Warped by Maurissa Guibord
- fantasy, YA -
reviewed by Tara SG
received for review via Book It Forward Tours
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This book has enough closure to be a standalone novel, however, it also leaves enough open for a sequel (I really hope there is one!).
Author’s Website : www.maurissaguibord.com
Author’s Twitter : @maurissa_g
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In Six Words
old meets modern fantasy with action
Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?
I’ve been trying to work in more fantasy YA and the summary drew me in. It sounded like nothing I had read recently and turned out to be a fun read with a unique plot and lots of action. Who of us doesn’t dream of “accidentally” pulling a hot guy magically out of a book? While that part may sound fun, life (and magic) never has that easy of a happy ending. The story has a great blend of love, loss, good, evil, laughter, and fear. Tessa is a strong female lead that I found to be age appropriate without being whiny or annoying. William can jump out of a tapestry into my room anytime he’d like. He was properly arrogant, witty, brave, and scared.
The book ends in a way that implies a sequel without needing one. However, I couldn’t find any official news. I really hope to see more from this author!
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.
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I thought the plot was creative and the author’s use of time travel worked amazingly well. I hadn’t read a story that featured the Fates in this way before and I found it immensely interesting. The Fates themselves were fun characters to read while being creepy and a little scary.
The pacing was very well done. It’s a fairly fast-paced book, but it didn’t feel rushed or too short.
I liked Tessa. She made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. She handles being thrown into the world of magic pretty well. And her full name is kinda awesome (specially with how it fits the story). I’ll admit to wanting to knock her and William’s heads together over some things, but overall I loved the connection between the two of them. Tessa isn’t just dealing with freeing a trapped nobleman and having the Fates pissed at her. Her father has also started seriously dating for the first time since her mother died. I thought this let us see another side of Tessa and how much she cares about her family.
William was great. Understandably confused about modern times and yet able to pull off arrogant nobleman while wearing Tess’ father’s old, ill-fitting clothes. He doesn’t trust Tessa which I understood at first, but it got a little old after a while. I loved that he showed his fear of the evil witch. Some YA guys don’t show a lot of weakness in this way. William had a damn good reason to be scared!
At school the next day Tessa thought about all the words she would use to describe her social life: Dismal. Awkward. Meager. She was a walking thesaurus for pathetic.
“I have raisins. Fruit.”
“Those are chocolate-covered.”
“Of course. For the antioxidants.”
- sound logic if you ask me
You know your life is completely screwed up when you have to look up the mythological figures who talk to you in the bathroom mirror.
“How do you kill a dragon?” gasped Tessa. “Don’t they teach that stuff in medieval school?”
I highly recommend this to those that love YA Fantasy. While there is a blend of medieval and modern times, this is probably more for fans of the latter.