Series or Standalone: Series
Narrator: Therese Plummer
First Line: A few things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.
Book 1: Switched
Bonus Story: The Vittra Attacks
This review contains some spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I was torn about picking up Switched by Amanda Hocking as there was so much hype surrounding it. More often than not over-hyped books and I just don’t get along and this was the case with Switched. This is yet another book where I don’t understand the hype that surrounds it. It was poorly written with a highly unlikable main character and then there is the premise… changeling trolls. Trolls? Seriously? Ok, I get that this is an entirely new take in the paranormal world and I should embrace or something but I just didn’t buy it.
Maybe I just didn’t get how the trolls could change out their children for human ones as they were too lazy or what have to raise their kids but they keep the human children and raise them? Then use those children as their servants and other laborers when they are adults? I just could barely contain my eye rolling through much of this audio whenever the troll culture was discussed.
Then there is the main character, Wendy, all she seems to do is mope about she and doesn’t really care about anyone or anything. Well, with except a dark and mysterious boy who she is also forbidden to date. And when said boy is removed from picture she mopes some more and doesn’t care if she lives or dies. blah blah blah. Whine whine whine. I also really didn’t like how every time she asked a question of someone the usual answer was along the lines of “you’ll learn that later.” Then something would happen, which would go back to one of her unanswered questions and she would get yelled at for not knowing.
For the life of me I don’t know how I managed to listen to this book all the way through until the end. I think the only real positive thing that I could say about this audio was that the narrator, Therese Plummer, was good. She did a good job with all the voices and did the best she could with horrible material. While I don’t think I’ll ever read another Amanda Hocking book I will be willing to check out this narrator again. My only real complaint about her narration is that she reads the story a little too slowly and takes some long pauses during her reading.
- Book Chick City – “SWITCHED held my attention from the offset. I liked the unique twist on trolls, and Wendy started to show admirable qualities towards the end indicating growth and maturity she lacked earlier in the novel.”
- Coffee, Books, & Me – “This book was extremely addicting. I was hooked since the first page.”
- Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews – “This book had alot of great elements to it: action, secrets, mystery, and a hint of romance. With it’s easy flow and likable characters, its a must read with YA fans as well as Adults. I’m already looking forward to the rest of the series.”
- All Things Books – “The characters were perfectly formed with personalities that were easy to become intertwined with and the descriptive way that the author painted the surroundings made it easy to form pictures in your mind. [The story] was gripping, exciting, full of adventure and fantasy and just great.”