Amanda Hocking is twenty-seven years old, lives in Minnesota and had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010. She will shortly sell her millionth. Her books have been a self-publishing phenomenon - according to the Observer, Amanda is 'the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks'. In her own words, Amanda is an 'Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Unicorn enthusiast. Red Bull addict. Muppets activist. Fraggin Aardvarks guitarist. Author of the USA Today bestselling books the Trylle Trilogy.'
When she was six, Wendy Everly's mother tried to kill her, proclaiming her a monster who had replaced her real child. Eleven years later, new student Finn tells Wendy she really is a changeling (Mom was right!), and he's arrived to take her to her real home with the Trylle, a tribe of beautiful trolls with special powers. Hunted by a rival tribe, Wendy agrees. As she gets to know her birth mother and prepares for her debutante ball, Wendy finds her new life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Tapping into the YA zeitgeist of alienation and forbidden love, Hocking's self-published Trylle trilogy was an e-book bestseller. Packaged with a bonus short story (not seen by PW), this melodramatic fantasy tickles many of the same fancies as the Twilight books and has already established a devoted fan base. But while Hocking grabs readers early on, thinly drawn, enigmatic characters with deliberately poor communication and a flair for high school-style drama stall the story's momentum. The plotting recovers, but the last chapter simply sets up the sequel, Torn, which pubs in February. Agent: The Axelrod Agency. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 9 Up-This follow-up to Switched (St. Martin's, 2012) finds Wendy more confused than ever. Just weeks earlier, she discovered she's a changeling and Princess of the Trylle, a humanlike race of trolls. Shortly after returning to her (human) brother, Matt, Wendy is kidnapped by Vittra trackers and learns that their king is her father. Wendy is a powerful troll with an important decision: Will she rule the Vittra and trust her father to follow through on his promise for peace between the warring races? Or will she claim her birthright and fight for what she knows is right? The world Hocking has built is detailed and beautiful. Wendy is a likable, well-rounded heroine. However, neither the Vittra threat nor the teen's romance with Finn is convincing. Throughout this engrossing sequel, readers learn more about the Trylle and Vittra and of the origins of their war. Enough background exists that this novel can act as a stand-alone. Give it to fans of P.C. Cast and Kelley Armstrong.-Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.