Monday, 19 September 2016

SWITCHED (Trylle Trilogy #1) - by Amanda Hocking

Year Published: 2010 - by St. Martin's Press. 
Genre/s: Young adult/ romance/ action/ urban fantasy/ paranormal. 
Pages: 333. 
Author: Amanda Hocking. 
Source: Library. 

Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she's not the monster her mother claimed she is, she does feel that she doesn't quite fit in. The new girl in High School, Wendy is bored and frustrated by her small-town life -- and then there's her secret, her mysterious ability -- she can influence people's decisions, without knowing how, or why ...When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night, her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist: Forening, the home of the Trylle. Among the Trylle she is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring -- not only to separate them, but to see the downfall of everything that Wendy cares about...

{First read this from 30 December 2014- January 2015. Re-reviewed}

Amanda Hocking is an author I greatly admire and respect. She's inspiration for me, as I'm hoping to be an author one day, and while her writing isn't amazing, she is a good author and one of my favourites. 

The cover is so pretty. Overall, Switched was a fun and relaxing read :)  

The writing:

Hocking's writing is simple and so smoothly and is so easy to read. She's brilliant at cliff-hangers, and literally forces me to turn the pages.  Admittedly, this book had plenty of 'cringe' lines and phrases, and there were also a few cheesy, cliched bits as well.   But overall, it was a fun, fast and addictive read :)   

The characters:

I didn't really like Wendy's character. She's clearly a brat, and she was often arrogant and annoying. Still, I really enjoyed her narration (the story was told in first person): it was witty, entertaining, funny and naive. 
But for all her bratiness, I still felt sorry for Wendy; Finn and Elora both treated her like dirt sometimes, and Wendy went through a lot. 

As for the rest of the cast, I really liked Willa and Matt and Tove. Finn, however, as Wendy's love interest, unfortunately didn't win me over. He seemed boring and flat and dull, and I found his personality a bit too inconsistent. He was also really annoying and frustrating.    

The story/plot: 

Most of the time it was exciting. As I said earlier, Hocking is brilliant at holding your attention, and she keeps things entertaining for the most part. However, I do think there could have been more action and movement in the middle of the story. As it was, Wendy just kinda wafted around her new world, without much actually happening. I would preferred more action.     
The story idea itself was original and lovely. I really enjoyed reading about Wendy's world and it was refreshing and fantastic. 

Some parts I thought were too rushed and glossed over. For example, Wendy's dance with Finn at the school, near the start of the book, was very rushed and was over very quickly. I didn't have time to absorb it and it didn't seem realistic enough.  

I give it: 2 flowers!

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