Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The Story: 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.
My Review: I purchased this book when it was first released and for whatever reason (read: an extremely large TBR pile) didn't get to it until a month or so ago. It was totally worth the wait.
When Tessa's father wins an auction for an old set of books that just happens to accidentally include a tapestry, everything Tessa thinks she knows about her life is about to be turned upside down. A centuries old secret reveals itself when she pulls a loose thread from the tapestry and finds the swoon worthy William de Chaucy in her bedroom. He's handsome, has an accent and is from a completely different time. He's clueless as to the ways of the world and that makes him more than just a little adorable.
Except he doesn't really know if he can trust Tessa because he believes she's the one who trapped him. But she couldn't have been, could she? I'm not telling.
As far as female leads go, Tessa is an incredibly written one. She's determined, confident and smart. Tessa doesn't allow herself to be bullied and would do anything for those she loves. I'd definitely want her as a friend. Tessa's father is admirable and kind. Although her mother has been dead for a few years, her father is not the usual missing parent. He's supportive and trusts his daughter. I kind of wanted to hug him a few times.
There are several books that came out this year that I've hardly heard anything about but deserve lots of love. This is one of them. It has everything: mystery, danger, a sexy boy and a likeable main character. Warped is an exciting debut and you should definitely add it to your TBR list. It's that good.