Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Hey Remarkable Readers!
It's time for Teaser Tuesday once again!  This week, I'm reading Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.  I'm almost done!  I'm not going to pick a teaser from the page I'm on, though.  The writing in Incarnate is so beautiful and descriptive!  I'm going to share one of my favorite passages!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why. 

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame? 

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all? 

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

"I'll be around my whole life," I whispered, not quite under the breeze in the forest, the pounding of heart and the beating of my invisible and incorporeal wings.  "That's a long time to me."-Page 71, ARC
 I did have some other favorite passages and I couldn't find my favorite but, I really like this quote.  What do you think?


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

Aces UpHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Genre:Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: Paperback from Library
Series: No, Standalone
Buy It: The Book Depository, The Dolphin Bookshop (Shop Indie!)
Challenge: Free Reads
First Line: "I will not freak out, I will not freak out, I will not freak out."

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.
When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?
This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
     I first saw this book on one of Katie's IMMs.  I fell in love with how adorable the cover was and that's actually what draw me to the book.  I was soon pleasantly surprised by the interesting plot, fun characters, and lightness of the book!  By lightness, I mean that Aces Up was not a heavy dystopian read or a high fantasy; it's the perfect summer read and has a nice feel to it.  It was definitely a breath of fresh air compared to what I've been reading lately!
     I loved the concept of the book.  I mean, who wouldn't want to read about a secret poker society?!  The idea behind the book was definitely fun and enjoyable.  Aces Up did have it's flaws, though.  It was definitely predictable and I did think that Aces Up should have been described more.  Towards the beginning, Cole made Aces Up sound very exclusive but, it didn't seem that way when Shannon was actually in the club.    Cole also told Shannon that no one could know about Aces Up but, she told a lot of people and he didn't seem to mind (I can't say who.  No Spoilers!).   It also bothered me that Cole never said "Shannon" it was always "Shannon Card."
     I really liked Shannon's character.  I'm not sure why but, I feel like her name suited her character.  Although she was predictable, she was very relatable.  I was able to connect with a lot of her decisions although, I felt the opposite for some of her other decisions.  I also felt like in the middle of the book, she and Mackenzie seemed like they had switched personalities.  I also felt the same with Shannon and Parvati.  Overall, I liked Shannon a lot but, I can't really explain why :) .  I really liked Mackenzie's "Best Friend" role in the book.  I liked seeing her grow as a person and learn from her mistakes.  I also thought she was funny.  Max was a great character.  I really loved him!  He was just such a casual character but, was always there for Shannon.  He was a really sweet guy.  Robyn was a great sister role in the book and I loved her personality.  She was always trying to do the right thing but, was still trying to help out Shannon.  I hated Cole but, I think that was the point.  He was always so stiff and uninteresting.  It seemed like all he cared about was money and that bothered me.  I guess that was supposed to bother me anyway.
     One thing I definitely liked about Aces Up was that I learned something from reading it.  I've always wanted to learn Poker.  I was once taught a variation of it but, I've always wanted to learn traditional poker.  Although Aces Up didn't go far into the depth and different hands of the game, I really liked learning the basics!  It reminded me of when I read The Cardturner by Louis Sachar; I learned how to play bridge when I read that one!
     Overall, I really liked Aces Up.  Although it did have several flaws, it was just what I needed.  I felt like I'd been reading a lot of Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Dystopian and Lauren Barnholdt pleasantly surprised me with Aces Up, a bubbly contemporary novel!  Definitely check this one out if you're getting tired of  reading a certain genre, looking for something that's been on the shelves for a while, or are just looking for the perfect summer ( or anytime really) read!

Final Grade:

I'm kind of borderline between B+ and A but, I'm giving it a B+ because of the flaws.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Between the Lines
 Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? 

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. 

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom. 

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
I've never read anything by Jodi Picoult before but, I have friends who rave about her books!  I can't wait for this book!  The story sounds amazing.  It sounds like a perfect read for a bookworm like me! :) The cover looks really cute, too.  What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tune in Tuesday

Hey Remarkable Readers,

It's time for another Tune in Tuesday!  Today I'm playing a song that was recommended to me by Willa from Willa's Ramblings!  It's called Gardens and it's by NeedtoBreathe.  I really love the violin in the song and the music is really quiet.  It's a great song to read and write to.  Tell me what you think!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Threaded Comments

Hey Remarkable Readers!  
     I really want to reply to all of your wonderful comments individually but, my threaded comments aren't working!  I'm sorry!  Thanks so much for commenting on all my posts!  I'm still reading all of the posts you link to and reading all of your comments!  Please don't stop commenting!  Thanks!
     Also, does anyone know how to fix this?  I would be really grateful for any help!  Thanks.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

IMM #28

What did you get in your mailbox?  What are you most excited about out of what you/I got this week?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Inventory!

Hey Remarkable Readers,
I just wanted to let all of you know that I've added even more new inventory to my store for readers and writers: www.keepcalmreadon.com !  Everything on the site is handpicked by yours truly!  I spent a lot of time picking things out and perfecting the site, so I hope you'll check it out!  Below is a screenshot of the new inventory on the site!  If you didn't know, I launched the site back in November on Cyber Monday.  If you'd like to give any feedback, just click the "Give Feedback" button on the left side of the site.  You can use the promo code "NewInventory" for a special discount!  Thanks!  Happy Shopping! :)

What do you think? Leave a comment!

Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest #1)Genre:Young Adult-Time Travel
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Source: ARC and egalley from Publisher
Series: Yes, 1st in a Trilogy
Buy It: The Book Depository

Challenge: Free Reads, Debut Author Challenge
First Line: "'How far back should I go?' I asked Adam."

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

      About a month or two ago, I remember hearing a ton of buzz for a book called Tempest.  I also remember really wanting to read it and loving the synopsis.  I don't regret reading this book.  I absolutely loved Tempest by Julie Cross!  The storyline of the book is amazing!  Tempest is filled with action and will keep you guessing.
     I really loved the characters in this book.  I've been dying for a male point of view for a long time now!  I loved Jackson's voice in the story and it was really interesting to see all different parts of his life.  The time travel definitely made flashbacks a lot more fun!  I also liked reading his journal entries and thought they were a great way to recap what had happened in the past few chapters.  I really enjoyed all of the different emotions Jackson had throughout the book.  Julie Cross did a phenomenal job mixing together grievance, confusion, romance, action, and time travel into one novel!  I also really loved Holly's character.  I thought 07 Holly seemed like tons of fun.  On the other hand, 09 Holly seemed a lot more mature but, I actually liked the contrast between the two Hollys.  I thought it was an interesting way to show character growth in a short amount of time.  I actually really enjoyed all of the characters in this book, including the villains!
     The storyline of Tempest never slowed down.  It was really a page-turner!  Jackson had to make a lot of important decisions, come up with disguises, and not reveal his abilities.  I loved all of the twists and turns in the story and learning about the time traveling was fun!
     I honestly cannot think of much to say that I didn't like about the book!  One thing that bothered me a bit (but didn't really affect the story), was the year(s) it was set in.  Reading 2009 and 2007 made me feel like I couldn't connect to the story time-wise.  This didn't really bother me all that much but, I would have liked it if the years were updated.  On the other hand, it was actually sort of interesting to see when Julie Cross (probably) wrote the book!  I also really liked the cover of the book.  Its definitely sort of "cheesy" but, I really like all the colors on the cover.  I also really like the artwork, regardless of it's "cheesiness" ;) .
     Tempest has earned a spot on my favorites list!  Definitely check this one out!  The writing is great and the male point of view was refreshing!  Julie Cross knows how to mix together all of the elements for an amazing read!  Don't pass this book up!

Final Grade:

     PS- I'll be interviewing Julie on the blog soon so if you'd like me to ask her a specific question, tell me in the comments! :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tune In Tuesday: One Direction

Hey Remarkable Readers,
It's Tune in Tuesday!  This week I'm showcasing my new obsession: One Direction!  They're a British band.  They were on the X factor in the UK.  They're slowly becoming popular in the US but, unfortunately, their album isn't out in the US yet!  The only way to listen to them is on the internet :(  Their album actually comes out in March, 3 days before the Hunger Games Movie!  Clearly, that will be an awesome week!  Enough with my rambling, listen for yourself! :)Photobucket

Monday, January 16, 2012

IMM #27

Thanks to Katie at Katie's Book Blog and Macmillan!  What did you get in your mailbox?

Forbidden Book Club: Looking for Alaska

Hey Remarkable Readers,
 This month I'll be participating in Reading Teen's traveling book club!  It's called The Forbidden book club in honor of the first book they read: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.  Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know just in case you wanted to join!  You can find all of the information here!  This month's book is Looking for Alaska by John Green.  I'm really excited because this will be my very first John Green book!  Are you participating?

Ask Away!

Hey Remarkable Readers,
I've been wanting to do a Q&A Post for a while now, but to do that I'll need some questions!  Ask Away!  Thanks! :)

Book Breakups 1: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Hey Remarkable Readers,
I've been admiring a feature of Lori's from Pure Imagination for a while now.  Today I finally decided that I should do it on my blog, too (with her permission of course!).  Anyway, the feature is called Book Breakups and the object is to talk about books you couldn't finish and why.  Here is how Lori describes it:
We can't all love everything and some books just aren't for me. Sometimes I try really hard to love a book but if it's taking me 4 days to read 100 pages, we need to have the talk. I debated quite a while on whether or not to do this feature, but I thought it would be fun, so Book Breakups was born.
I really like this meme because when I get books for review and can't finish them, I like being able to talk about why I didn't like it and maybe get some other people's opinions!  Here Goes:

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
I've never really read a high fantasy before I started Under the Never Sky, so I didn't really know what to expect.  I actually requested this book from Harper Teen and unfortunately, I didn't like it.  I couldn't continue reading it but, made it to somewhere around 100 pages.  I just thought the book was slow and kind of boring.  It just didn't grab my interest.  I do know that a lot of people really enjoyed this book and I wish I could've.  Even though many consider Under the Never Sky to be a high fantasy, it reminded me of Dystopian a lot.  That actually may have been the reason I didn't like it.  I love dystopian but, I am suffering from a little Genre Tire.  It seems like a contemporary is in my future!

Here are some links to bloggers who enjoyed the book:

1. Myranda at MyReadsDa
2. Candace at Candace's Book Blog
3. Wanda at Good Choice Reading
4. Amanda at Good Choice Reading
5. Damaris at Good Choice Reading

Did you break up with this book, too?  Did you love it?  Should I have kept reading longer?  Did you think the book was slow paced, too?  Should I give it another try?  Let me know your thoughts and link to your review!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

 Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Source: Library
Series: No, Standalone
Buy It: The Book Depository

Challenge: Free Reads

Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?
     I heard about this book a while ago when it came out and thought it seemed really cute.  I saw it at the library recently and decided to pick it up as a quick read.  I didn't really know what to expect so I just started reading!  The book was adorable!
     Junonia by Kevin Henkes is an adorable story told from the point of view of 9/10 year old Alice.  I absolutely adored her character!  She was childish and naive but, I loved it!  I loved her voice in the book and seeing her view of everything.  I also think that the illustration on the cover is the perfect portrayal of Alice!  Every chapter heading also had an illustration that summed up what happened in the chapter.  I really loved those!  Anyway, I loved almost all of the characters in this book!  Mallory was really cute and despite her tantrums, she was a very interesting and dynamic character.  I also loved Kate, Pam, and Alice's dad ( I can't remember his name, sorry!).  
     The plot of the book was very simple but, sweet, too!  I loved how Alice was such and innocent girl with simple desires.  All she wanted was to have a nice tenth birthday and find a Junonia shell!  Kevin Henkes writing is a hidden gem!  Not many people know about this book but, you should definitely check it out if you get the chance!  It will only take you a short time to read and is under 200 pages!  The writing is also really light!  Actually, I can't think of anything I didn't like about the book!
     The scenery and imagery in this book was also beautiful.  It's a great summer read because of all the beach scenes.  I actually liked reading it during winter, though!  It made me feel like it was summer!
     Another reason I really enjoyed this book is that it was very relatable.  I've actually been to Sanibel Island, where the book takes place.  I was able to connect with Alice because I could recall how beautiful the island is!  I included a little picture on the right since many have never been there!  I also think Alice was very relatable because of her imagination.  I mean, everyone was 10 once! :)  
     Junonia by Kevin Henkes is a beachy breath of fresh air!  Alice was a beautiful and dynamic character!  Although little known, this book was adorably written and worth reading!  
Final Grade:


Exclusive Amanda Hocking at Macmillan!

Hey Remarkable Readers!
The area surrounding the flat iron.
A Clock Tower in the square near the flat iron.

 I mentioned in my review of Switched by Amanda Hocking that I actually got to meet Amanda!  I also promised to post about it, so here I am!  Last Wednesday, January 4th, I visited the Macmillan Publishing Offices!  It was really exciting for me because it was the first time I was invited to an exclusive event!
     You probably didn't know that the Macmillan Offices are located in the awesome and historical flat iron building in New York City!  We took the train and walked 10 blocks to the building in the beautiful chilly air.  It was really nice.  When we reached the building, there was a really cool art display there.  It was a bunch of paper cups with drawings all over them and was a pop up MOMA exhibit!  There were probably over 100 hand drawn cups ( which you can see below.)
Amanda Hocking (right) and her editor Rose (left).
     Anyway, we walked into the flat iron and entered the lobby.  There was a beautiful christmas tree along with many historical pictures and historical facts.  We then went up to the conference room!  I met the girls from Good Choice Reading, the Verb Vixen, and many other bloggers there!
Macmillan Publishing- The Historical Flat Iron Building.
     When I sat down, I was given a finished copy of Switched, an ARC of Torn, and an ARC of Ascend!  Later on, Amanda signed all of my books!  During the event, Amanda told us all about her self publishing journey and told us about her next book (which I'm dying to read!) .  We asked a ton of questions, too!  Her editor from St. Martins, Rose, and her assistant were answering questions, too!  It was really interesting!  Amanda also told us about how different it is to be working with a publisher and how it feels to finally see her book on shelves.
      The whole evening was a wonderful experience and it was wonderful meeting Amanda!  I learned a lot about publishing and being an author.  Thanks for the night, St. Martins! :)


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Hey Remarkable Readers,
I'm super excited!  If you didn't see the title of this post, about two minutes ago, I hit 200 GFC followers!  Although, I can't do a giveaway (I still have to ship all the readathon prizes), I want to say thanks!  So:  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH :)  It's been super awesome blogging and I hope that I keep enjoying it and that you keep coming back!  Thanks for your support!Photobucket

Waiting on Wednesday: Revived by Cat Patrick


As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life. 

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.

How awesome does this book sound?!  I cannot wait to read it!!!  I love the plot!  What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
She hated everything about it.  The overblown sense of drama.  The violence and lewdness.  No one had ever died of heartbreak in Reverie.  Betrayal never led to murder.  Those things didn't happen anymore.  They had the Realms now.  They could experience anything without taking risks.  Now, life was Better than Real.- Page 79 (ARC)

What do you think?  Did that make you want to read the book or not?  Let me know in the comments! :)

IMM #26

That's all I got for this week!  I'll be posting about the Amanda Hocking event soon!  What did you get in your mailbox? :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking


Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: ARC and Finished Copy from Publisher
Series: Yes, #1 of 3
Buy It: The Book Depository
Challenge: Free Reads, Debut Author Challenge
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 remember seeing this book on the nook store about two years ago.  I also remember being shocked to find out that it was a bestseller and it was self published.  I never read it, until now.  The book has been picked up by Macmillan, edited, and reprinted.  When I heard Amanda Hocking's story I definitely wanted to give the book a try!  I even wound up meeting her (more details on that soon!).  I struggled through the first half of the book but, I'm glad I kept reading!
     One thing Switched definitely has going is variety.  I have never read a book about trolls. ever.  I absolutely loved having a new subject to read about instead of the same old paranormal with different character names!  I also really liked the folklore in the book.  I learned that the folklore in the book was all Scandinavian, which I've also never read about before.  I also enjoyed that the one of the love triangles was very subtle.  Another thing I enjoyed was that there was no "insta-love."  Wendy slowly discovered her true feelings for each of the love interests in the story.  Switched was also a very quick and easy read.
     I actually really didn't enjoy the first third of the book and thought that I really wasn't going to like it.  I thought that Wendy was extremely annoying in the beginning and I hated that she had zero self confidence.  The story seemed a bit weird to me.  Luckily, the book definitely improved.  I can't explain exactly how it got better but, it did.  I guess the action, love, and wendy's self confidence all increased!
     As for the characters, the story was definitely driven by them.  I didn't like a lot of them at the beginning but, Amanda did make all of the characters grow throughout the book and I wound up liking almost all of them.  For example, I hated Finn and Wendy in the beginning but, I really liked Finn by the end of the book and I think Wendy definitely improved.  As for Rhys, I loved him from the beginning, although I was a bit confused about his age at first.  I really liked his boyish feel and how sweet his relationship with Wendy was.  I also loved what you find out about him in the middle of the book!  I really loved Willa because she was there for Wendy as she got to know her.  She definitely gets the "Good Friend Award!"  I hated Elora but, I think that was supposed to happen! :)  I really liked the mysterious feeling of Tove and I hope to see more of him in Torn and Ascend.  Even though they played small parts, I also loved Maggie, Matt, Garrett, and Rhianon.  As you can see, there were definitely a lot of characters but, they all turned out to be very interesting!
     Overall, I definitely enjoyed Switched a lot more than I thought at first.  I struggled through the first part of the book but, I'm very glad I didn't stop reading!  I wound up really enjoying the end of the book, especially with all of the action!  I'm really looking forward to reading Torn and Ascend!  Make sure to give this book a shot and while your at it, lookup Amanda Hocking's amazing success story!
Final Grade: