Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Switched by Amanda Hocking [Review]

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)3 out of 5 Robots!

Switched by Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: January 3, 2012
Hardcover: 318 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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…
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Shannon's Thoughts:
I probably wouldn't have bothered to read this if it weren't for the fact that it was free on Amazon and that it was about trolls.  Yep.  Trolls.  That's unique, right?  Well, yes and no.  I mean, they are trolls, but they are also beautiful, wealthy and have magical abilities and call themselves Trylle.  So, basically fairies...without fairyland. 

I have to say, the beginning is very intriguing.  It starts off with Wendy's memory of her sixth birthday when her mother tries to kill her.  You also learn Wendy is somewhat of a brat.  This doesn't really change through the book.  You then learn her mother was sent to a mental institution and Wendy was sent to live with her aunt and older brother.  Wendy never really fit in (or tries to fit in) and gets expelled a lot.  Then Finn shows up at her school and they have an instant connection.  Finn tells her what she really is and wants to take her back to her home, where Wendy learns about her past and about the Trylle. 

I can't say there is really anything new here, unfortunately.  There are a lot of cliched plotlines and characters.  And a lot portion of the book involves Wendy having no idea what is going on and everyone refusing to tell her (or assuming she knows).  But for all of that, it wasn't a horrible read.  I whipped through it in record time.  And I was left interested enough to read the second book.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Switched
2. Torn
3. Ascend

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