I picked up Amanda Hocking’s Switched last week and read it in two days. I would have read it in one but I had this pesky thing called work during the day. This book was surprisingly hard to put down. I mean I’d read enough reviews of the book, inside the book itself, but this was one you simply need to finish. You just have to know what’s coming next.
The basic premise of the book is following the first person thoughts of the protagonist Wendy. Her mother tried to kill her when she was a child, claiming her to be a monster and not her daughter. Well she got half of it right. Wendy finds herself led into a mysterious new world by one handsome man, Finn. From there you spend a great deal of the novel Learning about Trylle and all the laws and people, but it’s really interesting. I mean, some books do tend to explain for explaining’s sake. But Switched just has the most fascinating world. And it’s not like this is the best book ever written, no offense to Hocking, I do find her writing to be quiet engaging and descriptive. There is just something about this story that pulls you. It’s the characters. It’s a very character driven story. You feel for Wendy’s hard life and what she has to go through. You’re rooting for her to get what she wants and stick it to the people being mean to her.
There’s also the mystery as each chapter reveals something new about Trylle, their law or another character. The mystery and character red afterwards keep you inserted.
I was very pleased with this book and am excited for the release of the second book Torn.