by Maurissa Guibord

Delacorte Books For Young Readers, $16.99, 337 pages

Tessa Brody considers her life fairly mundane:  she goes to school, works in her father’s bookstore, hangs out with her best friend and spends a lot of time not dating. In the blink of an eye, her life goes from boring to dangerous when she comes into possession of an ancient tapestry. When she pulls a thread loose, she releases William de Chaucy, a nobleman from the sixteenth century. This sets off a chain of events that not only put Tessa and William in danger, but threaten the balance of the world around her.

Warped is the debut novel of Maurissa Guibord and the latest entry into the teen fantasy genre. The premise is an interesting one and the author weaves both the present and past stories together well. The pacing of the storyline is also nicely done, although there are few surprises in the overall plot. The main and supporting characters are also very broadly written and there’s little complexity to either the characters or their conversations with each other. Despite this, Warped is a novel that will appeal to the younger teen fantasy fan.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern