Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
Switched left me undecided. Everyone knows the story of Amanda Hocking’s journey to publication – from the self-published wunderkind to her deal with St. Martin’s Press. Still, I wasn’t sure if I’d pick it up of my own accord. Until I saw that cover. Then I needed it. Really needed it.
Amanda Hocking doesn’t have a writing style that stands out amongst the rest. The storyline was unique – a protagonist who’s actually a troll isn’t something you see everyday.
All in all, Switched was a novel I picked up only because everyone seemed to say it was incredible. And though it was different, I didn’t see what made it unbelievable. I enjoyed it, though I didn’t love it. It was good, but it wasn’t the best. The one thing that irked me the most was the passive style of writing Hocking seemed to use – it really grated on my nerves at times. But if you can get past that, I’m sure you’ll be fine.
Wendy Everly was born to one of the richest families America has to offer. Not that she was actually born to the family, but still. Her mother, convinced Wendy was a monster who replaced her son, actually tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy’s still recovering from the traumatic experience. When Finn Holmes pops up in her life, she realizes, maybe her mother was right after all – maybe she is a monster.
The world of Trylle certainly is unique – despite the elements that seem to be derived from other paranormal YA works of fiction. Though Switched is the first in a trilogy, the ending is a far cry from the dreaded cliffhanger – it won’t leave you utterly hanging, but it won’t be wholly satisfying either.
So, pick it up or don’t, you ask? Pick it up. Though it might not be the best there is out there, Switched is a novel I’m sure you’ll enjoy.