"Swiched" Leaves A Lot Of Story To Be Desired

Switched (Trylle, #1)Title:  Switched
(Trylle #1)
Author:  Amanda Hocking
Format:  Print
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Rating:  2 Stars

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.

Includes a bonus story "The Vittra Attacks"  -Goodreads

My Thoughts 
This is not a bad book. It just needs more...in order to be a great book.
Wendy just seems to float from life with her human family to life with the Trylle.

Though there is always a great deal of emotional interaction going on around her and directed toward her. The only true emotion that readers experience as organically Wendy, is her romantic connection with Finn.
It is in fact, the Finn connection that acts as the saving grace for most of the read.
Her life with the Trylle is supposed to be where both readers and leading lady Wendy, get answers about her past, her place in her new life, and the possibilities for her future.

While we do get an abbreviated, and very lackluster look at the truth of her past. It is the treatment of her new present circumstance, that leaves much to be desired.

While there us much talk of her new elevated role in life. There is not much done to prepare her for her role. Unless you count sticking a person in a fancy dress and a quick lesson in waltzing as
Princess How-To 101.

What is missing most of all however, is the fantasy. This story reads more like Contemporary YA with fantasy elements, than a true fantasy.
Because this is a book one, allowances will be made for growth and polishing in later books. For now however, this series has a long road ahead before coming anywhere near the greatness to which it aspires.

About Amanda
Amanda HockingAmanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Frostfire and Ice Kissed - the first two books in her newest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles - are out now, and the final book Crystal Kingdom will be out August 4, 2015.

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