Skip to main content

Warped

Warped is a YA modern fantasy by Maurissa Guibord.

Tessa Brody is just an average seventeen-year-old in most ways. She has just one best friend, no boyfriend, and some academic pursuits. One of the big differences between her and most teens, though, is that she doesn’t mind hanging out with her dad. After all, since her mom died they’ve had to take care of each other and run the bookstore that they live above.

That’s how they end up at the auction, bidding on crates of ancient books.

Tessa’s dad gave up because the bid got too high, but then the auctioneer opened one of the bolted crates and pulled out a tapestry that the bidder would get as a bonus. Something unexplainable happens to Tessa as she stares at it. It’s beautiful, almost alive, and features a wild-looking unicorn with a slightly bloodied horn. She’s never been a fantasy fanatic or a unicorn lover, but she finds herself pushing her dad’s hand up and winning them the bid.

When she puts the old, dusty, yet, to her, bewitching tapestry up in her bedroom, strange things start to happen. She begins to have intense dreams, even sometimes visions in the middle of the day. And then when a solitary thread hangs loose she pulls it out, and new secrets and revelations begin to fall into her lap. She meets William de Chaucy, a very good-looking, young sixteenth-century, infuriatingly haughty nobleman, and she realizes she has gotten deep into something dangerous.

Tessa also receives validation on something she’s suspected from the beginning: the tapestry is anything but just a wall decoration for a unicorn weirdo (which she beginning to fear she was).

Together with Will, whom she is frustratingly attracted to, she tries to unravel to magic of the tapestry and right wrongs that were done hundreds of years ago.

The problem is the Fates, called the Norn sisters, don’t take kindly to Tessa’s interference and suddenly everything and everyone she loves is crumbling down around her…

Warped was one of those books that took me a little while to get into, but then fully converted me before it was done.

This is a well-done magical mystery that switches from modern Tessa, hypnotized and mesmerized by the old tapestry, and 1511 England where we meet evildoers, Will in his rightful timeline, and Tessa’s doppelganger. It has a suspenseful build that I didn’t feel from the get-go, but as things get really crazy you start to appreciate that slow burn.

One of my favorite things, early on, about Warped was how the author portrays the relationship between Tessa and her dad. The grief they still share over the death of her mother quickly humanizes our protagonist and makes her more relatable.

Warped has so many different elements to the story that keep it moving briskly, it’s almost impossible to touch on them all. There’s excellent humor to lighten it up in parts, especially with Tessa’s best friend Opal who is absolutely hilarious and provides one of the more unorthodox and refreshing moments of trust. I don’t want to give it away, but I’ll say it was nice to see this happen, as it doesn’t often in books or movies.

Here we have a romantic, exciting, action-packed, sometimes violent, unexpected, and fast-paced must-read for any YA lover. With each page I was sucked in more and more.

Warped is a wonderful novel that hobbles together (expertly) fantasy, myth, legend, time-travel, love, and bravery. I was on pins and needles up to the end!

I ended up loving it! I would like the story to continue, but I’m thinking it’s a stand-alone. I resignedly admit, despite my bibliophile ailment that demands MORE, that it was a pleasing conclusion.

My, oh my, this is a goodie!

Special Note: For the next four Fridays (including today) you'll notice two reviews posted. Due to some scheduling issues, you'll be getting a TGIF bonus! It'll go back to just one review on Friday June 8th, but until then enjoy reading about yet another book before your weekend reading frenzy!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.

Again.

When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Interview with Joanna Philbin!

Today we have an extra special guest! Joanna Philbin, author of The Daughters series, is here to tell us about the fourth and (*sniff*) final book in the series - The Daughters Join the Party - as well as answer some other questions!

Welcome to the Bibliophile Support Group, Joanna! We're happy to have you!

So, for anybody who hasn't read the first three books in The Daughters series (read my reviews here: The Daughters, The Daughters Break the Rules, The Daughters Take the Stage) can you give everybody a general idea of what they're about?

Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson are best friends who are normal fourteen year-old girls in almost every way. Except for one: each girl has a parent who is incredibly famous. And her parent’s fame complicates her life in a big way. Lizzie’s mom is a supermodel, but Lizzie isn’t what most people would call “beautiful” – in fact, she’s what most people might call “unusual-looking.” How do you deal with having a supermodel mother when you don’t …

#YAStandsFor Daily Social Challenge... Day 5!

In my final day of participating in the I Read YA Week celebration (you can keep partying, it goes on through Monday!), I found myself presented with a new challenge of: Create a graphic showcasing an inspirational YA quote.

I'm not super tech savvy and I've never created a graphic before. But with just a little Google searching and a download of an app, I was able to create this:


Thanks for joining me this week! I hope you all enjoyed it! Please follow or subscribe for notifications of new posts and reviews upcoming on the Bibliophile Support Group!

#YAStandsFor
@IReadYA