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Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she's not the monster her mother claimed she is, she does feel that she doesn't quite fit in. The new girl in High School, Wendy is bored and frustrated by her small-town life -- and then there's her secret, her mysterious ability -- s ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published by Tor (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
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Katerina
Apr 01, 2015 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Sooo, after finishing Switched I realized 2 things:
1. I'm officially in love with Amanda Hocking
2. Trolls are hot
(3. I also suspect that I am a troll due to the hair thing, but I haven't found any proof yet. I'm looking on it.)


“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I'm a troll with magical powers, and I'd just be like, yeah, that sounds right.”

Wendy Everly, a girl whose mother tried to kill her when she w
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shady
A more formal (and better xD) review of this is available on my blog. Check it out!

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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
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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
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Giselle
Oct 24, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
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Pearl Angeli
First off, Switched is really gorgeous. Just look at the cover. Isn't it so beautiful? I personally chose this edition because the cover has some work of magic in it. It's like, it has an ability to suck me into its world. Beautiful!

Second, the premise is really, really good. I love fae stories, and trolls are something new to me. I wanted to know more about trolls because I really find them interesting.

And of course, the fact that the female character Wendy Everly is a troll and a changeling,
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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
Limonessa
Mar 07, 2011 Limonessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the author to work more on it
Recommended to Limonessa 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
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Megs ♥
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
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Shannon
May 04, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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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?

Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
I finished this awhile ago and am quite glad I decided to do so. There are plenty of suspenseful moments in this book which is why I kept reading bu there are also things lacking.

One thing that got on my nerves was the lack of character building. I mean nearly all the characters felt like cardboard cutouts with no depth or personality. I found them hard to emphasise with. And another hing is I would have liked to know a bit more about the trolls themselves and what I is exactly that makes them
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Kaylin
2 Stars

Overview:


“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I'm a troll with magical powers, and I'd just be like, yeah, that sounds right.”


So trolls

description

Only not those.

description

And not those.

Instead:
Wendy has spent her entire life feeling as if she does not belong. Her mother attempted to kill her when she was six-years-old, claiming she was a “monster,” and since that time, Wendy has moved from place to place with her lovin
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Nicole
Jan 03, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Scott Heaton
Feb 08, 2011 Scott Heaton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'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
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TL
Feb 05, 2014 TL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
Buddyread with Melissa
(re-read for me)

Melissa's review here She couldn't get into it but its all good:)
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2.5 to three stars

Didn't love it as much this time around but it was a nice trip down memory lane, so to speak.

Some things that didn't annoy me the first time did in this re-read and in some instances the world building had me shaking my head.

Don't regret reading it again but I think I'll be giving my copies of the series away now.
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
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Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Originally read: 6/21/2012
Reread: 2/19/2016 full review to come....

Alright, I don't know if I'm just super generous with my stars or if these are really good books. I loved this book I couldn't put it down! Something new and of course cheesy romance but clean.

Well you hear all the time about changeling stories but about the human that is taken not the other way around! This time it's actually about the changeling itself, which was nice and was brought back to the world that they are actually fr
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Mizuki
Feb 08, 2013 Mizuki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Switched follows Wendy Everly, a teenage girl who had always felt awkward and out of place (her mother trying to kill her when she was six doesn't help her self-esteem much), into a journey to discover her true origin. First she was approached by Finn, a 'tracker' who insisted that Wendy was not human but a supernatural being --I won't reveal what kind of supernatural being she is, because her true identity is pretty much interchangeable with vampire/fairy/werewolf/alien, etc. You only need to r ...more
Mary
Mar 29, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Me trying to rate book:

Scans options.

Me:"OMG! I can't put 1 star!??? What is this!!"
Grabs book and glares at it. Takes out red pen. Smiles evily.
Screams: "Why isn't there a no star option!"
Tears out hair.

OMG what a disaster! I am sooooooooooo glad I borrowed this at the library! Lately I have been really interested in the fey and this book even had a promising premise......which soon utterly failed. Big time.

If you like:

1. Girls who define themselves as pretty and are self-obsessed

2. Girls who
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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
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Andy Gavin
I've been doing research on publishing for the last year. I'll have to write a separate post about the changing nature of the biz, it's relationship to other publishing businesses (like video games), and the rise of the self published ebook author. But in any case, I stumbled upon this independent 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 ...more
Reading Vacation
REVIEW

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
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Celeste
Aug 15, 2011 Celeste rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa
Aug 18, 2014 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Switched by Amanda Hocking
Book One of the Trylle trilogy
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself
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Emily
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
Khadijae.523
Sep 23, 2012 Khadijae.523 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
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.
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read: 27.03.15.
Still an amazing book! Though, if I remember correctly, I think I love the second book the most.. Will just have to see.. On to the next one on my re-reading!
First rate: 5 stars.
Second rate: 4.5 stars.
Praiz Sophyronja
** I recently finished the spin-off of this series, and wow, it was so damn incredible, I really need more of the trylle world so I just had to come back to the beginning to give it a go. **
Tania
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
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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list, including the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her zombie series, The Hollows, ha
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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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