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Tris & Izzie Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
I got maybe 75 pages into this retelling of Tristan and Isolde and was desperately trying to read a few more when I finally gave up. At my reading level, the writing seemed juvenile, the characters flimsy and unlikable and the plot utterly confusing (dare I say nonsensical?). I could easily see my little sister (12) reading this novel though and perhaps enjoying it. It would be a perfect fit for pre-teen readers who might want a taste of classic romance or an introduction to simple fantasy. Basically, it seemed to have been written for a much, much younger audience than the typical young adult reader and was really difficult to try to enjoy.
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Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Her website states this is the retelling of the epic German tale. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sage Womon
This isn’t exactly a retelling. None of the characters from the old fairytale keep their personalities – not even the story stays the same. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Majanka
My husband is probably getting ready to banish me from our living room. The poor guy is trying to kick back and watch TV after a long day at work, but I’m not making it easy for... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angela's Library
Alright, first off I absolutely adore the cover of this novel! I think it's one of my favorites! It's so beautiful in a romantic, serene kind of way. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Darcus Murray
I enjoyed this book very much. I finished it in 3-4 hours. I didn't want to put it down. Amazing!Published on May 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I want to appreciate this cover for a second. Because even though it pretty much has nothing to do with this book, it is gorgeous. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Jen @ The Bevy Bibliotheque
Tris & Izzie is a story of a girl who has always been around magic but was told she would never have it because it's skipped her generation. Or so she thought. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Once Upon a Twilight
Tris & Izzie was an interesting story. I loved the romance element of it and I loved the characters Tris and Izzie. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Book Bite Reviews
I'll cut to the chase. Tris & Izzie was a huge disappointment for me. That being said, it's no fault of Mette Ivie Harrison, who is a beautiful writer. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Wastepaper Prose