Title: Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date: January 3, 2012
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My Review:Wendy spent her entire life knowing she was different. Feeling as if she didn’t belong. Her mother attempted to kill her on her 6th birthday and never believed Wendy was her real daughter, or even a real human, for that matter. Now, Finn Holmes, a gorgeous, yet creepy, guy from school, won’t stop staring at her. Turns out, he’s not a creepy stalker... he’s a Tracker, and his job is to bring Wendy home - to her real home, her birthright. She’s going to find out the truth about who or what she is. A truth that the woman who raised her... might actually have been telling all along.
I love the beautiful red cover, and, while it has a girl in a dress (I promise I won’t go on another rant here), THIS dress is actually significant in the story. While I am a huge fan of Amanda Hocking and her Hollows series, I had some trouble getting into Switched. I'm blaming it on the fact that Switched was my first foray into audio books. Sadly, it may also be my last. Results: Not favorable. The narrator made Wendy sound like a whiny, spoiled brat, and Finn came across as a mean, controlling DB. I didn’t want the audio/narrator to ruin the story or the characters for me, and, fortunately, I had a physical copy of Switched, so I was able to continue the story the good old-fashioned, nature-intended way.
Things got much better once I was able to lend my own voice to these characters. Turns out, Wendy... well, Wendy really is whiny and spoiled, but Finn, on the other hand... Finn was just, well...he made me...
Helloooo, new fictional BF. He has brute strength, breath-taking looks, and the perfect amount of dry, unadulterated snark.
"‘I checked on you.’ Finn gave me a look like I was an idiot. ‘I check on you every morning.’
‘You check on me when I'm sleeping?’ I gaped at him. ‘Every morning?’
‘I didn't know that.’
‘Why would you know that? You're sleeping,’ Finn pointed out.”