Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication 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.
There is something so addicting about a Hocking book! I first read the Trylle trilogy about a year ago, and devoured them. So I was ecstatic when it was announced that the trilogy was going to be published by St. Martin’s Griffin. When I received a copy with the new cover, I actually had to pet it a little, because it’s so gorgeous. Yes, I’m one of those people. Switched isn’t just a pretty book, though, it’s also a fun, quick read.
Wendy, the main character, has been through a lot. After a failed attempt on her life at age six by her own mother, she lives with her aunt Maggie and her brother Matt. They move a lot because Wendy gets expelled from schools and doesn’t really get along with others. Actually, she gets into quite a bit of trouble, and doesn’t care if she graduates or not. Then one day her life is completely flipped around. She not only discovers that she’s not really related to the people she considers family, but that she’s not even human. That’s right, Wendy is a troll. Oops, “troll” is so demeaning and old fashioned, so please refer to them a Trylle. While you’re at it, get that image of the ugly troll under the bridge out of your head, because the Trylle are not those.
Unfortunately, the Trylle aren’t the only ones who want Wendy. The Vittra want her too, but Wendy doesn’t know why. No one seems to want to inform her of much, even though she’s the princess, and is expected to learn all about the kingdom. She has powers that she doesn’t fully understand, and her real mother, Queen Elora, is cold and distant. So, becoming a princess hasn’t exactly been a fun transition for Wendy.
I really enjoyed the characters in Switched. Wendy is a bit bratty and hard-headed, but it isn’t annoying. She actually makes me laugh a lot, especially with the banter between her and Finn. I love that she’s a princess, but is kind of an “everyday girl” who doesn’t look down on others because of their class. Then there is Finn… I really like him – he definitely deserves some major drooling. He’s so hot and cold towards Wendy throughout the book, but for good reason. I also enjoyed all the other characters, like Rhys, Willa, and Trov.
Overall, I love the Trylle trilogy, and Switched is just the first step in a great adventure. This first book does a good job at setting the foundation for what is to come, and introducing us to a whole different world. Luckily, the next two books will be released only a month apart, so you don’t have to wait too long.