Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bookanistas Book Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Warped, by Maurissa Guibord, caught my eye for the silliest of reasons: It came out the same day as my own book. But absolutely loved the plot summary: 

MedWarped.jpgTessa Brody doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, she releases a terrible secret--one that has been contained for centuries. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. "His Lordship" is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.
Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy. But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?

Here's what I love about this book: 

The premise is wonderful, and totally pays off. The author explores it to the fullest, and doesn't merely use it as a device to put the hot guy into the girl's life so they can fall in Everlasting Love.  I expected a sort of love-across-time thing (which it was) but got a crafty villain, some cool, thorny problems, all bound up with a sweet and satisfying love story. Nothing felt superfluous here. It all went together. 

The magic system it sets up is very unusual, based on the mythology of the Fates who weave the threads of individual lives into the fabric of destiny.  I love books that incorporate established legend with new ideas. The one is particularly cool. Very visual, too. I can't help thinking what a cool movie this would make--not something I automatically think with a book. 

Tessa, as a heroine, meets each challenge gamely, and by the end takes the reins of her destiny in a very gratifying way. One of the things I like best is hinted at in the plot summary: She is willing to make a sacrifice. In a book about Fate and destiny, Tessa doesn't wait to be handed a happy (or unhappy) ending. 

And I very much liked that this novel comes to a conclusion. There's a bit of an open door where I could see the possibility of revisiting these characters, but Warped, in itself, is a very satisfying read. 


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9 comments:

  1. Oh, now I'm really excited tor ead this one. I downloaded it on my Kindle as soon as it was released, but just hadn't gotten to it yet. Thanks for helping me decide to advance it on my TBR pile!

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  2. Ooo. Sounds good. I also like it when authors give old myths and legends a twist.

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  3. Oh, loving the historical flavor to this. I used to love books like this that had people traveling across time. We don't see them as much any more, although I hope we're seeing a comeback. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

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  4. Ooh! This sounds great! I love when books incorporate classic legends as well--they stand the test of time for a reason!

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  5. I love time-travelly type novels, too. This one definitely incorporated some super neat ideas, really well executed. Sweet love story, too.

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  6. Love the sound of William! I love a haughty hero who has more depth than we realize ala Darcy.

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  7. Cory-- Well, I didn't want to play the Mr. Darcy card in the review (because it's not got the Regency sort of vibe) but... yes. :-D There is a lot of stuffy British hotness hiding a heart worth winning going on with William.

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  8. Oooh this sounds so interesting. I'm familiar with the mythology of the Fates and I hadn't seen any books about it yet. I'm definitely putting this on the (massive) TBR pile.

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  9. Ooh, this sounds good! Classic with a twist--love it. Great review!

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