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Drawn Paperback – June 3, 2015
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From the Author
How did I concoct the concept for the book Drawn?
At the time I generated the idea for Drawn, I hadn't seen or read any stories of or relating to art. I wanted to write a story that had art as the centerpiece, the interplay of art and the artist. Art isn't widely touched upon, or at least not to my knowledge, in YA fiction.
Basically all of my stories begin as a "what if?" In the first "what if" regarding Drawn, and since I'm an amateur artist myself, I just sat around thinking what would happen if sketched pictures were to move and come alive kind of like that 1980's music video for Aha's Take On Me? And what would happen to the sketches if I closed the book and they descended into their own world?
I have always had an appreciation for fine art. I LOVED my humanities classes in college! And I've also always loved Michelangelo and Da Vinci. In particular, Da Vinci's mind is brilliant! And speaking of... while I was drafting Drawn, the television series, Da Vinci's Demons came on and that influenced my idea of basing Terra Sempre (the world within the sketchbook) on a Tuscan village circa the Renaissance.
Once the overall artistic concept was sketched out (no pun intended), then I needed to develop the overall story for the characters. Their journey was more or less influenced by my romantic experiences in middle school and high school in North Carolina. But then I tailored the story to feel native to Wilmington.
So, if you like art with a side of romance and adventure, check out Drawn.
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What begins as a story about young infatuation and a budding artist, who also games with his friends, suddenly transforms into a fantastic journey in a land called Terra Sempre. The adventure doesn't end until "the end," and still there's more to come in the sequel, Inked.
I liked the authentic dialog between Giovane and his buds. It immediately characterizes each one. I also enjoyed how the gammer strategy was employed in the quest to capture the king. Seeing the three gamers working together as a team to achieve a goal, made the plot very believable.
A tribute to this story is that, while I'm not a great fan of YA fantasy, I enjoyed reading this one, and I would recommend it to those who appreciate good world building and strong characterization.
With such an original concept and mixing elements, the interweaving of real and fantasy worlds seems like a difficult task to master. In this story the elements are sewn seamlessly.
Cameron is a deep and likable protagonist. His crush Farrah is the driving force behind most of Cameron's actions. One character, Vittoria, has left me intrigued. Her underlying soul balances between good and evil and it seems she can teeter to either side. At the end of this story, I'm still waiting to see where Vittoria lands. It's one of the elements that has me anxiously awaiting a sequel.
Ledbetter delivers his original story well.
In a well-paced, well written debut YA novel, Christopher Ledbetter shows us that love stories don’t need vampires, witches, werewolves or zombies to be thrilling. It’s also refreshing to have a love story where the main character (Cameron) is male, and endearing, and sympathetic, and head-over-heals in lover with a girl he can’t have.
This book is for everyone who loves YA, fantasy, love stories, coming of age stories, thrillers, romantic suspense, David and Goliath stories, art and drawing, and basically just about everyone.
Time reading Drawn is time well spent! You will definitely want to read more about Cameron and his world when you are done. Get on it Christopher Ledbetter! We need more!
The details the author describes blew me away.
When the main character, Cameron, accidentally sends the essence of a girl he admires to this universe, he draws himself into it to rescue her. The clock is ticking. If he doesn't find her soon, her essence will remain in the art world forever while her human body in this world, dies.
It's an amazing story full of action and intrigue.
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