’t know what had happened! I thought for sure that Christopher was going to be a vampire! With his clothes, his strong frame and the disappearing act he pulled I thought for sure he was paranormal. I was excited to be wrong.

Also, Michelle’s ability to time travel and the way it happens is very unique.

Characters

Michelle is pretty much a normal teenaged girl. She’s in a new school, meeting new people. She befriends a few guys: William, the son of the owner of Wallingford Academy, who plays a decent role in Michelle’s story and Roger Mortley, a not so popular guy but a very nice guy for sure, also plays a big role in Michelle’s life. She’s wonderfully creative at drawing.

Michelle meets Christopher at the castle. He’s a knight, sexy and super chivalrous.

Romance

I always find romances that blossom from time traveling bittersweet. Because I always think, how is this possibly going to turn out good in the end?

Their romance was very beautiful and endearing. I didn’t want to see it end.

Title/Cover Bonus

The title is just fine, however, the cover, while fitting, isn’t amazing.

Ending

I can say for sure that the ending was not what I was expecting but it was perfect.

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