Reader: Elena
Age: 14
Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: 1/24/12
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I would recommend this book. I found the writing and plot interesting, if formulaic and weak at times. I loved the characters, because each was unique and compelling. I was especially drawn to the main character Wendy, a stubborn social outcast with strong beliefs. The community of modern trolls Wendy is transported to is equally appealing with its separation from human society and classic royalty. Switched carefully tells just enough to chronicle Wendy's journey into the land of the Trylle, her romance with Finn, and her role as princess in this foreign place.
Memorable or Forgettable:  The characters and setting made this book memorable. All the characters are intriguing and well-constructed, and their actions seemed in alignment with their personalities. The story is also told nicely, but most of all I will remember the hidden world of trolls created by the author where one's duties and special capabilities depend on class.
Cover: With its red clouds and elaborate swirls, the cover definitely drew me in. It represented the book well.
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it

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