The summary: 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.
And here is Sarah Elsewhere's review:
If I hadn't made a commitment to the Rita Reader Challenge, I would not have finished this book. The writing didn't grab me, and the original elements of the story were overwhelmed by the predictable. This isn't necessarily a negative for a ya title whose readers are less likely to notice things like the widowed father finally finding love again because that's a positive explanation for why he wouldn't notice the strange boy hiding in his daughter's room.
I find that it's helpful when I'm faced with a young adult title that I didn't love, to ask teenage me for her opinion.
Me: So. Warped. I didn't love it.
Teen Me: It wasn't the best, but it was pretty cool, and super romantic! Like a movie with Meg Ryan or Drew Barrymore mixed with a fairy tale.
Me: Wait. Didn't Drew Barrymore do some sort of Cinderella movie?
Teen Me: Yeah, and you probably still haven't seen it.
Me: I think I saw part? It was okay.
Teen Me: Whatever. You're just old and jaded and don't believe in true love anymore. I mean hey! You hated Twilight!
Me: I didn't hate Twilight, but Bella was troubingly passive.
Teen Me: Ah! There. Tessa was way more kick butt than Bella.
Me: Okay, yes. I did like how she killed the crap out of that snake, but when it came to the big fight scene, she was sort of reactionary.
Teen Me: Oh come on! That was total Tam Lin stuff there! She held on to her true love despite the burning pain! You love Tam Lin!
Me: I do, but this was no Winter Rose. Patricia McKillip knows how to do a fairy tale.
Teen Me: Yeah, but this one was still fun.
Me: Holy crap! Winter Rose has a sequel! Solstice Wood!
Teen Me: Psh. You probably won't like that either.
Me: Dude, Tessa never showed Will how toilets work. And she only decided on art school after Will liked her painting. How did she get into art school with only one painting
Teen Me: Stop picking, Old Me. It's not cool.
Me: You're right. I'm sorry. It was an okay book that I will happily recommend to teens who've been bitten by the romantic fantasy bug. But then I'm giving them Winter Rose.
Teen Me: Not enough action in that one, Old Me.
Me: *sigh* You're right.