Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Warped

Hello my darlings!

Tomorrow is Library Day!

Yes, I've set a day of the week when I go to the library. I had to do this mostly to keep myself from showing up there every day and taking away more books than I could read in the borrow period. I get kind of book-happy and can't control myself. That would be why my personal TBR pile is so big.

My book-addicted brain: "We have 100 books to read already...running out of space on the shelves... butthisbooklookssoawesomeanditsonsaleBUY!"

I know that most of you understand the feeling.

Anyway. A once a week library trip keeps my book borrowing below the certifiably insane level and gives me a goal for the week. I can't check out any more books than what I return, so if I only read 2 books from my library pile that week I can only check out 2 new ones.

I know... I know. It sounds so restrictive and self-abusive!!!! But, it's been working for me so far.

Anyway, I've got a review for you guys today so read on!

by Katherine Longshore
Title:  Warped
Author:  Maurissa Guibord
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication:   January 11, 2011
Pages:   339


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.

Not bad, Guibord. Not bad. It wasn't the most riviting of YA fantasy that I've ever read but it was entertaining and I got through the whole book in just a few sittings. There were some slow parts, and a bit of repetition but overall it was cute. A very unique idea.

Tessa finds a funk tapestry in a big crate of old books. The tapestry is so powerful that it pulls her back hundreds of years to a past-life that connects her very strongly to the owner of the tapestry and subject... a gorgeous, but angry looking, unicorn.

There's a lot of getting pulled back and forth in time, and Tessa's friend is a little irritating. Other than this, though, everything else is up to par as far as entertainment and creativity.

The Norn are properly anti-emotion, and that part of the story evolved pretty well.

William is your average teen-dream-boat with an English accent, not a lot of depth there unfortunately. Tessa is a pretty interesting character herself but I wish the author would have gone into more detail regarding her personality and thoughts about things such as her artwork and her mother's death.

In general I was more interested in the romance budding between her father and his new girl-friend than between Tessa and the "prince charming" unicorn. Please tell me that's not because I'm getting old. *sigh*

Anyway, I would say that this is a fantastic book for younger girls. Though the main character is in her teens, I would be more inclined to recommend this book to a pre-teen or young teen. It's quick and doesn't linger on any one particular subject to give it too much depth or weight. It's generally light hearted.

So, a 3/5.  Not at all bad, but not exactly a book I'd consider picking up a second time.


That's all for this Thursday post, my dolls.

See you tomorrow for Feature and Follow Friday  (NEW AUTHOR BEING FEATURED!) and a great GIVEAWAY! WOO!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


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