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Switched

by Amanda Hocking

St. Martin's Press | January 24, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Switched is rated 4.2353 out of 5 by 17.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.32 × 5.46 × 0.86 in

Published: January 24, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006317

ISBN - 13: 9781250006318

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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 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 4 out of 5 by from Who Knew Trolls Would Be Interesting So I have never read a Troll book but this one proved to be very interesting and fun to read, I really enjoyed the concept behind the book and the characters were really great, Wendy was a great lead character and of course Finn was awesome. I really recommend this book to anyone that likes fantacy,romance and something different. :0)
Date published: 2012-01-23
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

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Switched

Switched

by Amanda Hocking

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.32 × 5.46 × 0.86 in

Published: January 24, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006317

ISBN - 13: 9781250006318

About the Book

Hocking delivers the first book in the Trylle Trilogy. When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 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.

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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 d
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.