Saturday, December 10, 2011

Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1), by Amanda Hocking

Barnes & Noble

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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

I initially purchased Hocking's Trylle Trilogy books because she found great success as an Indie author and was then signed with a major publisher.

The book started out strong, with a female character who didn't take lip from anyone. Unfortunately, like in so many other YA romances, the protagonist quickly loses her sense of self once she falls in love. That annoys me to no end. Grrr. Her backbone seemed to come back at the end of this book, so there's hope for books 2 & 3.

I think that Hocking is quite talented, though her writing needs some strengthening. There was a lot of "telling" rather than "showing" the story and the pacing went from slow to fast, slow to fast, rinse and repeat. There were a handful of grammatical errors that made me cringe, but I can't fault her too much since she's self-published. Working with a professional publishing house should help her find her voice.

I will read the rest of the Trilogy because the story is compelling and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens.

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