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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Review: Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Tris & Izzie

Synopsis(from 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.

My Thoughts:  I really wanted to like this book.  I mean, the cover is gorgeous right?  Well, unfortunately, the cover was the only good thing about the book. 

First, the whole story was so unbelievable.  And not unbelievable in a paranormal kind of way but more corny like.  I just kept thinking "Really?  Is this how the whole book is going to go?"  Yeah, corny is a great way to describe it.  Izzie is totally in love with Mark who is the "king" of the school.  I found it very annoying that he was the one and only person who could determine your popularity.  At one point, Izzie tells us that if she wants Mel (an annoying character) to be exiled, all she had to do was tell Mark and he would tell his "posse" not to talk to Mel and therefore Mel would be exiled.  Yeah, I'm serious here!

Izzie is very conceited, self-centered and arrogant.  I did not like her nor could I connect with her.  She decides to mess with her best friend's love life by stealing one of her mom's love potions and having her best friend and a new guy, Tristan, drink it.  Only after Tristan drinks it, Izzie ends up drinking the other half instead of Branna.  Instantly, Tristan is telling Izzie how much he loves her and how he will die for her.  Izzie, while not vocalizing her feelings, is feeling the same way for Tristan. 

Then, Izzie tells Mark that Branna is in love with him and he should be with Branna since Izzie is still being affected by the love potion and immediately (although only 30 seconds before he was madly in love with Izzie), Mark is in love with Branna.  So, can you say unrealistic?

Honestly, the best part of this book was when I (finally) finished it!  I really had to make myself sit down and read it every night.  I kept thinking maybe it would get better but the characters were not developed well (you couldn't connect to any of them), the plot was corny and unrealistic and the "magic" is just out of place.  Maybe this book would be better for younger (ages 12-14) girls to read.  For me, it just didn't work!

**Book received from Around the World ARC Tours**

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