blo Teens Read and Write: Review: WARPED by Maurissa Guibord + Giveaway

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: WARPED by Maurissa Guibord + Giveaway


WARPED
by Maurissa Guibord
pub: 1/11 Today!
Teen Fiction
WEBSITE / BUY IT
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!
Can we say dashing?! Oooooo, he's a handsome English nobleman transported from the early 1500's into current time. His delicious presence gives WARPED that sweeping Gothic romance feel. He's an yummy mix of polite, slightly arrogant, chivalrous, courageous, courtly, gallant. Okay, so I'm going a bit overboard on the adjectives but he's dreamy!


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! 


WARPED is released today! For a chance to win a copy from us fill out the form below. And for more great 2011 YA debuts go to The Elevensies and Class of 2k11.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before beginning her writing career Maurissa Guibord worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things and practicing medicine. Now she writes teen fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic and with a touch of humor. Her short mystery fiction, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband and three kids who make her laugh.


Contest Details:
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • Fill Out the Form Below
  • Open to US & Canadian Addresses
  • Deadline 1/28/11


33 comments:

Dazzling Mage said...

I LOVE the cover for this book. So pretty. I'm glad you enjoyed it too! I can't wait to get my hands on it and read it. =D

AtenRa @ Just Another Book Blog said...

I'll definitely check this one out!Thanks for the review :)

Cheree said...

Thanks for the fantastic review. I can't wait to read this.

Jessica (Firefly Book Loft) said...

Such a fun review! I loved all the pictures you added. I cannot wait to read this one. It's on my list for DAC 2011 too :)

Blodeuedd said...

I like the sound of this one, and I have always been a sucker for timetravel ;)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

A spunky heroine and dashing suitor? Sounds awesome!

The Norwegian BookGirl said...

I am so eager to get this book in my mailbox, checking my ail everyday hoping for it to show up. Now I am looking forward to reading it even more.

angie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole said...

This book sounds great. I will have to check this out!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I love the picture you added of the unicorn in the tapestry! I've been curious about Warped, but not sure if it's something I'd enjoy. I'll have to give it a shot though. Great review : )

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh, I've been wanting to read this one. It sounds so interesting. Now with the review, I really need to pick this one up! Love a gentleman too!

lulilut said...

I love this cover so much.
Thanks for the review & hosting the contest.

Alex Bennett said...

This one looks awesome, definitely reading this one as soon as I get it!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I so want to read this one. :D

Aylee said...

My my, WIll does indeed sound dashing! :) Thanks for the fun review.

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

You had me at Gothic romance. I'm a huge fan! Well, and the time travel element sounds pretty neat as well! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, and thanks for the contest! :)

Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

Really looking forward to this one!

Malbebe said...

I simply love your review of WARPED. Especially with the added pictures. Thanks for the giveaway. ;)

Orchid said...

Thanks for the great review! Warped is now going on my must get list of fantasy-ish books. It definitely sounds like something that I would enjoy. ^_^

Alison's Book Marks said...

I'm not entering as I'm lucky enough to already have a copy...but it's next in line! This is the first review I've read of Warped, and I'm even more excited to read it now!

YA Book Queen said...

Lol, amazing review! I've been curious about this one, and you've convinced me to check it out :)

Cleverly Inked said...

I am so jealous..This looks FANTASTIC

Bookish in a Box said...

I'm glad the author kept the romance sweet. I can't wait to read it!

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

This sounds like an enchanting tale ans I so look forward to reading it.

Small Review said...

Yayayay I'm so glad you reviewed this one favorably! I am jumping up and down with anticipation for this one. Your review confirmed all my hopes!

Misty said...

This is such an obscure, random reason to want to read a book, but I love books that have weaving and/or tapestries in them. ;p

Jessy said...

I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

How did I miss this one?? Sounds excellent, I'll be checking it out, Warped really fits the idea of time travel! Thanks for another new author and book to long for...

Dottie :)

onangelwings said...

Sounds like a great read.

missreneer said...

Thanks for the great review and giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Ren (All By MySHELF) said...

I've seen this around, but never read about it before. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

Rebecca said...

Warped looks really good. Great review.

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