Book Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

WARPED by Maurissa Guibord
Publication Date: January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Summary: 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.

Review Overview:

  • Charming, fairy tale-like read
  • Will de Chaucy will have you swooning

Time travel, unicorns, magic, and a hot British guy. This book has it all.WARPED is a light, charming read that will take you through a fantastical adventure through time.

WARPED is based on the Norse myth of the Norn, the three women who control the destinies of men and women (yes, I checked this out on Wikipedia). Prior knowledge of the myth is unnecessary since Guibord pretty much explains who they are and what they do throughout the whole book. I had never heard of the Norn prior to reading WARPED and I have to admit that I found the concept of Fate intriguing.

Is the plot predictable? Well, kinda. But because it reads like a fairy tale, the archetypes are laid out and we can easily tell the Good vs. the Bad. I knew when Something Bad is about to happen so I was able to brace myself at the opportune moments for the worst. Despite the use of fairy tale archetypes, I don’t mean to say that WARPED is predictable to the point that it is boring. On the contrary, Guibord’s writing leaves you on the edge of your seat. The chapters are very short which left me hanging at the end of each one. I found that I couldn’t just set a one-chapter limit whenever I decided to pick up the book, and before I knew it, I had read five. The pacing is so easy to get into, I found it very difficult to put it down.

And do I need to mention hot British guy one more time? Yes, I do. In WARPED, hot British guy takes the form of William de Chaucy, a 16th-century nobleman who is undeniably charming. He is without a doubt my favorite character in the book.

Just a warning, the majority of the book does occur in present day though there is dabble in time travel.

WARPED was a great, quick, and delightful read that will have you swooning at the charms of Will de Chaucy. I would definitely recommend this to those who love romance, time travel, unicorns, and hot British guys.


  1. oooh, I’m so glad to see a good review of this one! I haven’t really seen many reviews on it, and it’s definitely one I was thinking of picking up. Team Unicorn and all, ya know. ;D

    I’m definitely checking it out that next time I see it. Great review!

  2. Yeah, sometimes predictably is fun. Plus, I love unicorns and Norse mythology. I didn’t know much about this book before, now I can’t wait to read it.

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