my thoughts in a few sentences: Although I was disappointed by what I found in Switched, given the tremendous hype shrouding it, potential lingers in the cast of characters, the mythology, and the storytelling. With a likable heroine front-and-center and her handsome stoic tracker, Finn, by her side, I picture the story reaching more engaging heights in the long run. However, I couldn't immerse myself in the tedious moments in her new home, lack of interesting interactions, and the touch of romance that follows the same overdone path, in which the leading man must protect the heroine from her own desires, insinuating what's better for her future. More action, less tedium is the order of the day!
hooking first line: " A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife. "
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 might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.I received this book from a friend, so I'd love to say thank you to Angie @ Beneath the Jacket for giving me the opportunity to read Switched, when I normally wouldn't have been able to! Unfortunately, Switched did not meet my high-on-anticipation expectations, a substantial half of the novel falling almost completely flat, urging me to pray for something deliberately exciting to occur and drain away the boredom. While Wendy, the main character, has a fun narration, the absence of real and true emotion and depth harassed my immersion until it buckled and fled, driving me to force myself to concentrate on what I could not find exciting. Disappointment swallowed my favor toward the book, as I really enjoyed the first half, marveling at how wonderful the relationship between Wendy and her family is, at the mystery of Finn, and the puzzle of Wendy's actual origins. I felt cheated because these parts are chased away too soon in favor of duller elements and pieces to the overall plot.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
As Switched begins, we are introduced to the tragic event that stole away a mother Wendy never could connect with, and the accusations hurled at her by this seemingly demented woman settle in our minds, searing questions in our puzzled thoughts, though we have a keen and reasonable lead as to what is happening. Our interest piqued, we prepare to follow Wendy in her every day life, and we discover that she has a caring, deeply protective older brother, Matt, and a bright, optimistic aunt, Maggie, who both love her dearly in a way she can't ever expect from the woman who was supposed to have birthed her. The sadness she bears from that horribly altering experience in her childhood does mark her, causing her to ask damaging questions of whether or not she is the monster she was long ago claimed to be. Trudging along, we also encounter the enigmatic and—of course—brutally handsome Finn, who bears a confidence and calm that instantly sweeps our vulnerable heroine in, though something warns her that there is much more to him than anyone could ever correctly guess. Unraveling the mystery that links them together should've been drawn out, as it is more fascinating than what we bump into later, and we almost hope to be granted more time with Wendy's lovable family as well.
Alas, too quickly is Wendy whisked away to a place she now begins to hope exists—a home where a mother, her mother, would welcome her rather than shun her, with a father by their side. Upon her arrival, however, her dreams of a glorious family reunion our shattered by the coldness that greets her instead. Wendy's ensuing feelings of misplacement, and the bereavement of the only home, the only family she's ever known and loved, almost serve as adequate punishment for leaving it all behind, though we understand the two reasons she chose to go: the danger of malicious enemies who have already discovered her and her hope of belonging somewhere. Still, the actionless events of the plot from then on pertain merely to trite power struggles and ridiculous resistance from the man she is starting to fall for. Status and banishment loom over their precarious romantic relationship, actively forcing them apart and cutting our excitement for their progress in half at least with its scarce originality.
Even so, we are too intrigued by the possibilities that approach in all directions, from the characters to their emotions and romances to the plot and its meaning. There are so many ways that this series could go, in fact, that the wondering gnaws at our patience and we find ourselves invested in the story enough to want the sequel. The heart-lifting ending brings hope with its warmth, and excites our minds with the prospect of the tantalizing story perhaps waiting for us in the next book, Torn.