Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

I grabbed this book with one of my giftcards and it was definitely entertaining yet not very original.  To sum it up; think Twilight but with trolls instead, except , of course, the trolls are beautiful and not ugly like history has lead us to believe.  Like I said, entertaining story with a little bit of romance and some fighting in it as the main character Wendy discovers that her crazy mother was right all along; she really was switched at birth.

I haven’t decided whether this will find a place in my classroom, most of the kids would have no problem reading this one, but I just don’t know if it is worth it.  I read it in one day and was captivated by it, but it reminded me of candy; fabulous to eat at the moment but afterwards you don’t quite get why you ate it all.

Bottom line: More mature fantasy trilogy with love, fighting, and magic.  My more mature 5th graders would have no problem with it.

Edit:  I read book 2 and 3 as well of this series and it gets very mature with romantic relationships in the 3rd book – just a warning if you do not want your child to read books like this.

From Goodreads:
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…


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