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Switched: Book One in the Trylle Trilogy (Trylle Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Hocking
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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`There's forbidden romance, magic, princesses: it's basically Twilight with trolls (and without the abstinence-is-good message, thank goodness): nectar for teenage girls.'
--Sunday Times

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Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claimed she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in . . . The new girl in High School, she’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why . . . When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle. Everything begins to make sense to Wendy. Among the Trylle, she is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about. The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447205693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447205692
  • ASIN: B005I3P94Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

The first three books in her series - My Blood Approves, Fate, and Flutter are available now. The fourth book in the series, Wisdom, will be out August 2010.

To learn more you can follow her on Twitter - http://twitter.com/amanda_hocking or visit her blog: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hocking's magic spell on me is broken... 17 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I so wanted to love this book - I assumed, after loving her other books, I would love this series. How mistaken I was!

I was swept away with the magic and fantasy of Hocking's My Blood Approves series and Hollowland (the first of the Hollows series), but it seems if you read one of her series, you've read them all! As I was reading Switched, I grew bored with how much it resembled her other series (My Blood Approves, The Hollows). If you've read her other series, you're likely to notice they're all almost carbon copies of each other, just with a few changes of names - Alice and her Vampires, Wendy and her Trolls, and Remy and her zombies. Even the wording, phrases and characters were a little deja vu for me.

The stories all follow a distinct theme, regardless of series - awkward teenage misfit with attitude; only real family is her brother; suddenly gets swept away into some kind of adventure; along the way she discovers she's 'special' and everyone wants a piece of her; is protected by handsome boy in mid-twenties who she can't decide if she loves or hates, he falls in love with her and is hopelessly devoted and would die protecting her after only knowing her a few days; plantonic male friendship who's relationship makes her love interest declare his feelings of love and jealousy; she has to choose between her new found destiny and her brother, while fighting some evil people who want her for themselves...etc etc.

If you can read that sort of story over and over, you'll love these books. They're magical and the characters are fun and lovable and the story is hopelessly addictive. But, I just don't have the patience to read the Tyrlle trilogy after reading My Blood Approves. I loved My Blood Approves but reading the Trylle Trilogy just makes me cringe and I got bored very quickly.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Fiendishly Fresh Fairytale! 18 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A book about trolls? Really? Hmm...
That was my first reaction when I read the description for this book. It sounded strange and macabre and well...trolls?! But then I started reading the amazing reviews, and when I was directed to amazon.co.uk kindle edition at £1.14 a pop, I thought what the hell...

And what the hell! OMG am I fan of Amanda Hocking now. Great prose; easy-to-read, engaging first person narrative. Wendy is a fantastic character who I really thought I wasn't going to like at first (she really was quite petulant - she is a troll or trylle sorry, so I get it) but as she discovers the world she really belongs to I began to care about her, which is all a reader can ask from the characters. Wendy is smart, mouthy but at the same time confused and vulnerable. Considering everything that's happened to her life, though, I think she's holding up well and you can't help but love such a strong-willed character.
As for Finn. What can I say? YUM. Hmm...would like me some of Finn :-p

The plot is wonderful and fantastical and so well thought out. It's not a fast-paced thriller but perhaps something better...a dark, twisted, coming-of-age, political (monarchical) fairytale.
Already bought myself the second in the series Torn and I can't wait to get started.

Five MASSIVE, MASSIVE stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By xyz
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot is a fun idea, but for me the book didn't quite work. Once the heroine discovered that she's 'switched' I thought the story would get going - but she behaved really unrealistically, not asking obvious questions like why she was switched at birth, don't the people who did it realise it's immoral, where on earth the other child is, etc etc. The story does answer these questions (eventually) but the character should have been desperate for the answers and instead she just kinda goes with the flow. She's no way angry enough at having her childhood stolen from her etc. Anyway that was my take on it.

My main issue (and the reason for only 2 stars) was that I persevered with the book to the end, despite being rather bored, to see how it all ended. But the story just stops suddenly, pretty much in the middle of a scene, and clearly I was supposed to read another two books to find out. No fair. I love series, but each book should be reasonably self contained. That's why they call it a book, not a chapter... I am suspicious that the publisher told the author to string out the story over three books to rake in cash.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Switched" by Amanda Hocking 7 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I got this (without reading it) months ago, but now that Hocking has been picked up by various publishers, I received an ARC and figured I might aswell read it. There are various reasons for why I normally don't read this type of genre/story (paranormal romance/urban fantasy for YA) - and "Switched" basically reminds me of all my reasons not to.

Wendy Everly is a fairly boring character: spoiled and annoying teenager who doesn't fit in anywhere. Then the (seemingly mandatory) mysterious guy, Finn Holmes, shows up and sweeps her away only to show her that she is in fact a very important person in a society she didn't even know existed.

Amanda Hocking has basically taken the ultimate girly fantasy and mixed it with trolls - and it gets old quickly. The plot is pretty obvious, the language is average and the characters aren't particulary remarkable or unique.

It was a quick, shallow and easy read which I'm well into the process of forgetting already. It only strengthens the (possibly unfair) prejudice I have against the genre, but I must stress that I don't really read many books like this.

Overall: Light entertainment with little depth, but kudos to Hocking for coming up with what I think is an original idea for supernatural beings in YA. Beautiful trolls? That was new to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well told loved it
loved the audio book as much as I did the paperback. I had been a while since I last read the book so it was fresh as it was read to me. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ms Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Could easily have had three of her books making one good ...
Very short books ! Could easily have had three of her books making one good chunky read but not the return I guess !! Always about money !!
Published 1 month ago by darcyssmum
5.0 out of 5 stars book 1
I must say when we figured out what the main character was i thought oh dear im not going to get on with this but i was pleasently surprised! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
couldnt put it down
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Dodd
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
This first book in the Trilogy was enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next two books .Hoping the writer keeps up the standard
Published 5 months ago by colin helsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved it, easy to pick up and enjoy no matter what time of day or night it is but impossible to put down.
Published 6 months ago by S Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars A good time-filler
I have a weakness for a good fantasy series, and when Amanda Hocking catapulted into the book world as a shining example of self-publishing, I couldn't resist checking out the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Macey89
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am really surprised by how much I loved this book. I found the characters gets really easy to relate to. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Pierrepont
4.0 out of 5 stars Trolls? Wendy Everly is one!!!!!!
I have had this book for some time but have just sat down to read it. It is an interesting book, merely because we don't often have human beings being born as Trolls, given away at... Read more
Published 8 months ago by rattyratbag
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books :)
Amanda Hocking is my favourite author, I find her so inspiring, and I absolutely love this book by her. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
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