Book Review: Tris and Izzie

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Title: Tris and Izzie
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Origins: NetGalley
Summary: [from GoodReads] 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.

My Review: I picked this one out for 2 reasons: 1) because I’ve liked the author in the past and 2) because I love mythology and yet know next to nothing of the story of Tristan and Isolde. I admit they were probably not the best reasons and reason #2 was actually the main cause of disappointment for me. Maybe it was just my lack of knowledge of the original myth, but I barely caught a whiff of mythology aside from the names.

Once I got over that, though I found myself enjoying the book. It was almost refreshing to have our heroine fighting the “true love at first sight” thing that comes up so often in YA these days. It was practically comical how hard Izzie tried to blame it on a potion and ignore what was really happening. I also enjoyed the mysterious elements of the story, and even though I predicted their outcomes pretty accurately the details came as a pleasant surprise. 

If you’re thinking of giving this one a try, I’d definitely recommend it for it’s refreshing heroine and the nice blending of HS drama with magic. It comes out in stores TODAY so go find yourself a copy.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Tris and Izzie”

  1. Sally@Always Lost in Stories says:

    I'm glad you liked this- I HATED it! And I really wanted to like it.

  2. Kate says:

    I've heard so many mixed things about this one, I'm not entirely sure what to think 😛

    I don't think you can ever see the mythological aspect of a book if you don't know they original story because you can't see where the dots are connected.

  3. Anne says:

    @Sally – I'm so sorry to hear that! I hate it when I hate a book I really think I'll like =(

    @Kate – Well, I'm not saying it's fabulous, but it has got its very good points. But I will say, it doesn't really seem like your kind of thing, knowing what you generally read.

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