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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Title: Switched
Series: The Trylle Trilogy #1
Author: Amanda Hocking

Release Date: 6th January 2012 (first published 12th July 2010 - self published)

My Rating: 2/5

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 the secret she can't tell anyone. 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...

In A Nutshell:
This is a story that wont be for everyone. I'm still deciding if it was one for me :S

My Review:
I opened up Switched expecting to be completely blown away by the words I would find. This was based purely on the massive online following Amanda Hocking received as her e-books became a sensation and the international bidding war that the trilogy went through at the hands of publishers. Unfortunately, I felt rather ambivalent towards the story that followed.

It’s strange, I liked how the story started and Wendy’s character at the beginning of the book, but once she met Finn and everything changed, I kind of wanted to knock some sense into her. And the fact that her brother and aunt didn’t feature much in the story really annoyed me as I liked their characters. One of the only characters I liked after Finn revealed all to Wendy, was Tove because he was intriguing and I would love to see where his character gets taken in the future.

It wasn’t until the very end of the story that I really started to like the other characters and care about what happened to them. The ending is exciting and I think its sequel has the possibility of giving us something new and certainly intriguing. For me, I don’t think this will be one of those books where I wait for the sequel. Had I had a copy of Torn sitting next to me when I finished Switched, I would have picked it up out of curiosity, but I don’t see myself making the effort to get hold of a copy now (much like I haven’t been interested in reading Crossed by Ally Conde – the sequel to Matched).

I think fantasy stories are probably not what I am interested in anymore. The fact that the characters in Switched are trolls is something I find really hard to see past. Every time their ‘troll-ness’ is mentioned, I find it very difficult not to picture them as the trolls from fairy tales, even though, in this story, they are supposed to look like normal people.

I know I seem to be alone in my feelings but ultimately, I’m just a bit undecided about the story :S

Oh but what a pretty cover!

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Torn and Ascend will be released in paperback format in February and March 2012 respectively.


  1. You are not alone, I'm sure. It's been happening t me a lot lately too that I read the first book but don't have the impulse to read the next one. Sigh. Been reading a lot of first books.

  2. I have also read this book and i felt that the ending to it was rather disappointing as it did have a massive build up to it. I also don't think that the blurb of the book really goes with what is actually inside the book itself. But i think i'll try the second one, to see if it captures my imagination more then the first one.


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