Switched: the first book in the Trylle Trilogy.
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 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.
©2010 Amanda Hocking (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"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)
"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)
Finally, a book with a heroine, who is not only believable, but whom also possesses flaws that make her all the more likeable. Wendy is not the bravest, or most stunning - it is refreshing to read from her point of view. Highly recommend!
The very end! Also, her confrontation with her host mother at the insane asyllum.
She definitely has a different voice, much deeper/huskier and it really gives the listener a better idea of the main character's personality and uniqueness as opposed to the traditional overtly feminine and helpless heroines. Her strength and resillence can be heard in Plummer's vocal storytelling.
I was hesistant at first to purchase this book, but I am very happy I did! After listening to it, I immediately bought the other two finishing them over the weekend! Amazing story! I recommend it to all that love fantasy!
I just finished this trilogy and enjoyed it enough, obviously, to listen to all three books.
There was a lot I enjoyed, but one major thing that would keep me from recommending it to my friends. The book contains some swearing and mild sexuality. I realize this does not bother some readers, but it is just not my preference in a book. I tend to lean towards teen and YA fiction for this reason. If that's you, be warned that the series pushes this fence.
Having said that, there is much I enjoyed about the series. I really liked the characters, the alternative universe created by the author, and the romance. While the story line is clearly fictional, the feelings of the characters feel real and believable - especially the struggle the main character has in coming to who she loves. Also, as the story unfolds, you begin to see events that have already occurred with a different perspective. I really enjoyed that.
In summary - mixed reaction to the book. I really enjoyed it - except the swearing and sexuality.
I simply did not like the main character. I felt bad for her, sometimes, but mostly she was so stupid!! And she was not nice. Usually a character who experiences hard times, I feel for them, not so much.
I have found a few gems among the YA genre - the Lunar Chronicles was amazing! So, I am hopeful I will find another, more entertaining and less annoying YA offering.
Therese Plummer is one of my favorites!! She has read more than a few of my favorite books, and her performance is always spot on!
I would not cut Wendy from the novel, but I would make her more aware of her surroundings.
I have read more than a few reviews of the second book in this series, and many people commented on their preference for the second book over the first. But I cannot give this author another nine hours of my life.
very good you would not want to turn your car off and go in your house5
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
I feel really mixed on this one. I liked everything but the romance, and since the romance was a good third of the book, I didn't love the book. The romance reminded me of a meh version of the Rose - Dimitri romance (vampire diaries) if Rose was more whiney and Dimitri less appealing. Everything else was decent, I like the Paranormal Princess Diaries premise. It was fun and light. The beginning started out really dark, and I like dark in my YA PNR but it turned pretty frilly and shallow. Still enjoyable and hard to put down.
I enjoyed the narrator greatly she kept my attention. Also, I will read the second book because I'm curious to see Where the story goes. It isn't a favorite but I enjoyed it.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
Wendy Everly has never belonged. Her school mates seem repulsed by her, the teachers pick on her and even her own mother tried to kill her at the age of six. So when the new guy, Finn Holmes takes an interest in her, she’s flattered - and confused. She soon discovers that there is more to his attention than meets the eye. Finn has been sent to find Wendy and bring her home, into a whole new world she never knew she was a part of. It’s a world full of magic, intrigue, danger, forbidden love and politics; a world Wendy’s not so sure she really wants to be a part of.
I’ve had this novel on my Kindle for a while now and wish I’d read it sooner. This is my kind of story. It’s a magical fairytale in a modern setting, with just the right amount of danger, romance and suspense. It’s the kind of story you can really get lost in. The kind of story you dream about.
Finn’s character is intense, yet tempered by duty and diligence. Wendy’s character is less collected, as teenage girls often are, highly emotional, impulsive and yet with a certain level-headed maturity that gets her through confrontations that would have most teens falling apart.
Hocking’s writing is not overly poetic or filled with ambiguous figures of speech. It is simple and neat, showcasing a well-planned and executed story without unnecessarily pretty prose. The plot, while predictable at times, is engaging and leaves you with a rather pleasant aftertaste that begs for more. This is genre writing at it’s best - it’s exactly what you would expect from a young adult series, and yet unique and charming enough to make the author’s name a fixture on your reading list.
I can’t wait to find out more about what’s in store for Wendy and Finn!
The last time I complained as much through a book was when I read New Moon from the Twilight series. Having a similar vague style to Twilight, this author failed to make me sympathetic to the main character by creating a typical teenage girl who conveniently had very little personality and was often more confused than the audience. The writing style was littered with too many 'he said' 'she said' 'I exclaimed' as if dialogue was not obvious to the audience. It was crowded with unnecessary details, like what the chandelier was doing and then lacked other details like anything about Tryll history or important to plot info. Motivations are foggy, characters are bones and shadows, and I ended up annoyed at best with everyone.
Then the plot became a little fleshy. Started to show a little skin, as it were. It became tolerable, then a half hour later the main character realizes what I knew all along (a frustrating anticlimactic moment) and ends this book. Nope, Chuck Testa.
I see it is a series, but I won't make the same mistake as Twilight and instead will just end this adventure now.
The reader probably did what she could with the novel. She whispered the bits that were not dialogue and all the men characters sounded the same.
So, if you are looking for a novel that piggybacks Twilight but in the world of Trolls instead of Vampires, pick it up. If you want something less mind numbing, seek elsewhere.
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