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Switched (A Trylle Novel) Paperback – January 3, 2012
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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
About the Author
She has published over fifteen young adult novels, including the New York Times Bestselling series the Trylle Trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles, along with the Watersong, the My Blood Approves, and the Hollows series.
For more info, please visit HockingBooks.com
Top Customer Reviews
Hocking's three-part Trylle series, of which Switched is number one, is about a girl who has a miserable existance. Her childhood is filled with little oddities that don't make much sense, and her mother, who refers to her as a "monster" goes so far as to try to stab her to death at her own birthday party. Switched is so much a coming of age tale - with a twist - as Wendy soon discovers that she has another life waiting for her discovery and that she is so much more than an angst filled teenager stuck in high school.
I won't give away any more, as part of the joy of reading this book is discovering - right along with Wendy - just what in the heck is wrong with her and why she has all these odd little habits, abilities and thoughts.
This is not a literary masterpiece for your college Women's Literature 101 class. It was not intended to be so. It is not filled with symbolism and fodder for critical discussion. It IS, however, fun, light reading that will keep your attention. It is a sweet story. Hocking has captured a believable and realistic teenage heroine. She's captured appropriate action, adventure, and even romantic tension. For those reviewers who say the teenage angst is overblown...I would disagree.Read more ›
Switched was one interesting book. I loved the story. Every new development was exciting and fun and left me wanting more. The whole plot line is supposed to be a mystery, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I'll make this a little vague.
Wendy is a teenager who has, as she puts it, anger-management issues. She also has odd eating habits, odd hair, and an odd way of getting what she wants. Most people think this has to do with what happened to her when she was younger, because her mother tried to kill her as a child. Throughout the book, Wendy is thus struggling with the knowledge that she is hard to deal with, cold, and distant with people. And now that she's moved to ANOTHER new town, ANOTHER new school, with ANOTHER new house, she has promised her brother she's going to try to make this place work and not get in as much trouble. She tries making friends, and so is connected with two boys, one being her love interest with a secret, Finn.
My favorite elements in this story were:
- The Chosen Paranormal Element: I don't want to give away what Wendy is, but it's super rare to read a story about them. It was very cool to see something new and different come out in a story, instead of the same old vampires, werewolves, or fairies (Don't get me wrong, I like some of those, but...they get tiresome after the hundred or so novels you read about them).
- Wendy's Emotional Damage: I think this was dealt with both with subtlety and finesse. You can really believe that Wendy has been emotionally hurt, and that her life has been extremely impacted by that damage.
- Wendy's Tough-Girl Personality: No damsel-in-distress here.Read more ›
Let me just say that I have never been more angry, ashamed and frustrated towards a heroine ever. I read a lot of books so that is quite a statement. I have read books were the heroines are selfish, unusual cruel, crude but somehow this was much worse. All these heroines either grow into better people near the end of the book or they do something respectable. It is possible to be bratty, annoying, and rude but still gain the respect of the reader. "Weak Wendy" did none of this. From the beginning she whines and complains about the state of her life, but refuses to make an effort to change anything. She doesn't have any hobbies, likes or interest. This made her a rather flat character. So what's different about this unmotivated angsty teenager? "Weak Wendy" is a troll princess. When she was six years old her mother tried to murder her. That's all that is distinctive about her character. Everything else is forgotten about or unimportant.
"Weak Wendy" has powers that are revealed within in the first 20 pgs but they fall to the backburner as the true plot emerges. "Weak Wendy" has always felt out of place, she gets into fights because she's impulsive and her hair sucks. Pity this girl reader her life is very hard!! And near the beginning I really did.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It grabbed me from the start. Very talented writing, it really draws a picture. I'm off to get the next one to see what happened to Rys.Published 2 months ago by TMac
This book has a lot of the cliches often found in paranormal romance novels, especially among the young adult variety. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
Read this and moved on to the next book within 24 hours. Literally LOVED this so much that I actually had a dream I was Wendy. And Justin Beiber was Tove. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Whit
This is a fun read... Not too serious, just enough fantasy and perfecly clean romance...thank you....this would make a great YA moviePublished 2 months ago by Sherry russon
It is not often that I give half stars but in this case I will, I enjoyed Switched very much and read it very quickly, however I was not in love with it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gorelenore
Great read. Things start out slow but pick up. Wendy has powers that she feels guilty for using but uses anyways and sometimes without realizing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was pretty good. It was full of adventure and i really loved the magical world of trolls, but I didn't really like the back and forth whining between Wendy and Finn. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ThatWarrenWoman
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Originally read: 6/21/2012
Alright, I don’t know if I’m just super generous with my stars or if these are really good... Read more