Wendy Everly knew she wasn’t like everyone else when her mother tried to kill her when she was six years old, convinced that she was a monster. A decade later, Wendy is living with her brother and her aunt. They move around a lot because Wendy, who can’t settle, keeps getting thrown out of school. But she has a secret…a secret power that means she can influence peoples thoughts and decisions to her own advantage.
When Finn, the new boy at school, starts staring at her intensely whenever they are in the same space, Wendy begins to worry. Does he know her secret? Or does he know more about her secret than she does? One thing’s for sure…Wendy’s life will never be the same again…
I look at you because I can’t look away.
I have only read one other Amanda Hocking novel before this one, Hollowland, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I came across Switched at the bookshop I knew I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It took me a few pages to connect with the character of Wendy, but after reading further, if felt like that was intentional and the reason behind it unfolds as the story does.
Switched was a very easy book to read, thanks to the author’s writing style. Also, the mythology around the Trylle is very different from what we know of trolls from myths and legends and that made the story fresh and exciting. The other characters are likeable, and the story moves along at a good pace. There is action, romance, loss, secrets and revelations all nicely woven into the plot. The bonus short story at the back of the book was a great read too!
I have added Torn, the second book in the trilogy, to my “To Be Bought” list.