Book Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Synopsis: Wendy Everly never seemed fit in anywhere, being a little different than everyone else. When she was little, her mother tried to kill Wendy thinking she was a monster, so Wendy went to live with her aunt. Now, at seventeen, Wendy begins to wonder if her mother was right all along, that she really is not-quite-human. When Wendy is befriended by Finn Holmes she enters a world where she truly belongs, but finds that it is just as lonely, and frightening, as the one she left. Torn between missing her family and her new responsibilities, Wendy  has to figure out what she wants, and if she’s willing to pay the price…

Author: Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota. She’s a young author of 28 years old. She’s a self-published author of e-books (now paperbacks, too). She is the first author to make $2,000,000 or more in sales. Right now she is selling about 9000 books a day. She has written 17 books, has sold over million copies of nine of those 17 books. She’s slowly becoming more and more popular.

Writing Style: For this novel she writes in first-person based around Wendy, the main character. Her books are paranormal romance, which are written in a fairly simple manner so as to be accessible for teens, but just as enjoyable for adults.

Location: The books are set in contemporary Minnesota… and also not.

Plot: The plot is a bit unknown at first. You, like Wendy, are completely in the dark with what is going on and why her mother thinks she’s a monster. The plot slowly comes reveals itself as you read more, but not enough for you to guess the end of the story to keep you reading.

Character: The book is based around the main character, Wendy, and her struggles as she discovers what/who she really is and her reaction to that truth. You meet many other characters, some are friends and some are enemies, but all play an important part in the trilogy.

Character Development: Wendy starts as this lonely high school student who always seems to be getting into trouble and getting kicked out of school. The reader begins to see her as a misunderstood troubled teen, someone that is slightly spoiled but not so as to be an overbearing brat. As the book progresses, Wendy begins to grow and mature. She becomes stronger as she is thrown into some crazy situations that would make anyone questions their sanity.

Romance: There is a budding romance between Wendy and Finn, but it could become a love-triangle by the third novel in the series. The relationship between the two is light (not enough to gag the readers!), but isn’t the most important thing in Wendy’s life at this time.

Quote: “I don’t need love or a man to complete me, and someday you’ll find that true for yourself. Suitors will come and go, but you will remain.”

Finn: I look at you because I can’t look away Wendy.
Wendy: That’s kinda creepy.
Finn: I will work on being less creepy then.

The Verdict: The book was amazing. It kept me wanting more, hoping it would never come to an end. The characters were well written and believable. It is a page-turner, and the pace never slows. I never once thought about putting it down and never picking it up again, as it was everything I had hoped for and that much more. I have a feeling I will read this book as much as I read Harry Potter series!


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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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