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Warped Hardcover – January 11, 2011

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When Tessa pulled the loose thread in the curious tapestry she and her father acquired at an estate sale, she freed Will de Chauncy, who was in thrall to a bitter witch known as Gray Lily. For Will, it is a second chance at life, 500 years after his imprisonment. Gray Lily has the most at stake, though; Will is the key to her eternal youth, and she will stop at nothing to retrieve the tapestry and place Will back in it. What Gray Lily doesn’t count on is Tessa’s ability to literally weave her life irrevocably together with Will’s and her need to fix things before her life is destroyed by the three sisters known as the Fates. Debut author Guibord easily shifts the action between de Chauncy’s 1511 Cornwall village, the timeless and forbidding forest world of the tapestry, and Tessa’s modern-day Portland, Oregon. Will’s enslavement is told in flashbacks, which builds a nice tension around the connections between Tessa and Will and allows the author to reveal details at just the right moments. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch

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Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"William de Chaucy’s introduction to modern marvels is written with such wonder and humor that readers will look on the world and its conveniences with new eyes. This absorbing and mesmerizing read has it all–fantasy, romance, witchcraft, life-threatening situations, detective work, chase scenes, and a smattering of violence. Imaginative and compelling, it’s impossible to put down."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385738919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385738910
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bonnie Lynn Wagner on January 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 is the strongest teen fantasy debut I've seen since Kristin Cashore broke into the market with Graceling in 2008. (Amazing book. Read it if you haven't. NOW.) Also like Graceling, Warped is a stand-alone novel, though there's potential for companion titles. I love Cashore's sophomore release, Fire, a sort-of prequel to Graceling, and look forward to the upcoming release of Bitterblue, which will take place six years after the first book. I look forward to any other books Guibord may write in this world--or others. Publisher's Marketplace recently announced the sale of the author's next publication, a two-book series starting with Revel, "about a girl who becomes a pawn in a dangerous and paranormal love triangle." Guibord remarked on the sale recently on her blog. Sign me up already!

If you're a fan of teen fantasy authors such as Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce, you'll definitely want to check out Warped. It's not quite the same genre (it takes place in "our" world, for one thing), but the writing has the same texture/flavor to it.
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The first time Tessa talks to William de Chaucy, he has shown up in her bedroom after she has pulled a thread from a tapestry. She had been having weird dreams ever since she had received the tapestry and put it on the wall of her bedroom. Now things had just gotten really STRANGE as she describes what happens in her room:

He had a face of strong lines - clean, angled jaw and arrogantly sculpted nose. A deep, ragged scratch tore across one cheekbone, and a streak of dried blood was crusted on the middle of his forehead. His skin was tanned, and his tousled hair and eyebrows were touched with a paler color than the dark lashes that shadowed deep-set eyes. He smelled, but not really unpleasantly, Tessa realized, of musky sweat and campfires and something else ... horses?

Good looking despite the dirt. So good-looking, in fact, that if he hadn't been filthy, he'd hardly look real. Especially dressed as he was, thought Tessa, in some kind of costume from a medieval fair. She reached out a tentative hand to touch his clothes.

He woke up fast. At her touch, his hand struck out like a whip and captured her wrist. Tessa gasped as he leapt up, hauling her up with him. He gripped her by the shoulders and nearly carried her as he propelled her forward to push her against the wall. Tessa swore, struggling to get her knee up and wrench herself away, but he only tightened his hold and pressed closer, pinning her to the wall.

"Where am I?" he demanded. "And what are you doing here?"

I bought this because of all the great reviews and found that it reminded me a lot of that movie Kate and Leopold with Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan.
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I bought this book because of the great reviews (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 villain, and a looming threat in the form of three seemingly divine sisters. The writing wasn't the best in my opinion. It was inconsistent, it went from action to dull back to action only to revert to dull again. Some parts were real page turners and I'd get excited thinking the story was finally going to turn around only to be let down again when the action ended and I was left with the same below average character. It very much reads like a YA novel, which isn't a bad thing, younger reader I'm sure will devour this up. I know I would have if I were 6 or 7 years younger. I can really see my 15 year old self falling for the story and its British hero. And since this is a 'clean' novel, no curse words and only a couple of kisses, it is a novel I'd feel comfortable giving to my younger female family members.

My real problem with this novel was the characters. When I closed the cover Tessa and Will were still both blurry figures. They were not developed enough for me to have a sense of them being real or unforgettable. They were some what generic and cookie cutter for my taste. The villain was very good, I actually found myself really liking her. She may have a twisted way of thinking but she had a very sympathetic back story.
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