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I have a confession, I don’t know “Tristan and Iseult” story. If it is as popular or as tragic as Romeo and Juliet, that I don’t know. I didn’t bother to check it out either. I decided to take as it is. And hey, they said ignorance is bliss, right? Well, I think it worked for me.
I saw plenty of— let say, “not so good” reviews at goodreads. Although reviews influence me on how I’ll take the book, I still decided to be optimistic about it. Sometimes I have different views on books. And you know what; I think I did, particularly in this book. I don’t know if it was because I saw the low ratings and I kind of set the expectations a little lower than usual but all things considered it wasn’t all that bad. I was surprised too. After I finish it, I really think hard on what to say. Was it remarkable? Hardly. But you know what, it was decent. It was ok. I wasn’t bored, while I did flinch a little (ok, a lot) on things that I find… well, ridiculous (*insert angsty out of the blue situation here* in the middle of a crucial moment. That kind). But that said it wasn’t exactly horrible. So if you just want a nice mediocre fantasy story then I guess this one is ok.
I’m not sure if my lack of knowledge of this German story that made me a little lenient on this book’s rating. But like I said it wasn’t terrible, not by a long shot. The story was typical. She came from a family who have magic and they have enemies that is ought to kill her. And she was ignorant about it until some rabid dog tried to kill her. And suddenly her power started to manifest. And later, she surprisingly knows how to handle it, even though she was kept in dark for most of her life. I didn’t expect the slayin’ of giants and baby dragons. I don’t particularly like that part but at least it has a bit of action. I know when I read the summary and it mentioned the love potion, I’ll bump into magic and stuff but I didn’t see two headed dog, talking serpent, and alchemist coming. And besides I don’t have any expectation (actually I do have but very, very low) so that came as a surprise, a twist, which in fairness was… nice.
I don’t know how to explain Izzie’s character, she annoyed me, yes, and she’s quite childish and self-centered. But I still find her bearable. As for the rest of the characters they are quite plain and immature. Her friend Branna was frustrating, especially the confrontation between her, Izzie and Mark. That Izzie’s perfect boyfriend is secretly and quite oblivious to his feelings to her bestfriend and that they actually love each other. That for me is the weakest part of the book. It was unexpected, unnecessary and kinda unfitting to the story. I think the story can move on without them actually. It was too fast, illogical, and really absurd.
The romance between the main characters is perplexing in a way, but tolerable by all means. I wasn’t swoon by their supposed romance because it was too flat. And I’m not sure why I still accept it because usually these types I tend to be too uptight. Maybe it was a good excuse that they fell in love easily because of a love philtre as opposed to raging hormones. But still, it is poorly developed and very unrealistic (I know the potion aspect tend to lose the realism but still, it was immature even for teens). And since I have no knowledge or whatsoever of the story it was adapted from, I can’t say if it hit the mark or pitiable version of it. I really can’t say.