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Short Description for Switched Hocking delivers the first book in the Trylle Trilogy. When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 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 t
- Published: 03 January 2012
- Format: Paperback 318 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781250006318 ISBN 10: 1250006317
- Sales rank: 4,085
Reviews for Switched
An absolutely amazing and unique read
Amanda Hocking has a special style of writing. It's honest, to the point, and extremely beautiful. Her imagination is unique, and I have faith she will be a long lasting addition to the Young-Adult genre. I loved her before I read Switched, but now, there is no doubt in my mind that she's one of my favorite authors. She creates worlds that are overflowing with magic, wonderment, love, and originality. There's nothing like Switched out there, and I'm so glad that the whole world will get a chance to read it now.
Switched introduces us to Wendy Everly. We quickly learn that she's not like everyone else, and that has nothing to do with the fact that her mother tried to kill her at her sixth birthday party. She's temperamental, strong-willed, and never seemed to fit in like everyone else. After being kicked out of her last school she's determined to make this move count for her aunt and brother. But there's a new guy in her class, and he won't stop staring at her...
Let's start with Wendy. It's been a long time since I've connected this forcefully with a main character. Wendy was everything I ask of. She was opinionated, indecisive, real, loyal, loving, strong-willed, and never allowed anyone to change how she felt. I loved her relationship with her brother Matt and her Aunt, because once they're out of her life it's hard to imagine her being allowed to love anyone. Her new life is cold and political, and I loved how she seemed more human than Trylle when everyone around her insisted otherwise. Her duties as a Princess collided painfully with her own wishes, and I found myself feeling her frustration and sadness. I don't know what I would have done in her situation, and I think she handled it better than anyone could have asked of her. I also fell in love with Finn. I absolutely loved the slow progression of their relationship, and the intense sense of forbidden love that surrounds them. Wendy can't have Finn, and that makes me want them to be together even more. He was strong, sexy, dangerous, and loyal. He's definitely on my radar now, and I don't plan on letting him slip past.
Overall Switched was fantastic. There was everything you'd need to fall in love: A sizzling romance, an original fantasy world, characters that were strong, well-crafted, and interesting, action that kept you on the edge of your seat, and an ending that left me salivating for the next book. I would absolutely recommend this. by Reading For Fununder review
A Beautiful, Enchanting Tale
Switched by Amanda Hocking is a beautiful and enchanting paranormal novel about a species I've never read about before in YA -- the Trylle! Which is basically a prettier way of saying "troll." Hocking does a great job creating an entirely new mythology about the Trylle and their way of life. Everything about them is explained clearly throughout the book, and I loved being able to learn about their way of life alongside the main character, Wendy.
Wendy was relatable, and I liked her. She always felt like she was different from the kids at her school, and even different from her family. Her mother hates her and tried to kill her when she was six years old, but she has a loving aunt and brother. I really liked her aunt and brother, and hope to see more of them in the next books in the trilogy.
When Wendy goes to live with the Trylle, she discovers in a very Princess Diaries-like way that she is a Trylle princess and is next in line for the throne. The book from that point on reminded me of a fairy tale, with the girl who is learning how to be a princess and feels like she just can't manage to do it right. If you love enchanting fairy tales, then this will definitely be a book for you!
Just like in many YA books, there were many guys vying for Wendy's affections! There was Finn, the hot Trylle who Wendy is forbidden to be with; Rhys, the hot human who is interested in Wendy but she is even more forbidden to be with; and Tove, the hot royal Trylle who would be an appropriate match for Wendy. I can't wait to see how her relationships with these three develop in the rest of the trilogy. I like them all, and I'm not even sure what "Team" I'm on yet!
In conclusion, Switched is an enchanting tale that I loved and highly recommend. There was also a huge cliff hanger at the end -- I need the next book NOW!
On the cover: The cover for Switched is gorgeous. The Trylle Trilogy has been on my to-read list for a while, but when I saw the new covers designed by St. Martins Press, I was amazed by their beauty. The cover represents the enchanting feeling of the book perfectly! by Michelle Madowunder review