Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ARC Review: Drawn by Cecilia Gray

Summary: Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.


**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: A really well done story. I read it in one sitting and loved the idea and plot. It felt like I was really there and it was really easy to connect with the main character Sasha. It was an easy and enjoyable read!

The Characters: Sasha is the main character and while there are others like Vivi and Seb, a huge focus is on Sasha and really how she wants to be normal. Even though the story is about trying to infiltrate the graffiti artists ring, the underlying part is about her trying to figure how and where she belongs. Sasha can make people tell her their secrets, but she's never had a family or a real life even. She was bounced around as a child and even ended up in some government lab until she's about twelve when she starts working with the FBI for about four years. Vivi becomes Sasha's first friend in the book. I really liked Vivi and how she was portrayed as an animal activist using graffiti with Seb and another guy named Smacker. I also liked Seb and thought he was a sweetie.

The Story: The book starts off with Sasha working with the FBI. She's been working and living with Agent Tanner who is practically her mom. But then the CIA comes in and wants Sasha to go to Belgium undercover so she does. The CIA agent she works with has a daughter - Vivi, which is how she comes to know her. Vivi also happens to be a graffiti artist which makes it easier for Sasha to try to find out how Kid Aert is, because they are a famous graffiti artist, and get them to target whatever needs to be targeted. So throughout the book, Sasha is trying to not only discover who Kid Aert is, but she is also trying to discover who she is and where she belongs in life. And in the end she finds out both.
For the romance, there isn't a whole lot to say but Sasha does like Seb and vice versa but there isn't too much going on and it doesn't really go anywhere.

End Thoughts: The book ends with Sasha back in the states and since it's a standalone, you have don't really know what happens next which is something I'd like to know more of. I'd have to say that's the only down side but otherwise a good story and a fun read! 4 stars.