Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Reading Level: YA
Released: October 11th 2011
Review Source: Gifted
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.
I will begin with this; I am not familiar with the story of “Tristan and Isolde”. Therefore, I can only base my review on this book alone and can’t make a comparison. However, this story captured my interest from the beginning because of the characters. I loved how well they were written and the story line was a bit of a twist. Instead of a love triangle it was a love quadruple! It was interesting to see how the author would play that little scenario out and she did a great job. The sense of undying love, devotion and a little bit of magic can make for a great story, and this was it.
The plot was a little harder to get into, it seemed a little generic. Like I said I’ve never read “Tristan and Isolde” but this story did not have the WOW factor I thought it would have. Yes, there’s magic and yes, there’s romance but what else? There are no twists, with the exception of the love quadruple; it was inevitable that action part would happen otherwise the story wouldn’t have been a story. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good story; I just thought it lacked a little more WOW factor.
The writing of the story was crisp, clean and easy to read. It allowed me to breeze my way throughout the entire book in a day and that’s something I can’t say about a lot of these books. Overall, it’s a good story and I recommend it. Remember this is only my opinion. You may think it’s the best book around, so don’t get discouraged by my review and give it a shot! You never know you might like it!