Warped Maurissa Guibord Book Review

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 Maurissa Guibord Book Cover


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

Muggle Born – “a great, quick, and delightful read that will have you swooning at the charms of Will de Chaucy.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Warped sounds like it could be good. I may give this one a try if I ever see it at the library…maybe.

    Definitely a bummer when a book that sounds good, does not live up to its potential.

  2. Oh boo! I’m still excited about it, but I know how much it sucks to read a book at the wrong time!

  3. Aww 🙁 This is one that looked and sounded really good, so I’m a bit bummed to hear it’s not that great 🙁 I think I’ll probably skip it…

    (But, I’m glad you are feeling better! *lol* Although i’m not sure how long ago you actually read it…)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  4. I love the premise of this one, especially the fact that there are unicorns! I’m sad you weren’t able to connect well with it though 🙁

  5. Sounds Anna-licious!

  6. WOMP. Biggest fear to recommend a book was only “meh” for a friend. I’m sorryyyy!

  7. 🙁 I didnt know you were sick. Hope your’e feeling better now. I am the same way. I dont read much when I’m sick because I just could care less about the characters. I care more about dying a slow death on my couch. lol

    I have had this one on my wishlist forever, but there’s just something about it that keeps me putting it off when I purchase books. I may have to put it off longer.

  8. I’m sorry you’ve been sick, April! Being sick in the summer is the WORST. Seriously. And yes, you do either need something absolutely grabbing or comfort reads to get through those times. I’m sorry Warped fell so flat for you. As a textile geek, of course I still want to check it out and have high hopes, but we’ll see if I fare any better!

  9. I loved this book when I first read it, but I totally get were you are coming from. There’s been a few books I’ve read at the wrong time and didn’t like, like at all, but they were ones so many of my friends loved.

    I hope you’re feeling better! That totally stinks you were sick!

  10. This one sounds really interesting, I’m sorry you didn’t connect with it. I totally get it though, sometimes it’s just the wrong time for some books and it doesn’t go over well. I do hope you are feeling better though.

  11. I totally understand what you mean, sometimes I wonder if my timing was off, especially when a book has come highly recommended, and like you, I have too many other books to read so I can’t always give them a re-read.

    I do like the sound of this, the setting and characters sound great and I love the bookish element, I’ll keep this in mind 😉

  12. I had pretty high hopes for this one, the synopsis is out of this world…unfortunately, it wasn’t one I connected with either.

    I was definitely pretty bummed about it.

  13. This one sounds like it has a lot going for it, and I was really into it, until you said “Tessa pulls a thread, a young man falls out.” Too much. Too. Much. Glad you’re feeling better though and at least got some swoons from the book while you were sicky!