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Every mythical creature stars in a love story these days. This story's conceit—a unicorn who is actually a hot Cornish noble from 1511 is made human again and popped into contemporary Portland, Maine, when his life thread is pulled from a tapestry—creates a situation in which unicorn romance actually makes sense. When spunky-but-ordinary high-school senior Tessa rescues Will from his tapestry prison, they must face down Gray Lily, the 500-year-old witch who used Will for her immortality, and deal with the Norn, or Fates, who are annoyed at all these meddling humans. The dialogue is clunky, though, and narrative imperative overrides plausibility (peasant-turned-witch Gray Lily wrote a diary in the 1500s, helpfully detailing all her wickedness and magical prowess, and then lost it?). But it doesn't matter because the point is that Tessa and Will belong together, and nothing (Fates, evil, 500-year age difference) can withstand their love. Despite the older age of the characters, this is really for the starry-eyed younger teen who stands, riveted, at the Cloisters or the Cluny longing for a unicorn of her own.(Romantic fantasy. 12-16)
Posted January 17, 2012
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.
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Posted October 12, 2011
I've wanted to read "Warped' for awhile and finally reached it on my to-be-read pile. After reading it I wish I would have got to it sooner. This book is absolutely fresh. It's full of unexpected turns and new twists on classic tales. From the mythical fates to the mystical unicorn it was something I'd never read before. I've always shied away from books involving unicorns but Maurissa has created a wondrous tale in which the unicorn aspect is important and flows seamlessly within the story. I enjoyed the weaving element as well; it was something new and interesting. I loved the chemistry between Tessa and William. The push and pull of their romance tugged at my heart. The ending had my heart pounding and left a smile on my face. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the book ended. I wanted to keep reading to see where Tessa and William would go. I give "Warped" 5/5 stars. I highly recommend this book. It has become a new favorite. This heartfelt and unique story will 'weave' it's way into reader's hearts.
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Posted April 15, 2011
Posted July 22, 2014
Do ya wanna builda snowmaaaaaaaaan? We can ride our butts around the halls, come on lets go and pay! Its about time we have some crumpled pee, ive been talking to the cats on the walls! Hi there, Snowfur! You look dead. (End.) Dont hold it in, like the good boy dad told ya ta be. Let it go, let it go, dont hold it back anymo. Let it go, let it go! The horni<_>ness never bothered me anyway.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2013
I received Warped as a gift from my brother, along with some other books. He checked out my “want-to-read” list, and stated that he decided to go with the one with the best cover (yeah, I know “don’t judge a book by its cover” … it just does not apply to him). It was a choice out of the many that I would have like to read, so it doesn’t really matter which ones he’d have chosen, I would have liked it regardless. But, I am glad Warped was picked.
Just the perfect stand-alone read!
It is extremely hard to find a good YA read-on-its-own book now and days (maybe it’s just me), and I am glad that Maurissa Guibord decided not to stretch the story any further; it just would not work out.
Fate … Magic …these two words are not in Tessa Brody’s dictionary… at least … it wasn’t until a magical tapestry changes all she had ever believed in. Strange things have begun to happen-there’s unexplained evil lurking around, and along with it all, she meets William de Chaucy-young, gorgeous, beautiful-haunting-familiar eyes, and although arrogant from time to time, still mesmerizing. Oh, not to mention he’s from the sixteenth-century. Weird, is an understatement. Together they will uncover hidden past and secrets that will put their lives in danger.
Like and dislikes
A fantasy book of fate, time-travel, romance, family concerns, and ancient evil, perfectly woven together, it is deserving of a 5/5 stars rating! As I was reflecting on what I have read, there was nothing that I really disliked. The plot and pacing of the book was perfect and the ending was wrapped up nicely. For a short read, Maurissa Guibord made sure to keep things moving along, but at the same time making sure things aren’t rushed; which tends to happen in a three-hundred something page book.
Would I recommend it?
I’m already thinking about re-reading it, so yes, I would definitely recommend it!
Posted November 25, 2012
This book was very good. I was very suprised at all the events in the book. It was really different from a lot ogf fantasy books I read. Personally, I loved it. It was very romantic and action packed. I say GO FOR IT!!!!!!
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Posted November 14, 2012
Posted May 23, 2012
I was taken by suprise. I havent been surprised by a novel for some time now. Seamlessly youre switched from past to present. Sweet sly humor from a hurting young girl. Coping with the death of a parent and falling for a early Mr.Darcy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2012
n. 1. the set of yarns placed in a loom that forms the lengthwise threads of a woven fabric. 2. a hypothetical eccentricity or discontinuity in the space-time continuum.
- from Webster's dictionary
Tessa and her father live above a used bookstore in Maine and by all appearances, she comes off as a normal teenager with a mundane part-time job, kooky best bud, and the usual school angst. Yet, her father's newest purchase (a collection of leather bound books and other unusual items from an auction estate sale) begins to strangely affect Tessa by causing vivid flashbacks of a long-ago life - a life she's certain she was involved with. When one small action brings the past to the present...Tessa realizes that sometimes souls (ie. "threads of human life") can be twisted to withstand the test of time and that immortality is the 'name of the game'. When dark magic, three mythological goddesses, and one well-built young man all collide in Tessa's humdrum life, can she finally make up for her mistakes in the past while continuing to have a future of her own?
I was presently surprised in how much I enjoyed Warped. Honestly, I expected the usual Young Adult read full of supernatural mystery and innocent romance, but Guibord wrote a very intriguing novel where both sides (good and bad) were in constant battle and it was truly difficult to predict which side would win come page 337. (the end!) Plus, all the characters were well-rounded (ex: Jackson Brody, Tessa's dad, was very warmhearted) and easy to enjoy (ex: Opal, Tessa's best friend, adds a lot of comical humor) throughout, which is always a great perk of a good book. Expect lots of twists and turn within the plot with also a nice amount of romantic intrigue and passion. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Like: I highly enjoyed the story and was happy to have a complete finish for once. No more continuation in the next book of the series here, which is something I've been sadly dealing with in a few of my other previous reading adventures! Don't get me wrong, I love series, but it was refreshing and quite satisfying to finish a story in one book.
Dislikes: Personally, I was cracking up about the whole auction scene at the beginning because . . . that's my life! Seriously! I work at a Fine Auction House and bidding placards ("like a Ping-Pong paddle" pg 6.) are something I deal with on a monthly basis ---- so, sadly I kept thinking about work and NOT escaping into a new book as I wanted.
Posted October 12, 2011
This book is definutly a classic, and worth your time, unlike some stories that aren't very intreging, or well written;this book is both. The writter does occaisionally use terms that might seem unfiimiliar to some Americans, but that doesnt meen the book poorly written, merely that you are unfimiliar with some English vocabulary. I think that all readers that enjoy mystery storis will greatly enjoy this book and the ingenious way the mysteries are solved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2011
Warped opens with Tessa and her dad at an auction house bidding on some books and what seems like a random tapestry. After winning the bid she starts to examine the tapestry and the book that was wrapped in it and her life takes a sudden plunge for the strange as she starts seeing visions and having dreams of a different time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For the past two days I've been trying to figure out just what I enjoyed, I can't pinpoint it exactly but here are a few things:
I enjoyed the telling of two stories in two different times. I've always enjoyed books form other centuries and while I'm not a fan of flashbacks these time flashes were wonderfully crafted.
My imagination ran wild. As I've started reading critically I've noticed a lot of books where the narrative tells me what's going on instead of showing. I've found it distracting to the point where I need to put the book down and walk away, this is not a problem with Warped. In fact, it was quite the opposite - I had to stay up all night just to finish!
I loved that it kept me up all night just trying to figure out what will happen next.
The story touches on the Norns (Fates) and I don't recall ever reading a book with Norse mythology.
I only had one complaint but it's such a minor one that I didn't want to bring it up. However, since there is a missing half of a star I might as well explain. Right from the start we learn that there are seven missing threads (lives) and the Norns (Fates) want them back. Finding those seven threads, in one book, didn't allow room for a lot of character development (minor characters) and while I enjoyed a lot of the characters, I wanted them to have more screen time - especially Opal and a few of the lost threads. However, it wasn't a huge lost to the story and I'm looking forward to reading more from Maurissa.
Posted April 4, 2011
Loved this book! Old books, ancient myths, unicorns, reincarnation, young love...all my favorite things all in one book. Highly recommend and I look forward to more books by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2011
i could not put this book down and was said when it ended. i really hope there is a next to continue the fun and exciting adventures of will and tessa. great mythical read, puts you in the book as if you were looking though tessa's eyes and all her adventures. have fun reading this one!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2011
Time travel, unicorns, magic, and a hot British guy. This book has it all.WARPED is a light, charming read that will take you through a fantastical adventure through time.
WARPED is based on the Norse myth of the Norn, the three women who control the destinies of men and women (yes, I checked this out on Wikipedia). Prior knowledge of the myth is unnecessary since Guibord pretty much explains who they are and what they do throughout the whole book. I had never heard of the Norn prior to reading WARPED and I have to admit that I found the concept of Fate intriguing.
Is the plot predictable? Well, kinda. But because it reads like a fairy tale, the archetypes are laid out and we can easily tell the Good vs. the Bad. I knew when Something Bad is about to happen so I was able to brace myself at the opportune moments for the worst. Despite the use of fairy tale archetypes, I don't mean to say that WARPED is predictable to the point that it is boring. On the contrary, Guibord's writing leaves you on the edge of your seat. The chapters are very short which left me hanging at the end of each one. I found that I couldn't just set a one-chapter limit whenever I decided to pick up the book, and before I knew it, I had read five. The pacing is so easy to get into, I found it very difficult to put it down.
And do I need to mention hot British guy one more time? Yes, I do. In WARPED, hot British guy takes the form of William de Chaucy, a 16th-century nobleman who is undeniably charming. He is without a doubt my favorite character in the book.
Just a warning, the majority of the book does occur in present day though there is dabble in time travel.
WARPED was a great, quick, and delightful read that will have you swooning at the charms of Will de Chaucy. I would definitely recommend this to those who love romance, time travel, unicorns, and hot British guys.
Posted March 21, 2011
Posted March 12, 2011
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. It's very unique and a definite attention grabber for me. Then, while reading the blurb, "unicorn" stuck out like a sore thumb. Although I knew from the beginning that an actual unicorn would take a small role (ie- not many scenes) in the book, there is still a unicorn in the story. My inner ten-year-old demanded that I read it. I wasn't disappointed in the least. In fact, I was surprised at how dimensional the story was and how fascinating everything seemed to weave together.
Tessa is an incredible character. Her willingness to defy pretty much anyone to help William was a great feat for her. I also loved her witty dialogue. Some of the most enjoyable parts for me was when she talked to herself as she tried to psyche herself out of doing something. In some stories, this can get tedious and dull, oftentimes making the character look weak. For Tessa, it was the opposite. It was almost endearing. Speaking of endearing: Tessa's friendship with Opal was flawless. Opal was that best friend that every girl needs in her life - completely trustworthy, bluntly honest and always there for you no matter what. I am so sick of reading about a best friend that turns on the main character... it was refreshing to see the opposite in this. William de Chaucy was yet another extremely strong character. He was arrogant a first, but quickly redeemed himself. His protectiveness over Tessa, even when he knew who she had been and what she had done, was very sweet. His character, as well as the interaction between him and Tessa, seemed very genuine and never forced. I loved watching the love blossom between the two. The Three Fates and Gray Lily also played extremely important roles in the story. They were all incredibly written, each with a voice of their own - each bringing their own intrigue into the story. Gray Lily was a wickedly evil antagonist who you couldn't help love to hate.
Although I could go on and on about the characters, I have to say that Warped was definitely a plot-driven book for me. I'm amazed and awed how flawlessly Maurissa put together the past and the present in the story. The scenes of the past enhanced your knowledge of the present at just the right points so you understood what was going on, without all of the chaos of getting scenes mixed up and you don't leave the story feeling completely dazed and confused. The ending twisted my emotions up into a ball into the very last moment, but in a good way.
All in all, I loved this book. If you're a YA reader who is a fan of fantasy, this is one you'll have to pick up.
Posted March 9, 2011
First I hardly give a book five stars, and this one 100% deserve it. I won't talk about the content of the book because others have already spoil/ did that, but wanted to let everybody know how AMAZING this book was! It caught me by surprise because I didn't expect to like it so much. You wouldn't know that this is the author first book, it's so well written/put together, has a good balance of the all things needed in a book or what makes a book good to read. BRILLIANT!!! Do yourself a favor and read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2011
Girls and unicorns--you'd think it'd be done to death by now, right? WRONG! Fantastic, unique story blending some unicorn lore you know with some you'd never guess at. Ms. Guibord weaves in (ok, bad pun) a trio of ancient Norse mythagos, a book, an ancient tapestry and, of course, girl meets boy. The characters lure the reader in, the action never stops. Ms. Guibord certainly knows how to up the ante! A great read for young readers, and not so young ones like me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2011
I was very impressed with this book. It was a refreshing change of pace from all of the vampire and werewolf books out right now. It left me wanting more of Tessa and Will's story. Well worth it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2011
Yay! Yay! YA.YAY! Need an explanation? You bet. I have been sent YA after YA novel and I have NEVER been so happy to read one in my life, as when I was sent Maurissa Guibord's debut offering to the marketplace. This woman knows her stuff, and I'm not kidding about this! Creative with a capital A! When we are first introduced to the characters the beauty of the writing alone makes the deliciously woven plot jump off the page. Debut novelist? I find this fact hard to believe. Her descriptive passages alone make her a writer of at least twenty years and hundreds of best-selling novels. So I ask you.do you want a YA fantasy that's historical, romantic, fun, exciting, dangerous, suspenseful, and mystical WITHOUT the standard run-o'-the-mill vampire? Than this is what you've been waiting for.a breath of fresh air! In Portland, Maine, in the Old Port District, stands a brick three-story building that is perched above the working waterfront. Inside this building, on the ground floor, is Brody's Bookstore run by Tessa Brody and her loving father. They've just returned from an auction where Tessa's father bid on a lot of collectible books that he absolutely had to have. Unfortunately, as the bid got higher and higher, Dad decided he didn't want them as much as he thought. Tessa, however, was shown the contents of one of the boxes that included an old book and a strange looking tapestry that had the picture of a unicorn embroidered in the center of an eerie forest scene. Something.the sound of hoof beats and a voice echoing inside her mind jolted Tessa as she gazed at this strange find, and immediately bid for her father until the Brody's became the "winners" of the mystical, ancient box. The history is enchanting in this novel. Readers will be so 'wrapped up in Warped' that they'll never want to put it down. And when they do get to the end, they'll likely go back to the first page and read it through once more because they'll find themselves wanting to stay in this author's realm forever. The religious aspects, the mystical aspects, the incredibly lovely romance, the questions of why things happen to good people and does fate really exist or, can we all, with hard work, love, and courage make our own destiny no matter what is written in the stars, are just some of the themes that will grab your heart and mind as you immerse yourself in this powerful story. I, for one, want to contact the author and ask her to please sign my copy of Warped. Why? Because I know without a doubt that Maurissa Guibord will become a famous author and I would love to have a first-edition collectible on my very own bookshelf.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.