Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Warped by Maurissa Guibord
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.

-Hardcover, 339 pages Published January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Food to eat while reading: Threaded Apple Pastry 
Threaded Apple Pastry
I like the idea of lives being woven into a tapestry and unicorns are always intriguing.  But a guy being a unicorn?  I'm not so sure.

Tessa's voice is unique and I like her character.  She is a refreshing modern contrast to William de Chaucey's old fashioned tales.

Somehow I didn't believe the romance between Tessa and William.  For starteers, I never did get a feel for William and as a reader, I have to be a little in love with the hero to be glad for the heroine to fall in love with him.

I would like to have seen a show-down with the Norn and also see Tessa show some signs of the paranormal strength that is hinted at but not played on.

I wanted to see more of what happened as a result of the Norn fates and the evil Grey Lily tampering with the tapestry threads.  Just changing her father's health and friend's loyalty weren't enough for me.

The idea that Tessa and WIlliam's threads are tied together and that they keep weaving around each other through the ages.  I wanted more of that idea.

Bottom line -  a handful of intriguing ideas but the story fell short of my expectations--I wanted more.  I have no major qualms about the writing or content.  It's a clean read with no swearing and one borderline romance scene.

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