Friday, December 7, 2012

Switched Review

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…

2.5 out of 5 stars

Switched is the first book in the Trylle Trilogy.

Wendy Everly's mother tried to kill her when she was six. Since then, she has been living a very bratty life with her aunt and brother. They move from town to town because Wendy just can't keep herself from getting kicked out of school. At her new school, she finds that some guy is constantly staring at her. She finally confronts him and he doesn't deny it. It also seems to open the door for him to tell her that she is actually a changeling.

Finn tells her that she is actually a Trylle, or troll, and was switched at birth with a human baby. Wendy, whose mother always said that she wasn't her real baby, pretty easily accepts this but doesn't want to leave her aunt and brother. She's attacked, though, so she decides she has to for the sake of her family. She arrives in the gated community that houses the Trylle to find that she is actually the princess of the Trylle.

The Trylle Trilogy was originally self-published but was picked up by St. Martin's Griffin. I have the version published by St. Martin's and it contains a short story. The concept of this book was kind of interesting. I don't think I've read a book about trolls. Truthfully, though, the book was a lot less interesting than the idea of it. The basics were there, but I don't really think it was delivered well. The book touched on the politics of the Trylle, but didn't really go into it. A romance was talked about, but was so weak it was barely there. And everyone is kind of awful.

Wendy is a brat. The author tries to explain the fact that she's so awful that she keep getting kicked out of school by saying the Trylle have a hard time dealing with humans, but she is really just a pain in the ass. She's also incredibly passive with all the other Trylle. Finn keeps her in the dark about just about everything and she puts up with it. The Queen, her birth mother, is a huge bitch who is constantly criticizing her and she puts up with it. There was nothing good about Wendy.

There was also nothing good about the "romance" between Wendy and Finn. Finn started out creepily staring at her from afar. Then they were at a dance where he asked her to dance then acted like an asshole. Finally, when she accepted the truth about herself, he treated her like a job. Still, Wendy keeps saying that she gets a excited when she sees him and that sometimes he looks at her. Then, suddenly, they have some forbidden love because she's a princess and he's a lowly tracker.

Overall, I didn't care for the book. I actually enjoy the author's writing, though and she has several other books that I may try out, but I just didn't like this one. I didn't even read the short story at the end. I enjoyed the end and I've heard the next book is better, but I don't see myself getting it any time soon.

 *Picture and description from Goodreads.

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