Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Switched

Hello my peaches! 

Lovely Thursday, isn't it? 

Today I'm bringing to you a review of another book that was recommended to me.
 
Today's review features a lovely rant that I hope you will simply excuse if you find it offensive for any reason. I don't think it should be too irritating. It's about book covers.  What fun!
 
Read on to discover more!
 
 
REVIEW


Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published:
July 12, 2010
Pages:
304

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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
 








 

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First off, I would like to say how much more I enjoy the cover above than the cover of the actual physical book that I picked up. 
 
The following is the cover of the book I have now:  (Prepare for book-cover rant)
 
 
Now, if you take the frail little 13-year-old looking gal off the front of this then it would have been a rather striking cover! I understand that this is all about marketing and appealing to teens but the plastic looking limbs, overtanned skin, and lovely chestnut locks (that are supposed to be 'dark' and 'out of control') of our cover model are unappealing at best.

I've never understood putting a very definitive looking model on the front of a book cover. To me it takes away some of the power of the individual's imagination. Whether anyone likes to admit it or not, half the time you read you're placing yourself in the character's shoes, trying to understand, trying to experience. The other half of the time you're viewing it like a movie in your head and the main character is somehow able to be related to, someone you can understand at least a little.

Even if the main character is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the reader, they're still able to get a proper idea of how to connect with them as long as there is some wiggle room. Heck, that's why I figure the TWILIGHT series was so popular. It certainly wasn't because the writing was any good. But that book had characters that were malleable in the reader's minds. Having an attractive cover is necessary for good marketing, but I just can't agree with the whole YA obsession with having attractive looking models/realistic renditions of lovely people on the front.

I struggled reading this book with the character mostly because the front cover girl looks like my brother's girlfriend. While my brother's gal is lovely she doesn't match properly the character that's being represented in the book but I can't quit putting here in the role because the main character was so unnecessarily defined on the front cover.

Anyway, the cover is NOT why I'm rating this book a 3/5. Read on to learn more. 
 
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This book was entertaining. But it pretty much ends there. 

The main character, Wendy, is forgettable. Finn is a cookie cutter knock out with a haunted personality (big surprise) and the other characters themselves are slightly agitating in their predictable and expected roles. 
 
The storyline itself offers no real twists or turns, and at no point was I clinging to my couch pillow in anticipation.

The largest irritation was the frailty of the main character. Despite everyone around her making comments about her 'strength' and how 'powerful' she was... she acted like china doll with a stubborn streak. At no point did she ever try to use her powers, even when the time absolutely called for it, and just stood by and let others protect her while she pretty much flapped about. The only time she ever actually did something was when her love-interest was in trouble. Woohoo. 

At numerous points throughout the plot she had the option of making choices that would have meant good things for her, but she chose instead to be full of self-pity or self-loathing and wallow about in how 'unfair' everything was. 

The fact that she had a lot of opportunity to really change things if she'd have just stepped up seems to have completely escaped her.
 
All of that being said I appreciated the creative aspects regarding the way the author redefined "trolls" and "changelings".

This book was not awful, but it wasn't a book I'd go waving around in peoples faces, proclaiming that they had to read it. 

I heard somewhere that they might be making a movie out of the story. I will say that I suspect that this book will play out MUCH better on the big-screen than it does in book-form.

Amazon: $8.99
Kindle: $8.99
Nook: $8.99

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Giveaways

NOTICE: The Sookie Stackhouse Giveaway ends in 3 days! 
 
Just to remind everyone, I have two great giveaways going on right now. If you'll just click the little linkies, they'll send you to the appropriate page. Good Luck!

 Ends May 1st
and 
Ends April 15th
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Everyone have a fantastic Thursday evening and I'll see you tomorrow with another FEATURED FRIDAY. 

Until Next Blog, 

Read on! 

~A.

4 comments:

  1. Very concise book reviews and a very beautiful blog :)

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  2. Thanks Auggie, good review! linked it to my own blog: http://www.trevorkidd.com/2012/04/auggie-talk-spring-reading-affair_12.html

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  3. The synopsis sparked my interest but I guess from reading your review I would have given this book 2/5.

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  4. I gave this book 3 too. Not the best one really...
    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

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