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)
I never expected this series to be so entertaining and addictive when I first bought Switched. The characters are interesting and the plot twists aren’t as predictable as most in this genre. However, this book is not for everyone. It’s like The Princess Diaries with trolls in it. If you are looking for something lighthearted and fun, this book would be a great choice, but if you’re looking for something darker and more intense, I would suggest The Vampire Academy Series or The Infernal Devices Trilogy.
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Whe I first listened to this book, I thought I wasn't going to like the narrator. But I ended up LOVING HER and the story! While it's a little "young reader" and the main character does make some silly descisions I truly loved this story... It was beautiful and I read all three it was so good!
Definitely recommend if you like Young Adult/Teen Syfy Fantasy.
I was surprised at how much I liked this series. I picked it out just browsing for something to listen to, and listened to the whole series very quickly. Therese Plummer did a great job with the narration.
Pretty good book! Love Finn
The main character can be a tiny bit annoying
I wish the lady doing the voices didn't do the males... it was a little distracting and weird
but I'm definitely going to listen to the next book =)
Amanda Hocking has done it again. I loved this book. I had problems in identifying with Wendy. Her mood swings and temper in our world is not to be seen in the Trylle kingdom. She loves Matt and her aunt to bits and when surrounding by Trylle she spends very little if any time thinking about them. That said. She is a typical teenager and I loved her new world.
The one thing I loved most was the parental emotional removal so prevalent in Wendy's life. Her host mother as well as her own was written as …. well let's stick to emotionally distant. The author did this so well that even though I had trouble finding something to like about Wendy my sympathy for her won out at the end. I will definitely read book 2.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
High enough that I immediately downloaded book 2...
The dinner scene where we meet Tove and Aurora. Back-handed compliments, discomfort, a new cutie at the table, got to love it!
Not sure I love Wendy yet, but I really do like the story. Hoping Wendy will step it up...
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!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Overall this was just an ok listen for me. There wasn't anything really wrong with the book, but I just didn't care for the writing style. In my opinion there are better books out there in the YA fantasy/romance category.
The narration was really good, which is mostly why I kept listening to this one until the end. This wasn't my favorite book but it wasn't the worst either.
Overall 3 stars for me.
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.
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