Review 206: Switched by Amanda Hocking
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1)
by Amanda Hocking
Copyright © July 2010
.99 cents Kindle
In the beginning
I was right on board with Wendy as she struggles in high school and wonders why Finn is always looking at her. As the layers to the story are peeled away for both the reader and Wendy and the truth is finally revealed, the story develops more into a love story.
We get a sense of conflict from another group of trolls called Vittra who are out to get Wendy, the reason she had to leave her human family behind, but the story lost essence for me once Wendy arrived at Forening and met her birth mother. In fact, I even put this book down to read another one (a vampire story of all things) and actually liked it better.
Hocking has her own vampire series (My Blood Approves), but after reading the preview I got the same sense of set up. For a supernatural series or paranormal romance, whatever you choose to call it, I need a bit more suspense or shock.
The sordid I-cannot-have-the-one-I-want story because he’s a A. vampire B. werewolf or C. a troll has been played over and over again, and I know that’s what makes pubescent girls swoon, and obviously its what makes self-published authors into millionaires. But for me it still comes up short on content!
Sorry, Amanda! You got my .99 cents anyway.
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