Guest Reviewer: Leigh Michael

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Leigh Michael is the author of Sprite. You will learn a lot more about her in November, when we will be featuring Sprite as our Indie Book of the Month. To get you guys excited to learn more about Sprite, Leigh Michael has prepared a review of Switched, by Amanda Hocking, for all of you to read! You can find out more about Leigh Michael on her website.

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Reviewed by Leigh Michael

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

 

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home. 

  

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

 

Switched is Amanda Hocking’s first book in her Trylle Trilogy. I first stumbled upon Amanda during my vampire craze. In fact, Amazon recommended I read her indie series, My Blood Approves, after devouring countless other vampire tales. Amazon was right, I loved the series and also Amanda’s writing style. I immediately sought out more of her books. That’s when I was introduced to Switched.

 

I was happy to see that Amanda used a similar writing style here as well. Short sentences and vivid descriptions kept my attention from the start. In fact, I felt sucked into the story by subtle details. For example, while Wendy had a discussion with her brother in the car, she casually doodled in the foggy window. It’s this type of nuance that brings a story to life for me. I was able to put myself into Wendy’s shoes in that moment because I’ve done the same action so many times in my own life.

 

Amanda also did a great job of allowing the reader to get to know Wendy and the Trylle (Troll) world in bite sized pieces. She always left me wanting more before she revealed another tidbit of world-building info. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of Wendy, but I feel this was intentional. She’s supposed to be a brat. How can she not be after the childhood she’s had? Still, I have to pat Amanda on the back. As the story progressed, my mindset softened toward Wendy. And I’m excited to see how she continues to grow. I’m also dying to know what happens with Finn. The whole time I kept picturing him as a younger Freddie Prinze Jr. Yum.

 

Now, everyone has a different go-to method for rating books. Here’s a quick breakdown of mine. Keep in mind, I tend to read series instead of stand-alone stories.

 

If I wrap up book one and I instantly download book two, you better believe I’m giving it five stars. If I hesitate to jump into the next book, a four-star rating is more appropriate. I generally give out three stars if I have little interest in reading book two. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. If I can’t finish a book, I’ll begrudgingly give two stars. As far as giving a one-star rating, I just… can’t.

 

Anyways…. Switched is a fast-paced story filled with intrigue, suspense, and even some romance. In fact, I didn’t bother putting my kindle down after I “turned” the final page. Which means, you guessed it, five stars.

 

If you’re looking for a new world to explore, go ahead and pick up Switched. I’d love to hear what you think if you do.

Rating: [rating: 5]