Switched by Amanda Hocking
Length: 330 pages
Subjects: Changeling, Romance, Trolls
How I obtained the book: Library; paperback
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
Apparently, vampires and werewolves are just too ordinary for this author. Hocking must have decided that their book is just too special for either of them, and substituted the more typical monsters for… trolls? The main character, a beautiful young girl named Wendy, is actually a troll.
This, in theory, would be interesting but Hocking didn’t even create a proper troll. There are only around four differences between humans and Hocking’s trolls. Trolls have unmanageable hair, a tendency to be barefooted, an attitude, and they are all picky eaters. No hiding under bridges tendencies can be found in these trolls.
The main character, despite Hocking’s claims that she has a strong personality, is lacking in any distinguishable qualities. Her personality is MIA, currently as she is basically a stick figure. Wendy has nothing going for her at all, and the other characters aren’t much better. Finn, the love interest, is a stalking, ‘tough guy’. He doesn’t do much except for occasionally save Wendy and angst around.
The plot is stale, and follows an incredibly predictable path. I can barely remember what happens in it, even though I finished it not too long ago. I probably fell asleep while reading, because nothing happens in the book. There is nothing remarkable, or memorable, about the plot or the characters.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, unless you want a good laugh or two. Even then, I’d caution you because you might die a little while reading this book.