Saturday, February 2, 2013

Reviews of Trylle Trilogy - Switched, Torn and Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Happy Saturday!

Today I am putting three reviews into one post. The reviews will be about Switched, Torn and Ascend by Amanda Hocking. so you will get three in one post. The reason behind it is, that I managed to read the Trylle Trilogy books right after each other. So, here it goes!

Title: Switched
Series: Trylle #1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published by: CreateSpace
Release date: 12th of July 2010
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Nordic Mythology
Pages: 304 pages in Paperback
Source: From Liis

Summary:




When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, 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.











My review:

Again, another book which I got from my co-blogger Liis. Thanks, Liis, I read the whole series!

Switched, the first book in Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking was interesting. I have heard a lot about the author, especially the success stories about how a self published author can become a best-selling and successful author. I was very eager to see, what the buzz was about.

Switched started out as very promising. I was captivated by the idea of having modern trolls from the Nordic Mythology living in the contemporary settings. I also liked the usage of names. I guess many English speakers are not very familiar with Nordic names and meaning of the names, so just to give you few examples: The name Trylle means magic or to do magic (depending on which Nordic language we are talking about), so the name for the world of trolls was nicely picked. The name of the other competing kingdom was Ondarike, which is combined from two words - evil and state/country and was in my opinion quite suitable for this specific kingdom. The names of the troll characters were also interesting and taken from Nordic mythology - Loki (one of the most debated Nordic gods and there are whole schools of different opinions of him regarding if he was evil or not), Ondaren whose name is again combined of evil and pure. I was fascinated by the choice of names as you can understand.

Plot:

You meet Wendy who is unusual teenage girl. She has a power to make people do what she wants. She has had an ugly past where her mother tried to kill her. Her mother is locked up in a mental institution for hurting her daughter and for believing that her daughter Wendy is not her child at all. Wendy does not quite understand her abilities and lives with her brother Matt and aunt Maggie.

Everything chances until she meets Finn. For the first time in her life Wendy feels that she has a friend, at least that is what she is hoping for. Finns actions towards Wendy are leaving Wendy with mixed feelings. As she learns more about her feelings for Finn, she wants him to be more than a friend.

When Finn tells her that she is not just a girl, but a troll Princess, Wendy does not know what to believe... until some people try to kidnap her after which Wendy agrees with Finn to go to Trylle.

Trylle is nothing what Wendy expected. Neither is her mother, the queen of Trylle - Elora. Wendy's relationship with Finn is also getting complicated  Finn is simply a tracker and Wendy is a princess and the Trylle is all about classes and not everybody can date everyone.

I liked the Trylle settings and the troll world which the author created. I also enjoyed the characters in the first book of the Trylle series.

Characters:

I really liked Wendy. She grew on me a lot after her arrival to the Trylle where she dared standing up to her mother, the queen. Wt she believed was right and had severe difficulties with accepting what she thought was wrong in Trylle.

I was fascinated by Elora. She seemed so cold and distant and regal. You also get a feeling, that she is so much more than she gives out.

Finn was sweet, but too grounded due to the rules. He wanted more, but since he believed the rules he was living by, he was limited in everything he did. The only exception was Wendy whom he supported as much as he could.

I adored Tove. He was so calm and balanced midst all the chaos around him. He was persistent to help Wendy with her abilities. There was something very subtle in him which made me like him and trust him more with every read page.

Generally:

Switched by Amanda Hocking was a very promising start to the Trylle series. I definitely recommend it!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.


Title: Torn
Series: Trylle #2
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published by: Tor
Release date: 1st of March 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Nordic Mythology
Pages: 324 pages in Kindle version
Source: Purchased through amazon Kindle

Summary:


The second book in this page-turning trilogy from the phenomenal Amanda Hocking

Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy Everly – she’d always felt like an outsider. But a new world and new family is a hard for any girl to accept easily.

Leaving behind the mysterious country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life. But the world she’s left behind won’t let her go that easily. Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought. And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along. With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Förening – only to be confronted by a new threat.

It’s time to make a choice – can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country? Torn
between duty and love she must make a choice that could destroy her one chance at true happiness.


My review:

The second book in the Trylle series, Torn, is picking up exactly where Switched ended. Wendy is back at home, trying to avoid Matt's questions about her whereabouts when she was gone. Wendy also brought Rhys back at home, a boy who was switched with Wendy when newborn and taken to Trylle.

Wendy tries to get settled back at her home, but she can't. She is being kidnapped by Vittra trackers and taken to prison. This is where she first meets her real father and learn more about her mother, past and about her dad. Besides that, she sees Loki again and Loki helps her and her brothers to escape after Tove, Finn and other are coming to save her.

Back in Förening Wendy realizes how important her role is and grows with the task. She also understands, that she will have no future with Finn, because Finn is so bound to old traditions and Wendy is like a fresh breath of air wanting to change things. Wendy makes some huge sacrifices of her personal life to step in as a Princess.

I have to admit, that somewhere in the middle of this book, the author lost my attention. I kept reading, but there were things on this plot which I did not understand, for example the necessity of Wendy getting married. Besides, Finn appeared to be totally different that I hoped for. The main thing which saved this plot and the story for me, was the character development, which I enjoyed.

Characters:

I loved Loki! He is hot and sweet and spicy altogether. Besides that dangerous and strong and he literally stole the place of the most well written character in this book! I enjoyed his playfulness and his protectiveness towards Wendy.

Tove grew on me even more in Torn. He would be a nice friend to have -loyal, smart, independent, supportive. I liked how he rebelled against the traditions in the first book, and I loved how he did things his own way and helped Wendy pushing through her ideas.

I had mixed feelings about Wendy in Torn. In one way, I did understood her sacrifices, at the same time I missed seeing more of the Wendy from the first book, who did things which were good to her. As a character, Wendy grew more responsible, but I think she lost herself in that. Thank god, there was Loki to jazz her up!

Generally:

Torn was a good sequel to Switched. It was smoothly written and had intriguing characters. I am very curious about how the story ends. Recommended!

5 Flowers!
3 stars.


Title: Ascend
Series: Trylle #3
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published by: Tor
Release date: 26th of April 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Nordic Mythology
Pages: 356 pages in Kindle version
Source: Purchased through amazon Kindle

Summary:



Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind...even if it's the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she's about to make the ultimate choice...who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life--and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands--if she's ready to fight for it.



My review:

I was interested in seeing how the Trylle trilogy would end and Ascend by Amanda Hocking did not disappoint me. The pace picked up and the plot turned out to be captivating. My expectations were not sky high after Torn, but both characters and the plot improved a lot in Ascend and the final installation in the Trylle was a very good ending to the series.

Plot:

Wendy is facing a difficult situation. Vittra is attacking other kingdoms and Förening is weakened. Wedny's father is threatening Wendy by telling her, that she does not surrender, everything she knows will be destroyed. Wendy promises, that after coronation, she will go to her dad. She does that, but not exactly how her dad expected.

I liked that the pace picked up again and the Ascend grabbed me from the beginning. I loved how the relationships developed in the last book and that the author had given humans a bigger role in the plot.

Characters:

It seems that I can mostly relate to male characters in this book. I did like Wendy and Willa, but I loved Loki, Tove and even Rhys and Matt more. I also kept thinking while reading, that the author has given more life into her male characters.

As said, I really liked Wendy in the Ascend. She became more grown up together with her bigger responsibilities, tasks and risks. I think there is also more passion in Wendy compared to previous book - Torn. It seems she is becoming more vivid and alive when she is with Loki.

Generally:

Ascend by Amanda Hocking was a great ending for the Trylle trilogy. I definitely recommend Ascend and the whole Trylle trilogy!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Happy reading!








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