Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Published by EgmontUSA
Pages: 272 (e-galley)
Source: NetGalley*
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via 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.

Tris and Izzie is a modern re-telling of Tristan and Isolde. Just to be clear, I am not familiar with Tristan and Isolde’s story. I also haven’t seen the movie so I don’t really know what exactly to expect but the cover is SO stunning and just breath-taking and the plot sounds really awesome so I did not hesitate on requesting it on NetGalley.

I think I read it for like two days and I thought the story was… so-so. Like I said, I don’t really know the legend of Tristan and Isolde and yet I felt so disappointed with the story and I couldn’t help but think what more for those people who knew their story?

I felt like the story was rushed in general. At first, I thought it was good because I like fast-paced story but then everything was moving so fast all of a sudden. I also felt lost and disoriented at times. I felt like the story has no depth and pretty much everything just happens with no rationale behind it. In addition, I also have an issue on the credibility of the characters. I had a hard time understanding and connecting with them. I was expecting to like Izzie because she’s a witch and I personally love witches, they have a special place in my heart but Izzie barely made it! I think Izzie and I will never be friends. She looks at things in a shallow way and she gets on my nerves. And then Tris, I felt like he’s just a stranger in the background. He’ll just pop into the scene with his sword. But who are really strange for me were Mark and Branna. OMG. One moment, Mark was head over heels on Izzie and then the next moment he’s willing to give his life for Branna as if his almost one-year relationship with Izzie was nothing. Seriously? Seriously? I can’t help but roll my eyes on that.

This story was just not for me however, I’m giving this 3 out of 5 stars because I think it has potential. The idea of the story is really good and interesting. Perhaps if there’s more explanation on certain things and happenings on the book and also some tangibility on characters I could like this one.

*I received this free galley from publisher, EgmontUSA, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Precious

    July 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Great review! I've been so excited to read this. I was actually expecting a 5/5 rating but I wouldn't have any idea on what it's like. I think I'll tone down my expectation. 🙂

  2. Tara

    July 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Aw, sucks that it wasn't for you. I got my copy at BEA and I was looking forward to it, but I haven't read too many great reviews. Still, I think I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the review!

  3. Nina

    July 23, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    I read a other review for this book that didn't recommend this one to readers who know this story well. I love the cover, but I know this story very well. It's one of my favourite love stories ever. So nI'm not sure if I'm going to enjoy reading this, but I'am going to give it a try. Sorry that it didn't deliverd for you. 😉

  4. Lyssa

    July 24, 2011 at 2:59 AM

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  5. Bonnie

    July 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    That is disappointing! From the blub and the beautiful cover I would have thought it would have been a winner. Great review!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  6. Egyptian Cotton Bedding

    August 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I have read the book “When the sea is rising red” by Cat Hellisen. It was an interesting and touching story and I have enjoyed the book.

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