Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched by Amanda Hocking
Book One of the Trylle trilogy
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (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 finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

What I Liked:

I featured Frostfire, Hocking's upcoming novel, on my blog a few weeks ago. I'm pretty excited about that one in particular. So when I went to request the book, the team at St. Martin's Press told me that I should probably read the Trylle series first, since Frostfire is book one of a spinoff series. And then these wonderful people offered me review copies of the Trylle series. Nice, right? I remember when this series was self-published. I remember feeling meh about the series, but wanting to give it a shot, because trolls are pretty rare in YA literature. And now I have my chance!

Wendy is a changeling - she was switched at birth with a human baby, and was placed in a human family. The human baby was placed in the keeping of the Trylle (a troll tribe). Wendy had no idea of any of this, not until the Vittra (another troll tribe) attacked her. With the help of Finn, a Trylle tracker, Wendy arrives at the home of the Trylle - and her real mother, the Queen of the Trylle. Wendy has a lot to learn if she is to be Princes...

Obviously I'm in the middle, with this book. But my outlook on this book is positive, overall. Hocking put together a very interesting and intriguing story. There was no point in the story where I was like, ugh, this is boring. The story is slow, taking place mostly in the Trylle Queen's palace, in which Wendy must learn everything about the Trylle and being a princess. Slow, but necessary.

I can't decide if I like Wendy or not - but honestly, I was rooting for her in this book. I hated how she felt in the beginning of the book - different, unique, unhappy. She never fit in anywhere. But then, even with the Trylle, she doesn't fit in, since she is the Princess. I hated how her mother pushed her around, trying to mold her into the perfect Princess. It's not like Wendy ever asked for any of that. It's not like she's ungrateful - she just doesn't want that life. I really felt for her. I'm not saying we'd be best friends (in my opinion, she's a bit of an airhead sometimes), but I understand her. 

The trolls thing is cool. The reason why humans and trolls are switched at birth is because trolls loveeee riches, so they put their troll babies in very rich families, so then the troll baby will grow up with a trust fund. Some trolls have extraordinary powers - for example, Wendy has some serious persuasion skills. 

The romance is... weird. I've already heard things about a messy romance in this series as a whole, so I'm prepared for the "worst". I don't need to love this series - heck, I never planned on reading it - so I'm not worried about being super invested in the series.

Overall, I'm definitely excited to read the next book. The short story at the end of this book was interesting - I hope to see more of Loki in the future. I think I know where Hocking is going with that particular situation...

What I Did Not Like:

Sometimes, Wendy bothered me a lot. She's an airhead at times, gaping at hot boys like they are the only boys on the planet. I mean, it's so air headed to just flat-out gawk, right? And her decision-making skills aren't always the finest. I wanted to see more of a brave Wendy, a risk-taker, the girl with the temper. It keeps getting mentioned that she has a temper, but other than the very beginning (the prologue), I didn't really see that. 

So, more character development from Wendy. Also, more story development? We get a taste of the bigger picture at the very end of this one, with the Vittra, so that's a good sign.

I'm confused about the romance. I know for sure that Wendy has lusty feelings for Finn (and vice versa), but is Tove a part of a potential love triangle? And Rhys - making it some sort of love pyramid? Hopefully not. 

Would I Recommend It:

Ehh, this series has been out for a while. If you were around back when it was self-published (and super cheap), then you've probably heard a lot about it. I'm keeping an open mind, and I'm reading the next two books regardless. I'm liking the series so far, but apparently the next ones are the rough ones... so we'll see!


3.5 stars -> rounded down to 3 stars. Only because I don't think I loved enough to consider it a four-star-read. I'll be reading/reviewing book two, Torn, next Friday (the 17th)!

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  1. Jst a few days ago I read 'Wake' by Amanda. And m totally sure I hated the lead character but I will still be reading the next book in the series bcoz m sucker for finishing series once I start reading it. The premise of this book itself sounds confusing and M not sure I want to read another series which I will hate. Thanks for the review though !

    Gayatri @ Drooling Over Book Covers

    1. I'm not too interested in that trilogy - doesn't sound like much of my thing. Trolls, on the other hand... well, count me in! Hopefully this series isn't too bad...

      You're very welcome - and thank YOU!

  2. Ooooh, another series about trolls!! But I wonder if trolls and humans are interchangeable, what's different about the trolls? I cannot wait to see what you think of the other books before deciding to add this one to the wish list or not!
    Thank you for your very honest review as always, Alyssa!

    1. The trolls have mind control kind of powers... sort of. Also they all have brown hair, brown eyes, pickiness towards food, an aversion to shoes... etc. I'll be binge-reading the series over the next couple of Fridays, so there's that!

      Thank you, Pili!

  3. Ooh good review! I admit I bought these as well a long time ago, not as self pub but this edition! I've read her My Blood Approves series and it was okay. I liked it, didn't love it. Sounds like that's how this one goes too! Had heard a few too many negatives, so hoping that it won't be like that for me when I get around to reading them. I feel hopeful again! Great review, again!

    1. I've never bee interested in her MBA series - vampires, blah. I hope this one will be better - or perhaps, her upcoming Kanin Chronicles.

      Thank you so much, Jessica!

  4. I got this one and I've heard wonderful things about the series as whole, but I haven't read them. I guess it wasn't too bad if you're willing to read the next book :)

    1. I'll definitely be reading the next two books! It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't have picked up the series without some serious motivation (i.e. the pub sending all three to me LOL).

  5. I read this series a while back. Yes, the romance was a little confusing. I'm not telling you who Wendy ends up with though. Hope you enjoy the remaining books.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

    1. Ooo, you sneaky lady! I will keep reading. Thank you!!

  6. Love this series! I liked Finn but it is Loki that is introduced in the second book that stole my heart! Keep reading! I liked Wendy. She is kind of lost and all over the place but she grows into her roll with the Trylle.

    1. He was actually in a short story in the back of the review copy I got from the pub, so I'm familiar! I can't wait to read more :D Thank you for commenting, you really encouraged me! I'm looking forward to the next book even more ^_^

    2. Oh yeah the new short stories. I first read the series when it was self published and those stories were not included then. I did later read them while at Walmart real quick LOL But need to read them again.

    3. I'm kind of glad I waited until this series was picked up by a publisher! Not that I had any way of knowing that that would happen LOL. Glad they're worth the re-read!! :D

  7. Oh boy. I'm super excited about this book now. Yeah gaping at boys is so air heady and I get what you mean about strong female characters. I love character development and I'm sorry there wasn't enough of that in this book for you. Love the comment about the love pyramid. lol

    Great review and thank you for sharing!

    Sharrice@Reese's Reviews

    1. If you read this book (and/or series), I hope you love it, Sharrice! I hear good things about Hocking, so I'm crossing my fingers ^_^ Thank you so much!


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