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Posted January 16, 2012
This book is a cute new twist on the old tale. I love the little nosy witches that get themselves in trouble because they are wanting to help someone else. I just wonder if Izzie needed a potion in the first place to enhance the pull to Tris.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Izzy being right where she thought she wanted to be finds herself wanting her cake and to eat it too with Mark and Tris in the beginning. But by the end she knows what will work out the best for everyone. Even her bestie, Brangane.
Also I love the Knight in Shining Armor image that I get with Tris. He is wonderful and knows the true meaning of being blinded for love. The connection pulls you in and wanting you to follow them on their quest.
I recommend this book to YA Paranormal lovers.
Posted October 5, 2011
I had some really high expectations about this book. I thought it was going to be all lovey dovey and it was, but just not in the way I expected it to be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I like most about this book are the characters. Fresh out this world, the characters are what makes this book. I loved their loyalty, the fierceness to fight, and their willingness not to give up. I loved that this story is not only filled with love but with magic.
The plot line of this book is what got to me. I felt like the pacing of it was too slow and so I hard a hard time keeping up with it. I found myself just wanting to turn the pages to get to the good stuff. What I also didn't like was that it had to do with magic and whole other world. I guess my expectations for this book was that there will be no magic but more of a fierce undying love.
Overall, this book is good. I loved watching the characters grows and become who they are meant to be. It does take a while to get into the story. But if you give it a chance, you will find action, magical creatures and undying love.
Posted August 6, 2011
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My feeling about this book was a little mixed. First, I'm not really sure how much of this story was actually a retelling. I have read pretty much all of the various literary writings on the story of Tristan and Isolde, and I didn't really see many parallels, except for the names really. That could, however, be due to bad back cover copy. Sometimes whoever writes that back cover blurb doesn't always have a thorough understanding of a book's actual storyline, as they should.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Setting that aside, the book had a lot of entertaining elements that got me interested and kept me going. I always enjoy a story with a little bit of magic in it, and this one definitely had that...and it had it in some unique ways that I havent' seen a lot of books previously.
The characters were good, but I did feel that a couple of them could have been a bit more thoroughly fleshed out. I have read some reviews from other people who felt that the two protagonists (Tristan and Isolde "Izzie") fell in love with each other a little bit too quickly. I don't agree. Their quick love didn't really stop me or pull me out of the story, and due to their background, it actually made sense. What did give me some pause was the speed in which one of the other characters (a guy) fell out of love with one girl, and instantly into love with another girl just as soon as he found out she had feelings for him. So much so that he was willing to actually "punch" the first girl in the face?? Really? Five seconds ago, he was expressing deep love for her and now he's punching her in the face for the other girl? Sorry, that one stopped me a bit and stretched my suspended disbelief a little too far. It was too quick of a switch, and on top of that, I'm never going to like a guy that hits a girl. And yet, we're supposed to forgive him just as quickly as the girl who was hit forgave him. She almost didn't react at all.
Once I got past that, things got better again, and all in all, I did enjoy the book. Once things got back on track and the story shifted back onto the important elements, things got good again, and I was able to root for the characters.
Depsite one or two small hiccups, this was a good, entertaining story. I would recommend it and its author.
Posted July 23, 2011
Enjoyable but disappointing
I was absolutely ECSTATIC to get this book for review from Netgalley because the cover was so pretty and I loved the movie Tristan and Isolde. So needless to say I had high expectations for this book. When I finally got through with it, I was so so disappointed. The first thing that bugged me was Izzie. I hated how she was such a snob in the beginning. With just the snap of her fingers she could get her oh-so-popular-captain-of-the-basketball-team-king-of-the-school boyfriend the outcast anyone she wanted just because she didn't like them. That's so awful! I already don't like snobby popular people in real life, so why would I like reading about them? I feel like this part of her personality was so out of line with who she really was in her relationship with Tristan and how she acts for the rest of the book. It just didn't make sense. What also didn't make sense was the introduction to the whole magic aspect of the book. At first, it seemed like this book was a normal YA book, but then WHAM! Izzie and her mom know magic! What what? It was just really random and didn't flow at all with what was happening in the beginning. I wish it wasn't all so oh, but they way and that the book started with the magic instead of just threw it in there. I really liked how the book ended, I just didn't like the build up to it. What happened seemed way to easy to actually have happened in the end. I feel like it should have been more of a struggle and adventure than it actually was. The idea and relationships of Tris & Izzie were really good, but the book as a whole did not meet the high expectations I had for it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2011
It was enjoyable...
This book was a remake of the legend "Tristan and Isolde", which is a very cute, classic love story. I felt like the story itself wasn't really that similar to the legend aside from the names and love triangle. I enjoyed the style of writting, and I felt like all of the characters were strong and well written. My only problem was with the main character. At 16, I was very responsible and I like to think of myself as being mature for my age because I was very involved in my community, and I hardly acted out. Izzie was the complete opposite. Her character complained a lot, was whiny, and was very immature. She didn't really act like a 16 year old, in my opinion. Also, everything was very abrupt. Relationships happened in a snap without any backing. Yes, I know a love potion is involved, but it was still strangely fast. But on the other hand, the story didn't drag on, which is a plus for me. I hate when I hate when books just drag on and on and on and on and on and on and...you get the point. The scenes were abrupt, but it didn't drag on. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2011
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Posted September 16, 2011
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