Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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.I finished this book over a month ago after receiving an ARC through LibraryThing, so let's see what I can remember xD
This version of Switched has a gorgeous cover, no doubt about it. For some reason, I was hesitant to read it, and I have no idea why. But once I got about 20 pages in, I was hooked.
The world Hocking has created is definitely an interesting one. While I'm still not sure how it all really works and I think it could use a bit more development, it's a world that I loved to read about. I could imagine it in my head - this castle in a perfect little place, hidden in the woods. The descriptions in this book were spot on, and the writing was simple, easy to read, but not amateur. Pretty much a perfect writing style, to me.
The characters made me feel all sorts of different things. Sometimes I just couldn't connect with Wendy, the main character, but I still liked her - she's very realistic. She's not tough and sarcastic because she's never imagined a situation like the one she's in, but she's not constantly whining about it. And she doesn't just immediately accept everything. While there are a few times I just wanted to slap her in the face, for the most part, Wendy is a great character.
A lot of the other characters are ones I think I need to wait for the next books to form an opinion on. Finn, for example. Finn is a fairly important character in Switched, but so far, I have no real interest in him. I just don't think I know enough about him to form a full opinion. And Rhys is another one of those characters. I like him more than Finn, but I simply don't know enough about him.
I absolutely loved Wendy's brother, though. He's not a huge character, but every time he was on the page I loved him. He's so caring and there's a part where my heart just breaks for him.
Side-note: One of the characters in the book has the same name as me! My real name, not Zoey ;)
While Switched doesn't have a lot of action, it's still full of surprises. Obviously, there's not much I can say on that without giving away a bunch of spoilers, but things I never expected just kept popping up - and they all fit so well with the story.
Overall: There were times I didn't connect with Wendy. There were times when I was wondering where in the world the book was going. But in the end, Switched must have left some sort of impact on me, because I'm still thinking about it. I loved the world it's set in, and how it was something I'd never seen before. 4 stars.