Genre: YA, Fantasy
Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking consisting of:
Switched (#1) – 4/5 stars
The Vittra Attacks (#1.5) – 3/5 stars
Torn (#2) – 4/5 stars
One Day: Three Ways (#2.5) – 3/5 stars
Ascend (#3) – 4/5 stars
Ever After (#3.5) – 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
For my last birthday, I received a gift card for a chain of bookstores we have in Belgium. With said giftcard, I bought a bindup of the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I’d read her Kanin Chronicles earlier, and really enjoyed them. So I decided I wanted to read her earlier trilogy – even though I already knew the fate of one person from reading the Kanin Chronicles. Because I read all of these books immediately following one another, it’s hard for me to distinguish the events per book. So I decided to just make a general review on the entire trilogy. Don’t worry, there will be no spoilers.
This YA fantasy would just be described as fun, and quick reads. The story revolves around Wendy, who discovers that she is a changeling. She was placed with a human family after her birth, but in fact she’s a Trylle. The Trylle are a tribe of trolls. However, her human mother has always felt like she was not her child, and tried to kill her. Then Wendy finds out that she was right. She’s taken to the Trylle capital to join her “real” family. However, having grown up with a family and brother, she considers them as her real family, of course. Things happen, trolls get attacked, and so forth.
Like I said, these were really quick reads. It’s the kind of addictive writing that keeps you reading. It’s the kind of series you can easily binge-read. That’s saying something coming from me, because I don’t often do that. I find that fantasy series are hard to binge-read as they tend to be very heavy read. This doesn’t feel like that at all. It’s a series that you can breeze through.
I love the fact that we got to see the life of a whole different tribe. Like I said, I read the Kanin Chronicles before this trilogy so I’d gotten a fair glimpse into the life of the Kanin. Their society is very different than that of the Trylle, so it was fun to see the differences between the tribes. The caste systems are quite different. In this trilogy, we follow Wendy who is a changeling. But in the Kanin trilogy, we follow a tracker. I also liked learning about the magic skills the Trylle possess.
I liked how Wendy grew from a teenager into a strong and responsible woman. Yes, in the beginning she made stupid decisions which were quite selfish. But show me one teenager who doesn’t… I feel like she really grew, accepting responsibilities she’s far from happy with. I have to be honest and say that in the beginning of the love interest-romances, I wasn’t really feeling them. After a while, I started to ship it, but at first I wasn’t that into it.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this YA fantasy trilogy. They are fun and quick reads, and I think the main character grew a lot. If you want to start reading YA fantasy, I think this is a nice place to start. Yes, it does have quite a lot of romance, so if you don’t like that this book won’t be for you.