Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

“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…”
What would you do if you found out that the people you’ve spent your entire life with aren’t your real family? What if you were actually switched at birth by your real mother in order to ensure that you’d have a comfortable life? You’d be pretty shocked, right? That’s exactly what Wendy Everly feels when she finds out that her brother and aunt aren’t really her family members. But it’s a bit more complicated for Wendy. It turns out that, not only is she a changeling who was switched at birth, she’s also royalty.

Wendy is a Trylle princess, heir to the kingdom of Förening. Within days of learning this, she is forced to leave her home with the only family she’s ever known, and travels to a new world to meet her birth mother, the queen. Switched is a story that immediately captures your interest with its fast-paced plot and endearing characters.

I Rate This Book:

I really enjoyed the concept behind the story of Switched. The story of a girl who has been switched at birth is one that is incredibly engaging. Add in the underlying element of magic that is present in the mystical world of Förening and you have a book that is particularly difficult to stop reading. Another really neat thing about this book is that, while it was first published solely as an eBook, Amanda Hocking has republished it so that it is available in hard copy as well. Included in this new publication is a gift for readers – a never-before-published bonus story entitled, “The Vittra Attacks.” If you’re looking for a new series to read (and you want to find out what that bonus story is about), then you should definitely pick up Switched, the first book of the Trylle trilogy. You won’t regret the decision.

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling more than a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age. She lives in Minnesota, where she’s at work on her next book. Visit her at or

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