I like fantasy novels. I like YA literature. It's not a long stretch of the imagination that I'd probably like Amanda Hocking's Switched, the first book in her Trylle Trilogy. I just didn't expect to like it so much.
I devoured it in two sittings (which would have been one, had not that pesky element of having to sleep gotten in the way.) The first thing that enchanted me about the book was the back jacket blurb: "SWITCHED at birth... When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother may have been right."
Many of us as adolescents had the thought that we were switched at birth and our "real" family was different/cooler/happier/(fill in the blank), but what if that happened to be true? And what if your "real" family were those you hear about in fairy tales, though not always in the "nice guy" role? And what does that mean about the family that raised you, even if your mother had chased you with a knife when you were six? Weren't you loved, even though you were an impossible child?
It's lot for Wendy (named after Peter's Wendy by her older brother Matt) to decipher and assimilate into her view on the world. Exploring the new world, and rediscovering her past one through different eyes is challenging in many ways. Hocking introduces a new take on old supernatural beings, and how the modern world impacts their abilities. But this first bite into the Trylle books is easily digestible, and builds an appetite for the next two books. I look forward to reading them.
Thank you to LibraryThing's Early Reviews Program and the equally wonderful St Martin's Griffin for sending an Advanced Readers' copy of this book which comes out in January 2012. Hocking has previously been self published and has quite a following for her e-books.