Switched by Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release date: January 3, 2012
File size: 451 KB
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Self-publishing a trilogy that is then picked up by a major publisher and that also hits bestseller lists is an awesome accomplishment. Amanda Hocking did it, and there has been so much hype around her Trylle trilogy that when I took into account all the hype and how gorgeous the covers of the Trylle trilogy are, I had to read Switched.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.
Unfortunately, it wasn't an amazing book for me the way it has been for so many people. I liked the fact that it was about trolls, instead of the usual vampires or werewolves, because I don't know of any other YA books about troll, and I haven't read anything about trolls. The problem for me was that, despite the fact that this book had a different fantasy creature, aside from that, there wasn't anything that separated it from the other paranormal romances like Twilight.
Girl moves from school to school because of behavioral problems. Girl meets boy. Boy knows things about girl that he shouldn't know. Boy creeps girl out, but girl is still attracted to him. Girl falls in love with boy--instantly. Boy fights to save girl's life when opposing fantasy creatures attack. Boy wins. Boy leaves. Girl goes after boy.
That pretty much sums up Switched, and it just didn't strike me as anything new and different in the paranormal genre. I had been burnt out on paranormal for a while, so I was reading nothing but contemporary books, and after reading Switched, I remember why I was burnt out on paranormal romances. I need another break from them again.
I think it's unfortunate that this book didn't live up to my expectations, because it's not poorly written. The writing is actually pretty good, in terms of sentence structure, grammar, and so on. When it comes to the plot, though, the book is lacking. I can understand why so many people loved this book. The characters are mostly likeable, although I did get sick of Wendy talking about how plain and average she was compared to the female trolls, and despite her defiance and not understanding the trylle world (which really wasn't that hard to understand). The trylle world itself is interesting, especially with the changeling aspect. But aside from a few small details, I felt like I could have been reading any paranormal fantasy--Twilight, Carrier of the Mark, the Fallen series. Switched just wasn't different enough from other paranormal fantasies for me to fall in love with it.
Despite my disappointment, I am still hearing nothing but good things about this book. I don't plan on reading the rest of the trilogy, but fans of Twilight and similar books will probably fall in love with Amanda Hocking's trylle world.