Switched by Amanda HockingTrylle #1
Published on January 3, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
I read the reviews for this book before purchasing it. I’d only seen a couple that ravedabout this book so I assumed it must be great. Then I came across those 2-3 star reviews. Now there’s me. My opinion is somewhere in the middle. Switched is an interesting take on trolls, which you don’t see very often in YA from what I’ve seen. It adds a new definition to changelings, which have been done and seem almost cliche anymore in faery stories. So props for originality.
This book isn’t one that’s going to make you think. It’s purely entertainment and great for fans of the paranormal romance genre. I liked the characters…but I didn’t love them. They weren’t blank canvases but I didn’t always connect with them either. I look for that in a protagonist, especially. Throughout the novel (which was a little too fast-paced), I never felt an emotional connection with Wendy. Hocking did more telling than showing which left little to the imagination.
Overall, Switched is a good, light read. Don’t expect too much from it but keep an open mind. It’s great for a quick, beach-read type book and perfect for MG reading levels and up. I breezed through Switched and immediately moved onto the sequel. I enjoyed the writing. Some things could have been better but overall a good read.