Title: Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 3rd 2012 (first published July 12th 2010)
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Read: August 22nd 2012
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
This edition includes the bonus story “The Vittra Attacks”.
What I thought:
Wendy grew up feeling different than everyone else. She had trouble making friends, got expelled from many schools, and people seem to give her a weird look. She hates wearing shoes, her hair is a mess of curls, and her mother tried to kill her when she was a kid, convinced she wasn’t hers. The only family she really has is her brother and her aunt, who have moved around a lot for her to be able to graduate.
When she meets Finn, she becomes intrigued by him, even when he isn’t always the kindest. She learns that she is Trylle, a troll, and that she is to come home and his job is to take her. Missing the only family she cares for, to make sure everyone is safe, she ends up going with Finn. What she finds out when she gets there is crazy and she has a lot to learn of that world and how it runs. Her feelings for Finn grow, even when he tries to put distance between them.
I’ve gotten used to reading about faeries and other mythical beings, but this book definitely tried something new. Trolls. Not the toy or the creepy and ugly kind that hides under bridges. These kinds of trolls look like normal people, except for their added beauty and gifts. There are different classes with the trolls too, and Wendy comes from a strong line of Trylle. They seemed more like just people with some paranormal abilities than trolls to me, they lost their connection with the earth and are pretty much just living rich. I hope that changes as the story goes.
Wendy can be very stubborn, and it seems like she doesn’t really try at anything before giving up. I was annoyed with her a bit at first, but I also felt sorry for her past and ended up liking her character more as I read. Her homesickness kept getting to her, and if I was away from my family I’d definitely feel the same. Finn was interesting, but he gets an award to sending mixed signals to girls! I’m hoping the two end up together, but it’s hard to tell where the rest of the story will go, especially after what happens closer to the end of the book.
This version also included a short story, called The Vitra Attacks. It’s pretty much a behind the scenes story, from the perspective of a Vittra called Loki during her kidnapping and the plans for another attack later.
I recommend this for young adult fantasy fans.