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Amanda Hocking Books
The Trylle series
As an author myself, I had heard of Amanda Hocking, a sensation in the literary world (see Who Is Amanda Hocking below). I wasn't sure about her writing, though. All I knew about her was that she had become an overnight success in paranormal teen romances. This is not a category I was very familiar with!
I didn't pay much attention until I was on vacation and saw her books for sale in a grocery store. To see someone go from being an Internet-only author to a traditionally published success was so moving that I wanted to be supportive and I bought the books they had, which was the Trylle trilogy (Ms. Hocking has written ten books as of this writing).
When I read the back cover of the first book, I was instantly hooked.
How fascinating does this story sound? "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 discovers her mother might have been right."
No wonder Amanda Hocking found success!
Trailer for Switched
What a gorgeous trailer! It looks like a movie trailer. This is definitely the best acting I've seen in a book trailer!
I'm a big fan of Young Adult novels. They often tackle big issues in a grounded and realistic way.
Wendy as a character is very unusual. She isn't necessarily immediately likable. The first thing that you learn about her is what a spoiled brat she was when she was a kid! And she continues to be a little bit bratty, though it grows from stubbornness into strength. I found that she became likable within the first chapter or two of knowing her and then she's extremely endearing and realistic as a teenager.
There's a love story going on too and it's more than a triangle because there are several possible men for Wendy. She falls hard for a guy who is not appropriate for who she turns out to be, and then there's a boy who is even more inappropriate! Those two are the strongest love interests, but there are some others, including a boy who would be appropriate for her rank and position.
One of the things I really loved about this book was that it had a strong story arc on its own without the other books, but the ending was still compelling enough to make me want to read the next one.
I don't often read trilogies, so I was pleased to find that there was one big event that the first book was leading up to, giving it a good and satisfying ending, even as the story moves into the next book very strongly.
I had been looking at his hair, but then I met his dark eyes and realized exactly how close I was
The second book continues strong. New characters are introduced and the story moves forward with plenty of questions left to be answered.
There's a fantastic HUGE reveal in the beginning of this book that made the story take on more layers and interest.
You say that as if I'm the one holding you captive.
It all comes together!
Each of the books also got extra related short stories when they were republished by a traditional publisher. They give great insight into what's going on in the story from a new point of view. The books are first person point of view, so we only see Wendy's perception. The short stories are a different perspective.
Who Is Amanda Hocking?
She made the news recently!
Amanda Hocking is the biggest success story in the self-publishing world. She started out publishing her paranormal YA novels on Kindle and literally made millions!
Her audience became so big that she was offered a traditional publishing deal and her books are now published by St. Martin's Press.
She's a real inspiration for people everywhere. Her story shows that when you follow your passion, great things can follow.
I enjoyed this interview of her from YouTube. She's so very likable!
How do you feel about trilogies?
How do you feel about cliffhanger endings? Do middle books make you impatient? Is it important to you that each book in a trilogy has a strong story arc with clear beginning, middle, and end?