Tuesday, June 2, 2015


By Chris Ledbetter

Book Description

Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Original, engaging and fast paced.
This book is amazing! The plot is unique, I enjoyed how the Author was able to entwine two worlds in such a magisterial way. the characters are very complex and credible, Cameron is, by far, the most interesting.
The story is fast paced, it grabs you since page one, full of witty dialogues, twists and turns and romance!
I read somewhere, that Drawn is the first YA book of this Author, Wow! Congratulations, because it's a master piece!!!

Highly Recommended for YA/Sci Fi/Romance readers

*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*

Blending of Romance and Horror

I think the blend of romance and horror is an intriguing one. Moreover, that blend is something I explore in Drawn, even though I hadn’t completely set out to do so. First, I will admit that I’m not usually one to write a story wherein the sole point of the story is romance. There are for more talented authors in the world who focus on that. But every story I write does have an element of romance in a sub-plot. In Drawn, the romance is actually more than a sub-plot, though. It’s more like a parallel plot, intertwined into the darker suspense and action.

Horror and romance seemingly go together like a sweet and salty mixture. The themes play off one another well. Can’t have too much sweet or you’ll get a cavity. Can’t have too much salty or you’ll get bloat and high blood pressure, right. So, a nice balanced mix is not only intriguing, but also compelling. I don’t actually read horror, so I’m also counting danger, suspense, and dark themes alongside horror for this discussion.

There are some dark themes in Drawn that border on horror. I do deal with death and/ or the threat of it. A year before the story opens, Cameron’s mother had succumbed to cancer. Farrah, Cameron’s love interest, had an uncle who died from cancer. Another character dies during the story. And furthermore, the threat of death is constant once the sketchbook becomes involved. But through all of this, a tender romance struggles to bloom between Cameron and Farrah, despite extenuating circumstances and consistent external pressures.

Author's Bio

Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly "walked-on" to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

Connect with Chris:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook 

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting and reviewing my book!!

    1. Thank you for the chance!!! This books is amazing, Congrats!!!

  2. The setting and genre are right up my alley! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway. :)

  3. I don't normally read this genre and that is why I want to read this book.

  4. I want to win this book because it sounds like a great book to read.

  5. I want to win because the story sounds cool, especially about the sketching!

  6. I want to win because it sounds like a great story!

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