Friday, January 27, 2012

Warped

Warped by Maurissa Guibord takes a magically woven tapestry, the mythology of the Norn (Fates), and some time travel to tell a romantic story of destined love.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

This is a romantic fantasy more than anything else. There is confusion, angst, furtive glances, and several kissing scenes. (Including one where a bodice is undone-though not ripped.)  If you are a fan of romance, particularly the fated-and-impossible-to-fight type of love story this is one to add to your list. I am not so much a fan of that kind of romance, so this one didn't work for me on that level. I did enjoy Will's reactions to the modern world and Tessa's spirit and ability to problem solve. 

The story just required me to stretch my credulity a bit farther than it could go though. The entire modus operandi of the plot didn't make sense to me. You have this magical tapestry that is the key to your eternal life and existence and you box it and your journal chronicling all your dastardly deeds up in a crate and leave it in a house that's contents are to be auctioned while you fly off on your private jet? No way a mistake could be made there. Wouldn't it have been safer to just put the tapestry and book in a suitcase and take it with you? You have a private jet. It's not like you have to check baggage. Obviously without this inexplicable element Tessa would never have come across the tapestry and therefore there would be no story, but it bothered me the whole time I was reading. Other people might not be as bothered by this and therefore able to settle in and enjoy the story that is told.

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