Saturday, 20 October 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Series: The Trylle Trilogy (1)
Paperback, January 5 2012, 335 pages
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What if your entire world was built on a lie? Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in... She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why... When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle. Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...

My thoughts

Was recommended this book by my mum, which was pretty weird in itself. Yeah we have very similar tastes but she's a granny she loved this book. So obviously I just had to read it, especially as I was already a fan of Amanda Hocking before she went all mainstream -I was told her newer books couldn't compare to her Indie books. But how wrong where these people because this book was fabulous. Well lets start with the cover. OMG drool. I love it, I want one of them butterflies tattooed somewhere. They're so pretty. The blurb proper got me interested it was like, seriously? Her mum tried to kill her wtf? This book is dark, twisted and full of laughs.

“Wendy: Why are you staring at me? Finn: Because you're standing in front of me.”

“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I'm a troll with magical powers, and I'd just be like, yeah, that sounds right.” 

"You check on me when I'm sleeping?" I gaped at him. "Every morning?" He nodded. "I didn't know that." "Why would you know that? You're sleeping," Finn pointed out.”

Okay so lets talk about the characters now. I found myself seriously invested with Wendy's story. I wanted her to  live happily ever after and be all lovey dovey with Finn. Talking about Finn. Oh my gosh! How hot does he sound. And he's sooo sweet he'd definitely be in line for my top book boyfriend. If I was Wendy I'd grab hold of him and never let him out of my sight again.
I did find myself wanting to slap Wendy silly though when they where all treating her like a delicate little flower and she was just letting them. She's supposed to be the heroine for gods sake, why is she letting them fob her off with silly excuses. It just annoys me, I've been seeing a lot of this in YA books lately. Everyone acting like the girl can't face the 'terror' in the world. Whatever woman are tough! This should be being portrayed.

Anywayss. Despite there being points of annoyance I'm still in love with this book, the world was described beautifully and I loved the whole troll thing. I don't even think I've read a book with trolls in before. I'd recommend this book to all avid YA readers, I'm going straight on to buying the next in the series. 

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