Convince Me To Read (15): Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking

Posted July 16, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 6 Comments

Convince Me To Read (15): Trylle Series by Amanda HockingTrylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Frostfire, Ice Kissed, Crystal Kingdom
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 6th 2015
ISBN: 1250067081
Pages: 884
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Discover the magical world of the Trylle with the complete New York Times bestselling Trylle trilogy together in one volume for the first time!

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…


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Convince Me To Read (15): Trylle Series by Amanda HockingTrylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Frostfire, Ice Kissed, Crystal Kingdom
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 6th 2015
ISBN: 1250067081
Pages: 884
AmazonChaptersTBD

Add to Goodreads

Discover the magical world of the Trylle with the complete New York Times bestselling Trylle trilogy together in one volume for the first time!

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…


Jamie’s review

I absolutely loved this series — so much so that I think I’ve read the entire series 7 or 8 times. And what I love about it is that it is so different. The mythology and the lore are incredible in this one and as much as I sometimes want to punch Wendy in the face when she makes stupid decisions, I still love her to pieces for having her convictions and standing with them.

The whole Trylle culture was one that I was riveted with. The monarchy of which Wendy was a princess to, the idea that there is a class system in this world, the changeling system: it was all incredible and unique. I loved every second of it. Mythology and world building is so huge to me in fantasy novels and Hocking’s Trylle world is one of the best. There aren’t many unanswered questions about who, what, or why this is all happening, which makes for a great read because you can focus on the story rather than the “I don’t understand because this was not explained to me” part. The explanation of magic and who gets what powers could still be more fully developed, but I think it is something that isn’t extremely explainable? It seems like it is luck of the draw almost.

I liked that we learned about the politics in play between the different races of trolls, especially the distrust and hatred between the Trylle and the Vittra. But I loved that there was more to the story than what we were originally told by the Trylle — and that the Vittra weren’t extremely honest with Wendy either. It made it so that Wendy was able to come to her own conclusions and make the appropriate decisions based on what she wanted to achieve in her life. After a quick paced action scene at the beginning, there isn’t a whole lot of action in the majority of this book, but the plot development and explanation of the way the different races interact made it worth every second. Even without the “action,” there was still enough throughout the book to keep you turning pages until the very end.

The cast of characters was also diverse and incredible. Wendy was whiny and a brat, but she also had a big heart. I think most of her personality came from the fact that she had a traumatic childhood. She also found it difficult to connect with people because she didn’t understand part of herself, which is something that most people can relate to. She was thrown into this world she knew nothing about and was told to become a princess overnight without any real guidance or help because she was expected to know it, which I must admit was a bit frustrating, but it also served to show her that she can do anything she puts her mind too, which I thought was an important feature to have in the main character. When the series starts, Wendy is a bit naive and self-centered but she learns to open up and grows throughout the course of the series. She becomes her own woman by the end of the series, one that learns how to make decisions that are good for her and for her kingdom.

I liked Finn and his struggles, but I did not like Finn and Wendy together. I was not a fan of their unrealizable love and thought it was stupid for both of them to even put themselves in that position. I understand that there are some flaws in the current monarchy system and that the Trylle shouldn’t be so stifled with what they can and cannot do, but clearly it is important for the Trackers to not have their bloodline disrupted since they are an integral part of the economic structure. I thought their relationship was reckless and misguided. BUT LOKI, MAN.

Where Finn was sweet, dutiful, and selfless, Loki is his opposite. Yes, we get the whole love triangle of opposites: do you want the dependable one or the bad boy? But it really works in this one because Loki isn’t depicted as an abusive asshole, he is just as selfless as Finn in his own way. Also there isn’t an overabundance of romance that the overarching plot becomes a side plot and the romance takes the lead.

I think the male characters in this one are all so different and play off one another very well. I would have liked to be introduced to more female characters throughout the entire series rather than males, but I do really enjoy Willa and Wendy. I think Wendy has really grown from the naive, selfish girl in the first novel into someone who will do everything she must to protect not only herself, but those she really cares about.

The pacing throughout the series was good: the right mix of world building and action. There were some parts that were slower than others, but they led up to the action sequences or to Wendy learning something new that she wasn’t aware of before, which made them integral to the story.

I do agree with all the choices that the characters make in the ending and the way things are left. I think the last battle between the Trylle and the Vittra was one of the best written scenes in the entire series. While we had seen a lot of magic throughout the series, and Ascend especially, it was nice to see it a bit more developed and the powers of the trolls on full display. I liked the way that the battle ended and I thought it made for such a good story that I wasn’t even mad at how some of it ended.

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Dani just read it. Like you’ll love it, I know it. And for those of you that are reading this and are on the fence, I HIGHLY recommend this one. I loved the way this series played out and while you’ll be super frustrated with Wendy, you’ll understand her choices in the end. And it is just such good world building! And so much fun! AND LOKI. OMG LOKI. That is all.

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About Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartet and My Blood Approves series. Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom – all three books in her latest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles – are out now.

Her next book will be Freeks – a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in early 2017, with the St. Martin’s Griffin.

6 responses to “Convince Me To Read (15): Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking

  1. Jenny Nielsen

    Trylle means “to do magic” in danish so this most be a magical read, it surely got me interested

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