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Author: Maurissa Guibord
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: January 10, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Rec. Age Level: 12+
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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.
It was the mention of a unicorn that attracted me to Warped, so I wasn't completely prepared for the epic storyline that greeted me within the pages of this book.
After reading just a few pages I was completely hooked and committed to finding out what would happen next. The Fates, who read and manipulate the threads of life, play a large role in this novel, which I enjoyed, as I've always found the Fates fascinating. Guibord's unique treatment of mythology was exceedingly clever; the idea that someone might steal life threads from The Fates for their own nefarious use isn't something I've read before.
Adding to the havoc wrought by the missing threads, Tessa finds herself falling for William de Chaucy, a gentleman as alluring as he is maddening. I enjoyed the push and pull between these characters. They both have strong personalities that don't always mesh and I liked that neither overpowered the other. They were very much equals, choosing compromise over dominion.
Warped is one of the most creative YA fantasy novels with a contemporary setting that I've ever read. Guibord combines magic, time travel, and mythology to create a fantastic story with a convincing villain and a much deserved happily ever after.