Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
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.
Once in a while there comes a book that captures you in its world for the story’s uniqueness and singularity; Warped is that kind of book. Tessa Brody, the story’s heroine, is a normal girl who lives with her father. Her life passes by between school, her work hours at her father’s book store, and fun times along her best friend Opal. One day, Tessa acquires a tapestry and since that moment she starts having visions from other times where she might have been a crucial piece in the events haunting her dreams. It’s because of this she gets to know William de Chaucy, a handsome nobleman from the sixteenth century who will make her angry and sigh at the same time. I loved this book and if I could summarize Warped in a single word, it would be: perfection. It was exactly what I was craving to read; something with that flame of originality. The world building is amazing; how their past lives are entwined with current time and how destiny plays a part is exquisite. The alternative narration styles capture the reader between its pages and the characters conquers them. Main characters Tessa and William are adorable. The singularity each one possesses and how they balance each other out is funny and appealing at the same time. I simply adored them and their differences, from Tess’ vision about life to Will’s handsomeness and irony. Secondary and tertiary characters do not disappoint. On the contrary, from the Norns, the story villain, to the perfect sidekick Opal along the main characters will make you live the story from beginning to end. What I’ve liked the most about every character is that even though they were not main characters, everyone had a story to tell. Seeing the sparks of every story and how destiny can take or change every one of them not only makes the experience magic, but deep. This is the biggest credit I can give Guibord in this first presentation where both the world she created and its characters come alive and make the reader’s experience magic. The end appears to be stable and ties the story nicely. However, there’s space for another presentation. Warped, a story about life, fate, destiny and a love that will travel centuries to defeat evil and time; where you’ll find yourself warped in Guibord’s words and you will not want to let go.