Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BBReview: "Tris & Izzie" By Mette Ivie Harrison

Genre: Young Adult -Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Publishing Date: October 11th, 2011
Page Count: 272
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-Book

Description from
A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch names Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

Tris & Izzie was defintely not what I was expecting at all. I watched the remake of it on DVD about four years ago and thought I remembered the gist from it, but either I didn't pay good enough attention to the movie or it was completely wrong about the story or something cause what happens in this novel was not what I remember at all! Izzie has a witch for a mother and has an amazing boyfriend, but when she notices her best friend falling into a depression she tries to help her by making a love potion for her without her friend knowing. When Tristan starts going to their school she thinks he will be the perfect match for Brangane, but when she accidently takes the love potion herself Izzie starts to have feelings for him.

I remember in the movie Isolde falling for a guy she isn't supposed to, but I don't remember any magic being involved, but again that movie could have gotten it wrong. I think either way (with or without the magic) this would have have been a great story. I kind of like the whole "forbidden love" theme, but as long as they are done right. I don't like cheaters lol and I like that Mette didn't make Izzie a cheater. It was all because of a potion (maybe ;]) and she didn't do anything till after her and Mark were over. The only thing I didn't like about the story was some of the fantasy/magic elements were a little too far fetched. I am not big into fantasy in the first place so giants and talking serpents really aren't my thing. What I did really love was the romance between Tris & Izzie. I love romance and the romance in this did not disappoint. I did wish there was more, but that is just me =).

One character I did not like at all was Brangane. I hated her, she was a terrible friend and she tried to blame it all on Izzie. How was any of that her fault? It wasn't. Brangane is insane I would not be her friend again. Sometimes you just gotta let people go.

Tris & Izzie was an interesting story. I loved the romance element of it and I loved the characters Tris and Izzie. They were wonderfully done and I wouldn't change anything about them. I didn't like Brangane at all, but the fact that I didn't like her didn't take away from the story at all. Some of the fantasy elements were a little too farfetched for me, but that was only cause I am not a big fan of fantasy in the first place. I think fantasy fans will love them though. I recommend this novel to those who already love the story of tristan and isolde, love retellings or love fairy tales.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3.5/5

*The cover, book description, and book info was found on Goodreads. com. They have been linked back to their proper page. Everything else is of my own creation. I requested this novel from NetGalley*