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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of The Princess and the Hound and several other novels for young adults. She has a Ph.D. in German literature from Princeton University. She lives with her family in Utah. You can visit her online at and

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I really liked how the book ended, I just didn't like the build up to it.
Jessica (Peace Love Books)
The characters are a bit inconsistent, especially Mark, and I never felt like I knew any of them very well, nor did I even like them.
Izzie is sort of naive and doesn't seem to care that her best friend, Brenna, seems to really hate her.
Meg @ A Bookish Affair

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By schmettajames VINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
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I was excited to read Tris and Izzie because I'm really interested in Arthurian legends and I like retellings of myth, legends, and fairytales. When I heard about this modern retelling of the legend of Tristan and Isolde, I was all over it. Unfortunately, this book was a waste of my time. The author has taken a fascinating, compelling legend and reduced to a bunch of unlikable teenagers behaving badly.

Izzie (short for Isolde) is one of the most annoying main characters I've ever encountered. She's a complete moron. She's part of the in crowd at her high school because she's dating the basketball team captain Mark, and she has a best friend named Branna, who's sad because she's secretly in love with someone who doesn't love her back. She won't tell Izzie who the object of her affections is, but it's painfully obvious (although not to the terminally stupid Izzie). So, what does Izzie do? Console her friend and point out to her that they're 16 and unrequited love isn't exactly unheard of that age? No, she decides to give Branna a love potion, despite the fact that her mother (who's a witch) has told her that love potions are very dangerous. Since Izzie doesn't know who Branna's in love with, she randomly picks this hot guy named Tristan who's just started at their high school. She knows nothing about him, but she decides that he should become her best friend's lifelong true love (because once you drink the potion, you're in love forever). Of course, since Izzie doesn't actually plan any of this out, things go horribly awry and she ends up drinking the potion herself, so she and Tristan fall madly in love

Everything's a mess, and Izzie doesn't know what to do. Then weird things start happening, and Izzie learns that a giant serpent wants to kill her.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By titania86 VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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Isolde, AKA Izzie, is in love with Mike, the perfect popular high school jock. Her life is perfect except for her best friend, Branna, who refuses to act girly or seek out a boyfriend. To help her best friend, Izzie tries to make a philtre, or love potion, but fails miserably. She snoops in her mother's things and finds what she thinks is a philtre and uses that instead, pouring it into a soda for Branna and her unknown love to drink. Enter new boy Tristan, who instantly rubs Izzie the wrong way. She figures he's a good match for her friend and has him drink the soda, but then Mike wants to drink as well, causing Izzie to chug the rest so they won't fall in love. Now she is completely repulsed by Mike and inexplicably attracted to Tristan.

I really wanted to like this story. I love the Tristan and Isolde story and I love retelling of legends and fairy tales. You'd think I would love this, but you would be wrong. Izzie is completely unlikeable. She is absolutely horrible to her best friend. She criticizes pretty much everything about Branna from her size to her dress to her disinterest in having a boyfriend. Since Izzie thinks a girl's life is only valid with a boyfriend, she wants to help her in the most awful way possible. Therefore, without her friend's consent, she is going to make her love someone else forever. Great friend. I can't even fathom the arrogance and disregard for everyone around her that goes into making a decision like that. She has no idea who Branna likes, so simply picks someone random who seems nice enough and then tries to tie them together forever. When her potion fails, she just grabs a random bottle out of her mother's cabinet that could be absolutely anything and wants to give it to Branna and unknown boyfriend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on November 3, 2011
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I wasn't familiar with the fairytale of Tristan and Isolde, but the summary intrigued me when it said that it involved love potions and falling for the wrong person. I was thrilled to step away from the normal paranormal of vampires, shape shifters and mermaids for a bit and step into a book involving magic and teen angst. I have to say though that this book is not as great as that cover unfortunately. The cover is so pretty with all the flower petals and shirtless guy, but the reading material inside is less than memorable.

With not much background to base an emotional tie to the characters on, I wasn't really invested in the story enough to enjoy what was going on. The main character is at times naive and predictable, but the path that the author takes her on really isn't explained well enough to understand why she is on this path. The secondary characters were just as much unappealing as the main character. The bad guy is the cliched bad guy that makes you cringe whenever he speaks from predictability and not evil creepiness.

Overall, this book was a disappointment to me. The cover was basically the only thing I enjoyed about this book. Not one I would reread again in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on March 14, 2012
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I was really excited when I started this book. I loved the idea of a Tristan & Isolde retelling. Sadly this one just did not live up to it's potential. I could not connect with any of the characters. Even for teens they seemed exceptionally naive and showed incredibly poor judgement to the point of being extremely annoying. I just could not relate to them at all and many times I found their actions to be confusing. Harrison didn't always explain very well why they were doing what they were doing...which also increased my frustration. As a reminder, I am a 30-something adult reading some YA. Perhaps this might appeal to a younger audience.

Note: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Mette Ivie Harrison grew up in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in central New Jersey in a family with eleven children, a dog, a pony, and lots of chickens. She moved to the more suburban Utah city of Provo at age ten, where her father taught Computer Science at Brigham Young University.

In 1985, when she was in high school, she spent a year abroad at a German Gymnasium. She took numerous AP classes when she returned to Utah, and in 1988, was named one of twelve female "Ezra Taft Benson Scholars," the highest award offered by the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, given not only for academic scholarship, but for service and dedication to the Mormon church. Because of AP credit, German language experience, and her tendency to take heavy credit loads, Mette was able to graduate from Brigham Young University with a Master's Degree in German Literature only two years later, in 1990, when she was nineteen. During her two years, Mette was a writer and editor for The Student Review, the subversive student newspaper not approved by the university. She also had experiences with several of the "September Six," the notorious feminist scholars who were excommunicated in 1992.

Mette married high school sweetheart Matthew Harrison in December of 1990, following his mission for the Mormon church to Haiti. She went on to earn a PhD from Princeton University in 1995 in Germanic Languages and Literatures with a dissertation on the female Bildungsroman of the 18th century. She faced considerable difficulty on the topic because of prejudice against a dissertation that focused completely on women writers in a department without a single female tenured faculty member.

Beginning in 1994, Mette worked as an adjunct professor at BYU, but decided in 1997 to work on her fiction writing career. Two years later, in 1999, she sold her first young adult novel, The Monster in Me, about a young teen girl who is fostered by a Mormon family in Heber, Utah. Mette has since published seven young adult novels, including Mira, Mirror and The Princess and the Hound. She has also published Ironmom, a memoir about the loss of her sixth child in 2005, and the subsequent training for an Ironman competition, which brought her some semblance of sanity after years of depression.

Since 2006, Mette has completed four full Ironman competitions, more than one hundred total races, and is ranked #144 for her age group nationally in triathlon. She also trains her husband, Matt, and her children. All but the youngest have competed in at least half-marathon distance races, swim well, and volunteer at local races. Two have completed marathons, two have completed Olympic distance triathlons, and one just finished his first half Ironman (beating his father for the first time) in training for his first full Ironman. Mette trains an average of three hours a day and her PR for a half-Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) is now at 5:16.

Mette delivered three of her five children at home. Her first son was delivered in a hospital after an emergency transfer. In 2002, Mette was part of one of the first Orson Scott Card "Literary Boot Camps." She gave birth to her fifth child, Zachary, on Thursday of the Boot Camp, after spending Wednesday writing her story between contractions. Friday morning, she was back at the Boot Camp with baby in tow. This made her rather memorable to everyone there.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mette has served as Gospel Doctrine teacher, as a member of the Primary Presidency, as an aid for an autistic child, as a Primary instructor, and as a leader for the 8-11-year-old girls. Currently, Mette works in her ward nursery and her husband serves with the scouts. Mette's five children, now ages eleven to twenty, are a dynamic group with a wide range of talents and attitudes toward faith.

You can find Mette on the web at She is on Twitter at @metteharrison and has a Tumblr, She also posts on Youtube with her "Ugly Ironman" vlogs. Depression, health and fitness, and questions about doctrines of the Mormon church regarding family and women are frequent topics of essays and blogs.

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