Thursday, August 04, 2011

Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Release 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.
Do you remember being in English class and having to write short stories during the writing section for the year? I don't know about you, but mine always sucked pretty hardcore. I always felt like my dialouge was stilted and awkward and my characters were about as deep as  a puddle. Even if my idea for the storyline was based on something stellar, I couldn't ever make the story in my head translate into awesomeness on paper.

This was how I would describe this book to you. An English class assignment gone terribly wrong. It wasn't that the story idea was bad-- I actually quite like that it was based on Tristan and Isolde. It was they way the storytelling was executed that I didn't care for. I thought the language was bland and uncomfortable. I thought the relationships were all very superficial and quite unbelieveable. I didn't feel any connection to the characters at all, which usually cements my opinion of a book. If I can't relate to the characters--if they can't feel REAL to me-- then it's likely I won't like the book. Period. I honestly felt like I was reading someone's high school paper. A paper that dragged on and on and on....

You have a couple of months to decide if you want to give this book a go. If you decide to chance it, may I recommend getting it from the library? Trust me on this one.

Happy Reading!

**I received this egalley from the publisher for the purpose of review.

P.S. I have some awesome books being reviewed in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Also, right now on Amazon, you can get Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren for FREE. It's the Kindle version, but you don't have to have a Kindle to read it. You can read it from your PC. 

I have read it, and my review will be up next Thursday. Enjoy!


Jeigh said...

Thanks for the review and the heads up on Waterfall. I always love free stuff :)

Jamie VanBeekum said...

Thanks for the heads up on Waterfall. That looks very interesting!

Megan @ Reading for Refuge said...

@ Jeigh: I love free stuff too! I hope you liked Waterfall!

@ Jamie: I think you'll love it! :)