Author: Amanda Hocking Website | Twitter
Stand Alone or Series: Series (Trylle, #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin (Jan 3, 2012)
Paperback: 293 pages
Source: Publisher for honest review*
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository | Kindle | Nook
Description from GoodReads:
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.
First Impression: I love the cover of this book. The girl in white sitting there with a castle in the background is just amazing. After reading the blurb on the back I was intrigued and had to start reading right away.
Plot & Characters:
With our bookshelves full of werewolves, vampires and fairies, Amanda Hocking brings us something refreshing with her story about trolls. Not the ugly under a bridge troll but a beautiful, wealthy, and magical Trylle, as they like to be called.
In Switched, we follow the story of Wendy Everly. Her mother tried to kill her when she was six because she was convinced that Wendy was a monster. Now seventeen Wendy is trying to not get into any trouble at her new school because she wants to avoid problems for her brother Matt and her aunt Maggie. Even though she tries to live her life normally and ignore her past Wendy is still unable to forget and has a hard time fitting in. Her trying to be normal comes to a halt when she meets Finn and he introduces her to a world he claims she belongs.
In Förening, Wendy is confronted with trying to fulfill the role that is expected of her as well as deal with her own problems such as love problems, attempting to learn her abilities, eagerness to fill her emotional gap that only a mother can fill, missing Matt and Maggie and also fight enemies that want to use her abilities. As you can see, Wendy does not have an easy life but it is a joy to read.
Amanda Hocking did a great job with the characters. I enjoyed reading about Wendy and her journey and discovery of Förening. I found Wendy to be a relate-able character in her struggle between what she wanted to do and her duty. The romance was great because it was not instant and the characters got to know each other and it allowed the reader to fall in love a long with Wendy.
If you enjoy reading YA Paranormal Romance and are a bit tired of the usual werewolves and vampires you should definitely check this book out and who knows maybe trolls will become your favorite paranormal creature.
The best part is that Torn and Ascend, book #2 and #3 will be published February 28th and April 24th respectively, so we don't have to wait that long to see what happens in the Trylle series.
*Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin for allowing me to read this book.