- Paperback: 452 pages
- Published: December 1, 2012
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481186418
- ISBN-13: 978-1481186414
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review!
- Rating: 4.5/5
- Flame: 3, it has sex in it but it isn't OVER the top.
Set against the backdrop of the modern art scene, Intaglio follows the exploits of Ava Brooks, fourth year university art student and graffiti artist, as she enters the cut-throat world of artists and agents, curators and critics. Struggling to balance the perceptions of ‘real’ art with the urge to express herself through illegal means, Ava attracts the attention of Kip Chambers, an artist who has brought graffiti into the mainstream media. Not all of his associates, however, are as interested in Ava’s transition from renegade to respectable artist as Kip. An unexpected meeting with fellow student and sculptor, Cole Thomas, coincides with Ava’s artistic journey. Cole is shocked by the inexplicable connection, even as Ava struggles with her feelings for the brooding young artist. This bond proves to be the spark that ignites Ava’s muse, spiralling into a wildfire romance that coincides with a series of increasingly vivid dreams centering around a shipwreck off the coast of North America. These hazy visions leach into Ava’s artwork, and later, appear in Cole’s sculpture. In them, the two artists are drawn into a memory of another life: one they shared. While Cole attempts to take control of his own, explosive emotions, Ava must learn to manage her own memories, both real and imagined. The dreams of the shipwreck continue unabated, but subtle changes leave Ava reconsidering what the visions mean: whether they are a memory of something that has already occurred, or a premonition of something as yet to come. Art and history twine together as echoes from the past and present merge. As each new memory brings this other life closer, Ava and Cole must unravel the events that once tore them apart, or risk repeating the same mistakes all over again.
Wow, that was the first word that came to mind when I finished the two books. It was almost impossible for me to stop reading once the first book ended, and then when the second did, I wanted more. The set is complete, but it still leaves you wanting more- something any good book should do.
This book is more in your face than anything else. Danika did a wonderful job of giving her characters a real-life way about them. I went to a liberal arts college and we had art studios on campus- she does a great job of capturing the art scene of college students. The arcs she creates are amazing and to watch the relationships change and develop is a treat.
The book does have explicit language, but with the personalities in it, it's impossible for it not to. I think I'd feel cheated if it didn't.
The second story within the story (not the second one in the book) is spooktastically wonderful! I swear I got chills when it first was introduced into the plot. Wonderful!
I recommend this book for romance lovers, real-life lovers, past life lovers, and those that enjoy where reality and the past overlap.
Danika Stone is an educator, artist, grad student and mother of three, whose involvement in the Arts and New Media, has spanned a decade and a half. Danika has written for various publications and her non-fiction writing has appeared in several academic books. Passionate about Fine Arts, Danika has maintained her ties to the Arts community, merging the fields of writing, technology and artwork through technology-inspired art projects. Her current artistic practice involves using digital technologies as tools to address the ethical questions posed by emergent technologies. Find out more at: www.danikastone.com