Warped by Maurissa GuibordWarped by Maurissa Guibord

Warped

byMaurissa Guibord

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.
Before beginning her writing career, MAURISSA GUIBORD worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things, and practicing medicine. Now she writes YA fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic, and with a touch of humor. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband, and thr...
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Title:WarpedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.25 × 5.52 × 0.73 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385738927

ISBN - 13:9780385738927

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and fun story I was glad I picked this book up. It’s such a different story from the other YA I’ve read, and it was a good read, so good, it was hard to put down. The idea of the Fates, and the purpose of the tapestry is very different and it sets this aside from the usual plot hooks you find in the millions of YA books you’ve read - sometimes when you need a break from vampires and werewolves then perhaps you should read Warped. I liked the time bending fantasy aspect of the book, and how our lives are really all woven into one big tapestry. The story itself is very well written and caught my attention all throughout the book. There’s plenty of magic and action, a very evil villain (well written and extremely evil! she could easily top the list of evil villains), and the romance is well done. It might take a bit to warm up to William de Chaucy, he’s pompous, arrogant, and can be a jerk but as the story goes on, he ended up being one of my YA crushes (his demeanor improves later). I really liked how his character worked out. Tessa on the other hand is a great main character and her chemistry with Will is there, and I liked seeing them both together. The plot was a most different one. It’s got a great blend of historical fiction and fantasy all mixed in. The pacing isn’t too fast, and not too slow, but it’s gradual and as the story unfolds it gets much more interesting as the reader progresses. Characters are likable, and villain most evil so it fits all the characteristics of a book in this genre but made things interesting by going a step further (by adding in The Fates, and the tapestry). I most definitely recommend this to other YA readers! take a break from the vampires and the werewolves and pick this book up! you won’t regret it! whether there’s going to be sequel, I’m not sure. It would be fun if there was, it does leave some things left out in the open.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unwinding Fate In Warped Tessa accidentally becomes involved in a struggle between the Norn (the three fates) and a woman who has stolen threads from the tapestry that makes up the world. I love Greek mythology, so this new take on the three fates was really awesome. I like the idea of people’s threads being reintegrated into the tapestry, rather than just cut away. The fates have limited thread and weave new stories with the same souls. This would be great for a book club that likes lively discussions, because I can see free will vs. fate arguments arising and an in-depth argument for or against reincarnation. As much as the idea of having everything planned out of my control rubs me the wrong way, I like Guibord’ s interpretation of fate. I was less impressed by the romance than the mythology. It felt melodramatic at times, and I never liked Romeo & Juliet. Love at first sight and “I can’t imagine a world without you!” just make me want to puke. I’m not a romantic in that sense, and I don’t think that this Hollywoodized sweep her off her feet kind of romance sets the best example for teens. However, since I am rarely satisfied with romantic aspects of novels, there is a chance you will find the young couple as charming as everyone seems to find the royal couple that wed today. The relationship I found more compellingly written was the father-daughter one. I thought Tessa had realistic issues regarding the death of her mother, her father moving on, and her conflicts with him. There were times when I was a bit bored, so it wasn’t a one sitting book. I think it could have benefited from being cut down shorter and a slightly faster pace, but this is a common problem with debut authors and I think Maurissa Guibord will find her stride.
Date published: 2011-04-30

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:"William de Chaucy’s introduction to modern marvels is written with such wonder and humor that readers will look on the world and its conveniences with new eyes. This absorbing and mesmerizing read has it all–fantasy, romance, witchcraft, life-threatening situations, detective work, chase scenes, and a smattering of violence. Imaginative and compelling, it’s impossible to put down."From the Hardcover edition.