Switched by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I would have probably given this one 3.5 stars just because I did like this one and it was an interesting premis. I haven't read too many books that work aroung the changling myth so I thought that was an interesting basis for a story. Keeping in mind that this was written for a young/teen audience I thought this was an entertaining read altho as many pointed out this wasn't a deep read. Sometimes I find that I want something that isn't necessarily deep, something fun is all I'm after.
The story is that Wendy was left in the place of a human by her Trylle mother and raised among humans to get a better education as well as a trust fund. About the time she is to turn 18 she is whisked back to where she belongs. It seems her real family and her adopted family are entirely too similar and nothing is really explained as to what has happened to the father on either side of the picture. Maybe that is gonna be covered in future novels. I also found that the characters through out the book were a bit superficial. I understand that Wendy was uprooted from all that she knew to find that she is princess but she was a spoilt brat before and that never really changed. And really, it seemed that all the characters were a bit spoiled and shallow except for her human family. One thing I did like about the book was the underlying theme that family is not necessarily what you are born into. Adopted family and unconventional families are just as important and just as valid as conventional or birth families. Home is where you make it but at the same time all involved have to participate.
Overall, I liked the book. It fits well for a teen/younger audience. Its just a fun read that doesn't fit the requirement to be a deep meaningful novel.
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