Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
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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 eleven 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 W
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ebook, 216 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 12th 2010)
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
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This book started out strongly. Despite the protagonist being a brat (the throwing hissy fits kind) I was very into the story. However, when it got to the middle and she completely forgot about the family she loved because "ooooo cute boy" and the plot seemed to focus purely on her crushing on said boy they lost me. And the ove...more
Edward Gordon
If I didn’t feel duty bound to review self-published gothic works, especially when they become incredibly popular, I probably wouldn’t have reviewed this book. If I’d known when I started reading this book that by the time I finished it the author, Amanda Hocking, would go on to sign with St. Martin’s Press for a $2 million four-book deal, and the film rights to her Trylle Trilogy (of which “Switched” is the first book) was going to be sold to Media Rights Capital, I definitely would not have re...more
Alex Bennett
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By now, practically everyone knows Amanda Hocking’s story. Self-published wonder turned multi-millionaire, now with multiple book deals. Before all of the hoopla, I read a little book called Switched. Even before all of the fame, I loved this book. So, of course, when it was re-released, I absolutely had to read it again. And let me tell you, I loved it even more this time around!

Switched is ex...more
curious little beastie
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I hadn't had a book infuriate me this much since A Beautiful Dark.

So Wendy Everly finds out she's a changeling switched at birth, and that she's actually one of the Trylle─a.k.a. trolls. She's also a princess.

Every. Single. Character. In this book. Expected her to know everything about Trylle life already. Nobody even educates this girl. Sometimes Finn, the hero, tries to, bu...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
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Summary:

When Wendy was six, her mother tried to kill her claiming she was a monster.

When she meets Finn Holmes, she realizes her mother was right.

Now, she must discover who she really is and who she was meant to be.

Review:

Don't get me wrong! I will be honest. I found nothing wrong with it besides the fact that I did not enjoy it. It simply "was not my cup ot tea".

However, I will state this:

If you do not like bratty/winny/self-centered female "heroines", jerk-faced guys (that the girl falls for...more
Giselle
Trolls! I know, right? Flashy colorful hair, so-ugly-they're-cute dolls we all had at one point? In Amanda's world, these are all misconceptions. They're called Trylle, and they're beautiful, magical and on the brink of extinction.

With an entirely unique lore, Switched is able to stand out from all the other paranormal books available. I was fascinated by the Trylle mythology: How they lived, the monarchy, their custom of switching babies at birth. It was absolutely creative. Into this world co...more
Meg ♥
Ugghh! I like Amanda Hocking. I loved her series My Blood Approves, but this book was disappointing.

Originally I tried to read this when it was first self published, and couldn't finish it. I got about halfway, put it down, thinking I have way too many better things to be reading right now than this troll book. It wasn't even like I hated it, I just got incredibly bored and got to a point where realized I didn't care about Wendy or what happens to her.

So we know that recently it was republishe...more
Lisa O.
Aug 19, 2011 Lisa O. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the author to work more on it
Recommended to Lisa O. by: Vasya
Well, this was interesting.
I've read and heard some much about Amanda Hocking lately - even an article on a major Italian newspaper - that I finally decided to give it a try.
I'd like to start by saying that this is my second attempt at a self published author and the first one didn't go well. The other book I read was ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Trilogy ~ 3-in-1 Edition and the main problem with it was the editing. The book was probably 150 pages longer than necessary and there was so much intern...more
Claire Elise
Picture this - a great life with a loving family,( with the exception of your mother trying to kill you when you were 5). and you're a total brat. all through out this book, i could picture Wendy whining and using her little gift of persuasion *sarcastic ooooh and ahhh* to get her way. It was her own fault for not having friends and being miserable because she never freaking tried. Its a two way street honey. You're not THAT beautiful. speaking of which i was so fucking tired of her constantly g...more
Shannon
*Sigh*

So I went into this with low expectations. I had heard that the books were riddled with typos, so on and etc. But I made the argument to myself that most people do. "It's only $0.99."

What I liked... 1. good pacing. The books have a zip-zip pace to them, and I think that's what draws a lot of people in. 2. There is a sense of playfulness.

What I didn't like.

1. Trolls... treillings, whatever you call them. Just, really? I just couldn't get beyond the image in my head from a Merlin episode w...more
Anushka
AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL.

That's the only word that comes to my mind when I remember this book. I read it ONLY because it had a gorgeous cover. What a stupid book! How can anyone write such crap?

Nicole
My two star rating really says it best... it was ok. As other reviewers point out, the story feels really rushed in the beginning. You don't get a chance to know the characters before you are thrown into the action. And for me, that is a pretty big flaw. I need to be interested in a character before I care what happens to them.

In my opinion, this is yet another book jumping on the "Twilight" bandwagon. Angsty teenage girl moves to a new town, starts a new school, and is immediately attracted to...more
Penny
I read the Trylle trilogy back to back on Nook in a period of 2 days, so it is hard to rate each book individually.
I downloaded Amanda Hocking's books in part due to her self publishing sucess story, and the .99 cent price for the first book. Once I read the first, I was hooked and had to keep reading. YA novels are indeed a guilty pleasure for me and this series was great. I often wondered how much better the books would be with a strong editor, but they were definitely worth reading as is. Gl...more
Reading Vacation
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I read these three books back-to-back-to-back on my Kindle. The story had me so engaged, that I could not put it down. I was reading in the car, at school, on my bed, at the dinner table, and in the media room. You could call it an obsession.

In this paranormal tale, Wendy learns at the age of seventeen that she is a troll. Oh, but she isn’t just ANY troll, her past is filled with mystery, deceit, and some unexpected ancestors. Amanda Hocking carefully twisted this plot with all sorts of su...more
Scott Heaton
'Switched’ by Amanda Hocking caught my eye due to its high position on Amazon Kindle’s bestsellers and it’s awesome price of 99 cents. Without knowing a thing about the book other than the brief synopsis I read before I downloaded the story, and the overwhelming number of positive reviews, I figured it would be an awesome quick read.

‘Switched’ is about Wendy Everly, a girl who lives with her aunt and brother in an attempt to control the chaos of her life. Her mother, Kim, tried to kill her on he...more
Andy Gavin
I've been doing research on publishing for the last year. I'll have to write aseparatepost about the changing nature of the biz, it's relationship to other publishingbusinesses(like video games), and the rise of the self published ebook author. But inany case, I stumbled upon thisindependent and self published author who is selling very well (mostly on Amazon) with no prior print history. I figured I'd check one out. Switched appears to be her best seller and she says on her blog that it's her f...more
Lillie
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Khadijae.523
AMAZING!! Finally I just finished ‘Switched’ A Trylle Novel by Amanda Hocking. It made me feel exited all the way along. It mainly talks about a girl that was different than everyone else, strange and she doesn’t quite fit in! Her mother tried to murder her as she accused her of having been switched at birth. Though she is not the ‘monster’ her mom claims she is…. Can’t tell you more hhhh :p it’s one of the books that steal you attention... Couldn’t stop from reading it.
moshimoshineko
Trolls. This is basically Twilight with trolls. I gave it an extra star for the simple fact that it’s about trolls, that not often mentioned creature (apart from in Lord of the Rings).

It’s the story of Wendy Everly, a seventeen-year-old who, in my head, didn’t act more than 15 years of age throughout the entire book. I really could not wrap my head around the fact that she was supposed to be 17 and had to keep reminding myself so much, that I eventually gave up. Moving on, Wendy had a really ba...more
Ashelynn
This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

The first did not finish book of the year award goes to… SWITCHED BY AMANDA HOCKING. Congratulations.

A little sidenote before we get into this snarkfest: I only got to page 106. Which is close to 50%. And if you think I shouldn’t review this book, screw you. I can because I have opinions. Like everybody else.

So, Switched is about trolls. And while I was reading this book I was thinking about those troll toys, with the really big, pink hair? I think...more
Hermione
DNF.

So, I really didn't like Switched.

Here's the deal: Wendy is probably one of the most annoying protagonists I've ever read about. It's not that the story was boring, however much I read it - that wasn't it. I really didn't like the characters (plural), and if I don't, how can I read this book?

Wendy is of the following: annoying, bratty, selfish, tantrum-y, conceited, and whiny. (enter tons of bad adjectives here.)

Finn is of the following: trying-to-be-dark, trying-to-be-sexy, watches-protagon...more
Emily *Full-time Fangirl*
The first 2/3 of this book was downright horrible. Oh but Emily, why didn't you just DNF it? Because it was a gift is why, and conscience is a bitch. The writing was unbearably immature, but I could have overlooked that, I could have, if the characters just hadn't been so... uggh!! Amanda Hocking failed so miserably at trying to make likable MC's. Wendy runs away from her brother and aunt who she loves so much and then she spends the rest of the book not giving a single damn about them. Not t...more
Mimi Valentine
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was going to be just another story about faery changelings — but it surprised me in the best possible way! Switched was still mystically beautiful in a way that was reminiscent of faeries, but it was about spellbinding trolls instead.

These are not the wild, erratic, and live-under-a-bridge trolls you're used to — instead, they're called Trylle and they're beautiful, magical, and so incredibly fascinating! I was captivated by the Trylle...more
Lexa
I won't rate this book because I only lasted 60 pages, but what I read was pretty bad.

Absolutely fucking horrible, actually.

If I wanted to read a book that contains speshul snowflake Mary Sue, her creepy boy toy Gary Stu, dreadful writing, no plot and stupidity of epic proportions, I would reread Breaking Dawn and/or Wings.

I thought I would have the strength to finish this, but fuck it. I have a school to pass and five seasons of Breaking Bad to watch.
Mafi
4,5 estrelas

Gostei tanto deste livro, eu já tinha dado uma vista de olhos em ebook mas ler o livro integralmente e em formato papel claro que é diferente. Foi uma leitura muito agradável, o livro é sem dúvida um page turner e quando damos por nós já acabamos de ler :)

A história em si não é nada de novo, o que dá aquele toque especial é a escrita da autora, muito simples, directa, sem demasiadas descrições e mesmo quando elas existem não são maçadoras. Já referi que os primeiros livros de trilogi...more
Alexandria
Maybe I am being a little harsh but I found most of this book irritating beyond belief. I wanted to hit Wendy's troll mother from the minute she was introduced. And what is it about these YA novels when the characters treat the girl who by all accounts is supposed to be the heroin like she is as thick as two short planks and only has saw dust between her ears. It annoys me when she is there trying to ask questions and she keeps getting fobbed of with 'it's none of your concern' or 'you don't nee...more
Celeste
Ugh. I know this is a "young adult" book, but since when did young people not deserve good writing? I actually generally enjoy this genre, but I was extremely disappointed with this one. The plot is tired; how I long for something other than the normal-kid-finds-out-s/he's-secretly (or secretly in love with)-a-[name a mythical creature] theme. The plot was literally so predictable that I might have been able to announce a character's fate from the moment of his/her introduction--the first descri...more
Grace
I have trouble with the "surprise: Princess!" plot. Just generally, not specifically in this book - though it was executed here in predictable paint-by-numbers style. If you're going to use that device, then you have to do something to make it really stand out, and in this case I don't think that happened.

I actually bought this without knowing the entire Hocking backstory. I got it on my Kindle, started reading, got about ten pages in and thought "how on earth did this get published?!" and went...more
Michelle Madow
Switched by Amanda Hocking is a beautiful and enchanting paranormal novel about a species I've never read about before in YA -- the Trylle! Which is basically a prettier way of saying "troll." Hocking does a great job creating an entirely new mythology about the Trylle and their way of life. Everything about them is explained clearly throughout the book, and I loved being able to learn about their way of life alongside the main character, Wendy.

Wendy was relatable, and I liked her. She always fe...more
Nicola
3.5 stars.

I have been looking forward to reading Switched for a long time! I really curious about the books that made self-publishing author Amanda Hocking famous in the literary world and was excited to see they were being published- with seriously lovely covers too! What drew me to this book was that it's about trolls. I've never read a book about trolls before. I'm sure they exist but not on my bookshelf. So it was already different and unique before I started it.

I really like Wendy Everly. H...more
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I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

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“Wendy: Why are you staring at me?
Finn: Because you're standing in front of me.”
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“Finn: I look at you because I can't look away Wendy.
Wendy: That's kinda creepy.
Finn: I will work on being less creepy then.”
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