I have really begun to lean toward the summer romance books this past month and so my last few reads haven’t been as paranormal as usual. Also there is a bit of a lack of interesting paranormal books. I saw this book on Netgalley and was really intrigued because Tristan and Isolde is a great love story. Here’s the summary from goodreads:
A modern retelling of the German fairy tale "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 .
There were parts that I absolutely loved about this book and parts that I didn’t care for. It seemed very black and white while I read it. In the beginning I found it hard to stay interested. It is obvious that the relationship with Mark is comfortable and a major plot conflict was very obvious to me. ** Spoiler ** I figured out extremely easily that she didn’t really take a love potion. However, there were still some surprises at the end about what she did take
I found the rest of the story between the two to be very sweet. It is fairly brief due to conflicts but it was sweet. I also liked the supporting characters and seeing them develop in the story instead of just the main couple.
I found the paranormal aspect completely unbelievable. It is really hard to read a book that is unrealistic. Izzy basically just finds out about her powers and heads out to destroy something that has been killing her kind for decades. I didn’t find that at all believable.
I liked the way the author ended the story. It was obvious that it was the end of the this story and it was nice to see where the characters ultimately ended up. The last few pages of the book were probably the most enjoyable for me.
Overall I give the book a 2/5. I feel like a younger YA audience would appreciate this book better. I don’t think it will work well for older YA readers.