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Tris & Izzie

2.5 of 5 stars 2.50  ·  rating details  ·  1,004 ratings  ·  337 reviews
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 g ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by EgmontUSA
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Krystle
Be warned. This review will be long and full of raging.

This book made me so angry; I don’t even know where to start. I haven’t been this angry over a book since like forever. I guess I’ll take it in parts: writing, characters, and the romance. I must state here first that I’ve never read the original tale this is based off of but I’m quite sure it’s nothing like this retelling is.

WRITING

My gosh, what the heck happened? I read one of Mette Ivie Harrison’s books before, The Princess and the Hound,
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Jude
*Using the Melody of Friday by Rebecca Black*
Its Tris and Izzie, Gotta get down with Izzie. Gotta make your mind up, which boy will you taaaaake? Well, the one that's mentioned in the cover you stupid.
I'm not trying hate here, but I am going to be honest. Here I go:

Reading Tris and Izzie was like listening to Rebecca Black's Friday, I was constantly stopping and asking myself, seriously? this is for real? I mean, seriously?? There were scenes that I guess were meant to be scary and to get my hea
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Amy (Turn the Page)
If I dislike a book that much, a review can easily turn into a rant which isn’t helpful for anyone, or particularly fair to the author, so I’m going to try to exactly explain why I disliked Tris and Izzie. I have to be honest and say the main reason is simply that I found it to be very poorly written.

The narration was child-like, disjointed and repetitive, I think at one point the word ‘magic’ was used around seven times within two short paragraphs. There are several battle scenes but there was
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Posted on: http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com

***Spoilers***

When I found out this book was up for review on NetGalley, I immediately snapped it up because I’ve always been a massive fan of the story ‘Tristan and Isolde’.....however, I can honestly say I’m definitely not a fan of this book.

Izzie is a witch, a young witch who doesn’t really understand or know how to us her powers. She’s happily dating Mark, the captain of the Basketball team but when new boy Tristan starts school, she can’t he
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Ceilidh
A painfully amateurish effort that reads like the roughest of first drafts. The YA equivalent of join-the-dots, only requiring less effort than that activity. The writing is childish and reeks desperately of wanting to sound authentically teen but fails miserably. It honestly reminded me of a story written by a primary school child, where every element is recited in the simplest and clunkiest manner. The romance elements were handled even more clumsily, leaving me with less than no sympathy for ...more
Celeste
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS EXTREMELY COARSE LANGUAGE, BUT REALLY, IN COMPARISON TO THE WRITING IN THIS BOOK, IT'S NOT SO BAD. IN ANY CASE, VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED FOR BOTH THIS REVIEW - DUE TO TO SAID STRONG LANGUAGE, AND THE BOOK - DUE TO DISMAL WRITING TECHNIQUES.

PLEASE REMEMBER: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED - ON BOTH ACCOUNTS.



***SIGH***

***SIGH again***

***another SIGH***



I would cry a trillion tears if I actually gave a shit about this book.

Can I just say: WHAT A FUCKING DISAPPOINTMENT!?!?! W
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Anna
Jul 01, 2011 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I've been trying to figure out a way to describe the overall problem with this book in how the story came across and I finally think I've got it. Bear with me.

Have you ever listened to young girls playing dress-up? They are happy and energetic so everything is overlaid with that girlish energy. It often goes something like this:

"We're princesses! And we're sad because the evil dragon killed our father," says Girl #1 with a big smile on her face.
"And we have to find Prince Charming to kill the dr
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Miss Bookiverse
Did not finish

I was excited about this book. Look at the cover, it’s beautiful and romantic. The story is supposed to be a retelling of the German folk tale Tristan and Isolde which I’ve heard of but I didn’t actually know the storyline. I was very interested in it though because I am German.
So you can guess how happy I was when this popped up pre-release-date on Netgalley. Unfortunately I had to put it down after 9 chapters (which equals 75 pages which equals about 30% of the book). I have two
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Kassiah
Know how your mom told you that "you can't judge a book by its cover"? That's exactly the way I feel about Tris and Izzie . You've seen the cover, right? It's beautiful. I just think that it would be even better if the cover had something to do with the contents of the book.

Maybe that's just me.

Enough about the cover--I guess I should tell you what I thought of the book. First of all, if I could give this zero stars, I would. I found it to be incoherent at best, not to mention condescending. I w
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Isamlq
Beautiful cover, you have misled me... again!!!

The stars you see above are due mainly to the beautiful cover and sporadic moments of me actually laughing at what came out of Izzie's mouth.

It's characters, none did I like. Izzie is self absorbed and totally unaware of everyone else around her. Her bestfriend is scheming and blames everyone else for her troubles. Tristan sounds robotic, (but at least there's a reason for that). And Marc whom I thought was going to be one of the better parts of t
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John Egbert
Jul 18, 2011 John Egbert rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like reading Fictionpress.net and like the prose style of Fanfiction.net
How can you be appalled at a book by just reading over someone's shoulder? If the plot doesn't sound stupid enough, the writing matches. It's been said that this reeks of fictionpress, but I've seen more intriguing storylines and prose on fanfictionnet.

I feel the author's pain, though. I get nostalgic when I look at this book. It's like what I used to write.

When I was nine, mind you.
the golden witch.
Oh boy. I couldn't get through this one at all, though I tried extremely hard. I love the original legend of Tristan and Isolde, and when I saw the blurb here on goodreads (and later on netgalley), I thought "yay! A fairy tale retold! Magical reality! Hell yeah!" and so forth, and requested it.

I was severely disappointed, in so many aspects. Usually, if a book is well-written enough, I can ignore character flaws (or the fact that I didn't like them, period) because I understand that A) there's u
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Aleeeeeza
I stopped reading at page 58 when this quote came up: '"And you can't say he doesn't have a good butt. You know what the human butt was made for? Running. And I bet it would be great to watch him run."'

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

And then, of course, here are some other disastrous lines:

Page 59: 'I wanted to jump between them and kick Branna in the teeth.'

IN THE TEETH? Man, are you vicious or are you vicious?

Page 1: '"You are smart and pretty," Mark said. "What a lucky guy I am."'

She just seems really
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~Tina~
I've always loved the story of Tristan and Isolde so I was really looking forward to Tris and Izzy.
I liked the general story-line, even though it was predictable, it was still fun. I also enjoyed the writing style and thought it was written at a steady flow keeping me absorbed, but when it comes down to it, I just couldn't for the life of me like any of these characters, especially Izzy. Making this a book I wanted to love to pieces but just couldn't.

(Arc provided by Netgalley)
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

The cover is by far the most appealing aspect of the mess that is Tris & Izzie.

Simply and best put: the cover is the best part of the complicated mess that is this novel. I'd heard of a few other novels by this author I have wanted to read (mostly Mira, Mirror ) so when I saw this on netgalley -- with that gorgeous cover -- I couldn't wait to read it. Sadly I was disappointed and frustrated by this retelling of the classic Tristan and Isolde le
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Ellen Isabella
The idea of the story is really interesting. I see that people are curious about how the story is going to be as a modern retelling of the Tristan and Isolde legend. It’s about Izzie who lives normally with her mother since her dad has died. She has a good life, a loving mother, a popular boyfriend and a best friend that she can share every secret with. Then suddenly her life turns upside down after she met Tristan. She falls in love with Tris, then she finds out the truth about her magical abil ...more
Rebecca A. Rogers
Dec 22, 2011 Rebecca A. Rogers marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 14 or younger
**ARC Courtesy of Netgalley

The only redeeming portion of this book is its cover, unfortunately.

As I read the first fifty pages (forty-eight, to be exact), I couldn’t help but notice that something was missing and completely off. I had to really think about this, and I’ve come to the conclusion there were a few things that might’ve made me lose my interest:

1. The voice. The entire time I read this, I felt like Izzie was in middle school. She didn’t have that standout YA voice like a lot of books
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Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
If you are 13 and have no knowledge of the legend of Tristan and Iseult there is a chance that you may like this book. But it’s probably a very, very slim chance. This book was quite possibly the biggest let-down of my reading year, maybe because I had some seriously high hopes for it.

Nevermind the fact that the book makes a mockery of the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult (Isolde) or that the plot jumps around more than a sleep deprived, over-caffeinated teenager, but the characters in thi
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Trista Siegel
I have to honestly say, I went into this one after I heard some good and bad reviews and I have to agree with most bad reviews.

Usually with the characters I can connect with them and sympathize with them but Izzie is definitely not my kind of character. She is stuck up and she is so full of herself. The first thing that made me hate her was when her friend asked her if she thought she was the queen of the world and she answered with maybe and that she was the queen of the school. Who talks like
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Krista Ashe
***I gave this a one star rating over a year ago when I reviewed, or tried to review the arc. I'm doing the review now bc of the author behaving rudely to writers.**

Srsly one of the worst books I ever tried to read. Juvenile dialogue, read MG rather than HS, opening pages were all showing not telling, author obviously hadn't been in a school setting in years.

Said author wrote a scathing blog post and twitter campaign knocking self pubbed authors. Ms. Harrison, trust me, I've read better books f
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Nafiza
Jul 02, 2011 Nafiza marked it as unfinished
Some quotes that may help you understand my decision to not complete this:

"She doesn't understand that sometimes you have to get a guy's attention first, and then afterward, you can let it be more natural."

"I didn't worry about that much, because one I told Mark to exile Mel, no one at the school would speak to him again."

"Clearly, she needed help with love. I had experience. She might think that love shouldn't be helped along but I knew better. In my case, it had been enough to bat my eyelashes
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Lena ♫ ♪
When I first heard about Tris &Izzie, I was super stoked. The cover is gorgeous and quite possibly one of the best covers I've seen in ages. Plus, I remember watching the movie with James Franco (RAWR!).

To be fair, I didn't finish the book. I barely passed roughly 50 pages before giving up, so my review is only based on what I read. The reason I quit was because I could not stand the writing style. It's not meant to be mean towards the author in anyway, but as an adult reading YA, it wasn't
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rameau
This book could have been so many things.

It could have been a modern retelling of the myth of Tristan and Isolde, a deeply emotional study on a young woman being torn between the two lovers and the tragedy that ensues.

It could have been a hilarious farce about just how many things can wrong when young and thoughtless friends interfere in each other's lives even if they do it with the best intentions.

Or it could have been a magical fantasy adventure with witches and sorceress and murderous serpe
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Miranda
I read and enjoyed Harrison’s Princess series, which had beautiful writing and good, strong women characters. When I heard she was writing a retelling of the Tristan and Isolde myth, I was excited. I had high expectations and when I saw that it was up on NetGalley, you better believe I snatched it up.

Oh, I wish I had enjoyed it more. I’ll be frank, this book is bad. Really bad. So bad in fact that I was not able to get more than 80 pages into it, so my review will be based on the little I did r
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Carina
My Rating: 1.0/ 5

What I thought about it:
Tris & Izzie is a book that I immediately put onto my wishlist when I first heard of it. It has an incredibly pretty cover and the summary sounds fantastic. Overall it looked like the perfect book to add to my collection and when I saw it on NetGalley, I was so happy that I could read it even earlier.

And then I saw the first few bad ratings and reviews for this. People said that they didn't like Izzie or any of the other characters, that the plot was
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Jenna
Sep 28, 2011 Jenna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Jenna by: net galley
Let me first just say how disappointed I am these past few days, I seem to be reading more awful books lately... well anyway, here goes...

I had a love at first sight with the book’s cover, what with all it’s gorgeous color, autumn environment, it was just so pretty, plus the title captioned and modernized Tristan&Isolde just with the perfect touch. I can almost taste the beautiful potential it has. However, I just had to read what’s inside it. Boy, was I disappointed! What I thought to be o
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Cindy
I have to say this story definitely peeked my interest to find more stories about Tristan and Isolde. This story is about Izzie who is in love with Mark who is an amazing guy by the way. Izzie has a best friend Branna who really wants to be in love or is she? Izzie's mom is a witch, so she decides to concoct a love potion from the Internet which goes completely wrong, so she steals some of her moms. Tristan a new guy at school who is very handsome,and has his eye on Izzie. Izzie however tries to ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Izzie is on top of the world. The only daughter of magical parents, Izzie apparently has inherited absolutely no magical powers, and her life, instead, is one of comfort, luxury and wanting for nothing. She's popular, she's gorgeous, and she has the most athletic guy in school falling all over himself for her. What more could a girl want? But when she and her best friend Branna have a fight, she goes out of her way to set her up with the new boy, Tristan. Unfortunately, Izzie underestimated hers ...more
♥adinda ♥
well, the cover blew me away but its just a catch.
the story didnt quite as pretty as the cover.

izzie is like ... stupid, proud, and annoying. sometimes she acted like spoiled brat. i imagined her as isolde like the movie 'tristan&isolde". cute, pretty, caring and loveable. but this ... dont think so.

tristan is the only exception why am not give this book 2 stars instead of 3. he's a cute and mysterious but unfortunately his part is not as much as mark does. sucks.

mark. i thought u are a goo
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Laura
Tris & Izzie is a book with a beautiful cover and nothing underneath. It was supposed to depict a world where magic is possible, but the world, characters, and magic felt flat and shallow. There was no magic here.

I felt nothing for the story or the characters. Izzie appeared to be throwing a hissy fit most of the book. If she slapped one more person, I was going to throw the book across the room in a temper tantrum all my own! :)

All my attempts at writing a more detailed review have failed.
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