April 12, 2012

Review of Under My Skin (Wildlings #1) by Charles de Lint with Giveaway

We ended up with an extra copy so
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Under My Skin by Charles de Lint
 which can be found at the end of the post!
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From “one of the world’s leading fantasists” comes an exhilarating new series that will thrill teen and adult readers alike.
For the past six months, something has been happening to young people in Santa Feliz. Week after week, there’s news of another teen changing shape, transforming from human to wild animal and back again. The federal government has stepped in, running public service announcements calling for affected youth to turn themselves in for “orientation and training.”
Josh Saunders has seen the news reports, but he is still unprepared when it happens to him. One minute he’s arguing with his mother’s boyfriend and the next, he is looming over the man, blood dripping from his claws—he has transformed into a mountain lion. When he switches back to his human body, he knows his life has changed forever. He has become a Wildling.
Trusting only his best friends Des and Marina with his secret, Josh tries to return to regular living. But an encounter with Elzie, another Wildling, brings him unwanted attention from the authorities. And when an accidental betrayal reveals Josh’s secret, his carefully constructed cover is ripped apart, forcing his friends to intervene. They must grudgingly put their trust in others, including other Wildlings—and, most challenging, in each other—if they ever hope to save him.
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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **
Basically, it’s a story about a bunch of teens from a town called Santa Feliz, who are turning into shape shifters known as Wildlings. What sort of shape shifters? Well, they can be bunnies, mice, otters…even mountain lions! So, not your average shape shifter story.
Under My Skin pretty much revolves around the main characters Josh Saunders who learns that he is a Wildling and must learn to come to terms with this change. Not only that, but he must also try to survive and thwart an enemy who is capturing Wildlings who experiment on them, and don’t survive. He also must come to grip with a possibility that he is leader who will change the way life for Wildlings.
The writing style of Charles de Lint is so captivating. He has successfully captured the way in which teens would speak, which made this book even more believable. The way in which he describes this world is very intriguing. I can totally picture myself in this world he’s created. I could almost smell the ocean, feel the sand between my toes…On the flip side, I could also see the vivid details of the different deaths described in the book, smell the blood and feel the pain.
With that being said, I found that the story did take a while to get going, especially with Josh learning to deal with his Wildlings way, and there really wasn’t much action. I had a hard time trying to stay focused on the book, although the very first chapter did start off with a bang, and caught my attention early. Once the story did pick up and started to unfold, my attention was all about Under My Skin. It was full of action and suspense, and was written with so much emotion. The pages were just flying by, and the ending came all too soon. I personally wish that that pace I had experienced near the mid-end of the book had started earlier.
If you are a fan of stories that have to do with shape shifters, then this book is definitely for you. Don’t hesitate in grabbing a copy for yourself!

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  1. Christina

    Probably a cat. Think of the amazing naps I could have! I'm most like a cat anyway. Maybe a big one, like a cheetah or a jaguar. :)

    Of course, I would rather shift into any animal, like an Animorph.

    I love Charles de Lint!!!

  2. Krista

    I would be a wolf that would be cool!

  3. Lilian

    I would love to be a sparrow, I just want wings…to travel for free<3

  4. I want to be a Gryphon Shifter—what ? Gryphons are really really cool :)

    I love the cover it is very striking!

  5. Maegan Morin

    I think that I would shift into an owl of some sort. I have always admired owls for their beauty. They arent just pretty either! They are fierce and cunning as well!

  6. Carl

    A bird for sure, totally the best for escapes.

  7. Lisa Mandina

    I'd shift into a dachshund and be loved by my owner!

  8. Suz

    I would probably choose to be a panther! They are sleek and very cool!

  9. Suz

    I am Suz Reads in the Rafflecopter :)

  10. Aspen Firefly

    I would either choose something fast like a deer or a horse or something that could fly! I love to run and I've always wanted to fly.

  11. M.A.D.

    LOL I'd shift into my next door neighbors Chi-Weenie as that is the most beloved, spoiled animal I know ;D

  12. nat

    Id shift into an eagle. Id love to fly and they are the predators of the sky.

  13. Denise Z

    I think I would like to shift into a chameleon and be able to blend in with my surroundings :) but perhaps I would want to be a hybrid and have the chameleon attributes with another perhaps dragon so I could fly.

  14. Kelly

    Probably a wolf since they mate for life have strength!

  15. Kayla Beck

    I would shift into a housecat because I could be lazy without anyone questioning why I don't want to do anything. ;-)

  16. Emily R

    I would want to shift into a snow leopard because I think they are the most gorgeous of all the wild cats.

  17. bn100

    A werewolf because they’re very strong and powerful.

  18. Stella C

    I have also african wildsogs because they are so efficient and man are they fierce.

  19. Lauren

    I would shift into some type of cat because they have 9 lives. lol

  20. Samantha D

    I think i would want to be a wolf. Im a social creature and so are wolves!

  21. Lisa Marie

    I would become a bird, so that I can fly.

  22. Kae

    Hmm, tough one. If i had to choose i think i would pick a fox. Ilke how their mischevious and graceful.

  23. melanie

    A bird, definitely…

  24. Lisa M.

    I think I’d like to shift into a seal or a dolphin…some sort of sea creature! I’d love to swim away to see a brand new world.

  25. Denise

    A crow, I think. They’ve always been one of my favorite animals–beautiful and intelligent. And flying would be fun.

  26. Beverly

    Tiger. I love tigers so much– they’re fast, agile, and one of the best predators.

  27. Daria

    If I could shift, I’d be a peregrine falcon, or an owl. Fast, fierce, and silent.

  28. Pat

    I’d be a red tail hawk. I’ve twice had tail feathers drop to me. One landed at my feet, the second in my hand.

  29. Maryann

    That is very cool! Did you keep the feathers?

  30. cam

    didn’t mean to leave a blank comment- always wanted to be able to be some sort of a cat or ferret/otter, best to switch between forms though :]

  31. April

    I would choose a fly, so I could enter anywhere and be able to see and hear everything, so that i wouldn’t have to guess what is going to happen I would know.

  32. Maryann

    Ahhhh yes! To be a fly on the wall…

  33. Connie Shade

    I would be a bear, a spirit bear, eat berries and go fishing :>D

  34. Stephanie

    A dog, so I know what my two pet dogs are experiencing!

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