Under My Skin (Wildlings, #1)
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Under My Skin (Wildlings #1)

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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 into wild animal and back again.

Josh Saunders has seen the news reports, but he’s still unprepared when it happens to him. One minute he’s arguing with his mother’s boyfriend—and the next he has transfor...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Razorbill Canada
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For months, teenagers in Santa Feliz have been shifting, changing to animals and no one knows why or even how; it's being broadcasted and reported all over the news. Josh also unexpectedly turns out to be one of these shifters as he shifts into a mountain lion when his mother's boyfriend was fighting with him. Now he's a Wildling (what the public calls these shifters) and must keep it a secret or else he'll be taken away like all the others that were discovered.

I don't believe I quite understood...more
Sherwood Smith
May 11, 2012 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
A fast-paced tale for older teens, trading off first person chapters by Josh, a normal surfer guy in a coastal California city until his mom's scuzzball of a boyfriend tries to hit him, and he turns into a mountain lion and mauls the guy, and Marina, his best friend, who has a couple of secrets--one of which is her crush on Josh.

Josh has become a Wilding, a shapeshifter who can switch back and forth between his animal shape and human. For some reason it's been happening to local teens, no one k...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
If you're looking for an action-packed novel, then you found it. Because where else would you be able to find teenagers who could shape-shift into animals. From a mountain lion, to an otter, and even a rat! It was interesting to hear what the government knew about these kids, yet I didn’t fully trust what their intentions were.

There are enough characters in here that it made me feel like I was reading a Michael Grant novel. Sure it was a little hard to keep track of all the names and who did wha...more
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Title : Under My Skin
Series : Wildlings #1
Author : Charles de Lint
Pages : 409
Release Date : March 6th 2012
Publisher : Razorbill Canada / Penguin Canada
Format : Harcover
Source :
** a copy was provided by Penguin Canada in exchange of an honest review**

My Opinion :

Under My Skin is Charles de Lint's newest novel. He has published many others (which I have not read).

Under My Skin was a pretty good book. I enjoy...more
Hmm. (There are times when I am so glad I run a book blog so I can write things like "hmm" in my reviews. Booklist or Kirkus Reviews wouldn't dig that, for sure.) This one was... odd. I'm going to try and break it down.

» The concept. It's nothing new, for sure, but here we get modern shape-shifting backed up by a solid steeping in First Nations folklore. References to the trickster Raven and the Coyote clan add authenticity to the Wildlings, or "cousins". As the characters spout the requisite qu...more
Under my Skin is really, really good. I think De Lint is underrated and deserves to be better known. This is a YA series, so not as rich and in depth as his Adult novels, but it's still very well written, enjoyable and not at all dumbed down. This is no doubt the best teen novel I've read for a while. It's kind of the same style as the Percy Jackson series but IMO a lot better. The premise is based on the idea of "Animal People" in the mythology of many First Nations. As in many of De Lints adu...more
Kimberli Francis

This book brings new meaning to spirt Animal. Once you get past the Teen issues, and view on the world this story is pretty good. A fast read, short chapters. I liked the two point of views in the story, giving the reader a different vantage point to all the action going down. I will say this however, I really want to go surfing now.
Josh’s Mom’s loser boyfriend flies into a rage at Josh, beats Josh, and Josh turns into a mountain lion. Yeah, it surprised Josh, too.

The teens in his beach community Santa Feliz (which read to me as Santa Cruz, but is probably further south) are turning into Wildings, and now he’s one. He’s followed around by men in black suits. When he’s abducted from in front of his school, (view spoiler)

He used to skateboard, play surf music and surf; and...more
Under My Skin is a complex story for the young teens of Santa Feliz.

Josh Sanders is a seventeen year old who is often picked on because of his size. Josh is known to have a bit of a temper, and one night when his mothers boyfriend Steve pushes things too far for accusing Josh for using his computer and when Josh tells him the truth that he didn’t touch it, Steve pushes Josh. All of a sudden Josh feels this rage in him and without any warning Josh snaps and transforms into a mountain lion right...more
Mar 06, 2012 Kaitlyn marked it as to-read
Came out two days before my birthday. Coincidence? I think not.
Jun 07, 2012 Jody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: review
Strange things are happening to the teens in small-town Santa Feliz. Without any warning or explanation, some youth are developing the ability to change into wild animals. In today’s age of cell phones and the internet, it doesn’t take long before videos of kids changing catches the attention of the authorities. Even though Josh Saunders has seen the footage of the other kids, he can’t really believe it when it happens to him. In a state of panic, Josh runs from his home and unknowingly...more
For the past couple months, teens from Santa Feliz are finding out that they have the ability to shape shift into animals and no one knows how or why. Its made national headline news and there’s always a new story or video coming out about it happening to yet another teen. Josh just found out that he too is a Wildling. After that moment, his life will never be the same. But Josh has also gotten the attention of the FBI and it seems that they are keeping a close eye on him. Only trusting his two...more
Gwyneth Stewart
A new YA series from my favorite author of urban fantasy. The small California town of Santa Feliz has had a strange outbreak of teen-agers turning into shape-shifters, skin walkers, animal people. Thankfully, not just another werewolf story, Charles de Lint bases this on various Native American legends. The main characters, Josh and Marina, are two high school students who are more interested in surfing, skate boards and garage bands than anything mystical, who suddenly find themselves able to...more
I'm not generally a dedicated reader of YA fiction, mostly because I am way older than that! Still, I hate to miss excellent books, so I do read some, and this is a great example of why I do so.

The characters are very well-drawn- oddly, more the secondary characters than the 2 POV characters; both of the POV characters had such similar voices that it was sometimes hard to tell whose perspective we were in.

Still, it helps that the POV characters were only 2; it gets very confusing when authors ha...more
Jan Edwards
Under My Skin is part one of a YA series from Charles de Lint.

Josh has seen the news and knows what a Wilding is, but he never ever believed he could be a part of that world. Pursued by the FBI and sinister unnamed men with guns and tasers, Josh struggles to make sense of his new and frightening role in life as part teenager and part mountain lion. Wildings are a new strain of 'cousins', the spirit animals of the Tribes. If you have read De Lint's previous work, you will know is a frequent threa...more

I had fun reading this book. It wasn’t too bad, and it was interesting enough to keep me going until the finish. What I enjoyed was the switching of narration between Marina and Josh. I can’t seem to choose which one I like better. Both of them were interesting and fun to read. Both of them seemed to have developed throughout the novel. Josh goes through a lot more and it seems there’s lots to be expected from him. Then there’s Desmond, who’s the comic relief of the novel, but I also enjoyed rea...more
Heather Pearson
I'll be honest and tell you that I have loved Charles de Lint's writing ever since I read Moonheart in 1993. Over the intervening years, his work has lost none of it's appeal.

The story is set in modern day Santa Felix. Ov the past few months, something has been happening to its teens. They have been turning into animals. Wild animals, though they have the choice to become human once again. The government wants to kids to surrender to the authorities for their own safety. They claim to want to t...more
Mar 17, 2012 Meaghan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I first heard of this book because a fellow book blogger mentioned she was going to the release party of this book and asked if I wanted to join her. As there are not many book signings or book related activities in Ottawa I jumped at the chance to go. I promptly went to the store and picked up the book and I have to admit was a bit turned off by the cover of this book. Covers are the first thing that a customer is going to see and while they say "don't judge a book by it's cover", I often do. T...more
When I first heard about the concept of Under My Skin by Charles de Lint I just knew that I had to read it. For some reason the synopsis reminded me of the Animorphs series I devoured back in my childhood days. I was so excited for this book that as soon as I received a copy for review from Razorbill I put all of my other books aside and tore through this one instead! Unfortunately, while Under My Skin was certainly an enjoyable and well written read, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of disappo...more
Chapter by Chapter
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 c...more
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Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 408
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from publisher

Tell Me More:As a relatively new visitor to Bordertown, I thought I had a pretty decent idea of Charles de Lint's writing style. The rusty, gritty worlds he constructs are one of a kind, and yet they feel like neighborhoods we've all visited or seen. His characters are tough without falling into...more
For the past six months, something strange has been happening to the young people of Santa Feliz. Week after week, there are reports of teens transforming into wild animals. Josh has seen the news, but he's totally unprepared when it happens to him, when one moment he's arguing with his mother's boyfriend and the next standing over him with bloody claws. Trusting on his friends Marina and Desmond, he tries to return to a normal life, but an encounter with a few more Wildlings and an accidental b...more
Apr 12, 2012 Emilie added it
Shelves: series, reviewed, own
While I had heard of Charles de Lint, I hadn't read any of his books until I read Under My Skin. Let me just say that it was a great way to be introduced to this author. I really enjoyed reading Under My Skin, it was fast-paced and very much action-packed, something that made it into a great pageturner.

Josh knows all about the Santa Feliz teens who have beent urning into wild animals, but he never expected he would end up becoming one of them. And from the moment he changes, Josh's life becomes...more
I am a great fan of Mr. de Lint's work, and have been since I first read "Riddle of the Wren". Over the years, I have come to expect a certain level of excellence from him in terms of being able to convey a sense of wonder, write believable characters (in spite of their otherworldly natures), and to give his characters voice.

Unfortunately, this one falls flat on at least two of those counts. Yes, I know that this book is written for young adults - this, to me, does not justify wooden prose, a la...more
Kathy Davie
First in the Wildlings urban fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around a core group of kids who have been infected. Somehow. Set in Santa Feliz, California.

My Take
Not at all what I was expecting. For one thing, it was located in California, and it focuses on middle-class high school kids. However, it quickly picks back up with Native American myths, supportive friends, and hey, it's urban and fantastic---all in typical de Lint fashion.

The chapters alternate between Josh and Marina's p...more
When I first read the premise of this book I was instantly excited, I was excited by the prospect that shifters would finally get their long-deserved chance in the spotlight (I find that while there have been numerous books about werewolves there have been few on their cousins, the shifters, those who do not necessarily shift into wolves, but a whole range of different animal species- in fact, I can personally only recount two other series which deals with shifters, Rachel Vincent's aptly named...more
Alanna King
This Young Adult fantasy begins in Santa Feliz, California in present day. The story unfolds through two voices, Josh and Marina, who are best friends. In this school year, each character has become a Wildling, a shapeshifter from human to animal form. As more and more local teens are becoming Wildlings overnight, government and corporate organizations move in to lock down the situation. Josh’s quest is to make sure any external interest has good intentions, and Marina’s journey is more about ac...more
Nov 17, 2012 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
"Under My Skin" is apparently a first offering for YA by well-known fantasy writer, Charles de Lint. It could be loosely described as contemporary urban fantasy, and explores the concept of shape-shifting. The teenagers of the coastal town of San Feliz are unaccountably transforming into wild animals in record numbers. Josh Saunders is aware of what is happening in the community but is completely unprepared when he suddenly changes into a mountain lion and almost accidentally kills his mother's...more
I have to admit something at the beginning. I do not like multi-volume series. I could fill this review with reasons why, but that would not be fair to Mr de Lint, or to you for that matter.

Charles de Lint has always been the exception. Getting a new Newford story was always like hearing from the branch of the family that you always felt closest to.

Under My Skin is not a Newford book. It is,rather the start of something different. There are teenagers in a small community who find themselves beco...more
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