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Switched (Trylle Trilogy, book 1)

by Amanda Hocking

Rated: Moderate

Wendy has never felt that she has fit in anywhere; her own mother tried to kill her when she was 6, and she has moved around a lot with her older brother and aunt because she’s been kicked out of school after school. She’s a little surprised but creeped out, though, when a new kid at her latest school keeps staring at her.

Pretty soon, though, she finds out that Finn has been tasked with bringing Wendy back to her true home: Förening, home of the Trylle. Knowing there’s a good reason she’s never fit in is a little bit of a consolation, but then being told she must leave her brother and aunt and go back to a strange place (AND that she is the princess — naturally — and must learn to rule) is a tough pill to swallow.

Of course, she does end up having to go to Förening, and she finds she doesn’t feel any more at home there than she has in the “regular” world. But it is her new reality, and Finn makes her happy, so she wants to be where he is.

Not unexpectedly, there are obstacles to her being able to date Finn, and danger lurks as she tries to get even halfway adjusted to her new life, and this book just gets the action started.

This is Amanda Hocking’s best-selling self-published book that helped lead her eventually to a traditional publisher. I decided to check it out now that it’s been edited by a professional (it makes me a little crazy to read something that hasn’t been edited well, and errors are very distracting for me, so I figured this was a good bet for me), and it’s pretty good. The story and writing are fairly formulaic and the idea isn’t very original, in that a girl who doesn’t fit in ends up finding out she’s a mythical creature and royal, to boot, but the story is engaging. It’s a good bet for anyone who wants a fun, easy read with some action and good romance. Since I just finished reading Wake, Hocking’s first book published entirely through her new traditional publisher, I couldn’t help making some comparisons. I think Wake is a bit better written and left me wanting more than this book did (Hocking’s had some more writing experience by now and probably more editing), but even so, I’ll probably go ahead and read the other two books in this series.

Rated: Moderate for one use of strong language and a few other occasions of vulgar language. There are a couple of kissing scenes that are pretty brief and not very detailed but a tiny bit more than just a harmless kiss. There is some violence, but nothing really detailed or gory.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

4 Responses to Switched (Trylle Trilogy, book 1)

  1. […] Wendy has found out that she’s not human, but a troll, specifically of the Trylle tribe, and while it explains a lot of mysteries in her life, it doesn’t mean she likes the new life she’s expected to lead. In fact, she really hopes to get out of the role she’s supposed to fill and all the rules and structures of the Trylle community. Unfortunately, she’s just not destined to be a normal human girl. In Torn, she learns more about her parents and the responsibilities she needs to fulfill. She’s also introduced to a new guy, a hot “bad boy” from the Vittra tribe. Will Loki divert her attention away from Finn, whom she is crazy about but just can’t have, or is he just more danger? […]

  2. […] reading that, I thought it might be time to investigate the older Trylle series, starting with Switched. Now that Hocking has been picked up, the books she’s already self-published have gotten the […]

  3. […] the first book of the Trylle series, Switched, Wendy has found out that she’s not human, but a troll, specifically of the Trylle tribe, and […]

  4. […] Hocking has become a best-selling author through self-publishing e-books, most famously her Trylle Trilogy about trolls. Now she’s been picked up by a traditional publisher, and she is able to reach an […]

  • Switched (Trylle Trilogy, book 1)
  • by Amanda Hocking
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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