Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Title: Warped
Author: Maurissa Guibord 
Published: January 11, 2011 by Delacorte Press 
Pages: 254/e-book for Nook 
Overall: 4 out of 5
Source: My personal library
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge 

Summary: 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.

Review: This book has a little bit of everything: dragons, tapestries, witches, and a lot more. Unfortunately it wasn't as developed as it could have been.

I loved loved loved the concept of Warped. It was original and was truly something that I've never seen in YA. It took about half of the book to get to the plot, but once it was there it was awesome. There was almost constant action, but it was a bit choppy. It seemed like one thing would happen and then it'd skip to something else happening. 

I didn't feel a connection with any of the characters, but they were still good for the story and helped move things along. The different perspectives also allowed for a little more knowledge as to what was going on. I do wish that there had been more development on the Fates and the Wyrd. Will and Tessa's (I'm having having Clockwork Angel flashbacks) relationship was also not as developed as I had hoped. I could tell that they had a connection, I just wish it had been shown better. Opal was an amazing best friend. I really wanted more of her in the book. She was funny and was a great companion to Tessa. 

I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. It seemed to me that Tessa accepted everything too easily. But then again she had been dealing with it throughout the book. I gather from the epilogue that there's going to be a sequel and I must say I'm looking forward to it. I really want to find out if Tessa holds any power as a weaver. 

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