Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison (ARC)



Title: Tris and Izzie
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison 
Published: 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
My Rating:  

“I don’t want him to love me because of a potion,” she said.

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. (taken from amazon.com)

Remember how I've always claimed to be a hopeless romantic? Well, how could I not snatch up a copy of this tragic love story? The legend of Tristan and Isolde captured my heart ever since I saw James Franco play the role of the devilishly handsome hero. So, I started to read Tris and Izzie with very high hopes. Not to mention I fell head-over-heels for the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous. Alas, my hopes were flattened as I discovered a weak plot and even weaker characters. 

To be honest, this story did not work on several levels. The plot is nothing  like the original legend, aside from the fact that the characters' names are Tristan and Isolde. That is literally the only aspect of the novel that I can compare to the myth. For someone with a a powerful name like Isolde, Izzie was extremely selfish and immature. I honestly don't think I can find one trait that I admire in her. Her friends and romantic interests were just as paper-thin. 

As Harrison reveals the supernatural elements of the story, I couldn't help but notice how haphazardly the plot was laid out. One second, Izzie is just a normal girl dating the most popular, stereotypical guy in school. Then, a random reference to witches or magic is thrown in, as if to shake things up. These paranormal aspects felt completely irrelevant and ridiculous. As the magic starts to invade Izzie's life more and more, I just kept rolling my eyes. Things couldn't be more far-fetched.

If you've been following my reviews, then you know that I hate writing negative reviews. The thought of an author reading my thoughts on his or her book makes my stomach do somersaults, especially when I trashed the story. But my first priority is giving a wholeheartedly honest review. Tris and Izzie is, in my opinion, very poorly written and dull. Stay far away from this one, folks.