Thursday, January 26, 2012
Switched by Amanda Hocking (Trylle Trilogy #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Trilogy #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 3, 2012)
# of Pages: 336
Source: bought from Hastings
Edition: paperback- original
From the Back of the Book:
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...
Switched by Amanda Hocking is a series that I have loved forever! I can remember eagerly awaiting her next book to come out on Kindle. Switched is a "new" YA series that tackles a much ignored mythological creature. Trolls. Yes, that's right...trolls. In this world the class system is everything, old ways are the law, and the idea of change is absurd. The imagery she uses to describe the Trylle home of Forening is vivid and beautiful. Every character from Wendy, Finn, and Elora to Tove, Willa, and Rhys are carefully put together to form individual and distinct characters who stand out. Wendy's questioning and attempt at reconciling the world she has grown up in and the one that now belongs to her is completely believable. The characters and their world are amazing!
As much as I love this book there is one point of contention that I have with this book and it's a big one. The trolls aren't that different from how faeries are imagined in stories today. This book is a fabulous read, but through most of the book the fact that they are trolls is lost. Does this greatly detract from the book? No. Did it affect the way I rated it? Yes, it's about the only negative thing I could come up with and what kept it from being a 4 1/2 or 5 STAR book. I love Amanda Hocking (Authors You Might Not Know, But Probably Should post), this series in particular, and may have been a little biased in my rating. Please read this trilogy, it is one of the few that gets better and better in the sequels. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.