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Tris & Izzie

2.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  339 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 guy at ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by EgmontUSA
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Jan 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.


My gosh, what the heck happened? I read one of Mette Ivie Harrison’s books before, The Princess/>
Jul 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 00-dnf
*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 heart racing, but all I kept thinking was that it waBlack*
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
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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 help think there’s something about/>
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 bu
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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



***SIGH again***

***another SIGH***

I would cry a trillion tears if I actually gave
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
Jun 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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 condesce
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 the books
John Egbert
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like reading and like the prose style of
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.
usagi ☆ミ
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
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)
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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 legend.
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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,
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blech-ugh-blech
I finally picked this book up so that I could boost my NetGalley response stats and... wow. I have not been missing out all these years. It's hard to believe this was written by the same Mette Ivie Harrison who is so well known for The Princess and the Hound. I still want to give her other work a try, but... one more as amateurish and just plain bad on every level as this and I'll give up for good.
Sierra Abrams
I have a Goodreads shelf called "don't ever read ever ever ever". I don't add books to it unless they are TERRIBLE.
In fact, of all the books I haven't liked in the last 3 years, I haven't had to add one.
Until now.
Gosh that was awful. I don't mean to be rude, but WOW. :/ *cringe*
Rebecca A. Rogers
May 13, 2011 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
Jul 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 chara
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Feb 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Trista Siegel
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
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
Krista Ashe
Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-111-of-2011
***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 be
Mar 02, 2011 marked it as zz-dnf
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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-me
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 detai
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-arcs, paranormal
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
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 confusing/>Tris/>What
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 tho
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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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“My point is that when you fall in love it's with a real person with flaws. Not with a perfect character from a fairy tale.” 106 likes
“A story is not always a lie," said Tristan. "Some stories are truer than truth."
Truer than truth? That sounded like something liars made up to tell people who found them out.”
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