Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review: Drawn

Drawn by Cecilia Gray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sasha has a secret. She can make you say whatever you are thinking. Whether it is the truth or a lie, it comes out. After being jostled from foster home to foster home, she is finally taken in and used by the United States Government. She eventually begins to form a relationship with her current partner when the CIA asks for her help. They want her to use her human lie detector skills and her drawing skills to infiltrate a group of graffiti terrorists in Belgium. Her biggest obstacle is the fact that she has never learned to make friends.

Drawn is not your traditional novel. Each chapter begins with a comic book flashback into important segments of Sasha’s life. No one understands why she can make people say what they are thinking, but the government has no issue with exploiting it. Can Sasha form the relationships needed to earn this group’s trust? Can she separate her duty from her friendship? Gray outdid herself with the creation of this novel. This does not sit pretty in any one genre. It touches on graphic novels, but only slightly. It includes espionage and teen relationships, but not in a way that any of us will ever experience. I would not place it as fantasy (even though she has this special skill) since you only need to suspend disbelief in that one area. Drawn is an enjoyable realistic fiction book that will give readers of that genre just a hint at what they are missing from the others.

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