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*Warped* by Maurissa Guibord- young adult book review
by Maurissa Guibord
Grades 7-10 352 pages Delacorte January 2011 Hardcover    

Do you ever feel that youíre a part of something larger? That weíre all related to each other in some way, that our stories are tied together, interwoven, part of the same weave, the same warp?

Seventeen-year-old Tessa Brody, in Warped by Maurissa Guibord, finds out that she is literally part of a larger tapestry, and the destinies of many lives rest on what she does. Can Fate be overruled? Can it be beaten? Are we controlled by forces we donít understand, or do we have free will and control our own destinies? These are just a few of the questions that this brilliant debut young adult novel deals in with suspenseful, dramatic flair. Tessaís growing feelings for William de Chaucy, a man from her distant past, makes this enchanting novel one that should appeal to fans of urban fantasy and supernatural romance novels.

For people who love books, Tessaís life with her father upstairs from the used bookstore he owns is a fantastical dream. If only her mother were still alive, Tessaís life would probably be one many people would envy. Even her first name comes from a novel - A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine LíEngle - that her mom loved as a girl (another excellent book I highly recommend). Itís pretty cool that Maurissa Guibord pays homage to it with her own book involving wrinkles in time by naming her main character Tessa Margaret Brody. Margaret, or Meg, was the main character in LíEngleís novel, and tessaracts are geometrical shapes that form wrinkles in time.

Tessaís father bids on some books at an auction, and when they get the books home, he finds out they have one more box than he thought heíd bid on. In that box is a beautiful tapestry with a unicorn at its center in a glade of trees. The unicornís horn is bloodied and it has a scratch on its cheek. There is also a mysterious book in the box: Texo Vita (to weave life).

Tessa thinks the tapestry is awesome and hangs it in her room. When she tugs on a loose dangling thread, little does she know that sheís unraveling a thread of life that one of the Fate sisters, or Norns, wove when Will was born in the late 1400s. In other words, Tessa unravels Willís very soul from the tapestry, after its being placed there by an evil witch. Grey Lily wove it into the shape of a unicorn, a symbol of immortality, to ensure that she would remain youthful and undying over the centuries.

His thread of life is one of seven that the Norns are desperately searching for. Tessaís own life seems, if you look at her thread, to have doubled back upon itself. She may be the person who Will believes she strongly resembles: the teen virgin who Grey Lily talked the villagers into using to trap him after transforming his life thread into that of a unicorn. The Fates/Norns initially blame Tessa for the theft of the threads since she possesses the tapestry and has somehow managed to free Will, so now - besides an angry witch - Tessa has to contend with ticked-off Norns for much of the novel.

I would definitely include Warped on any fantasy/romance loverís Must-Have list, especially if youíre also a fan of A Wrinkle In Time, though itís not at all a prerequisite to have read it to enjoy Warped. This marvelous, page-turning urban fantasy with a touch of romance and three-dimensional characters boasts a wondrously woven plot that is guaranteed to live with you long after you put the book down.
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