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Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Author:Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: St Martins Griffin
Trylle Trilogy Book #1
ISBN:   1250006317
ISBN13: 9781250006318
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Librarything Early reviewers

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 discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

 I won a copy of of SWITCHED from Librarything's Early reviewers program. The cover was definitely the first hing that stuck out to me and the blurb left me interested in finding out more about Wendy and her life. Wendy has always wondered why her mother tried to kill her and when she discovers the truth about herself she isn't sure why she ever wanted to know the truth. 

I liked Wendy but didn't think she was fantastic. She was super independent and strong willed for most of the book and then would fall back into a role of being a meek needy pushover. Finn of course ran hot and cold because of his duty and his feelings for Wendy. At times I wanted to smack him upside the head and tell him to hold her already but of course that would never happen in their situation. He was pretty consistent in wanting what was best for Wendy and his people though. I knew who Rhys was from the moment he was introduced. I'm excited to see how Wendy's family reacts to him and to see if they find out the the truth about him in book 2. 

I enjoyed the story's ideas and creativity but there were many times that I found myself bored with the events, especially in times where the plot slowed and stalled a bit. I enjoyed the characters and their development. If anything will push me to read book 2 it will defiantly be because the characters drew me in and it was easy to care about them and I want to know what happens to them. The world building was nice, but I wish that the Trylle community was more mystical then it was. I will probably read some reviews before I read book 2 but I do want to know what happens next to some of the characters so I will probably pick up a copy from the library.

I gave it 3/5 stars 

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