Releaste Date: October 11, 2011
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've always had a soft spot for retellings of fairytales and myths. I'm really not picky about them, or how closely they stick to the "traditional" story (don't get me started on this, by the way. I have my own opinion on it). But as much as I wanted to love Tris and Izzie, I just couldn't.
Reasons to Read:
- You really love cheesy romances:
I'm sorry, but this really was the best I could come up with. If you're a die-hard fan of cheesy, exaggerated teen romance then hey, this might be the ideal book for you. But I wasn't impressed with this, or any of it personally. And while there is "romance"; but it's a different kind of romance.
Now, that being said I had a difficult time involving myself in the story and the romance didn't come off as believable. It felt forced, and poorly developed. And not just because it started with a love potion- no, even aside from that it was hard to believe.
Also, I'm not a fan of the best frenemies concept that seems to be overpopulating YA books recently. Yes, I know this is the case sometimes. But if two characters are best friends, then at times they should at least SEEM to like each other- but Branna and Izzie rarely came off that way to me.
There was just so much emphasis placed on teenage love, but it felt fake to me. It didn't sound like anyone had an idea of what a deeper love could entail, and the characters fell flat for me as well which made it even harder to relate to their stories.
Ultimately, I was disappointed. I'm not too familiar with the story of Tristan and Isolde, but a fair amount of the mythological background wasn't very well explained either.
e-galley received from publisher via netGalley in exchange for my honest review; no other compensation was received.