Warped is the debut novel by Maurissa Guibord, I read it as part of the Debut Author Challenge hosted by the Story Siren. 

It’s really funny that I picked this off the shelf when I did, without realizing how connected it is to the last few books I’ve read! I had no idea there would be a unicorn in the story (I avoid reading blurbs now because some have given too much away), but there is and the whole unicorn lured by a virgin myth was reiterated. Not nearly as much unicorn lore in this as I discovered in Rampant or Z vs. U  but a coincidence that I would read this debut right after them. Of course in the world of Warped, there’s no such thing as coincidences.

In Warped Tessa accidentally becomes involved in a struggle between the Norn (the three fates) and a woman who has stolen threads from the tapestry that makes up the world.

I love Greek mythology, so this new take on the three fates was really awesome. I like the idea of people’s threads being reintegrated into the tapestry, rather than just cut away. The fates have limited thread and weave new stories with the same souls. This would be great for a book club that likes lively discussions, because I can see free will vs. fate arguments arising and an in-depth argument for or against reincarnation. As much as the idea of having everything planned out of my control rubs me the wrong way, I like Guibord’ s interpretation of fate.

I was less impressed by the romance than the mythology. It felt melodramatic at times, and I never liked Romeo & Juliet. Love at first sight and “I can’t imagine a world without you!” just make me want to puke. I’m not a romantic in that sense, and I don’t think that this Hollywoodized sweep her off her feet kind of romance sets the best example for teens. However, since I am rarely satisfied with romantic aspects of novels, there is a chance you will find the young couple as charming as everyone seems to find the royal couple that wed today.

The relationship I found more compellingly written was the father-daughter one. I thought Tessa had realistic issues regarding the death of her mother, her father moving on, and her conflicts with him.

There were times when I was a bit bored, so it wasn’t a one sitting book. I think it could have benefited from being cut down shorter and a slightly faster pace, but this is a common problem with debut authors and I think Maurissa Guibord will find her stride.


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