Switched

Switched

by Amanda Hocking
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Overview

Switched by Amanda Hocking

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429956529
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Trylle Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 90,916
File size: 371 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.


Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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Switched 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6863 reviews.
AutumnJean More than 1 year ago
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!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
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!!
KShaw_PA More than 1 year ago
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.
tigresslilly More than 1 year ago
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.
KaterinaNYC More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Evabell More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
MrsRyan More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
The-Gordon-Composition More than 1 year ago
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
katiewatie More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Texasevo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
nelliebly1025 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bibliophile's Bestiary 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ineed a book for me plus friends. Btw it needs to be teacher approved. I am a teenager. Woulld u recommend this bok? Plz answer by end of today
Terasena More than 1 year ago
I just don't understand all the hard criticism behind this book. People that read it before this professionally done copy came out fail to realize that it had not been edited or anything. But this new copy has. So I suggest that you all re read this book and then make your opinion herd. This is one of the better books I've read in the past year. Some of my favorite series have let me down. But this book was a very warm welcome, and I read A LOT! I'm not going to give anything away or get into the book 'cause I don't have time, but you need to go read this! GREAT BOOK!
Twilight_Princess1914 More than 1 year ago
I found this book delightful it was a smooth read and engaging A must read if you are into magical worlds. It was very hard to put it down, reading this book felt like I was watching it on TV... Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book and I don't plan too...okay, maybe I'll try to get through it. First, trolls? That completely threw me for a loop. How...unpleasant. Second, it's just boring. I mean, after being spoiled by Hunger Games, The Immortal Instrument Series, The Maze Runner Series, Vampire Academy Series, ect. this one is just a bit dry and too predictable. I guess a 12 year old would enjoy it. This writer has no writing style, no writing originality, no good vocab, nothing to offer. It's a poorly written book. I can do better. In fact, I will. I'm actually writing a book right now call The Prophecy. Look out for it! I guess I just enjoy a beautifully written book. This one is like this: "I said this and then he said that and then we fell in love and my heart is fluttering and oh my gosh I'm a troll!" Lol really? Yeah...pass!
MysteryBlue More than 1 year ago
First -- Before reading my review, understand that I love Twilight and adore 13 to Life (And fantasy books here and there). And yes, I am a teenager. This story has a really nice story to it. It's not like everything that's on the shelf. It is a fantasy book, and I liked the way that the author wanted to make a new type of mythological creature. I liked the characters and their roles in it, even if a few frustrated me. Unfortunatley, they story was way to fast for me and too short. I probably should have seen it coming with the book smaller than the rest in my library. But I tried it. In the end, I'm not going to buy the second book. It's not bad, but its not one I highly reccommended.
Sunrise907 More than 1 year ago
The cover captured my interest. Amanda makes the story so real that the Trylle could be here in America! I like the intimacy between the characters, not to sexy, but enough to keep your attention. I have already read the series and wish for more, but Amanda does not leave you hanging at the end. For those who like urban fantasy and who don't mind a lighter more teen geared book, this is a fun commuting or rainy day read. Better yet, read the series with your teen! The editors of the EBook were pretty bad though, lots of missed spelled words or sentences ending with no punctuations.
cassw21 More than 1 year ago
This book was really great. I was completely in love with Finn. And Amanda Hocking is crazy good at writing. She pulls you in and really keeps you trying to figure out how the story is going to end, but it gets even better because the next book is even more amazing!
BlueMoon3 More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book. The story is cool a definitely not what I thoight it was going to be. The characters are all great and developed quite nicely. It's a story that makes you laugh and feel for the characters which a lot of books fall short of achieving.
BOOKREADER28 More than 1 year ago
had me hooked from the first page. keeps u wanting more plus if u download the sample its 302 pages long unlike the usual 20 or so!!!! deffinitly gettin this
StaciaUT More than 1 year ago
I bought this book cause it was a good price so I thought I would check it out. I ended up not only staying up late to finish it, I also bought the second book and finished it that same night (I was up until 5:30am)