Sixteen-year-old Libby Tanner’s art comes to life. Her painted skies turn from day to night, leaves rustle on trees, and sometimes, a mystery boy appears.
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.
Laura M. Kolar not only brings art to life, but threatens to bind viewers to the world behind the paint in her new novel, Canvas Bound. When Libby started painting as a young girl, she discovered a stranger traveling through her art. Now as a teenager, she may be able to help him escape.
Libby, an amazingly talented painter, is the main character in this captivating novel. Studying abroad, this art student is psychically creative, overly imaginative, loyal to those she cares about, and just to everyone around her. Readers will enjoy her clumsy demeanor and her ability to lose herself in the art she loves to create. They'll also love the mystery that she finds herself in and find themselves wishing they could help Libby solve the puzzle. Seeing a stranger in her work, cryptic warnings from other students, and a secret family history are only small clues in the grand scheme of Libby's life.
The plot of Canvas Bound is enjoyable for both mature, young readers and adult readers. The mystery of Olivia's adopted past and her artistic ability to paint living images will intrigue readers and set their imaginations into motion. (The love triangle doesn't hurt either.) However, there are adult situation and sections of mature language that aren't suitable for all audiences.
Rating: 3.5/5 Cups
Meet the Author:
Laura M. Kolar lives with her husband and daughter in a one-stop-light town in northern-lower Michigan. Though she didn’t discover her love of books until she turned thirty, as a self-declared hopeless romantic, she has spent the past few years reading and writing stories with mostly happy endings.
If she’s not at her day-job or with her family, you will find her sipping a cup of chai latte while sitting in her favorite rocking chair, hunched over her laptop writing or spending entirely too much time on Twitter.
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