REVIEW: SWITCHED (TRYLLE #1) BY AMANDA HOCKING

on Mar 26, 2019
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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Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Romance

4 out of 5 Stars


Review: I remember hearing about Amanda Hocking back in 2012, but I ended up passing on the books for some reason or another. However recently I noticed a copy of Switched at my local library and decided to give it a try.

As I'm now *cough*23*cough* it's getting a little bit harder to relate to some Young Adult novels, hence why the reviews on the blog have been sparse lately. With that in mind I was some what wary going into this book.

I was pleasantly surprised! I actually really enjoyed this book. It had its flaws, including many of the repeated YA fiction cliches but they were easy for me to get past. What I loved most about this book is actually how similar it is to other YA books from 2008-2012. Those were my prime Young Adult reading years and Switched took me right back to those days. Seriously, reading this book made me feel fifteen again. There's something almost innocent about books from that time, not innocent in content necessarily but they do feel less scandal-y or edgy than YA books now.

Wendy was in some ways very different than a typical main character. She's a little selfish and lazy. Also prone to using her gift of influence to get other people to do what she wants them to do. Still the reluctant-princess is a good character type to read and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the nest book.

I liked Finn, although he was very annoying in the beginning. I grew to like him more, and by the end of the book I felt like I understood him a little better.

The idea of them being trolls would be unique were it not for the way they're presented: they look mostly human, except for some of them are slightly green hued, some of them have telekinesis or persuasion, and they live in their own communities away from humans. Basically they could be switched out (get it?) for nearly any other fairy/faery-like creature and the story wouldn't be any different. They might as well be generic fairies.

Still this book transported me back to my younger years and I enjoyed every moment of it! 

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