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Monday, April 28, 2014

Review for Switched by Amanda Hocking


Switched by Amanda Hocking is the second (and last) full book that I read during the Read-A-Thon. I have read this book before, but I wanted to read the rest of the series so I started with this book first.

Synopsis: "When Wendy Everly was 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, on that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become..."

Switched is the first book in the Trylle trilogy, or the tryllogy like I like to call it.

Wendy Everly has always been the outcast of the family. Her hair is darker while her family's is light. She has a bad temper, her hair will never lay down, she eats differently than anyone else, she hates wearing shoes, and she can make people do what she wants when she thinks hard enough.

Her life changes when Finn Holmes comes into her town. He constantly watches her, and he gives her the wrong idea. He's happy and kind one moment, then dripping venom the next. One night he appears at her window and tells her she's a Trylle. That she needs to go home with him. Obviously there are some questions.

A Trylle is a troll, but not the fairytale kind of troll. They look like humans, but their hair doesn't lay down like a normal humans. Some of them have a green tint to their skin, but not all of them. The best part is they all have some sort of power to them.

At first she refuses to go, but as the story goes on she gets attacked by a rival 'clan' (basically) of Trylle and she decides to leave. She finds out that she's the princess, and the only heir to the throne. She doesn't want to become queen, but she has too.

The reason she was with humans is because the Trylle switch the human babies with their Trylle babies. That way, the Trylle can take the child's inheritance fund when they become of age. The human baby is called a mansk in the Trylle world.

She befriends Tove (a very powerful Trylle), Willa (a semi-powerful Trylle), Rhys (a mansk), and Rhiannon (a mansk).

Wendy's mom is a psychic. She doesn't know what she sees, but she paints it. She doesn't know when or where it is going to happen, all she knows is what is in the painting.

She paints a picture of Wendy laying on the floor in glass, and towards the end of the book we find out what that means. There is a war between the rival Trylle clans, and Wendy is in the middle of it. They attack her party, but with the Trylle powers combined they stop their rivals. At least for the end of this book.

At the end, Wendy takes Rhys to meet his actual brother. The brother she thought was hers through the beginning of the book.

I really liked this book, but the second time reading it I started getting bored and noticed I was skipping parts of the book.

I give this book four books

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