Guibord, Maurissa. Warped (2011). 352 Pages. Delacorte Books. $10.39
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.
Cheever’s Fine Auction House was packed on a stormy spring afternoon. The auctioneer’s voice carried over the patter of rain drumming on the high, dark-beamed roof of the former dairy barn. “Number ninety-four. Last lot,” he announced to the crowd.
“Thank God,” said Tessa Brody under her breath. She’d been sitting there so long, she’d probably have an impression of the chair slats engraved on her rear end. Auction butt. Not good.
It started with a bit of curiosity, so I got the sample on the Kindle. When I got to the end, I was hooked (which is exactly why they offer samples) and I had to have it. While I realize that it’s all marketing, in this case I’m OK with that, because if it weren’t for the sample, I likely wouldn’t have read it.
And Warped was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t the most brilliant thing I’ve ever read, but I had a lot of fun reading it, and that has to mean something. It’s about Tessa, and William, and at times, her friend Opal. William’s been stolen from his own time, and they have to find a way to fix it. It’s very dramatic in the way that everything to do with high schoolers tends to be, though for once their lives actually are on the line, rather than it just feeling like they are.
There are moments of silliness, and cheesiness, and a few predictable things, but one does not read a young adult romance expecting a great work of literature. Or, at least, I don’t. I read it expecting entertainment, and this one delivered. Wild chases, hunts, danger, intrigue, romance, obvious yet dangerous villains, and the like.
Character development was… meh. The same plot device– regarding trust– is used twice, once fairly early in the book, where it makes sense, and then once more, much later in the book, where it does not make sense at all. It was annoying, to say the least. “Sorry, I don’t trust you despite everything we’ve gone through…” just doesn’t fly with me.
Anyway, Warped earns a 4/5. I own it now, and I’m OK with that, and will probably read it again sometime. It was a fun take on time travel.
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