Friday, December 23, 2011

Review of Switched by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking
St. Martin’s Press
Release date 1-24-2012
ISBN13: 9781250006318
320 pages

From as far back as she can remember Wendy Everly knew she didn’t belong where she was and it all came to fruition on her sixth birthday when her mother came at her with a butcher knife calling her a monster. Now she’s a teenager, her mother’s in an institution and she’s been expelled from more schools than most of us ever attend in a lifetime. Through it all her brother Matt and her aunt Maggie have done their best to help her fit in and feel loved. But now that’s not enough and when things start happening around her that unbelievably start to make sense Wendy knows she has to make a change, not just of address but of location and oh yes let’s not forget species as well. Wendy finds herself in the middle of a true to life Grimm’s Fairytale only it’s not all it’s hyped up to be and she starts to wonder if blood has anything really to do with being a family.

Amanda Hocking brings us this first in her new Tyrlle series where her plot does come from Fairy Tales but none that we’ve ever read. She joins everyday people with myths and legends and does it in a way that not only the YA audience she’s addressing but adults as well will enjoy the read. Her characters are life like enough to wonder if you’ll meet them in the streets or in your dreams and there are some doozies along with the everyday Joes and Jills. Her heroine is entertaining, frustrating and at times very Noir-ish as well, but she will grow on you as she has her own coming of age tale.
In this day of YA being the newest fashionable genre and paranormal YA being all that and more I think even the more sophisticated palates of adult readers will be pleasantly surprised by this new novel and will anticipate the release of the future releases as well.
Thank you Ms. Hocking for a journey back into my younger years as well as a fairy tale with a twist. I look forward to the next in the series.
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  1. I own this book. I grabbed my MP3 player, sat down with my book ,and started reading. It took me about 4-5 hours to finish the book. It truly is a fantastic book.