Sooo, after finishing Switched I realized 2 things:1 I'm officially in love with Amanda Hocking2 Trolls are hot (3 I also suspect that I am a troll due to the hair thing, but I haven't found any proof yet I'm looking on it.) “Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I'm a troll with magical powers, and I'd just be like, yeah, that sounds right.” Wendy Everly, a girl whose mother tried to kill her when she was six and always thought that she was living someone else's life finds out that she is indeed living someone else's life, because she is a changeling, a child that is exchanged in secret for another child Of course there is , and she feels quite astonished when she is also told that she is a troll (although she isn't green), a royal one, the heir of the Trylle kingdom So Wendy has to move into a palace with a cold mother when everyone prays for her downfall and another tribe wants to kidnap her for reasons unknown And she has to fight her feelings for her sexy tracker/bodyguard, Finn.It is fun It is so much fun This series is the reason why all my friends call me trolllover, but I'm not particularly concerned because if Finn was my lover, they would be concerned And jealous *cue evil laughter*I must admit I never thought I would want to be a troll or that a writer could make them such interesting and fascinating creatures, but Amanda did it! I loved the fast pace and the mythology and the twists in the story, Switched was an easy and entertaining read that made me forget stupid reality and stupid reality stuff! “I look at you because I can't look away Wendy.That's kinda creepy.I will work on being less creepy then.” I found Wendy irritating most of the times because she kept on acting before thinking and she was quite immature, but there were signs of development, plus her life was not an easy one, so I'm giving her the benefit of doubt But I can't understand why everyone is keeping her in the darkness! Wouldn't everything be easier if they just told her what she needed to know in order to acclimate to her new life and try harder to rule someday? Just saying! I liked Finn, but I don't like the way the things between them are heading,even though I enjoyed the tension Their love is not a healthy one Tove is becoming one of my favorite characters, and so are Willa, Matt and Rhys! Elora, well, I'm not that fond of her but I bet there is an explanation for her behavior!To all paranormal fans all over the world, Trylle is an exciting world to dive in!! Picture this a great life with a loving family,( with the exception of your mother trying to kill you when you were 5) and you're a total brat all through out this book, i could picture Wendy whining and using her little gift of persuasion *sarcastic ooooh and ahhh* to get her way It was her own fault for not having friends and being miserable because she never freaking tried Its a two way street honey You're not THAT beautiful speaking of which i was so fucking tired of her constantly getting compliments It seemed so fake and gagworthy ALSO, it was one of those stupid love stories They know each other for about TWO WEEKS, and I'm led to believe the attraction is only physical, and i quote: my hands were trembling, and that familiar butterfly feeling Finn gave me spread throughout my body.(here comes the funny part) I was in love with him, and I wasn't going to give him up Not for anything in this world or the next WHAT THE FUCKKKK WHO ARE YOU!? who are you to be proclaiming your love for someone after TWO WEEKS and you barely even know him past his gorgeous face and lastly Wendy go home literally You're maybe upset for about a day or two before you forget all about the family that loved and cared for your ungrateful little ass I mean really.(view spoiler)[ and yes I know, her and Rhys run away, but she only leaves when Finn no longer works there and she cant get what she wants any (hide spoiler)] Aformal (and better xD) review of this is available on my blog Check it out!I hadn't had a book infuriate me this much since A Beautiful Dark.So Wendy Everly finds out she's a changeling switched at birth, and that she's actually one of the Trylle─a.k.a trolls She's also a princess.Every Single Character In this book Expected her to know everything about Trylle life already Nobody even educates this girl Sometimes Finn, the hero, tries to, but then they end up making out or some other annoying romantic activity.Wendy was so damn unlikable She was close to being a TSTL heroine When her mother, Elora, yelled at her about the stupidest things, she just stood there and took it She needs to learn to stand up for herself I would've probably liked her, or at least respected her , if she would just stop letting that bitchy mother of hers to treat her like fecal matter.I didn't like the characters, the story, the romance, nothing But a friend of mine told me that it gets better in the sequel I do see some potential in this series, I guess.I'd probably still read the sequel, just to see if it really gets better I mean, I got a copy of it already I bought it at the same time I got this one I guess I just had high hopes for this series :/ Please check out Electrifying Reviews forreviews like this, plus giveaways, interviews, and !By now, practically everyone knows Amanda Hocking’s story Selfpublished wonder turned multimillionaire, now with multiple book deals Before all of the hoopla, I read a little book called Switched Even before all of the fame, I loved this book So, of course, when it was rereleased, I absolutely had to read it again And let me tell you, I loved it eventhis time around!Switched is extremely readable and entertaining Both times I’ve read it, I’ve gotten pulled into the story immediately, and my eyes are glued to the pages until the book is done The Trylle society is original and intricate, and I loved reading about the complexities of it, and how Wendy fits into all of it.Amanda Hocking has a smooth, exciting writing style I’ve never read something by her I haven’t enjoyed immensely, even her blog posts! Her ability to create something so fun, yet thrilling in its own way is unique I cannot wait to see where she goes in life, because I’m sure that her recent surge in popularity is not temporary.Wendy is a strongwilled girl, and reading Switched from her perspective was a joy She is in a tough position, but she doesn’t budge when it comes to what she believes in, and I appreciate that The other characters are completely enjoyable, and I loved them, and their interactions with each other.The Princess Diaries meets Tithe in Switched, the highly imaginative, immensely enjoyable novel from Amanda Hocking, an upandcoming talent I have nothing but love for Switched, and cannot wait to continue the story with Torn. Trolls! I know, right? Flashy colorful hair, souglythey'recute dolls we all had at one point? In Amanda's world, these are all misconceptions They're called Trylle, and they're beautiful, magical and on the brink of extinction With an entirely unique lore, Switched is able to stand out from all the other paranormal books available I was fascinated by the Trylle mythology: How they lived, the monarchy, their custom of switching babies at birth It was absolutely creative Into this world comes a collection of commendable characters that are both well developed and easily likeable even a select few that are fun to hate Wendy has a big personality She's had a difficult, traumatic childhood, but that only made her stronger for the wear She doesn't let anyone manipulate her She's sympathetic and kind All of which make her really relatable I enjoyed going through her dilemmas with her The stressful demands of becoming a princess overnight, the boy she's falling for it was all delightful Almost like a modern day fairy tale Yes! The wonderful boys! From sweet to sweaty, Wendy has gotthan her pick of lovely bachelors to chose from I absolutely loved how the romance was played out in Switched It's passionate and heartbreaking It doesn't fall with the clichés of today's YA novels It's unexpected true to life Truthfully, I devoured it and I can't fathom choosing a team She can have them all, right?While there is still good story development, I did find some parts of the book were a bit slow A good portion is dedicated to character and world building, however the book does not completely suffer from first book syndrome it does have its own beginning, middle and end, but I think the rest of the trilogy will be muchaction packed with powerful plot twists.With this admirable debut, Amanda Hocking has begun a trilogy that has immense potential Switched is just as beautiful inside as it is on the outside (definite cover lust) and I highly recommend it!Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads HOT DUDES?YES..That's all you need to know, my friends ;) First off, Switched is really gorgeous Just look at the cover Isn't it so beautiful? I personally chose this edition because the cover has some work of magic in it It's like, it has an ability to suck me into its world Beautiful!Second, the premise is really, really good I love fae stories, and trolls are something new to me I wanted to knowabout trolls because I really find them interesting And of course, the fact that the female character Wendy Everly is a troll and a changeling, I knew I will really like this book.So, was this book a yay or nay?I must say, a little bit of both.I love it because honestly, Amanda Hocking's writing style is so flawless and very easy to read She uses words that are light and undemanding She doesn't complicate everything and she doesn't give me trouble analyzing such things Her character and worldbuilding is also noncomplex What you read is what you get Now what made me become (a little) bit disappointed was the plot It was neatly done, but it was weak The progression was poorly established I think there were scenes that weren't really necessary but they were given emphasis (I guess to lengthen the whole book) but to be honest, the interesting things only happened at the last few chapters of the book Another thing that bothered me was the existence of the Vittras These are the creatures that act as antagonists They are Trylle's greatest enemies In this book, their descriptions unfortunately didn't make an exceptional appeal Their physicality was so vague I couldn't really imagine how they look like Do they look like human or something?My expectation for this book was also different Because this book talks about trolls, I really expected to see some unworldly mythical creatures here Creatures that look like these:Because we're talking about trolls, right? So why did I only see humans and no trolls at all? This is fantasy so I was looking for something different Anyway, I understand it as I've read further, because the author eventually explained it through her characters that trolls don't really look mystical but instead, they look human So yeah, I couldn't do anything about that BUT STILL I want to see REAL TROLLS :/Nevertheless, the thing that absolutely lifted the whole story was Finn This character is so amazing I like him from the beginning up to the end Even though he's brooding and he was quite snobby in most parts of the book, the gentleness and protectiveness in him were so tangible I have nothing against Wendy, on the other hand She's an okay character and she doesn't annoy me, but I think she needs some development There were parts when she doesn't know what to do and she's very dependent to other people despite her extraordinary abilities Hopefully her character will get better in the next books.As a whole, this book is good I just think it needselements to make it really sensational My friends who have already read this series told me that it's going to get better in the next installments, so we'll see Good luck to me! (oh, it rhymes! ha!)Rating: 3 Stars When Wendy Everly was sixyearsold, 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 Review also posted on my blog.I finished this awhile ago and am quite glad I decided to do so There are plenty of suspenseful moments in this book which is why I kept reading bu there are also things lacking One thing that got on my nerves was the lack of character building I mean nearly all the characters felt like cardboard cutouts with no depth or personality I found them hard to emphasise with And another hing is I would have liked to know a bitabout the trolls themselves and what I is exactly that makes themspecial than humans? I mean yeah they have magical powers that have been diluted over time and they commune with the earth don't like to wear shoes and sometimes have a greenish tinge but that's about all that's described oh and they leave their babies as changelings in rich families so that the rest of the trylle can have the money for medical care and a comfortable life when the channelling returns to the community.Another thing that bothered me was than Wendy HARDLY EVER stood up for herself when her mother treated her like shit and everyone else around her just expected her to know everything about trylle culture and forget about her home life I was so frustrated at times I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into her I just hope she becomes stronger in later books.I also would have liked to learnabout he vittra and why they are a violent sect of trolls and exactly what they want as this was unclear But overall a good even read and a series I will continue in time. Well, this was interesting I've read and heard some much about Amanda Hocking lately even an article on a major Italian newspaper that I finally decided to give it a try I'd like to start by saying that this is my second attempt at a self published author and the first one didn't go well The other book I read was ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Trilogy ~ 3in1 Edition and the main problem with it was the editing The book was probably 150 pages longer than necessary and there was so much internal monologue that I skipped and skipped and skipped.With Switched the fundamental problem is basically the same: editing This book is better than the one I mentioned above but it still needs a professional hand working through it It certainly does not need to be cut On the contrary It jumped from action to action to action without any character development at all Wendy goes from finding Finn creepy to falling in love with him without maturing the feeling inside her at all BAM! I've fallen for him The dialogue is horrific at times, there are long parts where the characters are just bickering and repeating things over and over.The second part of the book was definitely better than the first The writing flowed better, even the dialogue got better and I almost never furrowed my brow like the characters so many times did I was kind of shocked at the end when the escape scene is described in approximately 20 lines It felt like Hocking was tired of writing or had finished her word count for the day and decided to cut it short Plotwise once again I can't really say this book was anything new or original I appreciated the Troll theme that is new but the rest is pretty much standard in YA lit now Finn, especially, reminded me of a mix of Patch from Hush Hush (the stalking) and Sonny from Wondrous Strange Wendy I didn't like AT ALL What a pain in the ass she is She kind of sounds like a badass at the beginning and then she turns in this whiny, pleaseFinnsaveme thing Tove and Rhys I liked, especially Tove, an interesting character with a lot of potential Matt is a totally underdeveloped character and i'm guessing we'll seeof him in the next installment.All in all, I can say this book was OK Considering it is self published it is even good But I also think that Hocking needs to mature as a writer, get published and acquire some new ideas I will be looking for her work in a few years time.