Book Review: Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking

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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
I wasn't too sure about this book at first glance, but the line in the summary that tell us Wendy's mom tried to kill her at six years old just drew me in.  Wendy's mom is convinced Wendy is not her daughter and that Wendy is a monster.  She tries to kill Wendy at her sixth birthday party.  Fast forward to ten years later: Wendy's mom is institutionalized due to insanity and Wendy is cared for by her aunt and older brother.  

Wendy has never felt like she fits in anywhere, from her stunted social interactions, to her picky eating habits, to her new and scary ability to make people do what she wants just by thinking hard about something.  She meets a boy at school, Finn, who tells her what she really is---and that's the surprise of the story.  I'm going to stop here because I don't want to spoil anything.

Switched is paranormal YA with a fresh twist.  It has a more deliberate pace than other YA fantasy, with less action and more emotional thrills.  The romance develops slowly (and I really appreciated the realistic development of the love story) and the characters feel well developed.  I would recommend this book to paranormal and YA fans.

Just One Gripe: 
I found Wendy hard to like.  She grew on me by the end of the book, but for a while she was not my favorite character in the book at all.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
The fresh paranormal twist.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  16/25


  1. Good review! The next book in the series, Torn, is also great. Wendy's character grows up a lot in Torn and I found her more likeable in it. And the boys...oh all the hot boys. :)

  2. Bummer. Sounded promising. Thanks for your honesty. I love the cover.

  3. Great review! And I agree with you but Stacey is also right. Torn is great and Wendy is more likeable!

  4. A friend of mine from work was just telling me about this book. Thanks for your honest review, Kelli. I put it in my tbr but I'm not rushing to read it.

  5. I've been wondering about this one. I think when I dislike characters it kind of ruins the book for me, so I'm not in any great hurry to pick this up. Awesome honest review, Kelli :)

  6. Hmmm going to say... too bad ... it started off with such potential than spiraled downwards...

    one a positive note... the cover is stunning.

  7. I personally loved this book a lot but I don't really like Wendy a lot. That I do agree with, she isn't the most likable I think she complains to much when other people have it much worse. But I really kinda like Finn, Willa and Rhys!! Can't wait to read the second book just stared it!!


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