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 have to say that I was drawn to this book solely by the amazing cover. I've never read the original Tristan and Isolde or seen the movie, but from what I knew of it, it seemed like a classic love story. Ya know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover?" that none of us actually take to heart because lets face it, a pretty cover is what makes you want to read a book? Ya. We should listen to those words of wisdom, because I have never been so horribly disappointed with a book as I have been with Tris and Izzie.
In a word...awful. I literally cannot find one redeeming quality to this book that would make it worth reading. If you know me at all, you know how rare this is for me. In the past two years there have been two books that I absolutely hated. That's it. I'm not hard to please, but dear god, this was just horrible on so many levels.
There was no characterization at all. Izzie was so wish-washy to begin with, but add in the fact that the rest of the characters were horribly two dimensional, it becomes a blaring assault to the story. Izzie was probably the dumbest MC I've ever come across. For starters, what kind of friend would meddle with a love potion that is IRREVERSIBLE just to hook her best friend up with someone so she won't be alone? WHAT KIND OF FRIEND DOES THAT?! Not only that, but what kind of person thinks it is okay to make decisions for someone else without their consent? And what kind of self absorbed idiot can't notice that her BEST FRIEND is in love with her boyfriend? Not to mention the fact that she treats Mark, (the nicest, sweetest, most timid boyfriend ever) like shit over a new hot guy? She blames the love philtre the entire time, and just drags Mark along acting like she still loves him. It's even worse when it's revealed that she didn't even drink a love philtre! Her awfulness was real and she has no one to blame but herself. She was a self absorbed biotch who was made out to be an angel.
And dear lord, Tristan. Meets Izzie, five seconds later "I love you!" Proclamations of undying love within the first five minutes? Really? There was no foundation for a relationship! It was just ridiculous. I'll admit his magical sword was cool, but that was about it. As for Branna, just gah. I think she suffered from multiple personality disorder. First she's sweet and shy, then she's a backstabbing bitch, then she's jealous to the point of revealing a huge secret of Izzie's, and then she's the loyal self sacrificing best friend. What. The. Hell? You confused? Ya, so am I.
The story had potential. Really, it did. It was just executed so poorly that I can't even say the plot was okay. It was overly dramatic, really random at times, and the end. Gah! Oooh, we're only 18, will you marry me? Huh?! I had trouble not just throwing down the book at that point. The only reason I even finished this was because I had to read and review it and I didn't want any strikes against me for not reviewing this awful excuse of a novel. It was literally almost painful reading this at times.
So in conclusion, don't read this. Don't be deceived by the pretty cover, because it will literally be a waste of a couple hours of your life. This is probably the most scathing review I have ever written. Admittedly this is unfair to the author and any prospective reader, but I just can't help it. If you go to Goodreads I guarantee you'll see harsher reviews than this. I apologize for the non-objective review, truly I do. I just really did not like this book.