Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: July 2010
ISBN: 1453688935 available in ebook format also
Author's website: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/

Rating 4.5/5

The jacket on this is gorgeous!  I really, really love the shades used, and it's simplicity blended with the unusual font for the title on the cover.  To start with, I found Wendy, the main character very childish, she has temper tantrums and doesn't act her age...reflectively this is more to do with the fact she knows something is not right, and a huge part of that has got to be because her mother tried to kill her on her sixth birthday, which is the horrifying start to the story which had me want to keep reading more.  What mother could possibly want to murder her own child?! I just didn't get it....but it was enough to keep me wrapped in the book from the start, and didn't disappoint when the reason finally came to light.

Switched is about discovery, coming home, learning, acceptance, and letting go.  I found it stepped outside the boundaries of what I expected.  Trolls are normally depicted as ugly, grotesque, snot fueled  little people who have no manners or consideration.  This certainly is not the case in Switched, and this really adds to the charm of the story.  Trolls here live in beautifully kept abodes, the main troll habitat in the book is very vividly described, I felt as if I was there, looking around in awe at the gorgeousness of everything inside (and no, I'm not going to tell you what's there...I don't want to spoil the view for you!).  The trolls are like nothing I've read about troll wise before, which is very refreshing.

The characters are believable.  Wendy, the main character, acts like a completely spoilt brat for the first part of the story, in an attempt to gain approval and attention. Her character goes through so much, both emotionally and mentally.  It's depicted and described really well.  Finn, the smoldering, seemingly moody and abrupt character from the start, evolves into a really kind considerate protector, surprisingly most of the way through the story, Finn has managed to keep his distance and his talents and emotions stay in check as he fights to keep within the heirachy of their world.  I found the heirachy and monarchy to be very interesting, and a really essential part of how the characters came together and worked together.  The tension between characters is really well done.

There's a few really good twists, in both the plot, and the characters which I didn't see coming.  I found this to be an absorbing read, and it actually had me in tears in a few places.  I enjoyed the action and fighting scenes, and the emotional twists that Wendy was subjected to throughout the book.  I can't wait to read and review Torn which is on my to-be-read pile!  Torn has just gone live to buy today through Amazon and other sources.

Synopsis from Amazon:
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. 

For a limited time only, Switched is $0.99 on Amazon.com



Source: Author, with thanks.

4 comments:

Avery said...

This looks great- and you are right, the cover is gorgeous! I am thinking that I am going to have to grab myself a copy.

Thanks for the great review!
Avery

Lady Q said...

Hi, stopping by from Radiant Reviews! This book sounds great-really different. And that cover is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your review!

Chrissie said...

I read and reviewed this one a while ago and I really enjoyed it too. At first I found it pretty slow going, but once I got into it I really liked it. Like you, I was expecting the trolls to be big ugly creatures but I was pleasantly surprised when this wasn't the case. Great review :)

Sarah said...

This one sounds really interesting! Another one to add to my to read pile :o)