SWITCHED (TRYLLE #1)
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 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.”
Wendy Everly is a seventeen year old girl who thinks ‘School sucks’ like every other high schooler out there. She has never fit in with the other kids that even principals and deans were quick to expel her. Everything sounds okay so far. A misfit who doesn’t like being pushed around and can only take so much of it. [When push comes to shove…]
But she’s not your average teenage girl.
There’s something off about her and her Mother knew all along. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claimed she is, she knows she doesn’t belong. Wendy has a secret that she can’t tell anyone.
Finn Holmes is a strange student in her new high school who can’t stop staring at her. Uncomfortable from the lingering gazes, she confronts him. But things take a turn when she realizes he knows her secret.
Finn holds the key to her past, the answers to all her questions and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist.
Leaving behind the life she’s always known and the only two people she can call family isn’t easy for Wendy. But she needs to know the truth and she can’t endanger her brother and Aunt, so she decides it’s time to leave.
When I first picked up this book, I thought the summary was very interesting. I honestly had no thoughts about how the story would be. It was a complete poker-face moment. Honestly, most of the story was a little boring for me.
The writing style started off well on the first couple of pages but kept deteriorating fast. And for some reason, the author is obsessed with the word foxy. I seriously doubt she knows what it means now.
Wendy is honest to god spoiled and she doesn’t even realize it. Her Aunt and Brother care so deeply for her. Matt; her brother, is very protective. The ‘will-come-after-you-with-a-shot-gun-if-you-hurt-my-sister’ type and Aunt Maggie tries her best to make sure Wendy fits in. When Maggie first hears of Wendy’s new friend Finn, her joy knows no bounds. Just an imperfectly perfect family.
But then… about Finn Holmes
Page 4: “His looks were rather striking, but he weirded me out too much for me to find him attractive”
Page 6: “He just kept looking at me evenly. Most likely, he was a damn sociopath, and for whatever reason, I found that endearing.”
Page 14: “I was so close to him, I could feel the delicious heat radiating from his body”
WHAT? How did she make that progression from ‘damn creepy’ to ‘damn fine’ in less than two pages?
Dear Wendy Everly,
I have terrible news. You are a bloody idiot. Please get help.
P.S.- What the hell is ‘delicious heat’?
Until about the two hundred-something page, the writing was awfully repetitive. Even though some of it had me clenching my teeth, wishing it ended, I couldn’t stop reading. I guess it was intuition; this feeling that it was bound to get better any second.
And it did!
Also, the main reason I forced myself to start this book is because though Switched has 3.89 rating on Goodreads, the other two books in the Trylle trilogy have 4.04 and 4.08 stars respectively.
Okay but seriously? I liked Finn. He was a little frustrating at times but he was likable. Tove was… JUST.
I liked Tove’s character. He didn’t turn out the way I thought he would. (better than I expected)
I’m still warming up to some of the characters so let’s hope the rest of the series is bloody brilliant.