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by Maurissa Guibord

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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


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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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The Norn have gone by other names throughout history. Some call the three sisters the Fates; whatever their names, they "eternally spin and weave and cut the threads of human life." This story is woven as cleverly as the tapestry of the Norn, and its threads come together with just as much precision. Tessa Brody's father owns a used bookshop in a quiet little town in Maine, but when he purchases a lot at an auction that includes an ancient text and a small tapestry, the teen's life become entangled in a twisted tale of witchcraft, legend, past lives, and lies. Tessa is a spunky and strong heroine with a sassy best friend, Opal, who adds spice and humor in just the right doses. Just as Tessa begins to realize that there's something special about the tapestry, a handsome young man who was turned into a unicorn 500 years ago and trapped in it falls out of the weaving and onto her bedroom floor. William de Chaucy's introduction to modern marvels is written with such wonder and humor that readers will look on the world and its conveniences with new eyes. This absorbing and mesmerizing read has it all—fantasy, romance, witchcraft, life-threatening situations, detective work, chase scenes, and a smattering of violence. Imaginative and compelling, it's impossible to put down.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
Publishers Weekly
Time travel can be a difficult concept to execute well, but first-time author Guibord does a credible job negotiating the pitfalls. Tessa Brody, 17, is inexplicably drawn to a unicorn tapestry her father wins at auction. Whenever she touches it, hallucinations of the past draw her in. Meanwhile, the tapestry's maker, Lila Gerome, is determined to get it back. Centuries ago, she stole seven threads--each a mortal life--from the Norns. Lila needs the tapestry to maintain her immortality, and the Norns want their threads back to set the fabric of the world straight again. At the center of it all is the unicorn, woven of the life-thread of a man named William de Chaucy. An arrogant knight, Will is an unlikely match for a modern girl, but Tessa needs his help to unravel their mutual mystery before Lila can snatch the tapestry. Some may wonder why Scandinavian Fates would determine the destinies of an Anglo-Norman nobleman and an American teenager, but that in no way derails the adventure and romance as Tessa learns to appreciate her man of chivalry. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
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Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"William de Chaucy’s introduction to modern marvels is written with such wonder and humor that readers will look on the world and its conveniences with new eyes. This absorbing and mesmerizing read has it all–fantasy, romance, witchcraft, life-threatening situations, detective work, chase scenes, and a smattering of violence. Imaginative and compelling, it’s impossible to put down."

VOYA - Kaitlin Connors
Following the death of her mother, Tessa Brody's father opens a bookstore above which they now live. One day, the father and daughter attend an auction looking for classic books when they acquire a mysterious crate containing both a peculiar old book and a stunning tapestry. Inexplicably drawn to the image of a unicorn, Tessa hangs it in her room. A loose thread appears on the tapestry, and when Tessa pulls it, she releases William de Chaucy from captivity. Now, Tessa and William must fend off Gray Lily, the witch who trapped William's life thread, as the unicorn, centuries before. The strange book that came with the tapestry, Texo Vita, contains Gray Lily's secrets to weaving life as she pleases. To make matters worse, The Norn, or Fates, want the threads of life that were stolen so long ago. Tessa is tasked with, not only saving the life of the man she has come to love, but also freeing the souls of six other threads, all while her own life falls to pieces. Warped proves an interesting romantic fantasy, but will be a difficult sell to readers not interested in those subjects. Tessa does provide a realistic and likeable character, as she juggles love, friendship, and family loyalty; however, limited interaction with some of the other compelling characters, such as The Norn, leave a lot of unanswered questions. The idea of life being threads is intriguing and fascinating, and despite some minor glitches, this novel serves up an entertaining and thought-provoking tale. Reviewer: Kaitlin Connors
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Meet the Author

Before beginning her writing career, MAURISSA GUIBORD worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things, and practicing medicine. Now she writes YA fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic, and with a touch of humor. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband, and three kids who make her laugh. Warped is her first published novel.

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Warped 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
becx More than 1 year ago
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.
Taylor Vereen More than 1 year ago
this book.is so good its unlike any other and not your typical love story it holds your interest, read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
I received Warped as a gift from my brother, along with some other books. He checked out my &ldquo;want-to-read&rdquo; list, and stated that he decided to go with the one with the best cover (yeah, I know &ldquo;don&rsquo;t judge a book by its cover&rdquo; &hellip; 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&rsquo;t really matter which ones he&rsquo;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&rsquo;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 &hellip; Magic &hellip;these two words are not in Tessa Brody&rsquo;s dictionary&hellip; at least &hellip; it wasn&rsquo;t until a magical tapestry changes all she had ever believed in. Strange things have begun to happen-there&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;t rushed; which tends to happen in a three-hundred something page book. Would I recommend it? I&rsquo;m already thinking about re-reading it, so yes, I would definitely recommend it! Happy reading:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So freaking amazing! I did not put this book down! There MUST be a sequel. PLEASE write a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
warp 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.
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Clara Wempe More than 1 year ago
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.
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Shanella More than 1 year ago
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.
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melouria More than 1 year ago
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.
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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!!