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Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Series #1
Publishing: July 12, 2010/ CreateSpace/304 pages
Format Read: e-book
Source: NOOK LendME
Classroom shelfability: Yes
Rating: 5 Eggs!Summary (from GoodReads): 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 finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

My Thoughts: First things first.. I LOVED this book. I wasn’t expecting to. I was browsing a friend’s NOOK LendMe items and thought the cover looked pretty. I borrowed it and literally could not put it down.I love Amanda Hocking’s style. She mixes in the right balance of descriptions, with accurate feelings that you can relate to, and ties it all together with quality writing that keeps you intriguedNext thing I adored: TROLLS. Guys, this book was about TROLLS. I love it. I have not stumbled across any books that portray trolls in any type of modern or fresh light. But this book delivered. I was fascinated by the concept of Changelings and Trylle society. I loved the Hocking stayed true to some of the troll stereotypes (love for money) but expanded the “culture” and took them out from underneath the bridge.Wendy was funny and spunky– all things an MC should be, in my opinion. I felt empathy for her. Finn, while seemingly wonderful, left me a little underwhelmed but no matter. Rhys, Elora, Willa, and Tove– all amazing and I cannot wait to read Trylle #s 2 and 3.

All in all, this is a refreshing YA book that plays up a common story line (awkward girl doesn’t know she’s a princess) in all the right ways. I think all YA/fantasy lovers would enjoy this book as would my students. 5 eggs all around!!

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