While attending England's Aldridge Art Academy, Libby meets charming Brent Henderson, a performing arts student who showers her with attention. But his rival, gorgeous Dean James, is the one who occupies her mind, even though he's very much attached to his current girlfriend.
Libby soon learns there's more to both Brent and Dean than she ever imagined. In order to save her future and the boy who's captured her heart, she must unlock the secrets behind her art by entering the most dangerous place of all... the world within her paintings.
But once she steps into the canvas, she risks being trapped forever.
|Publisher:||Red Adept Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)|
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Captive Art 1: Canvas Bound All Libby wants to do is paint. Unfortunately, the people outside of the world in her head (and on her canvas) expect more from her. While attending a dinner that was required by her school, she meets both Brent and Dean. Despite the fact that Dean has a girlfriend, he seems to be there every time Libby is alone - and it's a "problem" she definitely doesn't hate. She never could have guessed that things would get much weirder than just the fact that her paintings come to life. Her first year at Aldridge Art Academy is definitely not what she wanted, or expected, and it's a journey she will not soon forget. This is definitely one of my most favorite YA books to date. The story is very interesting, the characters likable, the writing really good, and each chapter made it even more impossible for me to put down. The adventure was fun and exciting, creative, and different. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a mixture of YA and fantasy, especially if they are an aspiring artist. My favorite character is Travis (Libby's best friend). He is just awesome and made me laugh quite a bit. He is such a good friend to Libby and his story is intriguing. I also really like Libby, which is not always the case for me when it comes to the main female characters of YA books. I usually find them annoying and immature, but Libby is not one of those typical teenage girls and, as the story goes on, she matures more than she already was. I can't wait to read the next story in the series. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy Canvas Bound. I read it every free chance I had. I was interested in Canvas Bound from the get-go because it was something different for me. I haven’t read anything quite like this. The whole concept was unique and kept me reading. I liked the idea of paintings coming to life. I like reading about artists. This book just caught my attention and I wanted to see what it was about. Canvas Bound did not disappoint. Libby is a sweet girl. She is kind of a recluse who only wants to paint and find her mystery boy again. What she learns while at art school is astounding. Her story caught me off guard quite a few times as well. Did I guess a major plot point? Yes, but there were so many twists and turns that I wasn’t sure if I was right or not. I kept reading to find out more. I kept reading to see what would happen. I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. Libby didn’t have many friends. Her only true friend, Travis, was a great guy. I liked him from the beginning. He had a wonderful personalty and he seemed to genuinely care about Libby. Dean and Brent were great characters. I didn’t expect what either of them ended up as. They both surprised me. I know I’m a bit vague in this review, but I don’t want to spoil anything. And any little details regarding parts I really enjoyed will spoil the book, in my opinion. So, let’s leave it at this: I enjoyed this book. I want to know what happens next. It was a good read. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any YA fan, especially one who is looking for a new concept. Will I read it again: I will not but I will read the next book in the Captive Art series. I want—no, I need—to know what happens next. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Canvas Bound by Laura M. Kolar Olivia Tanner has an unusual artistic talent, as do all the students enrolled in England’s Aldridge Art Academy. Libby, as she likes to be called, is a conservative but smart, independent, and strong-willed girl. She is a well developed protagonist and this story is told through her eyes. Although she would rather stay in her room and paint, Travis, her student liaison, has also taken it upon himself to be her social director and insists she participate in the schools activities. I LOVED his character, he is the big brother she never had growing up and their personalities played off each other well. I found the tension and drama drove the plot at a nice steady pace throughout the story, but towards the end I found it hard to put the book down. Ms. Kolar handled her flawed characters well expressing their insecurities as well as their strengths in a believable way. I loved the way she compared nature verses nurture in the lives of Dean, Ryan, and Brent. As Libby starts to listen to her intuition she is able to see her classmates as they really are and read their true intent. It was enlightening to her as she realized that she was the only one who came from a safe and stable background. The balances of evil intentions are redefined as misguided attempts to gain self worth may be a little naïve, but this is a young adult story and I would like to see this aspect further explored as this trilogy continues. This is a captivating story that will tug at your heart-strings and awe your senses as these young adults find their way around their lives and learn to control their abilities in a productive/positive way. These are not magical abilities as much as they are psychic connections with their chosen art form. I found the topic fascinating and I am sure you will also. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** Sunday, September 8, 2013