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Under My Skin

(Wildlings #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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 transfo ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Razorbill Canada (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sherwood Smith
May 06, 2012 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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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. Sur
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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
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, hardback, 2012
Always love a new de Lint... this one bridges into the Newford universe b/c it takes place in the same city as the first "modern" Cerin & Meran story before they moved to Newford AND one of the main FBI agents grew up in Santo del Vado Viejo !

Can you imagine as a teenager one day just *poof* turning into a mountain lion? Several kids are having to deal with this phenomena in this first? of a new series

I had to order my copy from CANADA, then they released it in the US, but I'll keep mine
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Czerneda
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The thing about Charles de Lint is that you don't notice that you're reading. Instead, you're transported into his characters and what's happening. Your heart pounds. You gasp with wonder. You worry and fret, or run like mad! Best of all, you go away with the story inscribed on your heart. Unforgettable.
Heading off to find the rest of this series. (I'm always late. I blame the to-read pile. It grows all by itself!)
Kimmie Francis
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it

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.
Mar 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Came out two days before my birthday. Coincidence? I think not.
Kali Anderson
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Charles de Lint. He is among my top 5 favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the sense of magic in the urban world we live in. Every time I read him, I find myself watching sparrows out of the corners of my eyes for signs of above-average intelligence or magic. His writing just makes you want to be better. As a human, as a creative soul, and as a creature living among other creatures on this big, beautiful earth we share. It makes you want to live more naturally and mag ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have loved almost every de Lint book I have ever read. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one because of the suggestion of it being another “warewolf” story. However, de Lint brings his spiritual sensibilities to this story that he has used in his Newford books. The teenagers who are suddenly changed to animal forms have to figure out how to adjust with each other, their families and authorities as well as the old ones who have been around, in some cases, for centuries. It nicely turns the warewol ...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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read a couple chapters one night and found myself finishing the book the next day. I found this to be a relatively quick read, as the actions flow fluidly into each other, especially once the major conflict picks up. Personally, I loved this novel. It’s told in the main perspectives of Josh and his best friend, Marina. Although I found their voices to be similar, I think that it helped to show how similar they really are, despite Josh not knowing otherwise.
Not sure what I was expecting when I pi
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of those slow burn books. I thought I was really enjoying it but it was a book I could set down easily and go back to later. Until I was up a 2 a.m. not able to stop reading! I really like the kids and the beach-side setting. As always, CdL delivers the good stories.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
People turning into animals. And its done well too! What more could I ask for? :D
Rick Parker
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another solid effort by the master of realistic fantasy, Charles de Lint.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anything Charles de Lint writes I will read. The man's writings have threaded my life with joy for more than 20 years and I still search for novels that I may have missed or new ones that may appear. ...more
Tina Miller
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book by Charles de Lint never disappoints. I discovered him many years ago when it was hard to find his books outside Canada and the Pacific NW.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Reminiscent of the Animorphs books but meant for a more mature audience.

DeLint is my favorite fantasy author!
Pat Mills
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Teenagers. Animal natures. Liked it. Quick read, right time, right place. Better than expected series.
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ontario
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
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
Feb 29, 2012 added it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ya, urban-fantasy
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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 in
Michel Daw
Maybe I will pick it up again later.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's b ...more

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