Monday, 30 April 2012

Switched - Book Review

Switched – Book Review
Amanda Hocking
YA Paranormal

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.

http://us.macmillan....moreWhen 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.

Review:

I had heard many good things about Amanda Hocking and her books circling around the blogosphere, so I admit I picked up ‘Switched’ with expectation of great things. It didn’t disappoint.

After the prologue I felt that the story itself got off to slow start but the book soon picked up pace and I really liked the main character Wendy. She’s a genuinely nice, if a little hot-headed person who tries to keep people at an arms’ length – fairly understandable considering her own mother tried to kill her when she was six. However the plot really thickens when Wendy meets Finn, a dark and mysterious guy who explains to her the truth about her real heritage. That Wendy is a changeling, a troll child switched at birth to be raised by a human family. She’s also a Princess.

Now with her life in danger, Wendy is left with no choice but to leave her ‘adopted’ family behind. Returning to her real mother Elona, Wendy is disappointed to find that her actual mother is just as cold and distant as the one who tried to kill her. However with her time soon consumed by princess lessons, her only real distraction is Finn - her tracker and highly acclaimed bodyguard. Yet with Finns lowborn bloodline, romance between them is strictly forbidden…

I have to say that I loved the premise of this story. I have read plenty of books about fairies and fae folk lately, so a story about a girl discovering she’s actually a Troll Princess was certainly different and refreshing. Beautifully written and well thought out, ‘Switched’ truly is an amazing novel.

Each character is very detailed, from Wendy with her unruly, curly hair (I can so sympathise) to Finn with his brutal honesty and old fashioned sense of honour. Watching his and Wendy’s romance develop was simply delicious. I also really liked the characters of Rhys and Tove, both of whom are gorgeous and unique in their own right, they also pose as potential love rivals for Finn - which I’m hoping will lead to some interesting drama in this books sequel, ‘Torn’.

Combine all this with Amanda Hocking’s descriptive and intricate world building, not to mention a bit of a cliff-hanger ending, and you are left with one fantastic story. So overall, a great start to a promising new trilogy. Totally recommend, 4 Stars!




1 comment:

  1. I have the recently release version, but haven't read it yet. I love the cover here. It's different to the one I have.

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