Wendy's Dad died when she was just five years old. Her own Mother tried to murder her during her 6th birthday party. She still bears the knife scars across her stomach. Wendy has consequently been brought up by her Aunt Maggie and her older brother (by 7 years) Matt.
Wendy has a temper problem. Consequently she finds it hard to make friends or mix with other teenagers. She finds out, however, that she is able to `persuade' other people to do her will, by staring into their eyes and mentally chanting her wishes. She doesn't use this `gift' regularly as it frightens her.
She has been kicked out of too many schools. Every time she is expelled her family have to move again, to find another neighbourhood and another school. She knows this is unfair to her brother and Aunt, who she admits spoil and pander to her as they believe that her inability to `fit in' stems from the trauma that she experienced as a child. She makes a real effort at her current school but is aware of a good looking lad called Finn, that keeps staring at her, making her feel uncomfortable.
A thwarted kidnapping attempt prompts Finn to explain his presence and Wendy's true identity. Her `Mother' Kim has been in a mental institute for eleven years, after trying to kill her, convinced that Wendy isn't her real child but a changeling. Everyone believes Kim is mad. She isn't. Wendy is a changeling! Wendy isn't human, she is Trylle. Finn tells her that it is time to go home, to her real family, where an important destiny awaits her.
I have loved Amanda Hocking's books since discovering them last year (I have since read nearly all her published works). I decided to re-read this trilogy as it was through this that I discovered this talented author.
Wendy is a seventeen year old, self-obsessed teenager with a violent past. She consequently suffers from emotional issues and an anger management problem. The temper tantrums that she had as a young child do not endear her to the reader - as a young child she is described as petulant, rude, stubborn and selfish. A child that any normal loving Mother would have difficult controlling. Kim wasn't a normal loving Mother, as she knows that she gave birth to a son, not a daughter. She knows that Wendy isn't her child, despite everyone disagreeing with her. She thinks that Wendy is a monster who killed her real child and finally snaps at Wendys 6th birthday party. Wendy grows up, secure in the love of her brother and aunt but only ever really sees how things effect her and not others. She remains difficult and challenging ...... expelled from numerous schools, an exceptionally picky and fussy eater, few social skills, self-absorbed and with no friends.
Finn reveals things that are hard to believe, despite seeing them with her own eyes. She is forced to leave the only two people that she has ever loved and move in with complete strangers. She also experiences first love .... Only to find out that due to the class system of her new world, that this love is strictly forbidden. She is angry, hurt and frightened. She is also, for the first time in her life, being made to put other people's needs before her own