Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review - Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) by Amanda Hocking

Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Size: 320 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: Jan. 24th 2011
ISBN:  978-125006317
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in Trylle trilogy
Source: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the first book in the Trylle trilogy by Hocking.  It was a fun and engaging read about something you don't usually get to read about, Trolls.  Great start to this series.

Wendy's mother tried to kill her when she was a little girl, so now she is being raised by her aunt and brother.  At seventeen years old she still doesn't fit in and people seem to automatically dislike her; then Finn enters her life and tells her that she is a Trylle.  Now Wendy is entering a world she never knew existed and she's not sure if it is any better than the world she left behind.

The story was very engaging and the characters well done.  It was fun to read about something other than werewolves, fairies, and vampires for once; Wendy is a Trylle or troll.  There wasn't a ton of high school angst in this book, Wendy is off to the Trylles pretty quickly, so I enjoyed that.

Wendy is a complicated character who is dealing with a lot of emotional trauma since her mother tried to kill her and she has so much trouble fitting in with other people.  I liked how independent she was and how willing she was to accept the big changes that happened in her life.

Finn was a wonderful and mysterious male lead.  It bothered me some that his relationship was so on and off again with Wendy and that his personality changed so much.  Despite that I still look forward to learning more about him in future books.

The book was engaging and well written; basically a fun light read.  The ending is a total cliffhanger though and that was pretty irritating.  Luckily the next book is already out, so you if you like this book, be ready to read the next book ASAP.

Overall this was a fun and engaging read.  I loved the creativity of having trolls as the main paranormal element.  The characters were all well done and fun to read about.  I recommend this book for people who enjoy young adult paranormal books.  Just beware that it ends on a cliffhanger without much resolution.  I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Torn (A Trylle Novel).

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  1. loved this trilogy!!
    Amanda Hocking really is a great writer. If you come across her series My Blood Approves, read them! they are great as well!

  2. I haven't read this yet but it sure sounds like I need to! Great review!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
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