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)
This was really a 4.5 book. This book delves into the mystical world of trolls, but they prefer to be called Trylles. When Trylles have children they switch them out with human children and then when they're grown they come and collect them - the children are called changlings. This trilogy is about one such changling. It's about Wendy's discovery that she's not really who she thought she was and being introduced into the world in which she was born but not raised. One of the saddest parts is when Wendy has to leave the family she's grown up with to go and be reunited with the mother that actually gave birth to her. It was a fascinating listen and I can't wait to start the second book to see how the story continues.
The flow of the story was great and the narration was very good.
I would compare this favorably with the twilight series. The story has that sort of star crossed lovers feel, it just moves along faster.
The characters were easily differentiated and her voice was pleasant to listen to.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
If your between series and need to pass the time, this series was a good in between.
At first I didn't know if I was going to like the character since it's starts off as her being a young and demanding child. But the story eventually explains her anger issues.
I found the dialog between characters a bit dragging and felt like they talked in circles instead of getting to the point. I wanted to reach out and strangle them myself.
But in the end I found it to be a very good book as Wendy adventures out to find out who and what she truly is and ensnared by her family lineage into giving up her way of life for her people.
Loved the Narrator.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I got this book on a sale and I am glad I did. It is very interesting and quite a different take from the usual vampire and werewolves. I enjoyed the trolls and found this book highly interesting. It was a bit dark but in a good way.
I will say I am not a big fan of the narration. I have head Therese in various different books and she always sounds like she is reading religious texts. She can never seem to just shake loose and relax. Go with the flow and really act it out. She is not an awful narrator but she has potential to be a lot more.
Even with that being said, I am looking forward to the next two books in the series because it is a good story.
It was definitely something different to read, I ranked it a must read if your looking for something different to read.
Compared to My Blood Approves 0nly because the main characters are girls and both have some powers.
I have no claims on performance,Therese did great!!
Yes, it only took me a day 1/2 only because I stopped a few times. I had to down load 2 book right away.
A must read, I think you would love it!
Absolutely, this is a paranormal book unlike any other I have read in some ways.
UH, TROLLS? This is the first paranormal book with trolls in it I have read. At first I thought trolls, are you kidding me? But after listening to this I bought the next two books in the series. I loved it.
Everything. I thought she was really good.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
I was not expecting much from this book, but ended up enjoying it. The series gets even better with the next book.
Really enjoyed all of the books in this series. Love the different spin on the standard faery fics that are around. Sad when i came to the end of the trilogy.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
Amanda Hocking turns everything you may have known about Trolls and reinvents a new world within our human world. Trolls are not what anyone has envisioned. They are beautiful and powerful. They are not the same big-footed short naive fellows. Not all are evil, but all hold humans as subservient. High-level Trolls switch their own babies with those of unsuspecting rich humans. When the troll child grows up, they bring them back into their fold and collect the fortunes from these same parents. This is a total new vision of those trolls' tales we grow up on as children.
This was my first Amanda Hocking book.
Therese Plummer always puts on a great performance.
The closeness Wendy (the hero) feels towards her human brother and that of the human she had replaced.
I did find it hard believing Wendy would fall so hard in love with Finn, seeing that she is just in High School.
I am about as positive as they get when it comes to fantasy fiction, but this book felt like it was written by a 15 year old. That and they never adequately address the reasoning behind the "switch". If they had killed the other kid or dumped him off someplace, THAT might have been mildly believable.
To the readers credit, she kept me listening, and continually hoping that the holes in the story would be filled. Maybe they are in future novels, but I'll never know. I'm really glad I got this on sale and didn't waste a credit on it.
the whiny and complacent lead one.
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