Sunday, January 23, 2011

Warped by Maurisaa 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.

I sat down to read this Friday night thinking I wouldn't finish it until Monday only to find myself completely absorbed and unable to put it down. I finished it Saturday night at midnight. I loved this story and how it spanned the time of five-hundred years. It's a fascinating tale of two people who find their fates completely entwined although they are from two totally different time periods and places. The plot flowed well for me. I like how Maurissa Guibord not only gave the story from Tessa's perspective, but also other key players giving me a fuller understanding of the story. I really enjoyed it.

The characters were fun to follow. I was a little confused by William de Chaucy's reaction to Tessa though. I guess I understood that he would want to blame someone for his predicament, but I never fully understood why he chose Tessa. She hadn't really been the one to do the capturing. He should have been mad at the witch the whole time. That was really the only thing that bothered me. I liked that Guibord threw a little humor into her characters. They weren't completely intense characters racing here and there. They had there own little breaks and that was nice to see them laugh at themselves and their behavior.

Guibord gave enough closure that I was satisfied, yet I was still left wondering about a few loose ends. The pacing was well done, not too fast and not too slow. I enjoyed the intense, life or death, nail biter moments. It's always good to read a story that keeps you reeled in non-stop. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others.

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