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.
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Recommended Ages: 14 and Up
Paperback: 293 pgs.
Published: January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published July 12th 2010)
Switched is so much the definition of the start of brilliant young adult fantasy trilogy that has everything to keep you entertained. It all begins eleven years before the present of the story through a flashback. Wendy Everly retells how her very first memories revoled around a rich mother that despised her and later attempted to kill her. Wendy's mother believing she is a monster! Now grown-up and in high school she comes to meet Finn Holmes. Finn always stares at her unabashedly in front of others, so Wendy has just about had it (after all nobody likes to be stared at for huge periods of time). He quickly tells her he has his reasons for keeping his eyes on her. The top being she's so very attractive! The other she happens to be a troll (Trylle). To be exact she's a changeling who takes the place of another. Finn is here now to relive her of her place with her supposed fake family. She has a chance to find out who she is in the troll world. She just has to be willing to let go of what she has always known.
Readers can stand to be hooked quite quickly into this first novel in the Trylle Trilogy. Characters in Switched are all slowly built up along in the story adding layers to it as a whole. Matt the devoted brother. Finn the elusive guy Wendy may or may not have feelings for. Aunt Maggie ever caring. Elora the ice-like troll queen of Trylle. All of which make for a delightful reading journey. Switched seems to also be action-packed throughout, so don't just believe this is just merely paranormal romance without the danger. There is some real danger involved. Remains a mystery still.
Amanda Hocking's first novel in the Trylle Trilogy as ever mentioned before is very hard not to finish in one sitting. Immensely entertaining fantasy with some fascinating trolls that love, hate, and fight for what they think.
As a special gift to readers, each book in the Trylle series will include a new, never before-published bonus short story. The first story will be released upon print publication of Switched on January 24, (switched to January 3rd) 2012.
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Trolls
Contains: Complex Relationships, Family Issues
About the AuthorAmanda Hocking lives in Minnesota, and writes young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. She also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.
Her latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than her other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt she says.
She also enjoys Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and absolutely hates long walks on the beach out of her intense fear/hatred of wet sand.
Her favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but she believes she doesn't write anything like them. She seems to have an obsession with River Phoenix, and she's seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If she were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing she'd take with her would be a boat capable of taking her home.