Monday, 27 April 2015

Troll Week Day 1: Switched by Amanda Hocking Review+Bookmarks+Wallpapers+Giveaway

In the anticipation for the release of Ice Kissed,  I will be counting down the week with reviews, wallpapers and bookmarks of each book in the Troll world by Amanda Hocking.

Switched (Trylle #1)
Behind 356 Pages
Released: 1 January 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
What if your entire world was built on a lie?

Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in...

She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why...

When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.

Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about.

The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...

Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota and had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010. She will shortly sell her millionth. Her books have been a self-publishing phenomenon - according to the Observer, Amanda is the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks. In her own words, Amanda is an Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Unicorn enthusiast. Red Bull addict. Muppets activist. Fraggin Aardvarks guitarist. Author of the USA Today bestselling books the Trylle Trilogy.

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A refreshing fantasy tale that gives a whole new meaning to what you thought a Troll was. Full of love, politics and danger, this is The Princess Diaries with a whole lot more oomph.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read, and I’m really excited to see where the series will go from here. I’m actually finding it hard to place my thoughts. It wasn’t a complicated book or anything, but I just can’t seem to gather what I want to say about it... 

The only thing I didn’t really like was that there was kind of insta-love. Sure, no one actually liked her except for her brother and aunt, so when some “hot” guy doesn’t detest you then I guess you have to fall for him, right? I didn’t mind it much, but it was there and it just felt like it was underdeveloped. I felt like she didn’t know him for very long (it feels like the entire book takes place in two weeks or so). 

Oh, and the other thing was that it felt like everyone was “hot”. Seriously, every person that she saw was otherworldly beautiful in some way, and it just felt so weird. Beauty usually goes hand-in-hand with being popular, so it’s a wonder how people in school never really tried to be friends with her or try to hit on her. She should have to be just as beautiful as the rest of the Trylle (it doesn’t say that she isn’t, but it never says that she is either).

This book reminded me of The Princess Diaries. All of it was about how a Princess should act and just basic Princess training, nothing much else goes on other than that. I connected well with Wendy, in the way that she was frustrated from her lack of knowledge and how no one was going to tell her anything yet chastise her for it at the same time assuming that she should know. I really was hoping for her to learn about her powers more, but I was still enjoying the book and learning about the Trylle ways and customs. 

The ending provided a much needed action sequence and really brought it all home. The ending-ending was definitely rushed (literally, it happens in a matter of sentences), made to look like a spare of the moment kind of thing, but it didn’t really work out. Nothing was thought through and I feel like she’s just making things worse now.

Overall, a fantastic novel and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the trilogy takes us, and to see Wendy develop and try to find her way in this new world.

This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Please ignore my entries for the giveaway. I didn't realize it was for Australia & New Zealand residents only.

  2. Switched! :) Both US ed :) -forlornreader

  3. I love Torn, bm? torn IS ed and wallpaper, torn US ed too -irishdax


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