Published: January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy…
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.
With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
I have had this book on my TBR for a while now. I mostly enjoyed the first book in the Kanin Chronicles, so I was expecting to enjoy this one as well since it is set in the same world. However, I was mostly disappointed with this book and I felt like I had to really push myself through most of the book.
I didn’t really care much for any of the characters. I felt like the MC, Wendy, wasn’t a very interesting character and I really struggled to care about what happened to her. I feel like she was a very whiny character and I constantly felt the need to just slap her a bit. She was constantly pessimistic, to the point of annoyance. I also didn’t see the romance between her and Finn. There was absolutely no spark between them and I really don’t understand what she saw in him because he was constantly acting ice cold to her and was pretty closed off from her. He didn’t really tell her anything and he constantly gave her the cold shoulder.
I didn’t really like Finn as a character in general. As mentioned, he was pretty closed off and cold toward all the other characters. We didn’t see much depth to him as a character and I feel like we needed to see a lot more from him before I could have shipped him with Wendy.
I also struggled plot wise. Most of the book sort of plodded along at a pretty slow pace and not a lot happened. Between not much happening and constantly being cut off from information from Finn, Elora etc. I struggled to really want to read this book. Much like Frostfire, not enough information was given to the reader to make it interesting.
Having said that, the ending earned a star on its own. It definitely picked up the pace with the short scene at the end and I was so glad that there was something good to say about this book. I liked the pace of the ending and the way in which the characters really started to come together as a whole, rather than staying pretty separate the way that they did throughout the book. We got to see a couple of the characters really come into their element with the end scene.
All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book, which is a shame because it has been on my TBR for such a long time. I am hoping that the series will pick up for me in the second book! I gave this book 2/5 stars.