What I’m Reading: Switched by Amanda Hocking

This post is a Young Adult Book Review. I only review books I’ve chosen to read, and am not compensated in any way.

Switched by Amanda Hocking is one of those books I’ve had on my shelf forever. It was, in fact, my bathroom book for the past five or so months. Does anyone else do bathroom books? You know, the book you leave in the loo just in case you need to sit in there for a while? Well, I do. But I pulled it last week because I wanted to read the second half all at once because I couldn’t wait anymore.

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I’m pretty sure by now that everyone has heard of Amanda Hocking—well, everyone in the self-publishing world anyway. She’s one of the biggest self-publishing success stories, and I, for one, would love to find that kind of success, though unfortunately, my books have been nowhere near as popular as her’s.

Switched (A Trylle Novel)(associate link), follows Wendy, a regular (so she thinks) human girl who finds out she’s a troll (albeit, magically gifted, rather good-looking troll). I think that the real charm of Switched was that it was a simple, charming telling of a rather common story (girl to princess who humbly doesn’t want to be princess). But at the same time, there were new twists, like the troll (or Trylle) aspect, and the whole changeling thing, which I’ve always found interesting. Overall, the writing was simple and there wasn’t a lot of word choice, which made for a pretty quick read and put the focus entirely on the story. I enjoyed it, and I’m intrigued enough that I’ll probably read the rest of the series.

3.5/5 Stars

JEH

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