Switched by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wendy is a 17-year-old girl who has had a very hard life. Her father died when she was 5, her mother tried to kill her when she was 6, and she has since been raised by her aunt and her brother. She's gone through life without making any close friends, partly due to her always feeling out of place no matter where she is and partly because of her temper.
Introduce Finn, the perfect cliche of the new boy in school: Good looking, paying a little too much attention to Wendy, and just a little on the creepy side. Wendy is confused by Finn's mixed signals, but she decides to give him a chance.
Wendy runs away with Finn and finds herself in a world she never dreamed existed. She went with Finn with hopes of a new life where she will fit in and belong, but it turns out not to be everything she's always dreamed of.
I really enjoyed that this book had different fairy tale creatures than what we usually see. The lives of the trolls was so complicated, at least to Wendy who did not know all of the rules and had to learn as she went, as no one really seemed to want to explain them to her. Throughout the book we watch her struggle to fit into this world where she is told she now belongs, but she really does not seem to fit in here any more than she had fit into her previous life. Basically this book reminded me of a fairy tale version of The Princess Diaries, and I really enjoyed it.
The ending was definitely a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to read the next two books in the trilogy to find out what happens!
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