Thursday, December 8, 2011

Switched by Amanda Hocking

*I received this book as an early-reviewer giveaway from Library Thing.

Amanda Hocking has done well, really really well in the self-published e-book world.  Switched is the book that started her success and is loved by many people.  I can't say that I loved it but I did get sucked into the plot and will be reading the rest of the trilogy about Wendy and the rest of the Trylle community.  I just hope that by the time they are published that an editor gets involved.

Wendy is 17 and a senior in high school where she doesn't fit in and doesn't care.  She is thoroughly unlikeable at this point despite her shocking and sad background.  Her mother tried to kill Wendy when she was 6, claiming that she was a monster who had been switched with her real child.  Her mother is institutionalized and Wendy is raised by her aunt and older brother.  She realizes that she is being stalked by a boy in her school who tells her that she is actually a troll and he has been tracking her down to take her back to the community of trolls who sent him to find her.  She returns with him and learns who she really is.

Yes, that really is the plot and it is as corny as it sounds but I still read the entire thing and even enjoyed it despite its flaws.  The book is written to appeal to teenaged girls who like paranormal romance and it succeeds and is likely to do quite well.  I thought that the plot was good but found fault with the poor writing and poor editing, as well as some profanity that really has no place in a YA novel.

What I liked about the book:  I liked the plot that got me absorbed in the book even while I am mentally adding up all its flaws.

What I didn't like:  I thought that Wendy wasn't particularly likeable and didn't care for the profanity.  I also didn't like the poor editing and writing.  It was really cringe-worthy at times.  (Please, editors take note.)

Would I recommend it?  If you like YA paranormal romance, you would probably enjoy.  As I mentioned, this book was wildly popular as an e-book.

Is it clean?  No, not really.  The profanity, including an f-word, was not what I would consider to be appropriate for a YA novel.