Warped

Warped

by Maurissa Guibord

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375896460
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 970,929
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
File size: 420 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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. 54 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!
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having haggled with an older lady at an auction, Tess now finds herself the proud owner of a couple of boxes of old books and an extra crate that contains a unicorn tapestry. After hanging it in her room she starts having odd dreams and memories of a unicorn hunt from a whole different time period. The Norns, who spin threads of Fate, are especially ticked off having suspected Tess of stealing seven threads from them. Tess doesn't remember this, and what happens when she does pull a thread from the tapestry? Better yet, why is there a sixteenth century nobleman in her room?Usually I would stay away from books with time travel and unicorns, but I think this book is creative and likable. It didn't quite live up to all the hype surrounding it, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I didn't find it corny at all. The whole unicorn idea was believable, and I mean there are such things as unicorn tapestries anyway.Also, the time travel was handled in a simplistic way and not at all confusing. Although, there were times where something was mentioned and I thought it would be important and then it wasn't mentioned again... other than that, it's a neat read. It's lite fantasy and reminded me of a Disney Channel movie. So if Disney Channel movies appeal to you and you like the idea of unicorns and dragons, and a girl who lives above a bookstore give it a try on a gray day. Plus it¿s a standalone.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Mumugrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally when I read a book I am complaining that they are too long as my attention span has been known to wander if a book is more than about 400 pages, but in this instance, I think the book would have benefitted from more fleshing out. I really enjoyed the interaction between Tessa, the girl from the present, and William, the boy who stepped out of an enchanted 16th century tapestry. I'd have liked more scenes where the author contrasted the two different worldviews of those two characters, as well spending more time to let the romance develop between them.The story itself was a little too fairytale-ish for me, but I liked that the author put her characters into real jeopardy, and Grey Lily, the evil sorceress that enchanted William and stole his youth and vitality was truly a monumental bitch. Nicely done!I think this was the author's first book and I will be keeping an eye out for more from her.
abackwardsstory on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Warp: 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 [And reproduced at the beginning of Warped by Maurissa GuibordIt's hard to believe that Warped is Maurissa Guibord's debut novel. The story is so intricate and well-put-together that it pulls on your emotions. Action, adventure, romance, heartbreak, intrigue, suspense: It's all here, bookworms. This is the strongest teen fantasy debut I've seen since Kristin Cashore broke into the market with Graceling in 2008. (Amazing book. Read it if you haven't. NOW.) Also like Graceling, Warped is a stand-alone novel, though there's potential for companion titles. I love Cashore's sophomore release, Fire, a sort-of prequel to Graceling, and look forward to the upcoming release of Bitterblue, which will take place six years after the first book. I look forward to any other books Guibord may write in this world--or others. Publisher's Marketplace recently announced the sale of the author's next publication, a two-book series starting with Revel, "about a girl who becomes a pawn in a dangerous and paranormal love triangle." Guibord remarked on the sale recently on her blog. Sign me up already!If you're a fan of teen fantasy authors such as Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce, you'll definitely want to check out Warped. It's not quite the same genre (it takes place in "our" world, for one thing), but the writing has the same texture/flavor to it. I read the novel in one sitting and forced myself to stay awake and finish because I had to know what happened. The story was that good! It was one of those books where I couldn't read anything else for a few days after I finished it because the characters were still with me and I knew nothing I picked up would be half as unique or interesting.Warped begins with a girl named Tess, who is attending an auction with her father. They buy a bunch of old books for their used bookshop and receive a mysterious addition to their lot--a crate containing an ancient-looking book and a dusty tapestry that Tess feels drawn to. She loves the intricately-woven unicorn, who looks so life-like, it's almost scary. She hangs it in her room, where the tapestry feels warm to the touch, as though it truly is alive. She starts having strange dreams at night about a girl living during the 1500s and an Earl's son who is bewitched and transformed into a unicorn. One day, she pulls at a loose thread in the tapestry and the unicorn unravels as a strange young man appears in her room. He claims to be William de Chaucy, son of the Earl of Umbric, and she realizes that her dreams are grounded in truth. A witch named Gray Lily transformed Will into a unicorn, then wove the mythical beast into her tapestry in order to gain immortality and eternal youth. On top of a haughty Earl's son flummoxed with the 21st Century, Tess now has to deal with an irate witch who wants to regain her unicorn--and her youth, as well as the Norn (the Three Fates), who think she's the one who stole seven threads from their Wyrd 500 years ago and want them back--and are willing to destroy everything Tess holds dear if she won't return them...If a thread of mythology, a touch of time-travel, a dash of romance rolled into an intriguing plotline in a way that feels realistic (hey, it could happen!) is your thing, then Warped is absolutely the book for you. My only complaint? I wish it had been twice as long!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What's that saying? The one that says are lives are woven and intertwined by fate? Tessa comes upon a pieces of fabric like no other during an auction. The fabric gives her visions on her past self and thrusts her back in time. She also continues to bump into a certain handsome young man. The owner of the fabric wants it back for it holds great power if you know how to wove the fate of life.This book was great. This was yet another great and interesting read. Nothing like it is out there. Once I started I could not stop. Tessa is a great strong character. Her wiliness to fight against the fabric and gets things right made me admire her. She did whatever it took to set things right and setting William free of the fabric.Now, William was a little arrogant to begin with but I warmed up to him. Of course he had no idea where he was at or what year it is. He was on the defense but also cooled down. William was also a strong character. Even when he knew what Tessa past self did, he'd still protected her. I loved how William made Tessa squirm. By that I mean I loved how he was so strong and confident he made Tessa swoon. She was so used to being on her own she didn't realize how to rely on anyone else.The romance was touching. I love watching them fall in love. The ending was heartbreaking yet joyous. I was glad to see that everything in the end was set right.
Henriettatwloha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Warped by Maurissa Guibord is a very interesting read. I've never read any type of fiction about the weaving of life and it was definitely worth reading. However interesting and original the story might have been though, I don't think it was executed as well as it could have been. It seemed a little stereotypical in the relationship between the main characters and in the dialogue. I had a lot of hope that this book would be fantastic, it had the potential with a story like that, but it was just pretty good. Tessa was a very enjoyable character to read, I actually enjoyed all the times she would speak to herself to psyche herself out, it made me laugh. She was very loving and willing to do anything to save her family. William was a bit annoying, but I can get past all of the sixteenth century machoism and think of him a chivalrous. But I didn't care for how quickly the characters "fell in love." I'm so over having the main characters fall in love after just knowing each other for just a few days. Sorry, but that's not love, it's like. Please authors, stop making your guy and girl fall in love so quickly, it's totally unbelievable even if they've known each other from another life. Other than the silliness of the "love" between Tessa and William it was a enjoyable read. I do have a problem that the last page was thrown wide open to be continued in a series. Honestly, I don't think that it is a strong enough story to be continued in a series. I didn't find myself asking "what will happen next," "I HAVE to know more," I just found myself wanting to know the end. Overall, it was a good stand alone novel, just not necessarily one that I would continue to read if it was made into a series.
seescootread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you run across a book that just works perfectly for you. Warped is one of them. I loved it from start to finish; the witty dialogue, the characterization, the romance, the plot elements. ALL OF IT. So great! Warped follows Tessa, a girl in modern times learning how to navigate life with her single father. When they bring home an unexpected surprise from an auction Tessa¿s life gets all tangled up. For someone who doesn¿t believe in fate, it sure seems to be knocking on her door! Warped read just like a movie to me and I could easily picture every scene in my head. Even with all of the plot twists everything flowed well and the pacing was perfect. Tessa and William¿s interaction with one another felt genuine, as were all the character interactions. I was very happy with the ending. It does not leave things hanging wide open for you, so it doesn¿t necessarily need a sequel but I would LOVE it if there was one. I want more! When you have a chance grab a copy for yourself and sit down for a brilliant read.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dang. I was really looking forward to reading Warped when it came out, y'all. I started it almost immediately after it was released, couldn't get into it, and set it aside. Then I saw a few good reviews that prompted me to pick it back up. Well, this time I at least did manage to finish it. Unfortunately, that's about all I can say.It just wasn't believable. Okay, okay. I know. You're sitting there looking at your computer screen like "uh, brilliant observation Allison. The book about the Fates, unicorns and witches isn't believable." But that isn't what I mean. I mean that the characters acted totally ridiculous in the situations they found themselves in.Situation 1:Tessa-of-the-16th-Century (I'll call her N(ot) Q(uite) Tessa) is a young lady. The local nobility pays off NQ Tessa's family so that they can use her for unicorn bait. See, they think this wild unicorn killed off one of them. (For the purposes of this scenario, we'll forget about the fact that they're completely wrong.)They need NQ Tessa because she is a virgin, which as we all know, is like a flashing "come and get it" sign to unicorns. So anyway, this maiden is sitting out in the middle of the forest trying to attract a killer unicorn...she is alone, but she knows plenty of big scary men are close by waiting to move in and kill it once it shows up. So then, all of a sudden....wait for it....BARK! BARK!NQ Tessa: WTF? A DOG?!? You said you were out to get a killer unicorn! You didn't say anything about bringing dogs! I'm scared of dogs! Does that strike anyone else as ridiculous? The group of big hunters? Fine. Killer unicorns? No biggie. But bring out the trained dogs? Now you've done it. Situation 2:Tessa, our modern day heroine, pulls a thread out of the unicorn tapestry, which makes 16th Century William appear in her bedroom. She decides to call for back-up.Tessa: Girl, this guy just fell out of that creepy unicorn tapestry hanging in my room. He is wearing medieval clothes...this is really weird. I bet I sound a little crazy, but I promise I'm not.Opal: hmm. Well, that does sound rather odd. But, of course I believe you. Be right over!uhh, hold it. I know you only have about 400 pages to tell your story so you don't have time for a lot of theatrics with the whole getting-people-to-believe-you thing, but really. I'm gonna need a little more than that.So anyway, those are the two examples that stuck with me of situations I just couldn't roll with in the story. Obviously I didn't quote from the actual book, I just kinda paraphrased to get my point across. I wasn't at all trying to imply that the author's actual writing style was bad either.It just seemed like the plot was a little too much...and the characters just didn't fit the story. Obviously this is just my opinion, because a lot of people loved the book! If I wasn't so hung up on the characters, I'm sure I would have gotten caught up in the plot and found it very entertaining. Unfortunately, this just wasn't the book for me.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 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.
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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