The Series

Drawn: Book I in the DRAWN Series

Artistic prodigy Juliet Brynn wants to survive 1982 with as little social torture as possible. But then her sketches start to come true and Damon Sheppard, a boy with a troubled past, shows her worlds she never knew existed. When unthinkable trauma strikes, will Damon and her prophetic gift prove as catastrophic as some predict, or can they impart Juliet the power to make everything right again? 

"I started to pray for help to come, for God to save us. Then I stopped. I swallowed another mouthful of my own blood. If God even existed, he obviously didn’t give a crap about me." -- When Juliet begins to shape the future by drawing it, she must discover the source of her newfound power of artistic prophecy and the key to making it work. But when her trust and her future are betrayed by the very people who condemned Damon, she must learn to discern right from wrong, truth from deception, the honorable from the predatory. And when everything she knows and loves is taken from her, she discovers a power at work in the universe which forges paths into places most people choose never to go. 

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REVIEWS of drawn

5.0 out of 5 starsLoved this book. Couldn't wait for the second one to come out. -- Linda Esseltine

5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging, fun and quick read. The story draws you in and the pages fly. Was excited there was another book in the series! -- yogireads

5.0 out of 5 stars "This book is awesome YA lit. I'm picky about what I read and usually get annoyed with saccharin or cliché character or scenarios. Drawn gave me a warm feeling while constantly reeling me in with a subtle sense of darkness and dangerous. Plus, I too was a freakishly gifted and awkward teen in the '80s. Without the hottie on the cool vehicles." -- Christy

5.0 out of 5 stars  "I loved this! The story is quick and compelling- I spent a wonderful Saturday mostly in bed while the baby was napping devouring almost the whole thing. While it's written for young adults, Keffler so poignantly and perfectly captures the angst, worries, preoccupations, and awkwardness of being a junior high girl that I felt like I was back in 7th grade! I also loved her use of biblical truth and Scripture in a way that deeply augments the story, proving how God is the master and author of our own stories- intimately involved in the most intricate details of our lives. I would definitely recommend this and I've already started on Deo Volente." -- Natalie Maki

5.0 out of 5 stars  "This is a book that surprised me. My experience with YA books varies and I wasn't sure what to think of this one at first blush. I'm so pleased that I took the opportunity to plunge into the lives of these very well developed characters! Maria's writing style is crisp, reflective and quite descriptive. She was able to create an actual world that felt both familiar and mysterious at the same time. Familiar because Junior high always seems to be populated by the same gamut of personalities, but mysterious in that you are made to understand that there is more going on than what is apparent at the surface. This tantalizing bit of mystery is what really drew me in. It is also quite funny. There were a few times that I found myself unexpectedly laughing out loud! Damon and Julie's conversations are sweet and revealing. Great undercurrents that pull you into the discussions and the questions they are asking - even spurring other questions. I really enjoyed this wonderful book. Read it. You will be entertained, encouraged and inspired." -- seejaneread

5.0 out of 5 stars  "I could not put this book down!! Keffler writes with an engaging and easy style that draws (no pun intended) the reader in immediately into Juliet and Damon's teenage world. It resonates with the innocence of first love and the sad realism of broken social environments in which this love is kindled and begins to flourish. The detailed descriptions of each scene brings someone who grew up in the 80s down memory lane with the nostalgia of pop culture then and the simultaneous angsts and joys of high school. Great job Maria Keffler - can't wait for the sequel!" -- rrdemas

5.0 out of 5 stars "This is the book Twilight wished it was. Having enjoyed Mrs. Keffler's blog immensely, I thought I would try one of her books. I was a little concerned that Drawn would be another shy girl comes of age in a supernatural way a la Twilight effort. ( Full disclosure: I read Twilight to see what the fuss was about. That monstrosity nearly turned me off of reading altogether.)
Boy, was I wrong.
Not only are the characters entertaining and engaging, but the hint of the religious/supernatural was a welcome change from the majority of "edgy" material out there. The book was well paced and completely held my attention. I began to look forward to my commute so I could enter into this world once again. Beautifully written - I highly recommend it!" -- Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars "I loved this story! I found myself at the beginning, wondering why I was reading a book about a young teenage girl, but somewhere in the middle I was captivated wondering what she would draw next. It was encouraging and made me think more about the ways God works in our lives. It was timely." -- Johanna

5.0 out of 5 stars "The words and images of this story drew me in immediately, beginning with page one. DRAWN follows the antics, insights, fears and pitfalls of a 13 year old Juliet, whose artistic gift lands her into some fun, and often mysterious, predicaments, and the plot moves her through a vast assortment of experiences, including first love. I loved this book. I laughed, cried, empathized, and even sat on the edge of my seat as events unfolded. Maria has a gift with language. Great writing, great story. Looking forward to the sequel!" -- Aut Teacher

5.0 out of 5 stars  "FANTASTIC story! This is one I will read again and again!! I am so excited for more to come from Maria Keffler!" -- Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars  "What a wonderful read. This is the kind of book you can totally lose yourself in and never want to come out. I couldn't put it down! It's fanciful yet truthful, honest and raw, tender and engaging. The struggle of newest love is a sweet foray into early years with the backdrop of rough home life. Truly a must read!!! Get ready to dive in and make sure you have the sequel, Deo Volente, on hand! You'll want this story to continue!" -- Grandiv

5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER "I LOVE THIS BOOK! Every time I read it it just gets better! I think this would be a great and 'healthy for your soul' book for middle schoolers to adults!" - Amelia Temenak 

5.0 out of 5 stars  "What a terrific story and fun storytelling. A riveting tale of young romance that really helps readers understand the mind of young teenagers. With a son and daughter nearing teenage years, it is a great reminder of what goes on inside those minds. Couldn't put it down and looking forward to the sequel. A must read for so many reasons." -- Brent McBurney

5.0 out of 5 stars "I love this book. I can relate to it because it is about a girl around my age. I like how there are some suspense parts but also many loving parts. I would recommend this book to anybody." -- Ava

5.0 out of 5 stars "Wow! What a great read!! I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. It kept my attention from the first chapter- in fact I did not want to put it down. Thank you for writing such a great book with an Awesome Christian foundation. I highly recommend this book to everyone! I am excited to read book 2 in this story!!" -- Tammy Neireiter

5.0 out of 5 stars "I really enjoyed Drawn, even as an adult. The fact that I grew up in the late 70's early 80's helped. Maria does a great job grabbing your interest and keeping you engaged till the last page. I love how she incorporates Christian truths and asks tough questions about God, making you stop and think about your own relationship with God, without preaching. I have had the privilege to preview the next book and highly recommend the sequel! Well done!! Thanks again!" -- Andrea Meador

5.0 out of 5 stars "It has been some time since I read a book I couldn't put down, but Keffler's hilarious dialogue, compact descriptions, and thrilling twists had me hooked. Drawn fits into the paranormal or speculative genre but serves as a model for what other Christian authors could achieve: main characters who are as enigmatic as they are endearing, as flawed as they are fascinating, and a story that is worth telling and comes by its truths authentically. Keffler's ability to elucidate spiritual realities organically allows readers to experience with Juliet the strangeness of a world that is far deeper and wilder than our eyes can always see. For the clarity and force of the writing as well as the paragraphs when I grimaced in remembered pain or simply laughed out loud, I congratulate the author." -- Abigail Knutson

5.0 out of 5 stars "From the unique opening word to the joyride of an ending, Drawn is a refreshing addition to the increasingly predictable YA market. The story is fresh, real, and forges a different path than most when dabbling in the spiritual realm. Main characters, Juliet and Damon, and their preciously dramatic relationship are so convincing that I've already cast them (in my mind) for the major motion picture release! With her eye for detail, her realistic perspective and consistently infused humor, Mrs. Keffler makes writing a coming-of-age romance fraught with dysfunction, puberty, and a twist of spirituality seem effortless. And if that isn't enough, all the fun and embarrassing 80s references will completely DRAW you in. The only question I was left with at the end was, "Where was Damon when I was in junior high?" Sequel, please!" -- Melanie Sunukjian

5.0 out of 5 stars "First word: Amazing 
Second word: Well-written
Third word: Connective
I could not stop reading Drawn,
 its format and plot are perfectly executed, and Maria Keffler really puts you in Juliet's shoes, the view and feelings are really well-put out. The detail and descriptions were amazing, she is a gold-medal writer. When the more romantic scenes come, they aren't awkward or confusing. The sensation of Juliet's motorcycle and bike rides with Damon make you want to ride on the handlebars, too. There should really be a sequel, characters and setting are realistic. Really good book! Need more writing from Mrs. Keffler!" -- Jasmina Tang

4.0 out of 5 stars "This is a book for young adults but powerful for us who grew up in the 80s too. Nothing could prepare me for the rush of memories that came back reliving that tender/awkward/confusing/real to the core time of life where your friends play such a pivotal role in your heart and you deal with love in high definition and wild emotion for the very first time. Made me remember those amazing friends and that pure first love in such a warm light. Gave me compassion on those going through those years now and a new perspective on the roles parents play in adolescent development. This was a fun ride down memory lane - wish I had had more motorcycle rides back then!" -- Jennifer Smoker

5.0 out of 5 stars "Great read! I highly recommend it. The protagonist (Juliet) is a real life blend of youth, angst, growing pains, joy, talent who meets with people who steer her towards hope. Juliet's struggles are ones I can recall from my own early years and by relating, found myself totally immersed in her world. This author has a wonderful way of weaving humor, tears, joy and sadness in a way that draws you in. The only reason I put the book down was because the flight attendants frowned on my sitting on an empty plane! Hurry Maria Keffler, write the sequel!! I want to know what happens next!" -- Shelley Waite

5.0 out of 5 stars "I love this book! As an adult, I began reading with hesitancy, wondering if a 'young adult' story would hold my interest. Wow! It not only held my interest, I could hardly lay it down. The main characters, Juliet & Damon, drew me into their world with such intensity that it was difficult to come back to reality. Now, I must be honest. I was asked to review and help edit the manuscript for Drawn so I may have an incentive in my review. However, the story stands on its own. It's exciting, romantic, funny, the characters are alive, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a 'good read', teenager or adult." -- Sally Schlatter