REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_: Switched by Amanda Hocking (@amanda_hocking)

When Wendy Everly was just 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…..

Okay.  Okay.  I’m trying to figure out where, exactly to begin.  Now, granted I am just recently starting to venture into new genres, and haven’t encountered the huge spectrum of mythical beings that I’m sure are waiting patiently on shelves to be discovered, but this book was WAY too “out there” for my taste.  I like to think that I have a pretty vivid imagination, and am willing to suspend my “reality” way of thinking when necessary.  I mean, True Blood is my FAVORITE show ever!  I loved the Harry Potter books, and yes, the Twilight series.  This said….I can NOT suspend reality enough to enjoy a book about Trylle.  Trylle, you may ask?  It is a fancy word for TROLLS.  Yep, trolls.  
Basically in Switched, Wendy is switched at birth with the son of a wealthy family.  The Mother knows that this baby girl is NOT her child, but no one will listen.  Fast forward six years, Wendy is having yet another tantrum, and her Mother can’t take it anymore and tries to kill her.  Fast forward a bit more, and Wendy meets Finn, who eventually tells her that, yes, she is in fact a troll (or Trylle as this book likes to call them).  Stuff happens, and she leaves with Finn to go live with the other Trylle.  She discovers that not only is she Trylle, she is a Trylle PRINCESS.  Her mother is the Queen, and he father is dead.  
That is all I can say, as I stopped reading at page 135.  I did not enjoy the book in ANY way.  The ONLY thing I liked about it was the cover.  Very nice artwork!  
I {obviously} can not recommend this book.  I hate to say that, as I feel bad.  I know the author spent lots of time and hard work on it.  However, you may just like it!  Browsing other ratings on Goodreads, lots of people DID enjoy it.  I just wasn’t one of them.  I can safely say, I will not be purchasing the other two books in the Trylle series (Torn, and Ascend).

I give this book 1 Heel.


Thanks again to Heather for the review! Check out her site or follow her on Twitter @_shoe_girl_! The original review for Switched can be found on her site by clicking here!

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  1. Riley Jones-Young says:

    the artwork IS breathtaking.

    1. I completely agree. Another series that has beautiful cover art of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Simply beautiful covers.

  2. The artwork is why I bought the book!! I LOVE the cover (& the upcoming covers for the next 2 in the trilogy)!! Too bad the inside doesn’t match the outside 🙁

  3. These reviews are the hardest to write, aren’t they? You want to get out your opinion so others have an idea to go along with all the other reviews but it’s tough when you’re the one writing them.
    Like you, I love the cover!!

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