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.
I have been having the most awesome luck lately with self-published authors. I guess Amanda Hocking is technically no longer self-published, but whatev. I’m counting her.
I did not think I’d be into a book about trolls. TROLLS! I kept imagining those little things with the crazy day-glo hair and the jewels in their belly buttons. All of the positive reviews from blogs that haven’t steered me wrong in the past won out, though, and I decided to give Switched a shot. Needless to say, I was totally wrong about the whole troll thing. Still not sure I’d be in to a troll book per se, but Hocking’s Trylle are less “old ladies rub me for luck when they play bingo” and more “fantastical creatures who have gotten a very negative stereotype.”
The cover also drew me in. Red is my favorite color so it caught my eye right away, and I liked the font/name graphics. Less crazy about the “pretty girl in a fancy dress sitting in a field of flowers” trope, but the fancy dress actually does play into the book so there’s a reason why she’s all dressed up with seemingly no place to go.
While the Trylle were a far cry from those green things that live under bridges, aside from Finn they’re all kind of…well, frankly, they’re kind of unlikeable. Even the ones who become friendly with Wendy have a characteristic or two that are a complete turn-off. I was a little surprised that Wendy decided to stay with them no matter how much of an outsider she was in the human world, to be honest. Rhys, however, was excellent and though I saw the twist involving him coming it was still very creative. And Finn himself was very, very awesome.
I’m really interested to see where the rest of the trilogy goes and I’m super glad that I won’t have long to wait!