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Switched (A Trylle Novel) by Amanda Hocking

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At six, Wendy Everly’s mother tried to kill her. Convinced that she was a monster pt in place of a son she knew she’d had. At 17, a new school and a strange guy forces Wendy to learn that maybe her mother didn’t have it all wrong. She has always known that she was different, but thanks to Finn Holmes, she’s about to learn exactly how different.

This book was okay. It is definitely not your typical New Adult Fantasy, which I can appreciate. I mean, in a market saturated with vampires and shifters, trolls are very unique. Wendy isn’t completely useless, she does want to stand up for herself and she doesn’t rely on all of the men around her for everything all of the time. The action scenes and scenery were very well described and I actually could picture this book as a movie.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t completely out weigh the bad to me. This was yet another misfit high school girl who doesn’t think she’s attractive but the incredibly handsome boy she thinks she has no chance with is wildly attracted to her. Not only that, but there are other hot guys who are into her as well. It was full of cliches, and what’s worse is that Amanda Hocking went out of her way to point out that they were cliches. I think that maybe she was trying to be witty by writing that it was a cliched moment, but it didn’t come off that way to me. There was even a nod to Twilight with the very hot boy watching her sleep through her window. Switched reminded me a lot of The Princess Diaries, if Julie Andrews had been a huge bitch. A lot of sarcasm and intermediary scenes seemed force, almost as if Hocking was watching old teen movies to get her scenes.

In all honesty, I felt like it ended well, and I might read the other books in the trilogy, but I wasn’t overly impressed.

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