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Switched (Trylle Trilogy Book 1) by Amanda Hocking Review

Hey ForeverBookers, I'm back to reading things now 😃. I've just finished Switched by Amanda Hocking and I LOVED it!! 

It tells the story of Wendy, a girl who isn't what she's always thought she was. It's told from her narrative, which I appreciated as I like to be inside the heads of the main characters I read about.

Spoilers below...

Wendy, doesn't feel like she's normal at the start of Switched because ever since her "mother" tried to kill her when she was six years old she's known she was different. This is because she's in fact a Trylle, creatures that resemble humans but with slight differences and more abilities. She's being followed by a guy who we later learn in Finn, the tracker sent by the Trylle to keep Wendy safe. 

Wendy was swapped or "switched" at birth. Wendy's "mother", Kim knew she was having a son but when Wendy turned out to be a girl Kim hated her. Wendy's brother, Matt protected her, not knowing anything was different about her. 

Wendy is found by Vittra (an evil race of Trylle) and is preyed upon by them. That's when Finn makes the decision to take Wendy back to Förening - the home of the Trylle. Förening is within the USA. Finn describes it as a compound in Minnesota where the Trylle can be Trylle without any human control.  

What Wendy learns when she's told about her differences to a human girl near the start of the book is that she's in fact Trylle royalty. 
At first she's excited about this but it soon becomes a chore to her. Especially after she's met her mother, Queen Elora. 

Elora is the annoying character who I just wanted to scream at in Switched. She's meant to be that way though. She was never praising of Wendy the way a mother should be. She was just too Royal, if that makes sense. 

Other characters we get introduced to help Wendy settle in to her life at Tyrlle. The baby she was switched for, Rhys becomes her friend along with a couple of other helpful Trylle's. 

The main setting of Switched is the palace of the Trylle, where Wendy lives while she's there. Although we don't see lots of the palace from what we do see we can tell it's very grand.

Of course, there's a romance in Switched as well, as you know I read mainly books with a somewhat romantic plot line. The romance is between Wendy and Finn. I enjoyed this because it was forbidden but both characters worked out the way they were feeling quite early on. I look forward to seeing it continue in Torn and Ascend. Also I don't think there will be a love triangle, like I thought there might be when I started reading Switched. 

At the end Wendy is meant to become Christened as a Trylle. Does she though? 

I'm therefore giving Switched 5 stars as it didn't really have anything I dislike. The only thing that maybe brought it down a little was the political intrigue. But there really wasn't much and it was spaced out between actual plot points so it's still a 5 star read. I thought the setting of particularly Förening was described beautifully. The overall plot was great also. I loved reading about how Wendy was introduced to the world of Trylle. 

The end of Switched certainly leads on nicely into book 2. I can't wait to start Torn later. 

What did/do you all think of Switched? Did you love it as much as I did. 


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