21.10.11

Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison


Izzie loves Mark, and why shouldn’t she? As the captain of the basketball team, he is kind and loving and he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Her BFF loves . . . somebody, but she won’t say who. So when a hot new guy, Tristan, shows up at school, who better for Izzie to fix up her friend  with? And what better way to do it than with a love philtre?

But even the best of magic has a way of going awry—and Izzie finds she’s accidentally fallen in love with Tristan herself. And that’s a problem. First of all, there’s Mark. Second, Tristan comes with baggage—like the supernatural creatures that keep attacking whenever he’s with Izzie, and the fact that he comes from the place where Izzie’s father was killed, years ago, by an enormous, evil serpent that’s still around—and it knows Izzie is out there. 


This is supposed to be a retelling of the story of Tristan and Isolde. I didn't see it, but I think that's what it's supposed to be.

There is a girl who tampers with a magic potion, 
and a boy who is not her boyfriend who falls in love with her, and yet another girl who has been in love with the first girl's boyfriend for a really long time and is jealous of her. 
Then a dragon comes out and they fight him with magic. 

I know that is a very simplistic way to put the plot of the book, but really, there didn't seem to be much more to it than these few simple lines. I saw no character developement, no realistic dialogue, no interesting plot elements. This book really disappointed me. 
It wasn't even written well. 
I don't know what else to say, except I am sorry to put someone's work down, but I think this book wasn't good at all. It seemed contrived, and boring and ordinary. And there was nothing more to the characters except their height and the color of their hair. 
As for the magic, it was simply that. Magic. Potions, mostly, and a sword, I think (it really couldn't keep my interest, I am afraid). There didn't even seem to be a logic behind the magic, you know, rules

Pity.

Rating: 1/5

I read this book in the NetGalley, and that's why I had to give a review of it, otherwise I would be reluctant to review a one-star book. 

It is out now.

P.S. I really really love the cover....
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