Book Review: Switched

Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

The blurb: Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claimed she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in . . .

The new girl in High School, she’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why . . .

When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle. Everything begins to make sense to Wendy. Among the Trylle, she is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever . . .

My review: The cover of this book called to me, it’s been such a long time since I’ve read any YA fantasy that I just couldn’t help but indulge. It’s a genre I love. The premise relies on the changeling theory – an interesting rural myth where sprites, usually faeries would switch out a baby at birth with a faery child. Amanda Hocking has taken this myth and used it to suit her purpose although it’s not really developed to any great degree. Her ‘sprite’ are the trolls or trylle. There are several clans of trolls and Wendy, the main protagonist is a member of the Trylle tribe.

Now this isn’t great literature but it roars along at a good pace. The romantic tension between Finn and Wendy is expertly hyped up and the difference in their social backgrounds lends itself nicely to adding some much needed depth into the story – I really hope she explores this further in books 2 and 3. I also loved the character of Matt who needs to come back! Further exploration would be good into the background of the Trolls. These types of books work best when there’s some interesting background mystery!

The Trylle have special powers and in a cast system, those who are the most powerful are higher up the food chain. Wendy must adapt to this new world she’s been thrown into, learn about her powers and her new people as well as relate to her mother – who happens to be Queen! Her human upbringing with her ‘host’ mother was a really intriguing twist, I hope we get to see more of Kim. It’s also very interesting that Wendy comes face to face with the child she’s replaced.

I really want this series to use this book and launch itself. Wendy is an interesting character who could really become something great, with immense powers and be a real kick ass heroine. I sincerely hope she does! There’s also a lot that was touched on but not developed which made it a slightly shallow read. More please!

7 out of 10 stars! *******

BUY ME! Switched: Trylle Trilogy Book 1


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