Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tris & Izzie by Mettte Ivie Harrison

Tris & Izzie by Mettte Ivie Harrison
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA

A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named 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 in love with Tristan, the new guy at school. - Goodreads.com

My feeling about this book was a little mixed.  First, I'm not really sure how much of this story was actually a retelling.  I have read pretty much all of the various literary writings on the story of Tristan and Isolde, and I didn't really see many parallels, except for the names really.  That could, however, be due to bad back cover copy.  Sometimes whoever writes that back cover blurb doesn't always have a thorough understanding of a book's actual storyline, as they should. 

Setting that aside, the book had a lot of entertaining elements that got me interested and kept me going.  I always enjoy a story with a little bit of magic in it, and this one definitely had that...and it had it in some unique ways that I havent' seen a lot of books previously. 

The characters were good, but I did feel that a couple of them could have been a bit more thoroughly fleshed out.  I have read some reviews from other people who felt that the two protagonists (Tristan and Isolde "Izzie") fell in love with each other a little bit too quickly.  I don't agree.  Their quick love didn't really stop me or pull me out of the story, and due to their background, it actually made sense.  What did give me some pause was the speed in which one of the other characters (a guy) fell out of love with one girl, and instantly into love with another girl just as soon as he found out she had feelings for him.  So much so that he was willing to actually "punch" the first girl in the face??  Really?  Five seconds ago, he was expressing deep love for her and now he's punching her in the face for the other girl?  Sorry, that one stopped me a bit and stretched my suspended disbelief a little too far.  It was too quick of a switch, and on top of that, I'm never going to like a guy that hits a girl.  And yet, we're supposed to forgive him just as quickly as the girl who was hit forgave him.  She almost didn't react at all.

Once I got past that, things got better again, and all in all, I did enjoy the book.  Once things got back on track and the story shifted back onto the important elements, things got good again, and I was able to root for the characters.

Depsite one or two small hiccups, this was a good, entertaining story.  I would recommend it and its author.  
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