Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fae, Paranormal fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: A wind came up, blowing back her coat a bit, and she reminded me of some kind of action star, like she should be in The Matrix.
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 have to admit that I was a little worried when I started reading this. Goodreads had suggested Amanda Hocking as an author, so I obliged. And the beginning of this book felt a little bit like a teeny-bopper romance along the lines of Twilight. I love a good romance novel, but not the teeny-bopper, angsty, dramatic crap. Most of the time I think that it just makes the lead female look whiny, needy and kind of sad. Luckily for me, this novel quickly turned out not to be one of these sagas.
Don’t get me wrong, there was still a little teenage angst and she kind of made a fool of herself multiple times for a guy. But who hasn’t really? The darkness of her past and her inability to connect with others echoed a state that many of us have felt as teenagers. I also thought that it added a sobering amount of reality. Love stories are rarely easy (in my experience), and it’s the hurt, both in one’s past and present that make it such a beautiful thing.
Switched wasn’t just about romance and teenage love though, it embraced the idea of Changelings and the Fae (a not-so-mild obsession of mine). I loved the incorporation of teenage dilemmas with faery tales that have existed since modern man stood on his hind legs. The new and the old were a great combination that has made me order the second book online… now I just have to wait for it to arrive!
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