Series: Trylle Trilogy, #1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 293 (Paperback)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 3, 2012
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.
"A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife. Not a tiny steak knife, but some kind of massive butcher knife glinting in the light like in a bad horror movie. She definitely wanted to kill me."
I absolutely love opening lines like that, which make you go "what?!" And this book contains an original creature: trolls! I've heard amazing things about Amanda Hocking, and I'm happy to learn that it's all true. Switched was such a fun and unique story full of great characters! Wendy is strong-willed, quirky and feisty, and I loved her! She doesn't truly fit into the human, and her family has to move a lot, so she's basically stopped trying. Then when she finds out her true heritage, she doesn't really fit in with the Trylle either. I found her easy to relate to and believable. I'm definitely cheering for her to find her place in the world.
Finn! I love forbidden romances that aren't suppose to work out. Wendy and Finn are great together, and I hate Elora for keeping them apart! Elora is Wendy's birth mother, but is just as cold as the woman Wendy always thought was her mother. It's such a strong contrast between the life she left behind with her brother and aunt. They would do anything for Wendy, and she loves them just as much.
My one complaint about this book was that almost every chapter ended with an unnecessary mini-cliffhanger. There was no real point to them, since they were immediately resolved in the first few lines of the following chapter. It did keep me engaged though, and I probably would have read this in one sitting if school and life didn't get in the way. I'd definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a fun paranormal read without vampires, shifters, or witches.