Friday, December 2, 2011
Switched - Review
Author: Amanda Hocking
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.
I actually really enjoyed this book a great deal. I love supernatural creature books, and this was a cool departure from the normal vampires, fairies, werewolves, etc. Because really, who ever equates trolls with interesting or beautiful? Yet that is what Hocking does with this book.
Wendy feels like has never quite fit in at school, or in her family- especially after her own mother tried to kill her. She lives with her aunt and over-protective brother, and knows she is loved- yet she senses she is not quite like them, and agonizes over the trouble she has created in their lives. Then she meets Finn, who has been sent to find her by her real mother, a troll. Wendy also learns that she is a troll princess, and that she is a changeling.
Usually heroines like Wendy annoy me. The ones who are always rebelling and fighting for no reason whatsoever. Wendy won me over though. I think in a sense I feel sorry for her- Wendy goes to the land of trolls (which is in Minnesota!) to give her aunt and brother a break, but also because she is curious to meet her true mother, since the one she knew for six years hated her. Unfortunately, her birth mother is not that great either, and seems really cold. And I loved Finn.
I thought that this book was fun, and different. This book reminds me of a PG version of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!