Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
Switched by Amanda Hocking was quite an interesting read. When I read the description, I was thinking fairies, given the whole changeling thing. I could have have been more wrong: trolls. How cool is that? Switched was a fast paced read that dived into a completely unique storyline.
The beginning of Switched was a bit disjointed. I didn’t quite get what was going on, and I wasn’t completely feeling the story. As time progressed, Wendy began to get more answers to her questions, and things began to make more sense. I really loved the uniqueness of the plot. Everything was so new and it was a lot of fun to read about.
The characters were an interesting mix. The relationship between Finn and Wendy seemed a bit odd at first, there was not a lot of build up. As the story moved on, it did build more and it was really cute. I really liked Matt – he was a character you don’t see a lot of, but the parts of the book he was in were some of my favorites. A lot of the other characters fell flat for me. They just didn’t seem real, and I had a hard time connecting with them.
Switched was a promising start to the trilogy, and I cannot wait to pick up the other books now. The unique premise is captivating, and really gives it a unique edge to really stand out.
This review is crossposted from YA Books Central where it was originally posted.