Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date: January 3, 2012
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 in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
I know Switched is a book about trolls, but it just reminds me so much of faeries! And we all know I love a good fey book. Since I’ve read Amanda Hocking’s Wake series and had heard great things about the Trylle series, I was very excited to pick this one up and I’m glad I did.
I just really like Hocking’s writing. Her pacing is always spot on and I just fly through her books. I don’t like her characters quite as much because they all tend to have qualities that I find irritating. In Switched, for example, our main character Wendy is pretty rash. She does what she wants to do with little regard for her safety and the warnings of everyone around her.
Now if the people around her were repressive or over protective, that would be one thing. But she is well aware of exactly how much danger she is in. And does she care? Nope. She probably will once the consequences of her actions start to pop up, but until then? Not so much. She just strikes me as incredibly short sited.
But I don’t have to like Wendy to love Switched. I read all but the first chapter in a single sitting. It was exciting, it was adventurous, and it was relatively different. I’ve never read a book specifically about trolls before and was a little surprised at how similar they are to fey. While they are different, we still have some magic, some very pretty people, and of course changelings. It doesn’t look like there is a troll realm we’ll be seeing, but even though it takes place in the US, the huge palatial mansions and odd-set of societal rules really lends a fantasy-feel to the entire novel (helped in no small part by the magic and trolls).
I wish I had picked up Switched sooner because I just really enjoyed it and am so looking forward to continuing the series. If you’ve read Wake or like fast paced stories with magic in them, I think you’ll love this one too!