by Maurissa Guibord
pub: 1/11 Today!
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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.Time travel can be tricky but in her debut novel, WARPED, Maurissa Guibord pulls it off beautifully!
Where to start? Tessa is a normal girl who's spunky, funny, smart and loyal. She's lost her mom but adores her dad and (refreshingly) they have a close, loving relationship. I adored that! There are many great secondary characters including dastardly villains, and some surprising character reveals. Tessa's best friend is loyal and true, and then there's hunky Will.
|Hunky nobleman hidden here!|
Their romance roams into the fringes of sexy but he's a gentleman after all so it mostly stays sweet. Will and Tessa have their share of misunderstandings so you get a fun mix of hot and cold as they work things out. Tessa's strength shines throughout - she's not some damsel in distress - and her character grows over the course of the book.
|Dashing nobleman's humble abode|
Lots of fun, unexpected twists kept me turning pages at a fever pitch. The back and forth to different worlds and times never gets confusing. I loved how the ending wrapped up all the loose ends in creative, satisfying ways.
Written with a lyrical beauty, WARPED is a luscious adventure you don't want to miss. An enchanting blend of myth, magic, action and romance woven with originality and memorable characters. A fantastic debut and a great pick for all ages!
This is my first review for The Story Siren's Debut Author Challenge and it was a winner. I hope my future debut reads are this much fun!
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