Tuesday, May 24, 2011

READING: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Publication date: January 11th, 2011
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4,5/5
Eligible for Debut Author Challenge 2011
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.

Awww I loved Warped!It's such a cutsie novel with a unique and intriguing story.

I know that a lot of people aren't exactly fans of flash-backs and the constant jumping between timelines, but I don't mind at all. In fact, I like it when I can see what happened in the past with my own "eyes" instead of reading about it being narrated by a character in the book. So I really enjoyed both the present and the epic past (horses, maidens, castles, witches-you know the drill!)
which due to Guibord's light and very vivid writing, is not at all confusing, like where am I now? how did I come to be here? and all that.

I liked both Tessa and Will's characters. Tessa, well you can't BUT like her. She is so nice and funny and pretty much has every quality you can think of. Will is so seriously medieval, sometimes in the point of snorting, other times you find yourself being smitten with him without even realising it.
Gray Lily, the villain, was fantastic! That's how a villain in a fairy tale should be like. Sca-ry! She kinda reminded me of Mother Gothel, Rapunzel's mother in a way. Creepy and completely obsessed with eternal youth and beauty.

I haven't read any books on Norse Mythology so I didn't know their version of the Fates, called the Norns. I only knew Fates through Greek Mythology (duh) and I thought that was it. Even though both myths have the same basic story, 3 women who decide humans' fate, there are also a lot of differences between them, so it was interesting to read about another take on this well-known lore.

I really enjoyed Warped and I absolutely recommend it to readers who want to be amazed by something different and unique in YA. Full of action, romance and magic, Warped will definitely keep you up all night!
Unfortunately, there isn't any news about a sequel yet. The main story ends without a hint of one, but the epilogue...not so much ;)
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  1. Oh, I loved this one too! It was the perfect kind of book for me and I really hope there is a sequel as well. If not, at least I was happy with the ending. :)

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