Switched

Switched

Book rating: 05 Paperback Trylle Novel

By (author) Amanda Hocking

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 318 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1250006317
  • ISBN 13: 9781250006318
  • Sales rank: 9,519

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"Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world, and Switched is the book that started the phenomenon. Prepare to be enchanted..."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.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 a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, "The Vittra Attacks," set in the magical world of the Trylle.

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Amanda Hocking is the "USA Today" bestselling author of the "Trylle" trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.

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By Rosie 10 Jul 2013 5

I love this book and it's so hard for me to even put it down!
Well done Amanda Hocking!
To be Honest, i never liked reading and hated it to death but when i picked up this book, it was just amazing to read. I rather choose this book over Twilight, but i feel like Amanda Hocking's books are a bit rushed and need a bit more detail.
Most people dislike this book, and remember a book isn't made for everyone. I'd recommend this to mainly teenagers though.

By Reading For Fun 03 Jan 2012 5

5/5 STARS!

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 Michelle Madow 05 Nov 2011 5

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!

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"Vampire and werewolf lovers beware; this trilogy opener offers readers a new take on an unexpected breed of mystical beings. Readers who can suspend preconceived notions and open themselves up to this new interpretation are in for a midwinter version of a good beach read." -"Kirkus Reviews" "This is "The Princess Diaries "meets "Twilight," and Hocking hits all the commercial high notes..."Switched" is escapist fantasy; it isn't the specificity of the world that matters here; it's the accessibility...What teenager hasn't felt like a freak, a changeling in his or her own family? Who doesn't fantasize about being transformed from ordinary to extraordinary, of being whisked way to another life where the very things that are irritants in the "regular world" turn out to reveal our specialness?" -"New York Times Book Review""Wendy is a flawed antihero, which helps differentiate her from the throng of paranormal-romance heroines, and the potential for development, both dramatic and romantic, should make readers anxious for the next installment of the Trylle trilogy." -"Booklist""Switched is written so wonderfully that it' is not hard to imagine you are in this fantastic world! Readers will love the exhilarating roller-coaster ride of Wendy's life as she adapts to...a frightening and exciting life." "-Romantic Times BOOKreviews" "You can't beat the storyline for Switched, the book that starts off the series with a bang: When Wendy Everly was a little girl, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to end her life. Now Wendy is starting to wonder whether there might have been something to her mom's paranoia after all. Enter Finn Holmes--the mysterious, sexy guardian who's been watching over Wendy until she was old enough to learn the truth about her supernatural origins--and the revelation of a hidden world full of mysteries, dangers, and untapped powers that Wendy never knew she had."" -MTV.com """"The romance is smoldering, the action is suspenseful, and the characters are quirky, likeable, and original. Amanda Hocking has a gift for storytelling that will grip readers and keep them wanting more...Entrancing." -"Library Thing""""Started "Switched" last night. I don't like this book because it made me stay up too late last night to keep reading and made me skip my dance class this morning so I can finish it!" --"BookCrossing" "I started reading "Switched" in the evening one night and stayed up until 3 a.m. because I didn't want to put it down. I had to be at work the next day and all I could think about was going home and finishing the book. Yes, it's THAT good." --"A Tale of Many Reviews" ""Switched" is paranormal YA with a fresh twist. It has a more deliberate pace than other YA fantasy...and more emotional thrills. I really appreciated the realistic development of the love story, and the characters feel well developed. Recommended." --"I'd So Rather Be Reading""""I ate this book up I could barely put it down before bed, and was also trying to sneak time in my busy morning to read some extra sentences. This was an awesome first book in a series that I'm dying to read. Amanda please write the next one soon. I'm dying!!" -"Midnight Glace Reviews" "I LOVED this book! The characters are quite likable...and there is never a dull moment. I highly suggest you take a look at this book if you want to read some fantasy that leaves you panting for the next installment." -"The Light Under The Covers " """Filled with action, suspense, and romance...I found the story completely fascinating." --"A True Reality Blog""Amanda Hocking is like a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market. I've read countless books about vampires, werewolves and faeries, but never one about trolls..."Switched" was an impressive start to a series that was chock-full of excitement, adventure and attitude." -"That Bookish Girl Blog" ""Switched" has more intrigue and hidden secrets than the average YA book." -"Read My Mind """"An addicting, easy to digest book that can be devoured in an afternoon." -"Feeding My Book Addiction""""""I absolutely loooooveeed "Switched." From the first pages I found myself totally caught up stealing moments to read this book. Visually I 'saw' this book so well in my head. Just an awesome read that makes you feel for the characters." -"Novels On The Run Reviews"