Saturday, January 1, 2011

YA review: Warped

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. (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...This is a daydream of mine: rifling through an old, dusty box of books and finding something magical. Tessa finds more than she bargains for when she discovers an old tome and a eerily beautiful tapestry with a glorious unicorn shining in the threads.

For me, Warped was a refreshing tale, full of wonder and imagination. Not only was the story original, but the action kept me turning pages. Parts of it were sweet, some were scary, and others were heartbreaking. The writing was very colorful and gave me great images of the characters and magical locations.

I instantly connected with the characters. There was a strong pull between Tessa and Will, one that at times left me frustrated. These two have a connection that goes well beyond physical. Another set of interesting characters were the Fates, introduced in the beginning of the story. They are creepy and add an intriguing element to the story. While they play on the sidelines, they definitely have a lot of pull.

Overall, I enjoyed this magical tale by Maurissa Guibord.  I would recommend it to readers of all ages. I will be watching for more works by this talented author.

For more information, including preorder links, visit Maurissa Guibord at her website.


ladystorm said...

Oh, you are so lucky. I sooooo want to read this book!!! Thanks for the review.

Lee Smith said...

This sounds great! I'll have to add it to the list! :o)

Arya said...

Awesome review! This sounds like a really cool book. And I adore the cover. (:


Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Ooh! This sounds awesome. Can't wait to read it.

Jenny said...

I want to read this one so bad! I'm glad you liked it. Though now I grow even more impatient.

Adriana said...

I think I could really love this book. The story sounds so wonderful! I'll definitely have to get Warped when it comes out.

Book Monster said...

Never heard of this book before but it definitely seems intriguing. Your review has me now craving to read it :)

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

Warped has a gorgeous cover. I enjoyed your review and now you've added to my ever expanding wishlist, darn you! :)

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

Miss Remmers said...

Looks like a great read!
Happy New Year

Blog designed by TwispiredBlogdesign using Joifa Design's Innocent Imagination kit.