Review 206: Switched by Amanda Hocking
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1)
by Amanda Hocking
Copyright © July 2010
.99 cents Kindle
Switched is the story of Wendy Everly. She’s different.
She’s doesn’t fit it. She lives with her overly protective brother Matt and her Aunt Maggie. Wendy’s Mom tried to kill her when she was a child because she claimed Wendy wasn’t her daughter and that she’d been switched at birth. Wendy’s Mom is still locked up because of it, and maybe she was right.
Wendy is a troll, but not the ugly under-the-bridge kind.
She’s what’s called a “trylle.” She has wild uncontrollable hair. She loves to go barefoot. She can be very temperamental. The Trylle society live in a community in Minnesota called Forening, and when a classmate named Finn reveals himself as a tracker, Wendy discovers she has a royal family that she didn’t even know existed. In Book 1 of the Trilogy, Wendy returns to roots to learn who she really is and where she came from.
I downloaded Hocking’s book mainly because of all of the attention she’s been getting. She basically became a millionaire almost overnight thanks to her Kindle sales. It landed it a movie deal for this series and a traditional publishing contract with St. Martin’s for another series.
So, I fell victim to deciding to read what everyone else is reading to see what the hype was all about. Other reviewers have already said this, but Switched is basically Twilight but instead of vampires we have Trylles. We have a teenage girl who doesn’t fit in and is adopted into a new family of supernatural beings as a result of it. Love interest and conflict ensue!
Hocking’s talent lies in her ability to write good dialogue.
She uses it as her main outlet for pushing a story forward. At first I was okay with the lack of detail because you are in the dark with Wendy about everything.