Wendy Everly has never felt as if she fit in anywhere. When she was six, her own mother tried to murder her in a fit of delusion, convinced that she replaced her real child. People seem to dislike her upon meeting without knowing anything about her and she just seems to stumble into trouble without meaning to.
At seventeen, she’s living with her brother and her aunt, trying to be good and do well in school, and stay out of trouble for their sake. Then Finn, a boy at her school, starts to stalk her, making Wendy suspicious but interested. He reveals that she is a changeling and tells her that she must return to her true family or be kidnapped by an opposing faction. Is this new place where she truly belongs or will she be just as alien there as she is in the human world?
Switched is a typical teen fantasy book that is supposedly about trolls (AKA trylles). This aspect isn’t necessary at all and seems like an easy way to market it as something unique, when it’s actually just a typical fairy story.
There were some things I liked about the book, such as the trylle society and the dynamic of her blood family as opposed to her human family. The society has a rigid caste system that doesn’t allow for upward mobility. The regular, peasant trylles don’t have any special abilities, so they work in order to contribute. Those in the aristocracy have magical abilities of some sort, but they don’t know how to defend themselves. Trackers only have abilities that go with their trade and are considered very low on the totem pole, but humans hold the lowest position. The blatant hatred of humans and behavior of trylles and people at different levels of the caste system really intrigued me.
The rest of the story was fairly typical for a teen fantasy read. Of course there was a hot guy named Finn that made Wendy act completely senseless and melodramatic. Finn’s character was the most annoying aspect of the book for me; I really liked Wendy except when she acted as if she would die without Finn, as so many heroines do these days. It was also quite creepy that she found it sexy to be stalked instead of meeting and getting to know each other like real people. The plot was a little uneven with pacing and did not pick up until Wendy arrived in the trylle world.
Overall, Switched was enjoyable, but not a spectacular read. The writing was all right and the story kept my interest, but I don’t have a burning need to read the next book in the series.
Elizabeth is a student at Cal State Long Beach. She laughs a lot, loves cats, and lives for music and books. You can read her blog here: http://titania86-fishmuffins.blogspot.com/.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.