Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When she was six, Wendy Everly’s mother tried to kill her, proclaiming her a monster who had replaced her real child. Eleven years later, new student Finn tells Wendy she really is a changeling (Mom was right!), and he’s arrived to take her to her real home with the Trylle, a tribe of beautiful trolls with special powers. Hunted by a rival tribe, Wendy agrees. As she gets to know her birth mother and prepares for her debutante ball, Wendy finds her new life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Tapping into the YA zeitgeist of alienation and forbidden love, Hocking’s self-published Trylle trilogy was an e-book bestseller. Packaged with a bonus short story (not seen by PW), this melodramatic fantasy tickles many of the same fancies as the Twilight books and has already established a devoted fan base. 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. The plotting recovers, but the last chapter simply sets up the sequel, Torn, which pubs in February. Agent: The Axelrod Agency. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Vampire and werewolf lovers beware; this trilogy opener offers readers a new take on an unexpected breed of mystical beings. Readers who can suspend preconceived notions and open themselves up to this new interpretation are in for a midwinter version of a good beach read.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This is The Princess Diaries meets Twilight, and Hocking hits all the commercial high notes…Switched is escapist fantasy; it isn’t the specificity of the world that matters here; it’s the accessibility…What teenager hasn’t felt like a freak, a changeling in his or her own family?  Who doesn’t fantasize about being transformed from ordinary to extraordinary, of being whisked way to another life where the very things that are irritants in the “regular world” turn out to reveal our specialness?” –New York Times Book Review

“Wendy is a flawed antihero, which helps differentiate her from the throng of paranormal-romance heroines, and the potential for development, both dramatic and romantic, should make readers anxious for the next installment of the Trylle trilogy.” –Booklist

“Switched is written so wonderfully that it’ is not hard to imagine you are in this fantastic world!  Readers will love the exhilarating roller-coaster ride of Wendy’s life as she adapts to…a frightening and exciting life.” –Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“You can't beat the storyline for Switched, the book that starts off the series with a bang: When Wendy Everly was a little girl, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to end her life. Now Wendy is starting to wonder whether there might have been something to her mom's paranoia after all. Enter Finn Holmes—the mysterious, sexy guardian who's been watching over Wendy until she was old enough to learn the truth about her supernatural origins—and the revelation of a hidden world full of mysteries, dangers, and untapped powers that Wendy never knew she had.” –MTV.com

“The romance is smoldering, the action is suspenseful, and the characters are quirky, likeable, and original. Amanda Hocking has a gift for storytelling that will grip readers and keep them wanting more…Entrancing.” –Library Thing

“Started Switched last night. I don't like this book because it made me stay up too late last night to keep reading and made me skip my dance class this morning so I can finish it!” —BookCrossing

"I started reading Switched in the evening one night and stayed up until 3 a.m. because I didn't want to put it down. I had to be at work the next day and all I could think about was going home and finishing the book. Yes, it's THAT good." —A Tale of Many Reviews

 "Switched is paranormal YA with a fresh twist.  It has a more deliberate pace than other YA fantasy...and more emotional thrills.  I really appreciated the realistic development of the love story, and the characters feel well developed.  Recommended." —I'd So Rather Be Reading

“I ate this book up I could barely put it down before bed, and was also trying to sneak time in my busy morning to read some extra sentences. This was an awesome first book in a series that I'm dying to read. Amanda please write the next one soon. I'm dying!!” –Midnight Glace Reviews

“I LOVED this book!  The characters are quite likable…and there is never a dull moment.  I highly suggest you take a look at this book if you want to read some fantasy that leaves you panting for the next installment.” –The Light Under The Covers

 "Filled with action, suspense, and romance...I found the story completely fascinating." —A True Reality Blog

“Amanda Hocking is like a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market. I’ve read countless books about vampires, werewolves and faeries, but never one about trolls…Switched was an impressive start to a series that was chock-full of excitement, adventure and attitude.” –That Bookish Girl Blog

Switched has more intrigue and hidden secrets than the average YA book.” –Read My Mind

“An addicting, easy to digest book that can be devoured in an afternoon.” –Feeding My Book Addiction

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.” –Novels On The Run Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
This book was very hard to put down as it is a mystery (or is it?) and because the author's excellent writing had me turning page after page wanting to know how it was going to end. For individuals who enjoy mystical beings and mysteries then this trilogy is for you. When Wendy was young her mother thought she was a monster—for real. As she gets older, Wendy wonders if this is possible. Then she meets Finn Holmes, who has been watching over her until he thought it was time for her to learn the truth. Is she really supernatural? There is no slow part to this book...it moves quite quickly. This book is fast paced, well written, and keeps the reader wondering and trying to predict the ending. On the front cover of the book are the words, "What If Your Entire Life Was Built on a Lie?" This sums up the plot and may prompt; readers to understand why Wendy feels the way she does and how she acts in different situations. The author includes a short story at the end of the book entitled The Vittra Attacks, which also was well written and enjoyable. This is suitable for both young adult boys and girls. When this first book in the Trylle trilogy is read, readers will be in line for the next two: Torn (Book 2) and Ascend (Book 3) Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA - Heather Christensen
Trolls, long the ugly, dim-witted brutes of the fantasy world, get an intriguing facelift in this new series. When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother attacked her with a knife, claiming Wendy was a monster that had killed her true child. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mom is not as crazy as everyone thinks, when a handsome tracker named Finn reveals that she is, in fact, a changeling—a troll, or Trylle, as they like to be called. Her life turns upside down when Finn reveals that trolls are not ugly dolls with crazy hair, but instead gorgeous, powerful creatures living in a world hidden from humans. Okay, the hair thing is not that far off, but with magic and a good supply of hair products, it is no longer an issue. Hocking's premise is full of potential: an imaginative world full of sexy, powerful creatures, action, and romance—not steamy perhaps, but certainly smoldering. Unfortunately, the book is marred by a heroine who is spoiled, selfish, and downright helpless. In spite of impressive supernatural powers, she rarely stands on her own two feet, but instead flounders helplessly while her men fight to protect her. Still, this is likely to be popular with the vampire/werewolf crowd looking for a new setting for the same old story. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
VOYA - Katie Bickley
With its dark, brooding love interest, charmingly naive protagonist, and supernatural elements, Switched sometimes feels as though the writer made a checklist of things she liked about other supernatural romances and ticked them off as she went. Girl who falls in love with the wrong person? Check. Sweet boy who produces an uncomfortable love triangle? Check. The most likely audience here is those who are already enamored with paranormal romance. Reviewer: Katie Bickley, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
Self-publishing phenom Hocking's first traditionally published outing will appeal to teen readers looking for a paranormal-romance fix. Seventeen-year-old Wendy Everly has always been a misfit. Though raised in privilege, the mental and physical scars inflicted by her mother, coupled with her own sense of not belonging to the family and life she was born into, have left Wendy struggling to find her place in the world. Bouncing around from town to town, school to school, the only thing consistent in Wendy's life is a penchant for trouble. But just before her 18th birthday, everything changes. Found by a handsome "tracker," Wendy learns the truth about who and what she truly is and journeys "home" to the mother and the world she never knew existed. Vampire and werewolf lovers beware; this trilogy opener offers readers a new take on an unexpected breed of mystical beings. Readers who can suspend preconceived notions and open themselves up to this new interpretation are in for a midwinter version of a good beach read. 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. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Wendy has always been hated by her wealthy mother, who has been in a mental institution since trying to kill the girl at her sixth birthday party. She also has a strange psychic ability to persuade others to do her will. At 17, Wendy learns that she's actually a Trylle (troll) changeling, switched at birth with her mom's biological son so she could be raised in comfort and somehow cash in on a trust fund to take back to the hidden Trylle kingdom after high school. This revelation comes through Finn, a tracker sent to bring Wendy to her birth mother, the powerful and cold queen of Förening. Fond of the aunt and brother who have always cared for her, Wendy resists, until she and Finn are attacked by enemy Vittra, who would kidnap Wendy to keep her powerful bloodline within their faction. At the palace, she meets the mänsklig she was switched with and begins a "Princess Diaries"-esque education, falling for her now tutor/protector Finn during clichéd moments while learning of the strict social stratification that makes their electric feelings forbidden. With its occasional profanity and vulgarity, this is a book for older readers. While many fans of the genre will find aspects of the story appealing, it offers nothing particularly new or interesting. Key plot elements are predictable and often hastily or passively described after the fact. Finn is the typical smoldering-but-endearing, enigmatic older man. And Wendy is kept naive and vulnerable for most of the novel, only taking significant action in a final, hastily summarized escape. Regardless, readers will clamor for this best seller-at least until the next fantasy romance du jour pops up.—Riva Pollard, Prospect Sierra Middle School, El Cerrito, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250006318
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Trylle Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 133,908
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Hocking

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. 

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Drool 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 door, as if I had forgotten how to leave and needed reminding.

I fixed my gaze on him, and despite how stern his gray eyes looked, I could tell he’d cave easily. Over and over in my head I kept repeating, I do not need to go the principal’s office. You don’t want to send me down there. Let me stay in class. Within seconds his face went lax and his eyes took on a glassy quality.

“You can stay in class and finish the lecture,” Mr. Meade said groggily. He shook his head, clearing his eyes. “But next time you’re going straight to the office, Miss Everly.” He looked confused for a moment, and then launched right back into his history lecture.

I wasn’t sure what it was that I had just done exactly—I tried not to think about it enough to name it. About a year ago, I’d discovered that if I thought about something and looked at somebody hard enough, I could get that person to do what I wanted.

As awesome as that sounded, I avoided doing it as much as possible. Partially because I felt like I was crazy for really believing I could do it, even though it worked every time. But mostly because I didn’t like it. It made me feel dirty and manipulative.

Mr. Meade went on talking, and I followed along studiously, my guilt making me try harder. I hadn’t wanted to do that to him, but I couldn’t go to the principal’s office. I had just been expelled from my last school, forcing my brother and aunt to uproot their lives again so we could move closer to my new school.

I had honestly tried at the last school, but the Dean’s daughter had been intent on making my life miserable. I’d tolerated her taunts and ridicules as best I could until one day she cornered me in the bathroom, calling me every dirty name in the book. Finally, I’d had enough, and I punched her.

The Dean decided to skip their one-strike rule and immediately expelled me. I know in large part it was because I’d resorted to physical violence against his child, but I’m not sure that was it entirely. Where other students were shown leniency, for some reason I never seemed to be.

When class finally ended, I shoved my books in my book bag and left quickly. I didn’t like hanging around after I did the mind-control trick. Mr. Meade could change his mind and send me to the office, so I hurried down to my locker.

Bright-colored flyers decorated battered lockers, telling everyone to join the debate team, try out for the school play, and not to miss the fall semiformal this Friday. I wondered what a “semiformal” consisted of at a public school, not that I’d bothered to ask anyone.

I got to my locker and started switching out my books. Without even looking, I knew Finn was behind me. I glanced over my shoulder and saw him getting a drink from the fountain. Almost as soon as I looked at him, he lifted his head and gazed at me. Like he could sense me too.

The guy was just looking at me, nothing more, but it freaked me out somehow. I’d put up with his stares for a week, trying to avoid confrontation, but I couldn’t take it anymore. He was the one acting inappropriately, not me. I couldn’t get in trouble for just talking to him, right?

“Hey,” I said to him, slamming my locker shut. I readjusted the straps on my book bag and walked across the hall to where he stood. “Why are you staring at me?”

“Because you’re standing in front of me,” Finn replied simply. He looked at me, his eyes framed by dark lashes, without any hint of embarrassment or even denial. It was definitely unnerving.

“You’re always staring at me,” I persisted. “It’s weird. You’re weird.”

“I wasn’t trying to fit in.”

“Why do you look at me all the time?” I knew I’d simply rephrased my original question, but he still hadn’t given me a decent answer.

“Does it bother you?”

“Answer the question.” I stood up straighter, trying to make my presence more imposing so he wouldn’t realize how much he rattled me.

“Everyone always looks at you,” Finn said coolly. “You’re very attractive.”

That sounded like a compliment, but his voice was emotionless when he said it. I couldn’t tell if he was making fun of a vanity I didn’t even have, or if he was simply stating facts. Was he flattering me or mocking me? Or maybe something else entirely?

“Nobody stares at me as much as you do,” I said as evenly as I could.

“If it bothers you, I’ll try and stop,” Finn offered.

That was tricky. In order to ask him to stop, I had to admit that he’d gotten to me, and I didn’t want to admit that anything got to me. If I lied and said it was fine, then he would just keep on doing it.

“I didn’t ask you to stop. I asked you why,” I amended.

“I told you why.”

“No, you didn’t.” I shook my head. “You just said that everyone looks at me. You never explained why you looked at me.”

Almost imperceptibly the corner of his mouth moved up, revealing the hint of a smirk. It wasn’t just that I amused him; I sensed he was pleased with me. Like he had challenged me somehow and I had passed.

My stomach did a stupid flip thing I had never felt before, and I swallowed hard, hoping to fight it back.

“I look at you because I can’t look away,” Finn answered finally.

I was struck completely mute, trying to think of some kind of clever response, but my mind refused to work. Realizing that my jaw had gone slack and I probably looked like an awestruck schoolgirl, I hurried to collect myself.

“That’s kind of creepy,” I said at last, but my words came out weak instead of accusatory.

“I’ll work on being less creepy, then,” Finn promised.

I had called him out on being creepy, and it didn’t faze him at all. He didn’t stammer an apology or flush with shame. He just kept looking at me evenly. Most likely he was a damn sociopath, and for whatever reason, I found that endearing.

I couldn’t come up with a witty retort, but the bell rang, saving me from the rest of that awkward conversation. Finn just nodded, thus ending our exchange, and turned down the hall to go to his next class. Thankfully, it was one of the few he didn’t have with me.

True to his word, Finn wasn’t creepy the rest of the day. Every time I saw him, he was doing something inoffensive that didn’t involve looking at me. I still got that feeling that he watched me when I had my back to him, but it wasn’t anything I could prove.

When the final bell rang at three o’clock, I tried to be the first one out. My older brother, Matt, picked me up from school, at least until he found a job, and I didn’t want to keep him waiting. Besides that, I didn’t want to deal with any more contact with Finn Holmes.

I quickly made my way to the parking lot at the edge of the school lawn. Scanning for Matt’s Prius, I absently started to chew my thumbnail. I had this weird feeling, almost like a shiver running down my back. I turned around, half expecting to see Finn staring at me, but there was nothing.

I tried to shake it off, but my heart raced faster. This felt like something more sinister than a boy from school. I was still staring off, trying to decide what had me freaked out, when a loud honk startled me, making me jump. Matt sat a few cars down, looking at me over the top of his sunglasses.

“Sorry.” I opened the car door and hopped in, where he looked me over for a moment. “What?”

“You looked nervous. Did something happen?” Matt asked, and I sighed. He took his whole big brother thing way too seriously.

“No, nothing happened. School sucks,” I said, brushing him off. “Let’s go home.”

“Seat belt,” Matt commanded, and I did as I was told.

Matt had always been quiet and reserved, thinking everything over carefully before making a decision. He was a stark contrast to me in every way, except that we were both relatively short. I was small, with a decidedly pretty, feminine face. My brown hair was an untamed mess of curls that I kept up in loose buns.

He kept his sandy blond hair trim and neat, and his eyes were the same shade of blue as our mother’s. Matt wasn’t overtly muscular, but he was sturdy and athletic from working out a lot. He had a sense of duty, like he had to make sure he was strong enough to defend us against anything.

“How is school going?” Matt asked.

“Great. Fantastic. Amazing.”

“Are you even going to graduate this year?” Matt had long since stopped judging my school record. A large part of him didn’t even care if I graduated from high school.

“Who knows?” I shrugged.

Everywhere I went, kids never seemed to like me. Even before I said or did anything. I felt like I had something wrong with me and everyone knew it. I tried getting along with the other kids, but I’d only take getting pushed for so long before I pushed back. Principals and deans were quick to expel me, probably sensing the same things the kids did.

I just didn’t belong.

“Just to warn you, Maggie’s taking it seriously,” Matt said. “She’s set on you graduating this year, from this school.”

“Delightful.” I sighed. Matt couldn’t care less about my schooling, but my aunt Maggie was a different story. And since she was my legal guardian, her opinion mattered more. “What’s her plan?”

“Maggie’s thinking bedtimes,” Matt informed me with a smirk. As if sending me to bed early would somehow prevent me from getting in a fight.

“I’m almost eighteen!” I groaned. “What is she thinking?”

“You’ve got four more months until you’re eighteen,” Matt corrected me sharply, and his hand tightened on the steering wheel. He suffered from serious delusions that I was going to run away as soon as I turned eighteen, and nothing I could say would convince him otherwise.

“Yeah, whatever.” I waved it off. “Did you tell her she’s insane?”

“I figured she’d hear it enough from you.” Matt grinned at me.

“So did you find a job?” I asked tentatively, and he shook his head.

He’d just finished an internship over the summer, working with a great architecture firm. He’d said it didn’t bother him, moving to a town without much call for a promising young architect, but I couldn’t help feeling guilty about it.

“This is a pretty town,” I said, looking out the window.

We approached our new house, buried on an average suburban street among a slew of maples and elms. It actually seemed like a boring small town, but I’d promised I’d make the best of it. I really wanted to. I didn’t think I could handle disappointing Matt anymore.

“So you’re really gonna try here?” Matt asked, looking over at me. We had pulled up in the driveway next to the butter-colored Victorian that Maggie had bought last month.

“I already am,” I insisted with a smile. “I’ve been talking to this Finn kid.” Sure, I’d talked to him only once, and I wouldn’t even remotely count him as a friend, but I had to tell Matt something.

“Look at you. Making your very first friend.” Matt shut off the car’s engine and looked at me with veiled amusement.

“Yeah, well, how many friends do you have?” I countered. He just shook his head and got out of the car, and I quickly followed him. “That’s what I thought.”

“I’ve had friends before. Gone to parties. Kissed a girl. The whole nine yards,” Matt said as he went through the side door into the house.

“So you say.” I kicked off my shoes as soon as we walked into the kitchen, which was still in various stages of unpacking. As many times as we’d moved, everyone had gotten tired of the whole process, so we tended to live out of boxes. “I’ve only seen one of these alleged girls.”

“Yeah, ’cause when I brought her home, you set her dress on fire! While she was wearing it!” Matt pulled off his sunglasses and looked at me severely.

“Oh, come on. That was an accident and you know it.”

“So you say.” Matt opened the fridge.

“Anything good in there?” I asked and hopped onto the kitchen island. “I’m famished.”

“Probably nothing you’d like.” Matt started sifting through the contents of the fridge, but he was right.

I was a notoriously picky eater. While I had never purposely sought out the life of a vegan, I seemed to hate most things that had either meat in them or man-made synthetics. It was odd and incredibly irritating for the people who tried to feed me.

Maggie appeared in the doorway to the kitchen, flecks of paint stuck in her blond curls. Layers of multicolored paint covered her ratty overalls, proof of all the rooms she had redecorated over the years. She had her hands on her hips, so Matt shut the fridge door to give her his full attention.

“I thought I told you to tell me when you got home,” Maggie said.

“We’re home?” Matt offered.

“I can see that.” Maggie rolled her eyes, and then turned her attention to me. “How was school?”

“Good,” I said. “I’m trying harder.”

“We’ve heard that before.” Maggie gave me a weary look.

I hated it when she gave me that look. I hated knowing that I made her feel that way, that I had disappointed her that much. She did so much for me, and the only thing she asked of me was that I at least try at school. I had to make it work this time.

“Well, yeah … but…” I looked to Matt for help. “I mean, I actually promised Matt this time. And I’m making a friend.”

“She’s talking to some guy named Finn,” Matt said corroborating my story.

“Like a guy guy?” Maggie smiled too broadly for my liking.

The idea of Finn being a romantic prospect hadn’t crossed Matt’s mind before, and he suddenly tensed up, looking at me with a new scrutiny. Fortunately for him, that idea hadn’t crossed my mind either.

“No, nothing like that.” I shook my head. “He’s just a guy, I guess. I don’t know. He seems nice enough.”

“Nice?” Maggie gushed. “That’s a start! And much better than that anarchist with the tattoo on his face.”

“We weren’t friends,” I corrected her. “I just stole his motorcycle. While he happened to be on it.”

Nobody had ever really believed that story, but it was true, and it was how I figured out that I could get people to do things just by thinking it. I had been thinking that I really wanted his bike, and then I was looking at him and he was listening to me, even though I hadn’t said anything. Then I was driving his motorcycle.

“So this really is gonna be a new start for us?” Maggie couldn’t hold back her excitement any longer. Her blue eyes started to well with happy tears. “Wendy, this is just so wonderful! We can really make a home here!”

I wasn’t nearly as excited about it as she was, though I couldn’t help but hope she was right. It would be nice to feel like I was home somewhere.

 

Copyright © 2011 by Amanda Hocking

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Interviews & Essays

What kinds of things do you stay up late at night thinking about?
Here's a struggle I've had my whole life, and maybe it is just a "me" thing, but I feel like it's something I'm seeing in the real world. All the stereotypical "dude" geeky things I like are socially acceptable, and all the stereotypical "lady" geeky things I like are frowned upon....

Why is it so much more respectable to geek out over spaceships and a made up religion than vampires with undertones of a real religion? Is it because of the romance? Is romance inherently uncool?...why is it cool and respectable to geek out over sci fi and JJ Abrams, but it's not cool to geek out over romance and Stephanie Meyer?
Or maybe it's all in my head, and it's not cool to geek out over anything.

For me Twilight is my Romeo and Juliet. I never cared for Shakespeare so Twilight is a new adaptation to geek out on. But it also has to do with gender. I don't have very many girlfriends so my findings may be off, but the stuff I geek out to, Harry Potter, Star Trek, cheesy 80's movies, etc, is typically lame in the eyes of the girls. But the guys, a different story, they are usually stoked a girl is into that stuff. Ahh. So much to continue thinking about.

How did you get the idea to write Switched?
I decided that I really enjoyed writing paranormal romance. Really. So I knew I wanted to stay in that genre, even if it wasn't popular. I looked up different books, seeing what was popular and wasn't. I came across a few lines on Wikipedia (everything on there is true) from a bit of Scandinavian folklore. It was two sentences, but that was it. That was the idea for Switched.

Did you ever think you were a changeling...or maybe just adopted?
Not really. My parents were always really honest with me, so I assumed that if I was, they would've told me. I was an only child most of my life, but I was really close to my gramma, and I never doubted for a second that we weren't related.

Who or what inspires you?
I think I draw most inspiration from writers like Richelle Mead and filmmakers like John Hughes. They both really understand the experience of being a teenager and how insistent and intense everything feels, but they're also smart, savvy, and fun. [Richelle Mead's] characters are very strong and funny and real, and I definitely learn from her as much as I can.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    Perfect for cold nights...

    This is the first book I've not put down till finished with it in a long time. I bought it for my daughter originally, but chose to pre-read it first (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) I wound up falling in love with the book. It reminds me quite a bit of "Twilight" but is no where near as whiny or silly as sparkling vampires.

    The plot twists a bit (though it is fairly predictable at times) and keeps your attention throughout the chapters. If you haven't purchased the second book, expect to run out and do so as soon as you've finished the first!

    60 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book. It is one of a kind and will keep you entertained for hours. I can only say: Amanda Hocking is a fantastic writer!!

    45 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    A good read

    If you are a Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse reader you will probably like this book. The book is pretty well written wih only a few typos or missing linking verbs. All in all, a good mix of action and adventure; drama and pg-rated romance.

    27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    Interesting

    I initially skipped this work but came back to it after reading the preview. I'm mostly glad I decided to read the work. The changling take is interesting and the author doesn't go so far into depth with the mechanics that one is busy thinking "how did this happen" to focus on the real plot.

    I like that the main character's thought process while recognizable as similar to a human's seems to miss huge gaps in how people think or at least how I think. Hearing the story first person really amped up the drama. The release of information or the lack of information really makes the whole story.

    I liked how even though I didn't like all the characters they had enough personality and mystery to draw me in. I've already purchased the sequel and can't wait to start that.

    For those who like urban fantasy and who don't mind a lighter more teen geared book, this is a fun rainy day read.

    23 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Stupid!

    I can not belive this got such good ratings. It was so stupid! Trolls? ReallY!

    23 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Okay story, but poorly written with shoddy editing

    As a writer, editor, and publisher, I find this book has weak and predictable characters and a derivative plot. That would not concern me too much, except the book is also poorly written with an appalling number of grammar errors. As a grandmother with grandkids in this writer's target demographic, I would not recommend this book at all. Kids learn to write by reading, and one reason many kids can't write is because they have not been exposed to good writing. There is just too much wrong with this book as it stands.

    As a publisher, this book is an example of the reasons self-publishing continues to have a bad reputation. Shoddy editing, amateurish writing, poor word choices: all contribute to an overall perception of schlock. Hopefully, Ms. Hocking will spend some of her earnings to hire a good editor. She sorely needs one.

    22 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Worth Checking out. An easy, but good read.

    I only purchased this book because it was cheap. I wasn't expecting it be very good, but I did enjoy it a lot. Don't expect some epic story, because it's not. And I get the feeling that's not what the author was going for either. Regardless, it's good and had me entertained.

    20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Hocking's "Switched" is an exciting page-turner

    I finished reading Amanda Hocking's "Switched" in a single day - I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages. I am totally in love with Finn and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book of this Series. If you're a Twilight or Vampire Academy fan, don't miss this book. Amanda Hocking is an exciting fresh new voice in the urban fantasy genre and I can't wait to read more of her work!!!

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    This doesn't help gothic literature

    If I didn't feel duty bound to review self-published gothic works, especially when they become incredibly popular, I probably wouldn't have reviewed this book. If I'd known when I started reading this book that by the time I finished it the author, Amanda Hocking, would go on to sign with St. Martin's Press for a $2 million four-book deal, and the film rights to her Trylle Trilogy (of which "Switched" is the first book) was going to be sold to Media Rights Capital, I definitely would not have reviewed it, because I want to spend my time on more under-represented yet higher quality works.

    "Switched" (Amanda Hocking via Kindle Books, July 2010) is a Cinderella tale for the 21st century. It's a juvenile story about a teenage girl, Wendy, who happens to be a troll (They look just like everyone else, apparently.). Wendy was switched at birth in the hospital by the Trylles (Trylle being the collective term for trolls.) so she could grow up in a rich family and later be tracked down and taken back to the Trylle community where her inheritance would ultimately go to the Kingdom of Trylle, known as Forening. Only Wendy isn't any ordinary troll. Sure, she has psychic gifts just like all trolls, but in Forening she's also a princess, and her real mother, of course, is the queen of Forening.

    I would like to say there's something to this story, but there really isn't. Wendy predictably develops a crush on her sexy captor (a troll tracker named Finn), and she goes through the pains of learning to be a princess after he takes her from her human family to her biological family in Forening. There she is lavished with attention, prestige, wealth, and admiration and is even the subject of a botched kidnapping by the troll enemies of Forening during a grand ball held in her honor. Yet in spite of all that, she decides she doesn't want to be a princess. She doesn't like the way her queen-mom does business, and she misses her human family, which consists of her brother, aunt, and the boy she was changed with at birth whom she finds in Forening.

    Unfortunately, her changeling mother isn't in the picture anymore because she took a butcher's knife to Wendy when she was a little girl, knowing full well that Wendy wasn't her real daughter, or even a human being for that matter. She refused to accept that she had given birth to Wendy, and though her changeling mother was right all along, she was put in a mental institution nonetheless. If the story's starting to sound familiar, it should.

    The rip offs in this plot from modern movies like "Twilight," "The Princess Diaries," and "The Changeling" (staring Angelina Jolie) make for a very unoriginal work that even on its own is downright boring to read. At best it's an escapist fantasy piece for young girls with low self-esteem. And perhaps that's its charm, because there's no denying that Amanda Hocking's books, and this trilogy in particular, have sold very well. She's become a multi-millionaire from them.

    But I have to say "Switched" does nothing to advance the cause of modern gothic literature. Even the uncommon use of trolls that look just like humans comes off as a desperate, somewhat silly attempt to avoid using all the other over-farmed mythical creatures, such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, etc., that have already been cashed in on by other authors.

    As well, the reading grade level of the writing is very low, and this will do nothing to improve the minds of the young girls who r

    17 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    A story that drags on....

    This book is by far one of the worse fantasy books I have ever read. It contains 500 pages of a girl who falls in love with a boy she is not allowed to be with. It reminds me of the princess diaries or something with equally childish story lines. It was horribly written and it not even worth the .99 cents that i payed for it.

    16 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    Wsas thssi book eduted???

    I have never read a book with so many errors. I've read other reviews that stated the reader was "annoyed". Annoyed is an understatement. I believe if writing is your bread and butter you should certainly know how to write using proper English. That would be like a doctor not knowing the human anatomy. The story line was incredibly average and the plot was obvious at best.

    14 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    Wonderful, original, touching story! Highly recommended.

    I got this book because the cover was interesting, and hey, $0.99. Ten pages into it, I couldn't put it down. I finished the whole book in one sitting...and immediately went and bought Amanda Hocking's other books.

    I think this is one of those rare, original, gripping stories you don't see much of today. The characters are great, their interactions are interesting, and the world Amanda created is very unique and beautiful. My reading tastes range from Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Christine Feehan, Heather Graham, Karen Rose, etc. I have to admit this book isn't like any of the above writers, but I love it.

    Amanda Hocking is going to be a pleasant addition to my favorite authors list.

    I recommend this book (and author) to anyone who is looking for a great, fun, touching read. Prepare to be obsessed!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Fantastic Trilogy Can't wait for Number 3!

    I know this book is considered "teen" but take it from someone who is way out of their teens, this book was a great read. It had me grabbing for number 2 and googling when I can read number 3. Great plot and imagination from the author. The twisting plots in the story keep you hooked and I won't even ruin what surprise awaits in book 2. This is a great leisurely read with good character development. I can even see where the author could write books springing off of this one about the trackers, the queen, and the Vittra. Enjoy!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    good book

    it is a very intresting book to read and i have to be honest i couldnt put it down, the only prolems are all of the typos!!! it is kind of annoying.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    It was ok

    I enjoyed the story line and the writing. I could do with a little less teenage romance and crying. If you liked the twilight books you will like this. Too much teenage drama for me.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    Pleasantly Surprised.

    I am not into the fantasy genre at all - I normally roll my eyes at all things mythological. Honestly, I downloaded this book for no other reason than that it was 99 cents, and I liked the cover. That being said...I loved it. I finished it in 1 day, and finished the second book (Torn) the following day. I never expected to enjoy this book and now I am impatiently awaiting the release of the final book!!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

    My opinion on the book

    I really reccomend this to people who enjoyed twilight.I am 16 and i fell in love with the characters, expecially Finn. the book is like a teenage girls biggest fantasy; getting taken to a palace and finding out your a princess and the guy that saves you and guides you is cute and dreamy. I cant waiiit to download 'torn' to my ebook and read it! Amanda Hocking is AWESOME!!!!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    It's "Twilight" with trolls.

    Granted, I did read the free preview; but, the preview is nearly half of the book. It's enough to show that this is Twilight but using trolls instead of vampires and werewolves (guess all the "cool" monsters were taken). *SPOILERS* You have a female teenage lead who feels alone and outcast from the rest of her peer group. Her mother tried to murder her in the opening chapter because she swore she was a changeling; she was right, but it's not really the point here. Enter brooding mysterious boy who stalks our female lead. When did sitting outside bedroom windows watching a person become romantic? Because it really needs to stop. Also, verbal abuse is not foreplay or misconstrued attempts to show affection. Brooding boy tells female lead that she's not like everyone else and she quickly latches onto the implausible scenario that she is a mythical creature instead of a teenager with social issues. After a heart to heart with her psychotic mother, the lead character feels justified that she is indeed a mythical creature and will now run away from the only person who truly ever loved her (her brother) and follow the mysterious brooding male into the unknown. Even though the free preview continued, I was so disgusted with the message this book has in it, I had to put it down.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    Fun, quick read for anyone who enjoys teen fantasy reading

    I read Switched and immediately purchased and read Torn. I was disappointed when I realized book 3 of the Trilogy has not yet been published. I will keep an eye out for it.

    My main criticism is not of the story but the editing. Whoever edited it should look for a different job. There were many typos, grammatical errors, added or missing words, etc. It was kind of distracting. I thought the book deserved better than that.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    An Amazing Read ~ Must have for your nook!

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    Oh my goodness, if you have a nook, go buy this book for $0.99! It is worth a lot more than that! The world the author makes is awesome. I didn't read any reviews before I got this book, so I didn't really know where it was going to go. I was guessing to myself while reading it, but couldn't figure it out. Was a twist it was! The main character, Wendy, is quite immature at first, but I think is a good addition to plot. It allows her to grow and figure out who she wants to be, not what she needs to be. Finn is awesome. One of those male characters you wish were real so you could snatch him up! The plot of it was really smooth and flowing. I could not stop reading this book, I did not stop until I was finished. I am very excited to read the continuation of the story! 5 out of 5 stars.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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