Switched by Amanda Hocking
(Trylle Trilogy, Book 1)

63%

16 Critic Reviews

But while Hocking grabs readers early on, thinly drawn, enigmatic characters with deliberately poor communication and a flair for high school–style drama stall the story’s momentum.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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 Amanda Hocking

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AMANDA HOCKING is the author of the New York Times bestselling Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. She made international headlines by selling over a million copies of her self-published books, primarily in eBook format. She lives in Minnesota, where she's at work on the next book in the Watersong series.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 336 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Switched
All: 16 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 01 2011

Details of Wendy's daily life tend to obscure the mounting tensions between good and evil, but there’s enough forbidden love and adventure to hook readers and leave them wanting more.

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NY Times

Above average
on Jan 13 2012

“Switched” is heavy on story and light on style, and Hocking takes advantage of the most common conventions of the genre rather than defying them. She knows how to keep readers turning the pages...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Nov 14 2011

But while Hocking grabs readers early on, thinly drawn, enigmatic characters with deliberately poor communication and a flair for high school–style drama stall the story’s momentum.

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Examiner

Above average
on Apr 21 2012

Switched was a promising start to the trilogy, and I cannot wait to pick up the other books now. The unique premise is captivating, and really gives it a unique edge to really stand out.

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Examiner

Above average
on Mar 28 2012

Switched wasn’t bad, I just didn’t feel so caught up in the storyline to find out what happens next. Hocking does end the book with a decent cliffhanger surrounding moral questions about Wendy’s position in the Everly family.

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Examiner

Above average
on Nov 25 2011

Teen books like this are the new fad, and “Switched” follows that formulated storyline almost exactly. That, paired with how the story was written, made the book incredibly predictable. Absolutely nothing was a surprise...

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Examiner

Above average
on Apr 19 2011

Several things may get under a reader's skin...However, once readers get through the mundane high school existence that Wendy finds herself in during the first part of the book they will discover a new series that may possibly become a favorite.

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USA Today

Above average
on Feb 10 2011

Hocking wrote the first version in a week which shows in its cracking pace. It has action, mystery and, thanks to a feisty heroine and brooding hero, there’s a good deal of romantic tension.

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Express

Above average
on Jan 08 2012

Hocking wrote the first version in a week which shows in its cracking pace. It has action, mystery and, thanks to a feisty heroine and brooding hero, there’s a good deal of romantic tension.

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Starburst Magazine

Below average
on Feb 15 2012

There's some mild peril introduced as the novel progresses but it all feels rather rushed, as though Hocking realised that she ought to make something happen...It really is shocking in its contrivance.

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The Daily Fig

Above average
on Jan 05 2012

Switched is PERFECT for skimming and it’s a treasure trove of magical bits—but don’t expect too much consistency.

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IBN Live

Above average
on Mar 26 2012

Having similar magic elements and powers like a lot of novels nowadays, it lacks a sense of originality, but the way the author has managed to blend fiction with what us modern day teenagers can relate to, is one prominent feature of the book.

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Wovenmyst

Above average
on Nov 09 2012

Switched was captivating and it’s characters where alluring. It was interesting to read about a Trolls POV and what they might go through, especially a changeling. There was no room for boredom when reading this novel.

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The Upcoming.

Above average
on Jan 15 2012

Hocking’s short chapters, punchy sentences and penchant for cliff-hangers will keep readers engaged and it is easy to devour this book in one sitting...

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LL Book Reviews

Above average
on May 04 2011

Other reviewers have already said this, but Switched is basically Twilight...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!

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Teen Ink

Above average

This is a book that is full of suspense and I really enjoyed it. People who like The Hunger Games or Matched would enjoy this book.

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