Book Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Posted 2 January, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Uncategorized / 15 Comments

Switched by Amanda Hocking Cover St. MartinSwitched

by Amanda Hocking
Book I in the Trylle Trilogy #1
Genre: YA paranormal
Publication: January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Copy received from publisher
Amazon ( Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook)
Synopsis from goodreads

[box type=”shadow”]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 discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.[/box]

Well, seriously who doesn’t know the incredible story from Amanda Hocking? She sold selfpublished millions of copies and got an incredible readership just on her own. Then, she made an incredible deal with St. Martins for a new series, but they also published again her Trylle Series. A series people have been excited even before St. Martins came along.Since, I was one of only few people who haven’t read them before, I got the chance to get a copy from St. Martins – together with this wonderful new cover design!

Trylle an amazing new world with new paranormal creatures

We know them all… we all have our favourite Vampire, Werewolve, Fairy Stories. Hey, we even have Dragon stories – but this new world is most definitely something else entirely. And, I found it enthralling, creative and facinating! Together with Wendy, we learn that there is something else out there, we learn that Changelings exist and that they have nothing to do with Faries and more to do with …Nope, I’m not going to spoilt this for you. Anyway, those creatures are not as you’d expect them – they are incredibly beautiful, smart and ..very different! Their soceity is something that feels very frightening to us when Wendy first has to learn the rules..

Wendy – a heroine that you will love and care for.

Wendy never fitted it – nowhere. Not even with her own family. Her mother hatted her guts and she had to leave nearly every school she was. She has a very bad tempter, but that’s not all what’s weird with her. She’s very picky with her food and likes to walk without shoes. And although all this seems like a girl you wouldn’t like to care about, trust me – once you heard Wendy’s story you will love her and care for her deeply just like I did! My heart broke for her – many times during the story!

Wonderful was her brother and her aunt. Both raised her and would do anything for her! This was so touching and sweet, it made up for Wendy’s weird behaviour in the beginning entirely!

Finn – The Perfect Boy to fall for

When you’d decribe the type of boy you love seeing in literature and specially in YA novels. How are they? Mine are always dark, mysterious, strong, posssive and willing to do anything for the girl. Amanda Hocking took all this and created Finn the boy that “finds” Wendy and takes her to the world of Trylle. But due to their differnet status in this world they can’t be together, although they are so very much drawn to each other. And oh Girls, the tension between those two was pehnomal and very sexy at some times! *sighs*

Mysterious New World and A Girl Left in The Dark

Wendy most of the times was left in the dark which made the story so very enthralling and captivating. You simply won’t be able to put it down since we and Wendy were so frustrated all the time that we are left in the dark and never been told anything. However, Wendy grows and I loved following her and discovering all the secrets!

Bottom Line

I loved “Switched”, I loved the mythology since it felt fresh and unique. Mysterious new world, stubborn awesome heroine, dark mysterious boy , a love that cannot be and a captivating story full of secrets! I can’t wait to get back in the world of Trylle!

Random Notes and Additional Info: Thankfully, St. Marin won’t torture us and makes us wait forever for the next book! Torn comes out in February and Acent comes out in April! And look at those incredible covers!I have a major cover crush on them!

Also, Heather already read and reviewed the whole series back then when it was still self-pub and she loooved it! So, please read Heathers Review of Switched, Torn and Ascend.

Oh and… thats not all, since Switched will be released tomorrow – we will have a giveaway for you!! Come back and find out, tomorrow 🙂

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15 Responses to “Book Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking”

  1. hrose2931

    Oh I was going to get this on Kindle since I've joined the masses, but the covers are so damn pretty I just have to have the books! But I can't wait to read them. I've seen the trailers and they are so beautiful. I thought she was a fairy changeling. Guess not. I can't wait to read this!!! I'll be back tomorrow! Fabulous review and great at not revealing anything!!

    Heather
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    • So you were just like me then!! I agree those covers are so gorgeous, one needs to own the books, all of them!! And, yes sometimes it's hard to write a review without revealing so much. I'm sure though there are lots of spoilers on goodreads, but I just went into the book without knowing anything and I enjoyed it so much!
      YES, come back tomorrow for an awesome giveaway! Woot!
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  2. I've heard the story of this book being self-published and becoming extremely popular, but I still haven't read it! I'm planning on it though!

    Also, I apparently need to get out of my Google Reader more often. I was in for a shock when I saw you guys changed your layout! I love it though! The blue and pink colors look awesome together!

    • There, I thought I was alone with not having read this one!

      Yes, we did change not only the layout but also our host – so we are now on wordpress therefore also the change in layout. It's not the final layout though, I'm hoping for a new custom one within the next month. But, I also read most of the posts in my Reader and should get out more often to visit the real sites… Thanks for coming Natalie :))
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  3. Danny What a terrific review. I bought these books two years ago when they were $.99 on my Kindle and sadly they are languishing in my TBR pile, Now I want to read them Asap. Since they were republished did they change them?
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  4. Fictitious Musings

    Awesome review. I've been dying to get my hands on this series in print ever since the cover launch. They're gorgeous. After reading your review I want them even more.

  5. Thanks for the great review 🙂 !! I'm dying to read this one now !! Finn does sound like the perfect boy to fall for and just like you I happen to love mysterious dark boy !! The covers of the series look stunning. I really can't wait to read the first book now thanks to you !! See you tomorrow because I'll definitely enter this giveaway 🙂 !!
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    • I'm glad you liked it, it makes me so happy to hear when I can get someone to read a book I liked! And, if you really like your boys dark and mysterious Finn is your boy :-))
      And yes please come back tomorrow for the giveaway. Woot!!! 

  6. Wow ladies! The new look is awesome. I love it!

    I've had Switched on my TBR for too long. I need to read it soon. The new covers are great.

  7. I ordered this a few days ago. I was going to read the ebook a while back, but when I saw the GORGEOUS covers of the new versions, I decided I'd wait until I could order the paperback. So looking forward to getting it!

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