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Thursday, January 12

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking + Giveaway!

January 3rd 2012, Macmillan
288 pages, ARC
Received from Publisher
First in Trylle Trilogy
Young Adult Fiction



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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Memorable Quote:

“But sitting there, watching them analyze every minute detail of a flippin’ seating chart, I felt like a five-year-old. One who had gotten in trouble and had to sit in a very agonizing time-out.” – pg. 194

Opinion:

Warning: I’m struggling to not include any spoilers, but if you hate spoilers I’d take caution in reading this review.

When I got offered Switched I was excited by the summary but as Indies have let me down in the past I wasn’t sure how I felt about such a sensational indie with all the hype surrounding it. Then I began the book and within the first few pages I was completely in love with both Wendy and the mythology. I finished the book within a few hours and was clamoring for the second.

I had never read about trolls or about a secret community within our own world quite like this. It is a unique premise that delivers big.

Wendy is a sweet girl that struggles with the thought that she is evil. She looks at her brother and doesn’t want to take from him even though he would give her everything. When danger turns up she is taken away from everything she knows to a place where so much is expected from her. She took way more from her real Mom than I ever would. She had to go into immediate training for her future role and didn’t even really want to be there. Yet she sucked it up and went along with it.

Finn is a great guy that works for and has a close relationship with Wendy’s mother. This causes complications throughout the novel and culminates in one of the best cliffhangers I’ve ever read. This is a cliffhanger I’m not upset about at all. I’m clamoring for the second, but I am not upset that it happened.

For once in a love triangle within YA their isn’t a clear choice. I fell completely for not only Finn, but Tove as well. He is one of the most powerful of their race, but he has layers of issues and parents that are completely annoying. He is also very acceptable as a mate.

Wendy has two separate families and each want what they believe is the best for her. Wendy has a lot of expectations demanded of her no matter where she is, but Matt (her brother) will love her regardless. The relationship between her and Matt is a relationship that is rare and touching. Matt named her, saved her, and loved her from the very beginning.

I freaking LOVED this book and I’m dying for Torn. You should seriously get this book now so I can chat your ear off! Seriously LOVED it!

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Rie

I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.

36 comments:

  1. Great review!!! I don't mind love triangles as long as they are not dragged out too long. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway:) 

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  2. I'm very curious about this book, it sounds really interesting! I'm glad you liked it, I keep hearing great things about it. And I confess the cover is just gorgeous!!!

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  3. I like love triangles in YA, but I think they are a bit over used!

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  4. I don't mind love triangles. I think it depends on how they are done. I read this book back in June on my Nook and loved it. I was excited to see that the series was coming out in paperback.

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  5. I love YA triangles as long as it is in the background of the story because they are getting a little old.

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  6. I don't mind a good love triangle once in awhile if it is done right. But lately it seems a bit overdone. Every series doesn't need one.

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  7. I generally do not like love triangles because I always end up feeling bad for someone.  I especially don't like it when it's way overdone.  There are so many love triangles out there....

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  8. They're okay as long as you don't get attached to the 'other' guy as well. Then it sucks because you end up feeling sorry for him! Eg. Adrian :P

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  9. I love a well done triangle.  And by well done, I mean one that causes anxiety and stress.  Otherwise, what is the point?  ;-P

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  10. I have a love-hate relationship with triangles. On the one hand, they add so much to the tension and plot, but on the other, they are SO frustrating! :-)

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  11. I read actually read the trilogy when it was first published. I would love to win because I find the covers fascinating and because I would love to read them again. I am not sure how much different from the original version their are but they were fun to read. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. Love triangles are awesome when they're well-done. But the key is that both options (guys) have to be equally desirable in their own ways to the girl because that's what creates the tension. When one is the obvious winner, it kinda falls flat.

    Thanks for the giveaway - I soooo want this! I have a signed copy of Hollowland, and I absolutely LOVE the new covers for the Trylle trilogy.

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  13. Nothing makes me happier than a good ol' LOVE TRIANGLE!!!

    Kristin from GrowingUpYA.blogspot.com

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  14. I find I am back and forth about love triangles in YA books. I think it depends on how it pans out, and what the guys are like. I love them when both of the guys are desirable, but I hate the triangles when you know the one guy is the worst pick ever. I still find myself drawn to books with love triangles though!

    Great review, and thanks for the amazing giveaway!! 

    Andrea
    Cozy Up With A Good Read

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  15. I need to read this! NEED!! I love the idea of a love triangle that I can't pick!! I've heard so many people say that Amanda Hocking is the Queen of Self-Pub, so I'm excited to read it now!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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  16. I'm kind of tired of love triangles. If it's done really well, then they're not so bad.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I really love Triangles! but only if they are done well ... I like how they make you go back and forth between the guys *those are the great ones*

    Thanks!
    supagurl

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  18. Eep!!! I'm not entering because I already bought an ebook (yay me!). Love, love, love your review! So glad you really enjoyed it. Mythology and trolls aaand a love triangle? Can't wait to get started.
    The cover is gorgeous! For the entire series too.

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  19. I have mixed emotions on love triangles. Some work, some are forced. The ones that are forced, you know how it ends. The ones that are genuine are the ones that make the book better. :)

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  20. Love triangles are kind of getting old,IMO. They need to change it up a little!

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  21. As far as love triangles are concerned, I like them but only done right. There have been a couple of love triangles that I found to be very frustrating, while others were fantanstic. I really enjoyed the love triangle in the Need series, (so far, I haven't finished reading the series) and even though the triangle in Twilight was sometimes a bit frustrating I really enjoyed it. As far as the one I didn't like are concerned, I wont mention them. (Thats not nice. )

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  22. I do like love triangles.  They add to the story.  I have read some good love triangle love stories.   Would love to win and read this book.  Looks fantastic.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

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  23. I enjoy love triangles if they are done well.  If one person is blatantly wrong for the other, it tends to be a bit unbelievable that they would hook up, so in those situations the love triangle annoys me, but if characters are complex enough then love triangles work quite well.

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  24. I like them when they are done well.  But it seems like they are just on the edge of being overused. 

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  25. For the most part they don't bother me.  I do think they are often just used plot moving device that serves no purpose, but when they are done right they are great.

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  26. A Librarians LibraryJanuary 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Love triangles have become a cliche in YA series, but at the same time they drive the plotline, which makes the story more intriguing.  SO I don't mind them, as long as they don't become annoying.  =)

    Jennifer @
    A Librarian's Library

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  27. I love love triangles. I seriously can't help but love it. I'm reading the Matched series right now and I think it's the first time I haven't been completely rooting for one person to win the heart of the main character. :)

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  28. Depends on the story. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is just plain annoying.

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  29. I am usually okay with love triangles.  They usually add some interest to the story.  But sometimes, when I really want one to win, I'd just like the other one to go away or sometimes, I feel bad for the one that gets left out.

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  30. Generally, it doesn't bother me.  After all, I knew more than my share of love triangles when I was a young adult.  :)

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  31. I like love triangles as long as they are well written. It's very easy for it to become cliche but when written well, I love the suspense.

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  32. I like well done love triangles in YA (eg. Clockwork Prince) but I do not like poorly written love triangles or love triangles that are there just for the sake of having one. 

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  33. I absolutely love it when there's more drama going on in a relationship; so love triangles are a must while I'm a reading a YA book. :)

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  34. OK, so I kinda glazed over the review just because I don't want the spoilers and really, really want to read this book.  I love when a review ends with "I freaking loved this book" or something similar!  :)


    - Jessica @ Book
    Sake

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  35. i like love triangles, they give it some extra to the book if they make sense

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  36. I like them as long as the girl doesn't jump back and forth between the guys, and if the guys are evenly matched, instead of throwing in some guy who doesn't have a chance.

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