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July 09, 2012

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking - Farah

Title: Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Challenges: TBR, A-Z, 
Source: Bought 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 318
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
I've always seen the TRYLLE books around blogs. I never thought about starting them, but one day I decided that I will. They sounded like really unique books, because I have never read books about trolls. Especially about pretty, human trolls. Amanda Hocking really constructed a wold of fantasy that has never been alive before. Wendy, the main protagonist, turns out to be not so human after all. When Finn Holmes, a random guy at school, starts following her, she starts to get suspicious. The night Finn Holmes appears at her window one night, Wendy's world changes forever. I guess it's like any typical recruiting. Usually a person from that "group" comes to the person's house to tell them who they really are. Finn tells Wendy that she's a troll, and he has to take her away from her house. 
What I liked in "Switched" was that Wendy was a different type of strong. I felt like she needed to be taken care of, even though she never actually tried to portray that. Finn, is a not so mysterious guy. He might seem mysterious at first, but he's open as well. I really don't know how to describe him, because he still confuses me now. The troll "village", which is called forening, was very detailed and described thoroughly. They were very lovely to imagine as well. The kingdom was very well written, and I feel like I'm always there with them, just watching their story from the sidelines. That's what really makes a story more exciting, when you actually feel like you're experiencing it with the characters themselves.
As I got closer to finished Switched, things got really tense. I was just so anxious in the end, I kept turning the pages so fast. I got to the part of the end of the book and guess what? YES IT WAS A MAJOR CLIFFHANGER! It wasn't like your typical cliffhanger, it was a very different one. I don't even know how to explain it, but it still made you want to know what happens next! I cannot wait to read the second book "Torn" in the TRYLLE trilogy!
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  1. Amanda Hocking is totally taking over the blogosphere, isn't she? x) I absolutely loved this book too! The whole troll idea was just so original and different, and by the end, I was flipping pages like a madgirl like you! I can't wait until you read the second book -- I think that one was my fave because you get to meet a whole new amazing character named Loki! ;)

    Wonderful review, Farah! :) <3

  2. I've got this one sitting on my Kindle and ready to go - think it might have to be the next book I start now! Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the review!

  3. Great review, love! I really enjoyed this series and the characters all grow and evolve so Wendy is truly likeable and easy to root for! I can't wait for you to meet Loki, too! :D Glad you liked it!!

  4. Nice review. I have this one sitting on the TBR shelf but you know how it goes--so many books, so little time. Everyone who has read it has loved it though. Really need to move this one up the list.

  5. I've really been wanting to try this series too Farah! I've seen it everywhere and have yet to read anything by Amanda Hocking, so I'm hoping to make time for these books in the near future. I'm a little concerned about the major cliffhanger, but I guess I'll just have to make sure I have the next book ready to start immediately:) Wonderful review!

  6. I thought this was an ok read. I'm not really a fan of Hocking's writing style. It's a little too juvenile for me.

  7. I am actually dyng to read a Amanda Hocking book. I have heard nothing but great this about her writing :D

  8. I've been wanting to give this series a try too since it seems like I haven't read any bad reviews for it. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers though so maybe I'll read the entire series when I can get my hands on all the books.