RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

B-

Title: Warped
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Publication Info: Delacorte Press/Random House 2011
ISBN: 978-0385738927
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Romance

Book Cover This review was written by Sarah Elsewhere. This story was nominated in the Best First Book and the Best YA Romance category.

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

anyway?

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.


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  1. 1
    henofthewoods says:

    I had a hard time liking the hero – he is angry with the heroine but doesn’t tell her why and at times he is a bit jerky . If she were an adult, I wouldn’t mind as much, but I want a teenager to not put up with crap so that she doesn’t end up married to an abusive putz 10 years down the road.

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    NicB says:

    God I LOVE Winter Rose! That was/is definitely in my top ten all time favorite books. I read it for the first time when I was sixteen/seventeen and it hooked me for everything else that Patricia Mckillip has ever written.

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