Raindropreflections: Review- Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Review- Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Summary (book jacket):warped

Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession, strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past filled with images from a brutal hunt- one that she herself may have played a part in.

When Tessa pulls a loose thread from the tapestry, she releases a terrible secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent, and haughty attitude to spare. Will’s fate is inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa’s is. And though Will might be hard to get along with, he’s equally hard to resist.

Together, Tessa and Will must correct the wrongs of the past. But time is running out. The Norn sisters, also known as the Fates, have stepped in and begun to make a tangled mess of Tessa’s life. Unless she does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy, everything, and everyone, she loves will be destroyed.

Maurissa Guibord has woven a tapestry of romantic time-travel fantasy and supernatural suspense that is sure to delight readers- it’s fate.

What I expected: honestly, I had no idea what the book was about- it’s this weird personality quirk of mine, I guess, choosing to read a book without really looking past the cover and/or title- if it pulls me in, I decide to read it. And usually that technique works out pretty well. Hey, at least I’m spontaneous this way 😉

Story

This book gripped me. I started reading it when I was sick and had to stay home from school, but of course there was pending schoolwork so I couldn’t finish it the same day. But I could NOT get Warped out of my head. I couldn’t stop wondering what was going to happen next. It’s an awesome feeling when a book does that to you. Oh, extremely distracting too, but still.
So yeah, I couldn’t get back to Warped fast enough, and I ripped through it the next day in about an hour. It was AMAZING. I’m not kidding. This book almost had me breathless, it was so skilfully woven. Is this really a debut novel? I want to read more from Maurissa Guibord! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors now, even though this is her first novel. Talented much, huh?

Characters

Tessa was great. She was the epitome of the brave, smart MC who does more than wait for her Prince Charming to rescue her. Well, not many MCs do that these days, but you know what I mean. She was intelligent, engaging, and fun to read about.

Opal, Tessa’s best friend, was just as intriguing. There could even be a book based on her. Tessa’s dad, his girlfriend, even Tessa’s deceased mom were full of personality. I could practically see them, they were developed so realistically.

Now, the bad guys. The Gray Lily was as fun to read about as Tessa- I mean, I hated her and all that, but she has this past, and now this hunger, that sort of draws you to her.

And finally, on to the impudent gentleman I hinted at a LONG time ago in a Book Blog Hop question. William de Chaucy was awesome. He was just enough of the handsome but snotty to be realistic without coming off as a god. He is one great character to read about, and unpredictable, too.

Parting Thoughts: In short, I loved this book. It’s so beautifully written, I felt like I was watching someone making a tapestry- skilfully and beautifully. Sigh. I wish I could write that seamlessly.

Rating: 4.5/5. I mean, I’ve raved enough of this book. You get the point.

Buy at: Amazon

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