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Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1 | [Amanda Hocking]

Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Shawna M Hammon 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "flawed, believable heroine - refreshing"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Becky M 06-25-12
    Becky M 06-25-12
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    "A Traditional Myth with a Twist! Best Troll Story!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Switched?

    The very end! Also, her confrontation with her host mother at the insane asyllum.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurette Red Deer, AB, Canada 06-28-13
    Laurette Red Deer, AB, Canada 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mixed reaction"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) Johannesburg, South Africa 06-22-15
    Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) Johannesburg, South Africa 06-22-15 Member Since 2011

    Author of Five (Maor Series)

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    "Charming, magical fairytale"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    littlefox 06-10-15
    littlefox 06-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Nope, Chuck Testa"

    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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    Aimee Lone Star State 03-31-15
    Aimee Lone Star State 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    A book about trolls?! This was a neat book, trolls were never something I've read about before. There weren't many plot twists in this story that you couldn't see coming but the writing and narration was so good it really didn't matter.I think that this trilogy is just going to keep getting better, I cant wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 03-14-15
    Alex 03-14-15
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    "Love Love & Love"

    Amanda Hocking ... Loved Trylle Book 1. Bought the book, and bought the audio so that I could listen when I wasn't able to read. Had to know what happened. My dream is to be a self publisher ... I love to write and you give me hope of all that's possible! Suffice to say, the book was amazeballs & y'all should read it, listen to it, buy it, spread the word etc!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 01-26-15
    Jamie Lake City, FL, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2009

    Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?

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    "An Awesome Surprise!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended it to several friends and they loved it just as much as I. And my sister-in-law recommended it to me and I'm glad she did!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It felt very fresh for a paranormal fantasy. So many books in this genre are saturated with vampires, werewolves & other were-creatures, faeries, ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, etc. This is the first book I have come across that features trolls and offers a new an interesting spin on these mythological creatures. I honestly wasn't sure if I would even like the book, since these days, I'm not really into the whole YA thing, but it had me hooked by the first few chapters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name, but I especially enjoyed all the scenes with Wendy and her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora. You can tell her mother is a complicated woman, as Finn says.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wendy's budding friendship with Tove.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book! The whole Trylle society is really intriguing and I loved all the characters...well, except for Finn. Not a fan of Finn. Therese Plummer did an amazing job narrating and I honestly haven't been able to find any flaws with the story and its narration. A solid 5 stars!

    -P.S.- The second and third books are even better! Love this trilogy!

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    Deidre Kennedy 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!"

    I love this series, read the books already, know listening to the audio books. Very entertaining and narrated well

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    FELIPE Tucson, AZ, United States 11-28-14
    FELIPE Tucson, AZ, United States 11-28-14 Member Since 2013

    bajaruiz

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    "This book sucks!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is just OK for young teenage girls, but even then, there is way better out there.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely not any book from this series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This book just gets more and more annoying the more you listen. Not really the performers fault, the book is just bad!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I thought that if I listened long enough eventually it would turn around and get good but what a waste! Definitely anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Time you will never get back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Switched, by Amanda Hocking"

    This was such an amazing novel!! The plot was great. The book like most novels, starts off abit slow but it soon gets more interesting to the point where you just want to keep on reading. I fell in love with some of the characters and I wished at one point that I've lived in their world. The narrating was really good, she brought the characters to life. I believed they were real. Overall, I would definitely recommend you reading this novel by Amanda Hocking. You will not be disappointed, I promise you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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