Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking
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 won an advance readers’ edition off of Goodreads. I was really excited to read this.
I absolutely LOVE the cover. It looks so mysterious and dark. Not to mention that the story blurb sounded so interesting.
The story is about Wendy who had a pretty brutal upbringing. As mentioned in the blurb, her mother tried to kill her when she was little. That is so not something you can get over with right away.
Through out the entire book, my heart just kept breaking for Wendy. She had is rough for the whole book. I just wanted to slap some sense into some people. Grrr… LOL
I loved Wendy though. I loved how she would do anything to make her family happy and how much she loves them.
In the beginning, it seemed like everything was rushed a bit. Wendy had a lot of stuff going down in a short amount of time. I mean, A LOT. She had so much to take in and she did it with better courtesy than I would.
Elora was….hard to read sometimes. She was a hard woman who doesn’t show emotion to well I suppose. I’m sure there will be more to her than what meets the eye in the upcoming books.
I am a HUGE sucker for cute guys and let me tell you that this book had, like, 3 of them. 3!! Not too many books have that many. I was in my own personal heaven when these boys came into the picture.
Rhys was just too cute for words to say. He adored Wendy and I adored him in return.
Tove was hot in his own way. Even though he was somewhat ADD, he still sounded like a fine specimen of a guy 😉
Then there is Finn. He is absolutely dream boat worthy. His fierce protectiveness for Wendy and the caring he shows towards her melts my heart.
I’m all for a forbidden love novel and this sounds like is almost has a couple. I’ll let you read it yourself to see what you think 😉
Overall, I liked the different take on trolls or Trylle as it were in this book. New takes on old faery tales are always a soft spot for me. You get tired of reading the same old thing after a while.
It had plenty of action, some humor and a nice romance that starts to bloom. I’m very excited to read the next books in the series to see what happens. It does leave with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end so I might be a little impatient with it 😉
I give it 4 of 5 stars.
A couple of my favorite quotes:
It wasn’t that I amused him; I sensed her was pleases with me. Like he had challenged me somehow and I had passed. My stomach did a stupid flip thing I had never felt before, and I swallowed hard, hoping to fight it back. “I look at you because I can’t look away,” Finn answered finally.
I was so close to him I could feel the delicious heat radiating from his body. His eyes were the darkest eyes I had ever seen, and they were looking at only me. For one unspoiled minute, everything in life felt perfect in a way that it never had before. Like there was a spotlight on us, the only two people in the world.
*heart melts* Happy reading!