Book Review: Switched

Book Review: SwitchedSwitched by Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Trilogy #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 3rd 2012
Pages: 293
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When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

First Impression:

'When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her.'

If a line like that doesn't capture your attention, I don't know what will. Despite all the buzz surrounding, this author and this series, that line alone would have made me read this book.

While Reading:
Now, take a second and forget everything you thought you knew about Trolls. They are not strange creatures who hang out under bridges awaiting someone to cross. Instead, they look no different from you and me. So, what is it that makes these creatures different? Their powers. Their connection with nature. And their children are changelings. Children who are switched at birth with human children, only to return to their "real" families once they come of age.

Switched begins with a bang! Unlike most children, Wendy grew up knowing that her "mom" did not exactly care for her. And that is putting it mildly. Wendy's birthday scene was probably one of the most striking that I have read in a while. Although, Wendy was not described as an easy child, it was crazy reading about her "mom" and the lengths that woman went through.

After that point in the book, things started going downhill for me. Switched was not as exciting as I hoped it would be. I loved that Hocking took a creature like the troll (or Trylle) and shaped it into something new. But why a troll? Why not some other type of nature paranormal creature? There was nothing in Switched that made me go, 'oh, wow! I will never look at Trolls the same way again." Switched felt like it had all the pieces, but the overall puzzle did not come together the way that I thought it could have.

Verdict:
I am very conflicted about Switched. There is a part of me that really appreciates the differentness of it. While part of me, wants to scream at the lack of excitement throughout the book. And, please, do not get me started on the supposed love triangle or love square… I am not even sure at this point… but regardless, I am just leaving that one alone for now. Despite plenty of conflicting emotions, there was a lot that I did enjoy about Switched. Enough so that after finishing the last page, I was cursing myself for leaving book two at home.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Switched

  1. Switched is definitely an enjoyable read. I’ve heard Torn is better. My copy just arrived and I’ll be reading it soon!

    Oh, and I do agree with you regarding the line that captured your attention. It was really a BANG!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of Torn. Happy reading!

    Michelle

  2. Bee

    You’re right. That first line of the summary is a killer! It makes me want to grab the book immediately.

    Also, the think the cover’s very pretty.

  3. I haven’t read this book yet, but like you I love that line from the description. I hope I can read it sometime – there’s been a lot of hype and I’m interested to see why – but I think it might be a book I’ll get from the library rather than buying.

    ~Ailsa

  4. Christina Kit.

    I love how the main characters seems conflicted, never really fitting in with her human parents because of her mom’s attitude towards her. It will be interesting to see how she grows:)

    And I love the change of troll lore!

  5. Krista

    I’ve been really interested in reading this book, but I just haven’t had the great urge to go buy it. From your review, I think I could definitely wait to read it. I’m glad though that it isn’t all that bad. I was also wondering if she made Trolls into some cool kind of creature, but hearing that they’re just based on powers is sort of lame. Oh well! I’ll still read it, just not right away. Great review!

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