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Switched by Amanda Hocking

Monday, January 2, 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 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.

Goodreads Summary

Looking for a book that is impossible to put down?  Amanda Hocking creates a new world where trolls are trylles and changelings exist.  Wendy, the main character, is a changeling.  Interestingly, the author does not try to make Wendy's character overly likable, Wendy is portrayed as a "take me as I am" character.  She can be sort of mean, but she can also be inquisitive and clever.  The author does a good job of infusing her with an almost otherworldly quality. 

Wendy's human mother knows that Wendy is not her child, a fact that appears to make her violently angry.  She attempts to kill Wendy.  Wendy's aunt and brother genuinely love her.  Finn comes into Wendy's life right when her questions about what she is come to a head.  He explains to her what a changeling is, but doesn't give much else away.  Wendy begins to fall in love with Finn, almost too quickly, it seemed a little off from her character.  Their growing relationship is another subplot the reader will enjoy.

This book was certainly entertaining.  The author writes with a raw intensity through Wendy's character.  The reader will be drawn into the book from page one, the book is hard to put down. The reader will have a fast-paced, fantastical series to look forward too.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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On January 3, 2012, St. Martin’s Griffin is thrilled to bring her USA Today bestselling Trylle trilogy to print with the publication of SWITCHED, followed by TORN on February 28th and ASCEND on April 24th.

Set in the magical world of theTrylle—a tribe of beautiful trolls, this unique series captured the imaginations of eBook readers everywhere and became an online phenomenon, quickly catapulting her to bestseller lists. With the publication of trade paperback editions of the books, a wider audience will finally get to discover its magic, mystery and romance. And as an added bonus, each of the new trade paperback editions will contain all-new, never-before-seen short stories set in the magical world of the Trylle.

In SWITCHED, Wendy Everly’s mother is convinced she’s a monster and tries to kill her when she’s six years old. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother may have been right. Finn Holms, a boy from her school who she’s always been drawn to, reveals that he’s not human…and neither is she. For months Finn has been guarding her from a distance—and now it’s time to bring her back to her rightful home, and reveal her true identity as a member of the Trylle.  Wendy finds she’s about to enter a world that’s as frightening as it is beautiful. Where she’ll tap into powers she never knew she had—and fight enemies who want to use her abilities for evil.

Amanda Hocking is a publishing phenomenon, with no signs of slowing down.  I hope you’ll bring this remarkable woman’s story to the attention of your readers. 


Amanda Hocking is an incredibly successful writer of young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels.  Hocking, author of the USA Today bestselling Trylle Trilogy and My Blood Approves series, gained prominence shortly after she began self-publishing in 2010, selling her novels as low priced (99 cents to $2.99) eBooks.  Since then, she’s become the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age, having sold over one million copies of her novels.

She currently resides in Minnesota.

Hocking’sTrylle Trilogy has been optioned for film by Media Capital Rights with Academy Award Nominee Terri Tatchell (District 9) adapting the screenplay.

St. Martin’s Press will publish her new 4-book “Watersong” series beginning in August 2012.

Some of Amanda’s favorite authors include Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.D. Salinger; although these authors have influenced her writing, she claims she does not write anything like them.

Amanda’s quirky and open personality, along with her addictive writing, has gained her a fairly large fan community, and she stays in contact with fans through regular blog posts and her Twitter feed.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Amanda worked in group homes for people with disabilities for five and a half years writing in her spare time. That all changed in 2010, when sales of her books began to take off, and she has been a full time writer ever since.

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.


  1. Great review. I have the series on my TRL. I will have to move it to the TBL.


  1. I want to read this one. Hockings story is quite inspiring, I think !

  1. I completely agree that her story is inspiring-she is a great author too-definintely pick this one up!

  1. It sounds like an interesting book and I love the cover.

    Thanks for the review!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I loved this trilogy! I read all three in three nights!

  1. I adore this trilogy. I read them when I first got my Nook and I was looking for "cheap" books to read. They were so good.

    I ordered my print copy along with Bloodrose this week. I cannot wait.

    Better Read Than Dead

  1. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  1. Diana said...:

    reading this one next! will definitely be back to compare thoughts :)