You ever read a book at totally the wrong time, hoping desperately to like it, but end up rather blase towards the book? Friends, this happened to me while reading Warped by Maurissa Guibord. I had high hopes because my friend Jen at Makeshift Bookmark loved it and recommended it. BUT THEN, I ended up reading it while I had this weird summer illness that made concentration hard and I merely liked it, rather than had those torrid love affair feelings.
Warped by Mauriss Guibord has all the elements of what should be an awesome story — there’s a bookish girl, medieval times, magic and unicorns. OH AND KISSING. Tessa lives in Portland (Maine, I think) with her dad who owns a bookstore. Their home is an apartment above the store. So cool right? Anyways, they attend this auction and buy a ridiculously old book and a tapestry. When Tessa pulls a thread, a young man falls out. His name is William de Chaucy and he is from the middle ages. As you can infer, a romance happens BUT it is not instant, thank goodness. Oh! And the Sisters Of Fate, those weavers, totally make cameo appearances.
Despite all the cool elements and the fact that this book is a textile based fantasy, I did not click with Warped. I think when you are feeling ill and reading, you need either a comfort read or a book that grabs you and won’t let go. Warped was neither. I could not find it in me to care about Tessa beyond what happens next in the plot. I was not at all invested in the characters or the romance, although I will say I did like the plotting.
I know I should give Warped another chance now that I am feeling hale. Yet, with a scarily towering TBR pile, I am unwilling to do so. Perhaps you will enjoy and connect with Warped by Maurissa Guibord, but I personally find myself unable to steadfastly recommend or advise against reading this book. Take that as you will.
Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Other reviews of Warped by Maurissa Guilbord:
The Allure Of Books – “It just seemed like the plot was a little too much”
Books Complete Me – “It has everything: mystery, danger, a sexy boy and a likeable main character”