Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
This is such a shame because I was really looking forward to reading this book. It is a re-telling of the old German folk tale Tristan and Isolde, and I'm not going to sugarcoat it- this was pretty dire.
The teenage characters in this are incredibly dumb and fickle, and just fall in and out of love with each other at a snap of their fingers. Izzie also foolishly plays around with magic and love potions (which was another ridiculous concept). I know that the characters are meant to be only 16 and in high school, but their personalities were too silly to be believed.
There was barely any plot or background, and the idea of witches and potions seemed to be just thrown in- a little jarringly. The writing was bad and there were too many times when I thought, why are you doing that? By the end of the book when it was time for the showdown fight with the Generic Big Bad Thing I just honestly didn't care enough about them enough to be bothered if they lived or died.
The best thing about this book? I'll let you know when I think of something...
Thanks to Egmont publishers and negalley for the advance review copy