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.
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"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)
Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.
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.
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 have a confession to make: I'm about 35 years older than the target audience, but I have an inordinate fondness for children's and YA fantasy. Sometimes I just don't want to deal with moral ambiguities, gratuitous sex, excessive violence, vicious politics, interpersonal cruelty, or real-world ugliness. However, YA fantasy, particularly that which targets tween and teen girls, has its own set of hazards: flat and unbelievable characterization, uninspired and contrived plots, awkward dialogue--and, worst of all, indoctrination into a belief system in which females are helpless, stupid, incapable of sensible actions, and utterly lost without their boyfriends.
The premise of _The Trylle Trilogy_ is promising, if far from original: changelings are real, only the cuckoo species is more like the fairies of folk tradition than the fairies/elves/fae of modern fantasy; the author refers to, and seems to be inspired by, Troll dolls. In execution, _Switched_ would be excusable only if it were written by a 13 year-old (or perhaps by someone who started writing the books circa age 13.) For an adult writer, the story is irresponsible pandering to the worst aspects of tween fiction.
In a break with modern tween tradition, the heroine doesn't even start off smart and spunky before finding Her One True Love and becoming vapid and clingy. She's whiny, dependent, and clueless from the very beginning and stays that way. Her loyalty is simply transferred from her overly protective big brother to her mysterious love-at-first-sight boyfriend. Alas, while the reader is told that this love interest is older, wiser, and experienced in teaching the ways of the Trylle to recovered changelings--he is apparently also so distracted by his overwhelming forbidden passion for the lovely princess [yes, of course she turns out to be a princess] that he fails to brief her on politics, social structure, basic etiquette, what will happen at her Christening ball, etc. Wendy thus flails helplessly from one situation to another. These situations include a number of incidents involving sleeping overnight with boys she met just weeks before. Just sleeping, of course--this is YA fiction, after all--but it seems implausible that a girl would reach the age of 17, be wary of gropers and dirty old men, engage in various seductive overtures, and still not have the sense to avoid compromising, possibly dangerous, situations. As appears to be traditional in [bad, irresponsible] YA romances, there is much obsessing about kissing, wanting to be kissed, and not being able to survive without the boyfriend; and also rapturous kissing scenes.
We Americans tend to be uptight about sex education, but given that the average age of puberty has dropped over the past few decades and schools now have to contend with pregnant 5th and 6th graders in the classroom--isn't it about time writers were a little more careful about the behaviors they promote? Would it be so difficult to have their boy-crazy heroines worry for even a brief moment about possible consequences? Could this, perhaps, be included in romance-writers guidelines?
The narrator of _Switched_, Therese Plummer, does a great job at the narration, reading with feeling, distinct (but not distracting) character voices, and accurate phrasing. However, even the best narrator cannot induce suspension of disbelief if the author has not done his or her job.
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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 =)
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I LIKE THAT THIS STORY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE WHOLE VAMPIRE WEREWOLF THING. CHANGELINGS. BEING SWITCHED AT BIRTH. I LIKE THE NARRATOR ASWELL
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.
Yes because the narrator Therese Plummer did a fantastic job.
The entire book was memorable.
Well I suppose the main character since she was a strong individual and not a dumb girl. I like the author for that reason. Most authors make their main female character dumber than a bag of rocks.
Yes and I did. I finished all 3 books in about 5 days.
This was a great book and the other 2 in the series are just as great. I was debating whether to buy this book at all but I did when it was on sale and I'm so happy I did.
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...
I had already read Switched and the next two books in the trilogy, Torn and Ascend, and they had drawn me in and made me completely addicted, I was excited to read the third book i sat and wouldn't move till i had read the entire thing.
But Switched definitely drew me into this whole world straight away, I enjoyed the characters and their relationships, no one in this book is perfect, they all have flaws, and in some cases a lot of flaws, but you still relate to them and still feel for them.
The actual story line was very addictive, i was never sat there thinking i could just put this down for a bit and pick it up later as its dragging on now, I was always completely adamant that i could read another paragraph, another page, another chapter.
"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.
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