What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, March 2, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking's Trylle series was originally a self-published series that became very popular. It's now been republished by St. Martin's Griffin. Now, I didn't read it before it was republished, but I've now had the opportunity to give it a read.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I love the cover, first of all. Something about it makes me think of the Wizard of Oz. It's probably the field of flowers leading up to the large castle. Fun stuff. 2) Wendy. I liked Wendy. She was one of those forces of nature, especially when she is with her Aunt and her brother Matt. That gets tamped down a little bit when she is in Trylle, but I think that's out of fear. 3) Trylle. Trylle is a magical realm that I would have loved to spend some more time in. I think I probably made another Oz connection here (the story in no way resembles The Wizard of Oz, so I don't know where that keeps coming from.), because it was the kind of place I would like to explore. 3) Finn and Rhys. I think that all boys named Finn are just made to fall in love with. I'm not even kidding. Except for Finn on Glee. Nothing against Cory Monteith, but he's not really my type. And Rhys, he's the best friend that you turn around and realize you've fallen for him before it happens. Although, towards the end of the book you learn something about Rhys that is going to change his and Wendy's relationship, but I'm not sure how. 4) Her mother tried to kill her. Okay, it's not something that I like, but it's definitely one of the most intriguing parts of the story. I think that was one of the parts of the summary that caught my interest.

What I Didn't Like: The story has its twists, but it's overall a predictable storyline. This doesn't mean bad, it just means that I could tell where the story was headed. Either predictable or really good foreshadowing. The writing was also a little simple. Simple sentence structure, simple language.

Overall thoughts: I think a lot of people will find themselves easily caught up in the land of Trylle and Wendy's story. Miz Hocking's created a fun story and some characters that readers will enjoy getting to know. She's woven a great tale, and I'll be interested to see what we get next as she continues to grow as an author.

My rating: 3.5 shots

Cheers and happy reading!


  1. I read this entire series in one weekend and I did like it, overall, but there were some resolutions that I had major issues with.

  2. I really am looking forward to reading this series. I don't really mind predictable storylines as long as they are GOOD. :)


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