Monday, March 19, 2012
Switched by Amanda Hocking
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…
I can honestly say this is the first book I have ever read about trolls. Just the fact that it was about them drew me into trying this book out, though the gorgeous cover may have had something to do with it too. I also loved the story behind the publishing of this book and the success story of the author. I dove into the book and quickly found myself very involved in the story and already rooting for the characters as well as feeling emotions along side them. The characters of the book were hugely enjoyable, they were realistic while still being trolls, which is quite a feat when you think about it. Wendy could seem a little whiny at times, but it was understandable given her position of not knowing who or what she was for most of her life. Finn bothered me a little bit due to the fact he lied to Wendy and wouldn't fulfill his promises.
The story was great, it never slowed down or proved uninteresting to the reader, though the book really picked up the most speed at the very end, leaving with a cliffhanger and a promise for more action in the coming books. Writing-wise, the book excelled, it utilized such detail and it had a certain style to it that worked very well for me. Altogether, this was a great book setting up a series that I will be following in the future, but until then, I give Switched a 4/5.