Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Title: Warped
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Pub. Date: 1.11.2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Keywords: Unicorns, Mythology, Fate, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 352
Description (from Goodreads):
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.

I’ll admit, it was the mention of a unicorn that attracted me to WARPED, so I was totally unprepared for the epic storyline that I discovered within the covers of this debut novel.

After reading just a few pages of WARPED, in which the Fates examine and manipulate the threads of life they rule over, I was completely dedicated to finding out what would happen next. The Fates have always fascinated me and Guibord’s unique treatment of the related mythology was exceedingly clever. The idea that someone might steal life threads from The Fates for their own nefarious use… ingenious!

To add to the mayhem, Tessa finds herself falling for William de Chaucy, who is as alluring as he is maddening. I enjoyed the push and pull between these characters. They both have strong personalities that don’t always mesh and neither controls the other… they’re very much equals.

WARPED is one of the most creative YA contemporary fantasy novels I’ve ever read. Guibord combines magic, time travel, and mythology to create a fantastic story with a convincing villain and a much deserved happily ever after.


Check out my interview with Maurissa Guibord HERE.

22 thoughts on “Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

  1. The book description alone makes the book sound amazing. Now your review enthralls me even more so. I hope very much to get to read this book sometime soon! It's definitely going on my B&N wishlist! πŸ˜€

  2. I've been wondering about this book for a while. I'm always leery with unicorn based books. But it sounds like it was a decent read to I'll check it out.

  3. I haven't read a really good fantasy in a while. This one sounds like the one to change that.(\___/)(='.'=) (")_(")alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Just like you, I purchased this book because of the unicorns in it. I am glad that this story is more than just a teen romance, since it also involves an interesting mythology and historical fiction. This book sounds great. I have to read it soon!

  5. I haven't really heard much about Warped. You said there is unicorns, time travel and magic, then I will definitely have to check it out now. Thanks for the review.

  6. I LOVED this book, and the title is a wonderful play on words of the warp and weft that make fabric (I'm into needlework myself). Your review is spot on. And really I couldn't have said better what you stated that Warped "combines magic, time travel, and mythology to create a fantastic story"…

  7. I just finished reading warped, and I agree with you. I enjoyed reading the story. The unicorn aspect drew me in, but the adventure kept me reading, as did Tessa and Will's strong personalities. πŸ™‚

  8. I keep seeing the cover of this, but hadn't actually read any reviews for it yet. I must say that this sounds completely intriguing, fantastic review! And yes, the unicorn mention really does grab the attention. πŸ˜‰

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