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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle, Bk 1)
by Amanda Hocking
Publish Date: Jan 3, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher via LibraryThing

A couple of things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.

Having been nearly killed on her sixth birthday, Wendy is set up for a lifetime of wondering what kind of monster is she. After her mother is sent to an asylum, Wendy's life goes on as normal as possible with her protective brother, Matt, and her aunt, Maggie. Bouncing from school to school is what is normal for her. Wendy does not know why she has such a hard time making friends. When a mysterious boy, Finn, approaches her and tells her that in fact, she really is a monster, Wendy is shocked. Thinking back on everything she should have known she was different.

Wendy is Trylle, aka a troll, and a very important one. She is the princess and next in line to rule. Now in Hocking's world, trolls are not ugly beings that live under a bridge. Hocking's trolls are closely related to humans but with abilites, intelligence and beauty the surpass any human. Finn is a tracker and is tasked with bringing her back to her real mother, Elora, Queen of Trylle. Within the Trylle community, located in my very own Minnesota, we discover a magical world of many magical beings. Wendy discovers the boy that she replaced in the human world and instantly feels for her mother who wasn't crazy after all.

Now Wendy must learn what is expected of her and also how to stay alive. There is a warring faction, the Vittra, that wants Wendy for their own and won't stop at nothing to get her. Keeping Wendy safe becomes Finn's mission but his feelings for her start to get in the way and in Trylle, their love cannot be. Lots of secrets are revealed and many more must be uncovered for Wendy to truely come into her own.

Lots of interesting characters and a refreshing storyline makes this first installment an enthralling read. Loved it all and Amanda Hocking has a knack for keeping the reader turning the pages.




Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

Nice review Kelsey.
Glad you liked it too.
Looking forward myself to Torn and Ascend.

Marcie said...

I have this book on my kindle. It's the older version though but I think it's the same. (I hope). I have yet to read it but this review makes me want to right away.