Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking


byAmanda Hocking

Paperback | January 24, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$9.35 online 
$9.99 list price save 6%
Earn 47 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world, and Switched is the book that started the phenomenon. Prepare to be enchanted.

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.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, "The Vittra Attacks," set in the magical world of the Trylle.

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.
Title:SwitchedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.32 × 5.46 × 0.85 inPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250006317

ISBN - 13:9781250006318


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Used to love this book! This was one of my favorite books when I was in middle school, it's great if you like fantasy!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Switched Light and easy read. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was really slow to start out and I found the writing a bit jumpy and amateur.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Switched This series is very different from what I usually read and I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NICE I picked the book because of the astonishing book cover, luckily the story was just as astonishing.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed this book. Its nice that its a little different kind of supernatural I like the Trolls aspect to it. But they aren't your traditional trolls these are Trylle with magic. People who enjoy easy read fantasy books should like this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite Surprising I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was for some reason. It was a classic tale with an unusual twist that I think any one would enjoy.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This could be my favorite series I absolutely loved this series. Loved the characters and the way it ended. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Loved this series, excited to try her other series!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for Serialized Fiction The title says it all. Amanda Hocking forged the way for self-publishing, and her idea for serializing (particularly with this story) was really effective. A fast, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow!! Can't wait to buy the second book!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING I was looking for a book that would be suspenseful and full of mystery and I'm glad I found this!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most favorite book! I got hooked by the first page and I couldn't put the book down ever since. I love the situations and how Wendy reacts to them. The characters, the plot, the entire book is amazing! I have read this book over and over again and it never bores me.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I really like this book when I read it and continued with the trilogy and could not have been more disappointed. The plot derailed very quickly and I was really upset with the ending. But it is an interesting idea that I wish could have went a different way.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Instantly grips you from the moment you read the first page. Loved this book and the series!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! A very refreshing read with a great story and characters!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book, if you haven't read it you're missing out Read this a while ago and can say this is my favourite book, and Amanda hocking is my favourite author. Very original idea, and brilliant story line. I have re-read this book so many times with no regrets, this is one of those life changing books you will be glad to have read.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad! This book lead Hocking to eventually become a self-published millionaire, later contracted by MacMillan for just as much money. Am I surprised by this? Yeah, kind of. Don’t get me wrong; the book is good, but I can’t quite believe its fanbase. Maybe that’s just because I haven’t read the other books in the trilogy yet. On the downside, while there aren’t the grammatical errors that most self-published authors make frequently, there are lots and lots of telling rather than showing moments that left me feeling detached from the book. I don’t want to be told what Wendy is feeling -- I want to feel it. Also, the love story is not uncharted territory. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the aloof, forbidden lover is done so frequently that it needs something special to make it stand out, to make it deeper. Finn and Wendy’s romance just wasn’t very compelling for that reason. On the upside, the premise is unique. I have never heard of any other young adult novel that deals with trolls, so kudos to Hocking for making this, at least, uncharted territory. There isn’t much action until the end, and it’s hard to feel like the conflict is high-stakes when those in danger are not easy to feel sorry for (they steal indirectly to gain their wealth and don’t work at all.) However, there is the sense that the plot is building, and there are a few sympathetic characters, Wendy included. Although there is a bit of teen drama throughout this, Wendy is realistic about her personality -- she knows her flaws and she tries to be kind to others. When it comes to her poor behaviour (part of her troll nature), she does not paint it as a reaction of her own victimization; she sees others as victims of her behaviour. That is both refreshing and admirable, especially in the YA world of frequent whiny heroines. I feel like Hocking could have built on the troll mythology a bit more, but she succeeded in building the world of the Trylle and creating unique powers for each of them. Plus, there are characters that are on all different sides with their own motives and hindrances. There isn’t just a spectrum of good and evil, which I applaud. The suspense is done well throughout the story, too, especially for an author who might not have had a professional editor. And that ending! Definitely not what I expected. That ending is a hook that makes you want to read the next book. I’m not giving anything away. I would say give this a try, overall. It may not be your cup of tea if you’re tired of YA paranormal romances with angst, but I kept my mind open and found that I enjoyed this, anyhow.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love It! I couldnt stop reading! So good!
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Introduction! I absolutely loved this book. So much so that I think I've read the entire series 7 or 8 times. And what I love about it is that it is so different. The mythology and the lore are incredible in this one and as much as I sometimes want to punch Wendy in the face when she makes stupid decisions, I still love her to pieces for having her convictions and standing with them. The whole Trylle culture was one that I was riveted with. The monarchy of which Wendy was a princess to, the idea that there is a class system in this world, the changeling system: it was all incredible and unique. I loved every second of it. Mythology and world building is so huge to me in fantasy novels and Hocking's Trylle world is one of the best. There aren't many unanswered questions about who, what, or why this is all happening, which makes for a great read because you can focus on the story rather than the "I don't understand because this was not explained to me" part. The explanation of magic and who gets what powers could still be more fully developed, but I think it is something that isn't extremely explainable? It seems like it is luck of the draw almost. The cast of characters was also diverse and incredible. Wendy was whiny and a brat, but she also had a big heart. I think most of her personality came from the fact that she had a traumatic childhood. She also found it difficult to connect with people because she didn't understand part of herself, which is something that most people can relate to. She was thrown into this world she knew nothing about and was told to become a princess overnight without any real guidance or help because she was expected to know it, which I must admit was a bit frustrating, but it also served to show her that she can do anything she puts her mind too, which I thought was an important feature to have in the main character. When the book starts, Wendy is a bit naive and self-centered but she learns to open up and grows throughout the course of the book. I liked Finn and his struggles, but I did not like Finn and Wendy together. I was not a fan of their unrealizable love and thought it was stupid for both of them to even put themselves in that position. I understand that there are some flaws in the current monarchy system and that the Trylle shouldn't be so stifled with what they can and cannot do, but clearly it is important for the Trackers to not have their bloodline disrupted since they are an integral part of the economic structure. I thought their relationship was reckless and misguided. The pacing was good, the right mix of world building and action. There were some parts that were slower than others, but they led up to the action sequences or to Wendy learning something new that she wasn't aware of before, which made them integral to the story. Overall: 4/5 stars. This one was so creative and I loved every minute of it. I first read this book in 2012 and have had a book hangover for it ever since.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from WARNING:Not for kids or moral people I'm not going to read anymore from this author. There was some sexual content and terrible implied messages about beautiful and ugly people. I know that some people like that, but I don't.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unusual concept. Unusual concept. Light quick read. First in a series, not sure if I would continue but might. Gear to a younger (teen) audience but okay if you like to read books where unusual things happen to people - finding out you're not human, becoming part of a completely different world.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched This book is one of a kind, you will never find a plot like this, with lots of unexpected twisted and turns! You will fall in love with the characters and even hate some but this book is wonderfully amazing!! I promise you will love it:-)
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Switched It was a extremly exciting story about loss and love
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Can't wait to read the next one
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched This was very good can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Switched Have enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and I look forward to the next book. Something besides wolves or vampires is good.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Switched Have enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and I look forward to the next book. Something besides wolves or vampires is good.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Switched Have enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and I look forward to the next book. Something besides wolves or vampires is good.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched This is a really great read.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched Powerful, shocking, and thrilling. Switched will keep you on your toes all through the book. I absolutely loved the powerful role the main character played, makes a girl feel empowered. Totally recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Switched Enjoyed the first book, can't wait to read Torn!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched Best troll book ever :-)
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful new twist of characters This read was great loved all of the different types of magic and people. I am now going to read the second book. I can't wait!!!
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Didn't care for this series of books. Pointless story line and not very exciting.... its about trolls... human trolls...
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different But Good.. There is just something about faerie tales that we have been raised to love. This one stands by itself completely. Nothing of this magnitude has been done before leaving it entirely fresh, different & unexpected. What's a true faerie tale without a princess and forbidden love right? I recommend this great read for anyone with a love of a great story!
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from switched <3 I loved this book...although there is some ."grown up words and detail" towards the end. Overall this book is totes amaze! :)
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read 3.5 stars I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. Like many other indie authors, Amanda Hocking’s success was a huge deciding factor in my very long and difficult decision to self-publish. I knew the chances of reaching her success were slim, but knowing it was possible was a huge motivator for me. I’m happy that I can now say I’ve read a book by Amanda Hocking, although I really do wish I’d been able to read one before she was traditionally published. I thought the concept of Switched was really cool. I’ve always been interested in the idea of changelings, because I’ve always been obsessed with faeries, and I liked that this was a different species of creatures switching out human babies for trylle (troll) babies, and the reasons behind the switch. I thought it was quite original. Wendy is a very likeable character. She almost shouldn’t be because she’s got such a difficult, contrary personality, but she tries so hard to redeem herself, and she’s not a bad person. She had a horrific, traumatic childhood, and eventually she realizes how lucky she was to have her brother and aunt in her life, because they loved and accepted her unconditionally. There was this innocence about her that I found really endearing. I enjoyed the secondary characters, too, especially Matt, Finn, and Rhys. Willa ended up being a good character too, despite how she seemed at first. I have to admit, I definitely did develop a crush on Finn, and I loved how protective he was of Wendy, and how he wanted to keep her safe, no matter what - even if it meant hurting them both emotionally. Elora was very believable as the cold, calculating, disapproving mother, and I found myself wanting to punch her a number of times - but I always enjoy characters that you love to hate! I can’t really say that there was anything I didn’t like about this book. So why only 3.5 stars? It was good, but it didn’t really grab me. The pacing was decent, the characters were good, the world-building was pretty good. It definitely had its moments, but it wasn’t incredible. That being said, I’m anxious to find out what happens in the next book. I’m hoping it’s a little more past-paced and exciting now that the main characters have been introduced and the reader understands what’s going on.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read, The Series Gets Better With Each Book This book was exceptionally well written. If you loved books like Twilight, Shiver, Hush Hush, or City of Bones then you will love this series. It's about a girl with powers that needs to make big decisions to save her world. Great storyline.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun, Light Read Wendy is an awesome main-character to see the land of Trylle through. She's a no-nonsense kind of girl with a very strong-willed personality, and even though Wendy never seems to be able to make perfect sense of a situation - more due to a lack of knowledge than anything - she always handles herself in what she believes is the most proper and justified manner, and I whole-heartily agree with her. I also love both Wendy's brother and aunt in this book. There love and affection for Wendy is genuine and real. Her relationship with Rhys and Finn were kind of weird, though. She said she couldn't keep Finn out of her head yet Wendy always seemed to be leading Rhys on! Poor Rhys. There was also a scene between Finn and Wendy during chapter fourteen that reminded me of a scene from the Lion King, haha. It was highly entertaining. Just like this read. With all that said, I can easily say that I had a fun time reading this book. It was quick, fun and entertaining, something that I had been needing and I can't wait to get started on the next one! Short Story: The Vittra Attacks From this twenty-paged bonus short story, all that I can say is that I really want to see more of Loki! ..... And I really hope that the Vittra don't get a hold of Wendy.... You can also find me at www.eyesonthepages.blogspot.ca :)
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book was amazing and really grabbed my liking. I really loved how the book was at an easy speed and wasn't rushed or too slow. The characters were amazing and I fell in love with the guy characters. I loved how they were described! They were all described in a different way! Every character was unique and amazing. The plot was awesome and like I said at the perfect speed. The settings were desctibed perfectly and it was easy to picture what the author wanted you to see. Loved the book and can't wait to read the next one! :D
Date published: 2012-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) I looooved it! This book was very easy for me to get into. If you find books hard to get into, you can trust this book will not fail you. By chapter three you're already in on the action! This was a fantastic book which will have you racing to Chapters to get the sequel.
Date published: 2012-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read I really liked the story of switched, I was expecting to know more in this book and was expecting more to happen. But it was very good I love the trylle world and what they are, it's different and fun to read about something different. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second one!
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting, fast reading. I like the story, and I can't wait to pick up the second book "Torn". The first book leaves many questions unanswered, so I can't wait to find out all about the Trylle's secrets. A very fast read, easy, fun and captivating.
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbindingly original! When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was going to be just another story about faery changelings — but it surprised me in the best possible way! Switched was still mystically beautiful in a way that was reminiscent of faeries, but it was about spellbinding trolls instead. These are not the wild, erratic, and live-under-a-bridge trolls you're used to — instead, they're called Trylle and they're beautiful, magical, and so incredibly fascinating! I was captivated by the Trylle lore immediately, from their abilities to their monarchy and way of life. I adore Wendy. She's the perfect strong yet vulnerable, hard-willed yet completely sweet heroine that makes it so easy to connect with a book. She's far from perfect, but her imperfections are what make her real. The rest of the cast (like Rhys, and Willa, and even Queen Elora) each have their own distinct personalities that make it interesting too! And Finn? There's just something about those "strong and silent" types that draws girls in — I loved him so much! ♥ Tentative and sweet, their romance was one that I fell in love with the more I read. Between the fast-paced plot, unique lore, and beautiful setting, you will fly through this book in one sitting and find yourself spellbound in Amanda Hocking's world! Fascinating and beautiful, Switched is one refreshing story that's definitely worth the read! I can't believe it took me so long to pick it up but I'm SO glad I did. Now I'm desperately craving to find out what happens in the second book of the trilogy, Torn! :)
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was a very good read! I was really interested in the plot when I first heard of the book. Amanda Hocking's writing is very well done and put together. She has done an amazing job for being a self-published author!! The entire plot was really good because it had Wendy trying to find herself. From the beginning of reading this Wendy is a very interesting character. I found her strong, a little dependent on her brother Matt and later Finn (who sounds very HOT) But as she finds herself later on, we see her stand up for herself and making friends in this new community that is really her home. Switched had a very interesting storyline because it was different than any other supernatural book. It does not have vampire or werewolves (even if I do love them) but it was a good change because this world was great to know. The structure of the world was beautifully written and you can imagine what Hocking is describing in the world she has created for her characters. The beginning was a little slow because of the introductions and the fact that her mother hates her and we know the reason because Wendy is not her daughter. This part was interesting because she didnt fit in this family. The only people in her family who is her brother Matt and her aunt. As the story progressed we met Finn. As Finn is looking at Wendy they go to a dance and he hurts her feelings. We then find out that Wendy is not from this family but comes from a royal line of Tyrlle. Finn is her love interest and he is in a way perfect because he would do anything for her, and serve to protect the crown. But I did like his jealous side! Finn was a very interesting character but his connection with Wendy is unbreakable because he liked her and got to know her. I also liked Rhys because he went through the same thing where he grew up + we get to see him grow as a supporting character. I dont like Elora because she is obnoxious and rude to Wendy but I guess it is expected. The ending had so much action that I was reading through the pages and had to find out what was happening!! It is definitely one book to pick up because the characters are written like you know them. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series Torn and Ascend!! Be sure to look out for this book!!
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I first saw this book at my local Walmart and I read the back and then decided to pick it up next time. But I couldn't stop thinking about it so I went back and bought it! I read it all in one night, like the other reviews I have never read a troll book before but this was a great read and not far fetched at all. Torn comes out today which is a the second book and I am heading to get it right away!!! I recommend it! Great read!
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised I actually bought this for my daughter but when I found myself without any reading material [oh the horror!] I borrowed Switched. Who knew trolls ciould be so great? Looking forward to book two of the series.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Addictive Start to Trilogy Because I don't really read self-published novels, I wasn't all too familiar with the Trylle series until I heard they were going to be published by a traditional publisher. I sure am happy that I get the chance to read the novels now that they'll soon all be available in print! I had no idea what expectations I should have Switched, but as soon as I began reading, I completely lost myself in the storyline. It really is easy to see why Amanda Hocking's Trylle series has been met with such enthusiasm and success along with strong online support. I don't think Switched necessarily offered anything particularly new to the supernatural genre... yet there's an addictive quality to the book that makes it so difficult to tear your eyes away from the pages for a single moment. Wendy has always felt that she's not like other people, but with her protective older brother and loving aunt always taking care of her, she has never let that get to her. But when Finn Holmes informs Wendy that she's a changeling and that he's to return her to her rightful home, she can't deny the feeling in her heart that has always secretly known she's not human. Leaving everything behind to learn more about her newly discovered heritage, Wendy is suddenly thrust into a world that will test her strength and capabilities. You can't help admire Wendy's determination to stay true to herself while others try to make her change her ways... With a teenage girl discovering a destiny she could never have imagined and a touch of forbidden romance, Amanda Hocking has created an enchanting world that will captivate readers right away. A gathering storm brews beneath the surface of Trylle and you know it's just a matter of time before violence will spill, if not in this book... then further down the line. I am absolutely looking forward to reading the second novel in the trilogy, Torn, and seeing Wendy continue to grow into her potential! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2012/02/switched-by-amanda-hocking.html
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switch To This One. I purchased this book a couple days ago at my local Chapters. For some reason it says online that it won't be released until January 24th, 2012 but I saw it on the shelf and randomly grabbed it. I had never heard of this book before, like I said, it was something that I just stumbled across and thought I'd give it a go. And I am so f-ing happy that I did. This book has everything that I look for: A bada** female character that's funny and sarcastic, the protective older brother, the paranorma/fantasy aspect, and of course, the mysterious love interest. The writing is great. I love how the book gets right into things and there's no long introduction or rambling back story. It's a quick paced read that you won't want to end. I regret reading it so quickly because now I don't have anything to read. It's been forever since I've read something that honestly excited me. I can't wait for the next two books. This one ended at such a great area, I'm dying to see what happens next. Long story short, if you're reading something else right now SWITCH TO THIS ONE. It's killer. Random: -Cover is lame. Don't let that prevent you from buying the book. -There is a bonus story included. It's also based on the Trylle world.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg totly awsome this book was so awsome i loved it so much i know it is not out yet but i got a copy of it and let me tell u i read it in a day it started of sad her mom tired to kill her when she was 6 and she ended up in a menteal hosptail for the rest of the time and now she is almost 18 and she finds out she is a princeness of the trolls and that she was a changling switched at brith and felt like she was never loved only by her bro and aunt untill she meets finn omg i love finn in my head he just seems so hot i give it a 50 thumps up hehe hope everyone ealse likes it as much as i did when it comes out
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, fun, and filled with action and romance *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-on sale date for review purposes* Switched started off a little rocky. I immediately found that it started off a little quick, as if the reader should have already been prepared for what was going on. I didn't have enough time to get a feel of who Wendy Everly was, her habits, or her personality, before the action took place. It was a little disorienting. Despite that, Switched by Amanda Hocking quickly grew on me. I instantly found myself intrigued by the world of Trylle and continuously wondered what would happen next. Their hierarchy was certainly interesting, not one that I quickly understood immediately, but still interesting nonetheless. Wendy Everly wasn't exactly an admirable character. She was very back and forth about what she wanted, she never really had her mind set on anything rather then going against what she was. In fact, in my own opinion, she seemed to take the news fairly well. It wasn't exactly the drama I was expecting, unfortunately. Finn, perhaps, was the most appealing character among them, with the addition of Tolve. They were born stern characters who were both overly aware of what kind of consequences their actions would present, not a characteristic that Wendy possessed, unfortunately. The world of Trylle in Amanda Hocking's Switched was unique and exciting - not something I've typically come across in the young adult genre. It surprisingly held a troll aspect that knocked me off my feet. To be honest, I've gotten so tired of vampires, werewolves, and witches. The trolls, however, were a breath of fresh air - something I desperately needed after the paranormal novel rut I'd been through for several weeks. In addition, the action, suspense, and overall events were rather unpredictable in some parts, which added quite a bit to my overall enjoyment of the novel. Switched by Amanda Hocking was unique, fun, and filled with action and romance - a new series that paranormal lovers will want to take a dive into. With the new look to Amanda Hocking's beloved Trylle Trilogy, and an upcoming film that's currently in the works, fans will find themselves dying to know what happens in Torn, set to be released February 2012.
Date published: 2011-12-28

Read from the Book

ONE homeDrool spilled out across my desk, and I opened my eyes just in time to hear Mr. Meade slam down a textbook. I’d only been at this high school a month, but I’d quickly learned that was his favorite way of waking me up from my naps during his history lecture. I always tried to stay awake, but his monotone voice lulled me into sleeping submission every time.“Miss Everly?” Mr. Meade snapped. “Miss Everly?”“Hmm?” I murmured.I lifted my head and discreetly wiped away the drool. I glanced around to see if anyone had noticed. Most of the class seemed oblivious, except for Finn Holmes. He’d been here a week, so he was the only kid in school newer than me. Whenever I looked at him, he always seemed to be staring at me in a completely unabashed way, as if it were perfectly normal to gawk at me.There was something oddly still and quiet about him, and I had yet to hear him speak, even though he was in four of my classes. He wore his hair smoothed back, and his eyes were a matching shade of black. His looks were rather striking, but he weirded me out too much for me to find him attractive.“Sorry to disturb your sleep.” Mr. Meade cleared his throat so I would look up at him.“It’s okay,” I said.“Miss Everly, why don’t you go down to the principal’s office?” Mr. Meade suggested, and I groaned. “Since you seem to be making a habit of sleeping in my class, maybe he can come up with some ideas to help you stay awake.”“I am awake,” I insisted.“Miss Everly—now.” Mr. Meade pointed to the door, as if I had forgotten how to leave and needed reminding.I fixed my gaze on him, and despite how stern his gray eyes looked, I could tell he’d cave easily. Over and over in my head I kept repeating, I do not need to go the principal’s office. You don’t want to send me down there. Let me stay in class. Within seconds his face went lax and his eyes took on a glassy quality.“You can stay in class and finish the lecture,” Mr. Meade said groggily. He shook his head, clearing his eyes. “But next time you’re going straight to the office, Miss Everly.” He looked confused for a moment, and then launched right back into his history lecture.I wasn’t sure what it was that I had just done exactly—I tried not to think about it enough to name it. About a year ago, I’d discovered that if I thought about something and looked at somebody hard enough, I could get that person to do what I wanted.As awesome as that sounded, I avoided doing it as much as possible. Partially because I felt like I was crazy for really believing I could do it, even though it worked every time. But mostly because I didn’t like it. It made me feel dirty and manipulative.Mr. Meade went on talking, and I followed along studiously, my guilt making me try harder. I hadn’t wanted to do that to him, but I couldn’t go to the principal’s office. I had just been expelled from my last school, forcing my brother and aunt to uproot their lives again so we could move closer to my new school.I had honestly tried at the last school, but the Dean’s daughter had been intent on making my life miserable. I’d tolerated her taunts and ridicules as best I could until one day she cornered me in the bathroom, calling me every dirty name in the book. Finally, I’d had enough, and I punched her.The Dean decided to skip their one-strike rule and immediately expelled me. I know in large part it was because I’d resorted to physical violence against his child, but I’m not sure that was it entirely. Where other students were shown leniency, for some reason I never seemed to be.When class finally ended, I shoved my books in my book bag and left quickly. I didn’t like hanging around after I did the mind-control trick. Mr. Meade could change his mind and send me to the office, so I hurried down to my locker.Bright-colored flyers decorated battered lockers, telling everyone to join the debate team, try out for the school play, and not to miss the fall semiformal this Friday. I wondered what a “semiformal” consisted of at a public school, not that I’d bothered to ask anyone.I got to my locker and started switching out my books. Without even looking, I knew Finn was behind me. I glanced over my shoulder and saw him getting a drink from the fountain. Almost as soon as I looked at him, he lifted his head and gazed at me. Like he could sense me too.The guy was just looking at me, nothing more, but it freaked me out somehow. I’d put up with his stares for a week, trying to avoid confrontation, but I couldn’t take it anymore. He was the one acting inappropriately, not me. I couldn’t get in trouble for just talking to him, right?“Hey,” I said to him, slamming my locker shut. I readjusted the straps on my book bag and walked across the hall to where he stood. “Why are you staring at me?”“Because you’re standing in front of me,” Finn replied simply. He looked at me, his eyes framed by dark lashes, without any hint of embarrassment or even denial. It was definitely unnerving.“You’re always staring at me,” I persisted. “It’s weird. You’re weird.”“I wasn’t trying to fit in.”“Why do you look at me all the time?” I knew I’d simply rephrased my original question, but he still hadn’t given me a decent answer.“Does it bother you?”“Answer the question.” I stood up straighter, trying to make my presence more imposing so he wouldn’t realize how much he rattled me.“Everyone always looks at you,” Finn said coolly. “You’re very attractive.”That sounded like a compliment, but his voice was emotionless when he said it. I couldn’t tell if he was making fun of a vanity I didn’t even have, or if he was simply stating facts. Was he flattering me or mocking me? Or maybe something else entirely?“Nobody stares at me as much as you do,” I said as evenly as I could.“If it bothers you, I’ll try and stop,” Finn offered.That was tricky. In order to ask him to stop, I had to admit that he’d gotten to me, and I didn’t want to admit that anything got to me. If I lied and said it was fine, then he would just keep on doing it.“I didn’t ask you to stop. I asked you why,” I amended.“I told you why.”“No, you didn’t.” I shook my head. “You just said that everyone looks at me. You never explained why you looked at me.”Almost imperceptibly the corner of his mouth moved up, revealing the hint of a smirk. It wasn’t just that I amused him; I sensed he was pleased with me. Like he had challenged me somehow and I had passed.My stomach did a stupid flip thing I had never felt before, and I swallowed hard, hoping to fight it back.“I look at you because I can’t look away,” Finn answered finally.I was struck completely mute, trying to think of some kind of clever response, but my mind refused to work. Realizing that my jaw had gone slack and I probably looked like an awestruck schoolgirl, I hurried to collect myself.“That’s kind of creepy,” I said at last, but my words came out weak instead of accusatory.“I’ll work on being less creepy, then,” Finn promised.I had called him out on being creepy, and it didn’t faze him at all. He didn’t stammer an apology or flush with shame. He just kept looking at me evenly. Most likely he was a damn sociopath, and for whatever reason, I found that endearing.I couldn’t come up with a witty retort, but the bell rang, saving me from the rest of that awkward conversation. Finn just nodded, thus ending our exchange, and turned down the hall to go to his next class. Thankfully, it was one of the few he didn’t have with me.True to his word, Finn wasn’t creepy the rest of the day. Every time I saw him, he was doing something inoffensive that didn’t involve looking at me. I still got that feeling that he watched me when I had my back to him, but it wasn’t anything I could prove.When the final bell rang at three o’clock, I tried to be the first one out. My older brother, Matt, picked me up from school, at least until he found a job, and I didn’t want to keep him waiting. Besides that, I didn’t want to deal with any more contact with Finn Holmes.I quickly made my way to the parking lot at the edge of the school lawn. Scanning for Matt’s Prius, I absently started to chew my thumbnail. I had this weird feeling, almost like a shiver running down my back. I turned around, half expecting to see Finn staring at me, but there was nothing.I tried to shake it off, but my heart raced faster. This felt like something more sinister than a boy from school. I was still staring off, trying to decide what had me freaked out, when a loud honk startled me, making me jump. Matt sat a few cars down, looking at me over the top of his sunglasses.“Sorry.” I opened the car door and hopped in, where he looked me over for a moment. “What?”“You looked nervous. Did something happen?” Matt asked, and I sighed. He took his whole big brother thing way too seriously.“No, nothing happened. School sucks,” I said, brushing him off. “Let’s go home.”“Seat belt,” Matt commanded, and I did as I was told.Matt had always been quiet and reserved, thinking everything over carefully before making a decision. He was a stark contrast to me in every way, except that we were both relatively short. I was small, with a decidedly pretty, feminine face. My brown hair was an untamed mess of curls that I kept up in loose buns.He kept his sandy blond hair trim and neat, and his eyes were the same shade of blue as our mother’s. Matt wasn’t overtly muscular, but he was sturdy and athletic from working out a lot. He had a sense of duty, like he had to make sure he was strong enough to defend us against anything.“How is school going?” Matt asked.“Great. Fantastic. Amazing.”“Are you even going to graduate this year?” Matt had long since stopped judging my school record. A large part of him didn’t even care if I graduated from high school.“Who knows?” I shrugged.Everywhere I went, kids never seemed to like me. Even before I said or did anything. I felt like I had something wrong with me and everyone knew it. I tried getting along with the other kids, but I’d only take getting pushed for so long before I pushed back. Principals and deans were quick to expel me, probably sensing the same things the kids did.I just didn’t belong.“Just to warn you, Maggie’s taking it seriously,” Matt said. “She’s set on you graduating this year, from this school.”“Delightful.” I sighed. Matt couldn’t care less about my schooling, but my aunt Maggie was a different story. And since she was my legal guardian, her opinion mattered more. “What’s her plan?”“Maggie’s thinking bedtimes,” Matt informed me with a smirk. As if sending me to bed early would somehow prevent me from getting in a fight.“I’m almost eighteen!” I groaned. “What is she thinking?”“You’ve got four more months until you’re eighteen,” Matt corrected me sharply, and his hand tightened on the steering wheel. He suffered from serious delusions that I was going to run away as soon as I turned eighteen, and nothing I could say would convince him otherwise.“Yeah, whatever.” I waved it off. “Did you tell her she’s insane?”“I figured she’d hear it enough from you.” Matt grinned at me.“So did you find a job?” I asked tentatively, and he shook his head.He’d just finished an internship over the summer, working with a great architecture firm. He’d said it didn’t bother him, moving to a town without much call for a promising young architect, but I couldn’t help feeling guilty about it.“This is a pretty town,” I said, looking out the window.We approached our new house, buried on an average suburban street among a slew of maples and elms. It actually seemed like a boring small town, but I’d promised I’d make the best of it. I really wanted to. I didn’t think I could handle disappointing Matt anymore.“So you’re really gonna try here?” Matt asked, looking over at me. We had pulled up in the driveway next to the butter-colored Victorian that Maggie had bought last month.“I already am,” I insisted with a smile. “I’ve been talking to this Finn kid.” Sure, I’d talked to him only once, and I wouldn’t even remotely count him as a friend, but I had to tell Matt something.“Look at you. Making your very first friend.” Matt shut off the car’s engine and looked at me with veiled amusement.“Yeah, well, how many friends do you have?” I countered. He just shook his head and got out of the car, and I quickly followed him. “That’s what I thought.”“I’ve had friends before. Gone to parties. Kissed a girl. The whole nine yards,” Matt said as he went through the side door into the house.“So you say.” I kicked off my shoes as soon as we walked into the kitchen, which was still in various stages of unpacking. As many times as we’d moved, everyone had gotten tired of the whole process, so we tended to live out of boxes. “I’ve only seen one of these alleged girls.”“Yeah, ’cause when I brought her home, you set her dress on fire! While she was wearing it!” Matt pulled off his sunglasses and looked at me severely.“Oh, come on. That was an accident and you know it.”“So you say.” Matt opened the fridge.“Anything good in there?” I asked and hopped onto the kitchen island. “I’m famished.”“Probably nothing you’d like.” Matt started sifting through the contents of the fridge, but he was right.I was a notoriously picky eater. While I had never purposely sought out the life of a vegan, I seemed to hate most things that had either meat in them or man-made synthetics. It was odd and incredibly irritating for the people who tried to feed me.Maggie appeared in the doorway to the kitchen, flecks of paint stuck in her blond curls. Layers of multicolored paint covered her ratty overalls, proof of all the rooms she had redecorated over the years. She had her hands on her hips, so Matt shut the fridge door to give her his full attention.“I thought I told you to tell me when you got home,” Maggie said.“We’re home?” Matt offered.“I can see that.” Maggie rolled her eyes, and then turned her attention to me. “How was school?”“Good,” I said. “I’m trying harder.”“We’ve heard that before.” Maggie gave me a weary look.I hated it when she gave me that look. I hated knowing that I made her feel that way, that I had disappointed her that much. She did so much for me, and the only thing she asked of me was that I at least try at school. I had to make it work this time.“Well, yeah … but…” I looked to Matt for help. “I mean, I actually promised Matt this time. And I’m making a friend.”“She’s talking to some guy named Finn,” Matt said corroborating my story.“Like a guy guy?” Maggie smiled too broadly for my liking.The idea of Finn being a romantic prospect hadn’t crossed Matt’s mind before, and he suddenly tensed up, looking at me with a new scrutiny. Fortunately for him, that idea hadn’t crossed my mind either.“No, nothing like that.” I shook my head. “He’s just a guy, I guess. I don’t know. He seems nice enough.”“Nice?” Maggie gushed. “That’s a start! And much better than that anarchist with the tattoo on his face.”“We weren’t friends,” I corrected her. “I just stole his motorcycle. While he happened to be on it.”Nobody had ever really believed that story, but it was true, and it was how I figured out that I could get people to do things just by thinking it. I had been thinking that I really wanted his bike, and then I was looking at him and he was listening to me, even though I hadn’t said anything. Then I was driving his motorcycle.“So this really is gonna be a new start for us?” Maggie couldn’t hold back her excitement any longer. Her blue eyes started to well with happy tears. “Wendy, this is just so wonderful! We can really make a home here!”I wasn’t nearly as excited about it as she was, though I couldn’t help but hope she was right. It would be nice to feel like I was home somewhere. Copyright © 2011 by Amanda Hocking

Editorial Reviews

"Vampire and werewolf lovers beware; this trilogy opener offers readers a new take on an unexpected breed of mystical beings. Readers who can suspend preconceived notions and open themselves up to this new interpretation are in for a midwinter version of a good beach read." -Kirkus Reviews"This is The Princess Diaries meets Twilight, and Hocking hits all the commercial high notes.Switched is escapist fantasy; it isn't the specificity of the world that matters here; it's the accessibility.What teenager hasn't felt like a freak, a changeling in his or her own family? Who doesn't fantasize about being transformed from ordinary to extraordinary, of being whisked way to another life where the very things that are irritants in the "regular world" turn out to reveal our specialness?" -New York Times Book Review"Wendy is a flawed antihero, which helps differentiate her from the throng of paranormal-romance heroines, and the potential for development, both dramatic and romantic, should make readers anxious for the next installment of the Trylle trilogy." -Booklist"Switched is written so wonderfully that it' is not hard to imagine you are in this fantastic world! Readers will love the exhilarating roller-coaster ride of Wendy's life as she adapts to.a frightening and exciting life." -Romantic Times BOOKreviews"You can't beat the storyline for Switched, the book that starts off the series with a bang: When Wendy Everly was a little girl, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to end her life. Now Wendy is starting to wonder whether there might have been something to her mom's paranoia after all. Enter Finn Holmes-the mysterious, sexy guardian who's been watching over Wendy until she was old enough to learn the truth about her supernatural origins-and the revelation of a hidden world full of mysteries, dangers, and untapped powers that Wendy never knew she had." -MTV.com"The romance is smoldering, the action is suspenseful, and the characters are quirky, likeable, and original. Amanda Hocking has a gift for storytelling that will grip readers and keep them wanting more.Entrancing." -Library Thing"Started Switched last night. I don't like this book because it made me stay up too late last night to keep reading and made me skip my dance class this morning so I can finish it!" -BookCrossing"I started reading Switched in the evening one night and stayed up until 3 a.m. because I didn't want to put it down. I had to be at work the next day and all I could think about was going home and finishing the book. Yes, it's THAT good." -A Tale of Many Reviews"Switched is paranormal YA with a fresh twist. It has a more deliberate pace than other YA fantasy...and more emotional thrills. I really appreciated the realistic development of the love story, and the characters feel well developed. Recommended." -I'd So Rather Be Reading"I ate this book up I could barely put it down before bed, and was also trying to sneak time in my busy morning to read some extra sentences. This was an awesome first book in a series that I'm dying to read. Amanda please write the next one soon. I'm dying!!" -Midnight Glace Reviews"I LOVED this book! The characters are quite likable.and there is never a dull moment. I highly suggest you take a look at this book if you want to read some fantasy that leaves you panting for the next installment." -The Light Under The Covers"Filled with action, suspense, and romance...I found the story completely fascinating." -A True Reality Blog"Amanda Hocking is like a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market. I've read countless books about vampires, werewolves and faeries, but never one about trolls.Switched was an impressive start to a series that was chock-full of excitement, adventure and attitude." -That Bookish Girl Blog"Switched has more intrigue and hidden secrets than the average YA book." -Read My Mind"An addicting, easy to digest book that can be devoured in an afternoon." -Feeding My Book Addiction"I absolutely loooooveeed Switched. From the first pages I found myself totally caught up stealing moments to read this book. Visually I 'saw' this book so well in my head. Just an awesome read that makes you feel for the characters." -Novels On The Run Reviews