RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Warped by Maurissa Guibord


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 Lindlee. 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 Lindlee's review:

I had a hard time starting this review. The story was engaging. The action was constant and kept me entertained. The characters were likeable and well-rounded. The romance between Tessa and William was sweet. The world Guibord wrote was interesting, and I liked how she took the three Fates from Greek mythology to write a compelling mystery. I enjoyed the book, and if a sequel comes out, I’ll probably read it. So what was my problem?

I think it boils down to this. Warped is a book that largely deals with fate and how fate (or the three Fates) can change our lives. (And seriously, has any mythical creature gotten a worse PR job throughout the years than these ladies? They always seem to be portrayed as total bitches with zero empathy. Even Death gets to be a sympathetic character every now and then.) Tessa doesn’t believe in fate; everything that happens is an accident. William, on the other hand, does believe in fate. And you would think with everything going on and Tessa actually meeting the three Fates, that there would be a discussion or something regarding fate. How much of our life is controlled by outside forces and how much is determined by our choices, our decisions? But it never happens. Everything is just very much on the surface.

Warped is a well-written, fascinating story, but it could have been so much better if Guibord had explored these ideas further. Hopefully, there will be a sequel and she will delve deeper then.

*Mini rant* I have to say something about the epilogue. It is exactly half a page in length. It adds nothing to the story, and, in my opinion, is only there to hint at a sequel. Which wouldn’t bother me except…as far as I can tell, there is no sequel planned at this time. I read the author say somewhere online she would be open to writing a sequel. Considering that Warped has done so well, we’ll probably get one. But why, oh why, was that epilogue in there? All it ultimately accomplished was to irritate me. *Rant over*

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