Thursday, 26 January 2012

Switched - Amanda Hocking.

Published: 5th January 2012
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 356
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012
Buy this book: Amazon UK

Synopsis [Amazon UK]
Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in . . . She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why . . . When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle. Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall of everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...

The cover...
This cover is absolutely gorgeous.  I have seen a few covers for this and each of them are lovely, but the beautiful orange colour of the butterflies and the name of the author stand right out.  The title of the book is simple white yet also makes the cover look wonderful.  Even the feeling of the cover is amazing.
How did I find out about this book?
I bought this book for the Debut Author Challenge that I am participating in.
What is this book about?

A girl named Wendy has felt like an outsider all of her life until one day when she meets Finn and he tells her that she is an outsider but to look at it positively as she is a Trylle and has a whole other world to go to where she will feel at home with people who are just like her.  Along with being a Trylle tribe member, Wendy also has the power of influencing other peoples' minds and she uses this to her advantage on occasions such as being let off from going to the principals office.  Finn trys to take Wendy with him to Förening and at first she is reluctant to go but with another tribe known as the Vittra try to take her with them for negative reasons she knows she has to leave with Finn.  By doing so, she finds out a lot about why she became a changeling and the life she never knew she had as well as the realisation of what this means for the one she is leaving behind.

My opinion...
Wow, the five page prologue was enough to get you hooked alone.
(I don't think I can review this book properly without giving spoilers but I'll try my best.)

The book then opens with explanations of exactly what happened between Wendy and her mother and how she came to live with her aunt and her brother.  Beginning a book like this, telling the reader exactly what is going on and how it came to be, is excellent.  It gives the reader straight away an inkling of how the story will take shape and the structure of what is to come.

I think I warmed to Wendy instantly it was the way in which she was described and how she came across to the reader in her coversations.  Come to think of it, every characters' personalities was described perfectly as well as every setting.  The adjectives and wording used gave you a clear image in your head of what was going on inside Wendy's head and exactly what she was seeing.  I was able to picture where Wendy was standing and what was going on around her as well as how the other characters were positioned.  The only problem here would be that I would have liked a bit more description on exactly what each character looked like, with perhaps a significant feature of each character to focus on as Trylle members were described as having earth tones to their complexion and eyes and hair and I consistently thought of them all as looking exactly the same.

All of the different abilities within this book really intrigued me especially Eloras.  It gave an insight into her troubled life and how she became so strict and somewhat bitter.  It would be great if an artist was able to portray the paintings to give them a more realistic image.

The use of endearments such as 'foxy guy' were amusing to me and made me warm to the book and Wendy even more.  I could especially relate to her use of sarcastic wit.  As Wendy went from disliking Finn and thinking he was creepy to finding him irritating and then to actually liking him, we got to see exactly how the story unfolded and could see why she was falling for him.

I love the way in which the book is written.  It flows perfectly from one page to the next and it is as if the author knows exactly what questions are going to seep into your mind because it feels like you haven't had enough time to form the question before it is already answered.  The only question I thought of to ask was 'What happened to the other child once it was switched for a changeling?' but yet again as I read on that was answered too.

I adore the headings of the chapters giving you a small inkling of what is about to happen next.  The chapters are also of perfect length with the only negative, if you are rather busy, being that you instantly want to read more (maybe this is just me as if I need to put a book down I would rather do so at the end of a chapter rather than in the middle of a page), however this can also be seen as a positive.  I love that the author gave us extra chapters on the Vittra tribe giving you their point of view before the fight and seeing their way of life.

I read the book in one sitting and was enthralled and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

If you enjoyed this book: what to read next...
Book Two of this book is titled 'Torn' and is released on March 1st of this year.  I will definitely be picking up a copy.

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