Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Switched" by Amanda Hocking


SERIES: Trylle #1

GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

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: Forening, 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 of everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Forening rests in Wendy's hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...


I hadn't read anything by Amanda Hocking and "Switched" was one of those books I kept seeing around but, even if I always had a good vibe for it, I was never convinced enough to buy a copy... Now, thanks to the Publishing Company that sent me a review copy, I finally read it. Was it like I expected it to be? Absolutely not, it was even better!

Wendy had a traumatic childhood and she always brings with her every single scars of that in her life. But thanks to the difficult childhood, Wendy has a strong personality, she doesn't like people who tell her what she has to do or how she has to do it. Then, when she finds herself in the Trylle society, she needs to face the fact that it is practically impossible not to follow certain rules and some of them are really hard to digest... It's a kind of life that I couldn't stand, especially because Elora is in it. Surely her character is the one who brings all the difficulties that make the reading more interesting, but still, she's terrible. I can't say the same thing about the boys, of course... Oh boys!

The magical Trylle world is intriguing and very creative, add to this powerful abilities, forbidden love and the bonus short story at the end of the book that shows a different and definitely darker point of view, and you totally got me! This was an entertaining first instalment of what sounds like a pleasurable, interesting, original trilogy!

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