May 11, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Book Description:

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…

Christina's BookReview
 Review after Re-reading:

“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I'm a troll with magical powers, and I'd just be like, yeah, that sounds right.” 

When I first purchased Switched to read in 2011 I was a little hesitant because it was the first time I had read anything about trolls. I expected ugly creatures and weird things to happen because just like the main character, Wendy, you think of trolls as little ugly creatures with pink hair. Low and Behold, Amanda Hocking shows you a different perspective. I was quickly delving into the world of the Trylle, which is another name for trolls. This is my third time rereading this series and my opinion has not changed.

In the beginning of the book you catch on quickly to the troll characteristics that Wendy possess and are still a little hesitant. But then when Finn, a Trylle Tracker, appears and informs Wendy of what she is, we learn much more about Trylle and the magical world Wendy comes from. But as we know all the glitters isn't gold.

Wendy has grown up without any parents. One died when she was 5yrs old and the other tried to murder her. Raised by her loving big brother Matt and aunt Maggie, Wendy has always felt different. She knows she isn't normal and when she begins to be able to "persuade" people to do things by just chanting in her head, it further confirms her suspicions. The final and definite confirmation comes in the form of Finn Holmes, a tracker the Trylle community, sent to eventually bring Wendy home. When the Trylle enemy, The Vittra, attack Wendy, Finn is forced to take Wendy home sooner then planned.

In Forening we discover that not only is Wendy a Trylle but also the Princess of Forening. Wendy learns what it means to be a Princess and that unlike her "other" life in this one she is forced to accept what her title is and learn to accept the rules of the kingdom. One being that the attraction she has toward Finn Holmes, is frowned upon and will never turn into anything else. With a cold mother in this life as well as her former life she is miserable. Being the Princess of a place that doesn't believe in equality is not what Wendy wants.The only good part of her new life? Rhys, Willa, Tove, and Finn.

The secondary characters are AMAZING! You can't help but fall in love with them just as quickly as Wendy does. We have Rhys, Wendy's mankslig, which is the human child Wendy was exchanged with. He is so adorable and so warm and loving, you can't help but feel sad about the life he lives. Then there is Willa, a Markisinna, which is like a Duchess in the Trylle world. Willa is a grade A spoiled brat with a warm heart inside. She easily becomes Wendy's friend but it doesn't mean she isn't as snobbish as the rest of the Trylle hierarchy.Then there's Tove, a Markis, that seems bored with his life and all those around him, but really is very unique and once you get to know him, is pretty sweet and cool.

And finally, of course, there is Finn, he is stubborn, infuriating and distant but so loyal, loveable and swoon worthy at times. Finn has a job to do and the laws, rules and future of Trylle will not be put in jeopardy for anything. Not even his growing affection for Wendy. He is there to protect her and that's it. So, although, you want to root for Wendy and Finn to be together you can't help but just be upset that as far as him and his beliefs goes you won't be able to see that happen.

I LOVED LOVED this book and easily delved right into Torn, Book 2, the series! If you haven't read this do yourself and favor and purchase a copy! 

 Review of Book #2-Torn HERE

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