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Amanda Hocking Books

Updated on July 23, 2014

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!

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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!

Book One

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.

Switched (A Trylle Novel)
Switched (A Trylle Novel)

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

Book Two

The second book continues strong. New characters are introduced and the story moves forward with plenty of questions left to be answered.

Torn (Trylle Trilogy Book 2)
Torn (Trylle Trilogy Book 2)

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.

Book Three

It all comes together!

Ascend: A Trylle Novel
Ascend: A Trylle Novel

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!

Interview

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?

I look at a trilogy as a whole, not as individual books

I look at a trilogy as a whole, not as individual books

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    • aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      A trilogy is great and enjoyable especially if it is well written. Even if it has 5 books in the 'trilogy' as Douglas Adams did in his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    • Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      The best trilogies are written so that each book is a complete story in its own right, but only when read together do ALL the elements in the stories 'fall into place'. "Lord of the Rings" would be the most famous example.

    • pingpingting 5 years ago

      I like trilogies because - even if the ending you're left with isn't the one you want - the next book could COMPLETELY turn everything around. Just like in these books, I didn't like the whole Finn thing but then I loved Loki so...trilogies are a definite YAY

    • leonasharon 5 years ago

      They are a awesome set

    • Deserthorse 5 years ago

      Trilogies rock. One book ends too soon.

    • RuthMadison 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Those are great points!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like trilogies it gives readers something to look forward too and sometimes one or two books just isn't enough to really complete the adventure. Besides I love being able to jump into another adventure with my favorite characters.

    • opportunist 5 years ago

      Now that you have written so much about her, I'll definitely wan to read these.

    • Success_At_School 5 years ago

      If they're done right, I'll come back for more.

    Splitting the story up feel arbitrary to me and I'd rather have one book with the entire story

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      • RuthMadison 5 years ago

        Dipa, now I'm curious why not!

      • Dipa0706 5 years ago

        I read the first book and I liked it. but i am not sure whether i can read the other two....

      What Are Your Favorite Books?

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @Rangoon House: Thank you! :)

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          AJ 5 years ago from Australia

          Congratulations for being featured in the Squidoo 2012 Best of Summer Reading Monsterboard. Blessings.

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          Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

          Wow, I've not read her books...but I want to now! I'm a trilogy/series type of person. I really enjoy long stories because the characters develop more throroughly. Great lens!

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          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          I have to admit I like YA books too, but I read almost anything! The last YA series I read was the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. Great lens. *blessed*

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @athomemomblog: Her storytelling is very strong! That must have seen her past the typos, eh? :) I feel bad that I wasn't an original fan, but I'm excited to be one now.

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          Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

          How awesome that you were introduced to her books via the ones published by a company! I started reading her back when she was self publishing My Blood Approves and while I liked her work, the books were full of grammatical and spelling errors. She has improved drastically since then (or her editors have!) and her story is very inspiring.

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          bwet 5 years ago

          great lens for introducing amanda hocking.

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          Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

          Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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          Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

          Great lens - thanks for introducing me to Amanda Hocking.

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I know, right! I wanted to dislike her, but I just couldn't. She's adorable.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I really liked the interview with Amanda Hocking. Inspiring!

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          These sound quite intriguing - it'd be hard for me to pick out favorite books, I have to admit - I'm currently finishing up the Old Kingdom/Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix and loving every moment of them. Rather sad to almost be done.

          Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

          I was reading her blog about how successful she is as a self published Kindle author.

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @leonasharon: Classic! I love them too.

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @KarenCookieJar: It's an amazing story, isn't it?

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          leonasharon 5 years ago

          My favourite book is the LOTR series

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          ArthurF LM 5 years ago

          These books are worth taking a look into, I will be sure to check them out.

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          RuthMadison 5 years ago

          @VeseliDan: Oh, I've never heard of Cornelia Funke. Definitely will check her out!

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          squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

          Excellent review, nice lens!

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          squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

          Excellent review, nice lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am still reading the first book, but so far its really good.

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          Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          I am currently reading the third book from Amanda Hocking's My Blood Approves series and am looking forward to getting into this one. :D

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          VeseliDan 5 years ago

          My favorite books are from Cornelia Funke, but I love Amanda Hocking Books too. Blessed.