Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, July 17, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Switched is a bright beginning to Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy! The republished edition of Switched is enhanced with new scenes and a faster pace in the plot. The story jumps right in by setting up the characters and their roles. Readers realize that Wendy isn't the average teen early on in the story, and don't have to wait long for confirmation. Amanda Hocking has a way with words. Having her characters say much in the span of a few words is a big part of why the plot of Switched moves right along.
Wendy is a very subdued character, but readers will be able to feel her compassion and strength right underneath the surface. She's sarcastic and sometimes quick tempered, but she grows as the story continues. Wendy falls in love pretty easily, but it seems she'll have to fight to stay in love. Her relationship with her mother may very well be the highlight of the novel. Elora is hard and cold, the complete opposite of Wendy, so it'll be something to watch the relationship evolve in the series.
The story ends at just the right place. There are no loose ends, though readers may be struck with a case of severe curiosity. The never-before-published short story, The Vittra Attacks, somewhat fills that curiosity while, at the same time adding more depth to the Trylle and Vittra societies. Switched is an amazing beginning and Torn is bound to be just as delightful!
The Loopy Librarian, January 8, 2012 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
Switched starts off with a murderous mother and a scene that can’t help but grab the reader’s attention. I was immediately hooked. Occasionally, the book leans on overdone premises and cliches, but it also has a fresh idea in creating a world of trolls that are beautiful and powerful. Frankly, I was relieved to read a teen book that didn’t involve vampires. The storytelling wasn’t always riveting, but it was good. The characters and the romantic tension drive this story more than the plot itself. A massive battle towards the end, however, had me holding my breath. If the second and third books were already out, I’d be picking up the next one immediately. I’ll definitely be recommending this one to my daughter, but I doubt my son would care for it. He would say it doesn’t have enough action and has too much romance. He’d be right. But, for teenage girls, this is definitely a winner. I’m sure it will be a very popular trilogy. In fact, it already has a following from the self-published e-books that first drew the attention of publishers. I enjoyed the read very much. It should be noted that some bad language and sexual situations might make it inappropriate for younger teens. But older teens and young adults who enjoy fantasy and romance will love it.
In compliance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received this book for free through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
jshepherd929, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by jshepherd929)
The world of Trylle is absolutely amazing! I requested this book first, for the beautiful cover, and second, because of the excerpt I read about it. I wasn’t aware that this book would actually be about trolls, but that made it even more fascinating. I fell in love with the characters, especially Wendy and Finn.
This book was very fast-paced and it was very difficult for me to put it down. I read it in two sittings over the course of two days. I’m very excited about the second book, Torn, as well as the third book, Ascend.
TheBooknerd, December 19, 2011 (view all comments by TheBooknerd)
I really enjoyed this book. It was instantly engaging, with a strong beginning that segued quickly into a well-paced plot that was entertaining throughout.
The immediate appeal was the premise -- a fresh idea involving changelings and trolls that I don't want to get too much into, at the risk of revealing too much detail. Granted, some elements of the story are strongly reminiscent of "Vampire Academy", but this book still stands apart from a lot of the stuff currently on the shelves. Suffice to say, it's always nice to take a break from books about vampires, fairies, and werewolves.
The best thing this book has going for it is the interesting variety of characters. Everyone is well-developed with vivid personalities and their own backstories. I have to admit, I'm not sure how well I like Wendy. I found myself frustrated by her passivity, and she didn't always feel as solid as a main character should be. Still, I detect room for growth.
Also, there's something hinky about Matt. I have theories... we'll see how those pan out as the series progresses.
Speaking of, I will definitely be following up with the next book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"When she was six, Wendy Everly's mother tried to kill her, proclaiming her a monster who had replaced her real child. Eleven years later, new student Finn tells Wendy she really is a changeling (Mom was right!), and he's arrived to take her to her real home with the Trylle, a tribe of beautiful trolls with special powers. Hunted by a rival tribe, Wendy agrees. As she gets to know her birth mother and prepares for her debutante ball, Wendy finds her new life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Tapping into the YA zeitgeist of alienation and forbidden love, Hocking's self-published Trylle trilogy was an e-book bestseller. Packaged with a bonus short story (not seen by PW), this melodramatic fantasy tickles many of the same fancies as the Twilight books and has already established a devoted fan base. But while Hocking grabs readers early on, thinly drawn, enigmatic characters with deliberately poor communication and a flair for high school — style drama stall the story's momentum. The plotting recovers, but the last chapter simply sets up the sequel, Torn, which pubs in February. Agent: The Axelrod Agency. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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