Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Trylle Trilogy #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2011
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 Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.( Copied from Goodreads)
Switched by Amanda Hocking is the first book in the Trylle Trilogy. I bought Switched for my Kindle, this summer before Amanda Hocking took it down to prepare for the re-release. I never got the chance to read it, until I received an ARC from St. Martins Publishing. The story is unique, not like anything I have read before, and because of that I loved this book. The story of Switched is really the story of Wendy Everly. The story starts off rather gloomy, because while six-year-old Wendy is a spoiled brat, her own mother rejects her. This progressed to the point where her mother refused to believe Wendy was her child, and proceed to try to kill her.
It is nice to see a different type of supernatural creature make an appearance in Switched. What supernatural creature you ask, Trolls! I do not want to give too much away, but trust me you will be pleasantly surprise with the uniqueness of this book, and I am sure the series! I like how some of the words used in this world are Swedish/Scandinavian, because it is in Scandinavian folklore and mythology that Trolls make their appearance. It gives the story a bit of history, based in mythology.
I really like Wendy; she is a strong lead, who continues to grow with the book. I just do not think this review is doing justice to how much I loved this book, and the characters! I just think any young adult fan should check out this book. I love where the story goes, and where it is heading. I have been a fan of Amanda Hocking for a while now, ever since I read Hollowland. I just have to say while this is about trolls, these are not your typical trolls, and that makes it even more fun.
The best part is that you can tell that Amanda put a lot of thought and research into her story, finding Scandinavian words to use for terminology in the book. The research to me gives the book a more realistic quality, as realistic as book with supernatural/mythical creatures could be. I cannot wait until the release of the second book in the Trylle Trilogy, Torn. I have to say, if Torn and Ascend are just as good if not better than Switched, the Trylle Trilogy will have a place in my top series of all time.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**