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Warped

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,768 ratings  ·  390 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Jan 28, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Readers who liked Immortal by Gillian Shields and/or Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
As I expand my reading repertoire more and more each year, it's getting harder and harder to judge young adult books. Some actually rise to standards held in general fiction with superb writing, masterful storytelling, and stellar characterization. However. . .not many manage this great feat. It's very difficult to take an idea, no matter how wonderful or innovative, and shape it into a novel that keeps every reader engrossed. Sadly, this is not that novel. If you're expecting something to grip...more
Valerie
I honestly would not want to be a mother in the fictional book world because they always seem to die. Their life expectancy is very short after giving birth to a heroine in a novel. Women are supposed to live longer than men but if you go by all the books then really the men have one up on women. I think sometimes the death of a mother can contribute to a story. (Okay, I know that sounded like a completely insensitive thing to say but hear me out.) Something like that can really change how a cha...more
Erica (daydreamer)
I was so ready to love this book. Ever since I first read the premise- unicorns, enchanted tapestry, a young nobleman pulled roughly from his time, and thrust into Tessa’s- I was intrigued. I will say I was worried I wouldn’t like it, that it might not live up to my expectations and could end up being a flop, but I was pleasantly surprised, because I actually did like it. In fact, I loved it. It doesn’t garner a five star rating, but there was a certain enchantment within the story, that while i...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Reading Warped was like eating the best kind of comfort food; it left me feeling cozy and happy. When I was in upper elementary and middle school I loved reading fantasies of all kinds, but especially stories with unicorns. This isn’t a unicorn story, of course, but it still holds the elements of fantasy that I love. There are quite a few fantasy novels out there, but Warped quenched my thirst for what I’ve been missing all these years.

I need to give major kudos to Tessa and Opal’s friendship. O...more
Adela Clancy
Amazing!! *sings*
I loved this book!! The story was so unique to anything I've read and the characters were simply fun and fantastic! Tessa's life is one that I wouldn't mind having myself, either, she lives in a bookstore for a start, has a completely rockin best friend, and then of course there's Will..*swoon* So hot! Will captivated me from the start, I'm already a sucker for the accents, but the old fashioned air about him and mysterious way in which he came into Tessa's life..Loved Him!
Tess...more
Rachel Loke
This has got to be one of the most intriguing and original YA fiction books that I've read. While the genre is buzzing with books about vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, dystopia settings, Maurissa Guibord has distinguished herself from the other authors out there with her debut novel on tapestry, magic and unicorns. The world she has crafted is simply riveting and unique.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its premise, especially with the Three Fates, an ancient tapestry and a 16th century no...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
Warped is a beautifully written debut novel, it's a captivating fantasy with a fairy-tale-esque feel.

Initially we are introduced to the Norns.... or the Sisters of Fate if you will. Weaving together the fabric of life. Decided when your particular thread of life has fullfilled it's purpose. The Sisters had several strands stolen and they will stop at nothing to get them back!

And then we are introduced to Tessa. Tessa's dad owns a bookstore...... that they live above. How awesome is that. I gue...more
Krystle
I must say, the one thing that caught my attention about this book was the unicorn bit. I do love me some unicorns, or any type of horse-related creature, to be exact.

Warped is a light, rollicking fantasy read that’s all parts fun, and maybe a few bits whimsical. The story moves at a decent clip, jumping into much needed action when the plot starts to sag, and if that doesn’t catch your attention, a nice dash of romance is thrown in to keep your attention.

I loved the whole idea of the Fates an...more
Sara Grochowski
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 some...more
Corinne
Although I really love a storyline that is centered around the three Norns/Fates who live at the foot of the world tree Yggdrasil, I didn't like the way the story proceeded. It's just too straight and there are no real surprises in this story at all: one got the ill-fated lovers, the best friend, the sympathetic father and late mother, the evil witch/hag with her assistant and a little bit of timetravel mixed together with some divine and mysterious figures!

The trouble is simply that I felt like...more
A&E
Time travel can be tricky but in her debut novel, WARPED, Maurissa Guibord pulls it off beautifully!

Where to start? Tessa is a normal girl who's spunky, funny, smart and loyal. She's lost her mom but adores her dad and (refreshingly) they have a close, loving relationship. I adored that! There are many great secondary characters including dastardly villains, and some surprising character reveals. Tessa's best friend is loyal and true, and then there's hunky Will.

Can we say dashing?! Oooooo, he'...more
EZRead eBookstore
I give this book an A- for creativity and allusions to the three sisters of fate (they never get enough reference in other books). However, I cannot ignore the rushed romance and annoying naiveté of the characters, which earns a D+ grade. I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. A YA fantasy with a little romance – how could this be bad? It’s the perfect genre for me. Unfortunately, something about this book had me rolling my eyes in a “puh-lease!” manner, instead of jaw dropping in awe.

Perhap...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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...more
Angie
When I first read Warped, I knew I was holding something special in my hands. Maurissa Guibord blew me away with her story of love and magic, of sacrifice, secrets, and danger. Tessa and Will are two of my favorite leading couples to date--their romance unfolds at a lovely pace and is filled with tension, humor, and attraction. This book has a perfect mix of everything I love in a well-told story! I'm looking forward to sharing Warped with my friends, and I can't wait to read more from this tale...more
Kaitlynne
Ahh. I just absolutely loved this book. Especially the ending. Though at first I went, "Whaaat?! He doesn't remember her?! *SOB*." But I read on and then started laughing.

I already knew who the Fates were due to the fact that I'm just a bit obsessed with Greek Mythology, and I love how Miss Guibord weaves them into the story. (Tee-hee)

Oh, how I hope that there's going to be a sequel. If there is I will be the first in line to buy it.

Marshanah
Warped was magical! I loved every page I read. There was romance, family reunions, and good triumphed over evil. A classic tale in my opinion and original. It made me wish that a tall, handsome guy would just fall out of my tapestry.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here.

Warped by Marissa Guibord takes a magically woven tapestry, the mythology of the Norn (Fates), and some time travel to tell a romantic story of destined love.

This is a romantic fantasy more than anything else. There is confusion, angst, furtive glances, and several kissing scenes. (Including one where a bodice is undone-though not ripped.) If you are a fan of romance, particularly the fated-and-impossible-to-fight type of love story this is one to add to your list. I am no...more
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...This is a daydream of mine. Rifling through an old, dusty box of books and finding something magical. Tessa finds more than she bargains for when she discovers an old tome and a eerily beautiful tapestry with a glorious unicorn shining in the threads.

For me, Warped was a refreshing tale, full of wonder and imagination. Not only was the story original, but the action kept me turning pages. Parts of it were sweet, some were scary, and others were heartbreaking. The writing was very...more
Anne
Before I start my review, I just have to mention that this is quite possibly one of the ugliest covers I've ever seen...for a new book anyway. When I picked it up from the library, I thought I had mistakenly put a book from 1980-something on hold.

This was not a bad book at all, really. It kind of reminded me of a Nickelodeon movie. It was entertaining and cute, but it's not going to win any Oscars.
I've definitely never read anything quite like it, though. I'm not even sure how you would classif...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was a beautifully woven tale, filled with fun characters, a good plot, sweet romance and a wonderful middle age/modern day setting.

Opening Sentence: On a hillside stood three figures.

The Review:

Tessa is a 17 year old girl that has never really believed in fate. She lives with her father and her mother passed away 4 years ago in a terrible car accident. Tessa’s father owns a book shop and he has just recently attended an auction where...more
Nina
Oh my goodness, I loved, loved Warped. I stayed up most of the night reading this book and I usually don’t do that unless it’s utterly amazing. And it is: a-mazing!

Tessa is a character I liked. She’s fun, smart and doesn’t trust everyone easily.
I loved the relationship she has with her dad. It was realistic and it just felt so warm. And a big bonus point for her dad being around Tessa all the time. I mean hello? How many times are parents absent or totally not caring of their own off-spring? L...more
Truly Bookish
4.5 Stars. If you are looking for something different in the paranormal romance department that does not include vampires, faeries, wolves or angels, Warped is it. This is a great debut novel by Marissa Guibord. It’s a modern fairy tale about love, loss, fate, destiny and sacrifice.

There are so many things about this book to love. I really enjoyed that Tessa’s father owns a book store and they live above it. Throw in a centuries old magical tapestry with a unicorn, time travel, the Sisters of Fa...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
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 Guibord

It'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 i...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Maurissa Guibord had me completely wrapped up in her debut book, Warped. It's one of those books you sit down for a few moments to read and find you are so invested with the story, that you can't put it down. It's a story the flows well, and blends together elements I enjoy. Maurissa weaves together a story of love, life, loss, fate, destiny, magic, danger, time travel, and action in the form of classic battle of good vs evil that will span centuries. The setting, the characters and the...more
Lauren
Warped is a nice little book. It's a young adult novel but contained most of the fantasy elements without any annoying aspects of urban fantasy. The finer point being put on nice since the book did not address any of the nastier aspects of falling in love with someone from the fifteen century. I've read books where the time warp from fifty years ago yielded more problems regarding inequality, racism, class or sexism. The book being young adult rather than urban fantasy spared us the trope of lai...more
Stephanie
*4.5 stars*

This book was just delicious and tailored pretty much exactly to my personal reading tastes. Romantic fantasy with lots of magic, just one (wonderful) love interest (a nice, good guy, even! - who shares FABULOUS chemistry with the heroine), and a huge historical component...not to mention how much of the novel is set in a used bookstore - !

Well, obviously, I enjoyed it all hugely. I loved that the heroine, Tessa, actually saved herself in situations where I automatically assumed (base...more
Kyle Ames
Kyle Ames
Romance
Tessa is a young girl who works with her father in a local bookstore. At the beggining of the story she comes accross a tapestry with a beautiful unicorn on it. Upon bringing it home and through a series of strange dreams and visions about the tapestry, she one day pulls a loose thread from the fabric and magically releases a young handsome boy named William De Chaucy. Over time she learns that he was sealed in the fabric from a witch who stole his "life thread" and reworked him...more
Jessica
For some odd reason, I was in a slump when I picked-up Warped by Maurissa Guibord. It took me what seemed like forever to finally get a feel for the book. There were times when I felt completely turned-ff by how unrealistic the story is. However, I had to remind myself that this is, after all, a fantasy novel. Don’t get me wrong, I love fantasy tales, so I kept reading. Boy was I glad that I did.

Seventeen-year-old Tessa lives in modern day New England with her father. Her dad owns a book store...more
Giu Molina
Quando você lê as primeiras frases do livro você já sabe que está prestes a vivenciar uma aventura emocionante.

O livro começa com as The Fates (eu não consigo lembrar o nome delas em português) e não teve como evitar: fiquei mais intrigada com a história, porque, você tem que admitir que a gente não vê as The Fates em muitos livros por ai e eu amo mitologia grega #fato

Então a gente conhece a Tessa, e o livro já ganha mais um ponto positivo. A Tessa é uma garota determinada, que ama o pai dela,...more
Britnie
I bought this book because of the great reviews on Amazon (when I ordered it, it had only 4 and 5 star reviews, which is pretty much unheard of) and the stunning cover. It had an interesting premise, even if I don't normally like time travel or "reincarnation" stories. But so many YA novels are too similar these days so I was willing to try something new.

Overall the plot is good. It's unlike anything I've ever read before. It seemingly has it all, a strong heroine, a dashing hero, a twisted vil...more
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“Every person makes a difference. And the choices we make, the things we do—they matter.” She looked up into Will’s eyes. “And now I do believe in fate. Especially the kind we make ourselves.” 10 likes
“It's kind of strange...All these so-called myths and fables. Everyone seems to have the same ones. They cross cultures and continents. Everyone has their own versions of unicorns, witches, even the Fates. Now we know why. Because they're real.” 3 likes
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