Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Released: 5 February 2012
Series: Trylle Trilogy #1
What if your entire world was built on a lie?
Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn't quite fit in...
She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why...
When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.
Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about.
The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever...
This was a reread for me, and I still love this book.
The book follows Wendy, as she discovers that she is the Princess of the Trylle, a tribe of trolls (and by trolls, I don't mean Billy Goat Gruff trolls, I mean trolls that look like humans), who possess powers. Wendy, who knew she was always different, likes that she finally has a place where she's normal, but can't accept the rules and responsibilities of Palace life, or the abandonment of her host family. To make matters worse, she has feelings for Finn, her tracker, who is essentially at the bottom of the social hierarchy, and a big no-no for a Princess. But, the worst part about being in Forening, is that the Vittra, another troll tribe, wants Wendy, and will stop at nothing to get her, even if it means killing Trylle left, right and centre.
Pros: This book is so wonderfully written and the world that Amanda Hocking has created is so create, and one that you just want to be apart of. The characters are really diverse and interesting, all with their own fascinating backstory. It's a story that I get really engrossed in, and I just can't get enough.
Cons: There is nothing I can really think of to fault this book on - it's well paced and the character development is really good.
Overall, I love this book, and it's the perfect way to start the trilogy. I highly recommend that you read this book, because it's such a great story, and perfect for anyone who likes fantasy. If you've read Red Queen, you will probably enjoy this book, because it shares some similar aspects.