Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she's eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she's determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal.

Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O'Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it's not for the reasons most people would expect-it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear-and Maggie is their next target.

Full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, this dark take on Navajo legend will haunt readers to the final page.

Source: Borrowed as an ebook from

Maybe it’s my job as a social worker, but I felt for the craptastic foster homes that Magdalene Mae lived in and the past scars, emotional and literal, she experienced. I’m glad the author didn’t make her helpless or whiney. Instead, I felt she was a strong character with street smart survivals, a sense of humor, and the normal self-esteem issues of teens. Her lack of trust is also in agreement with her background. The mix of paranormal and Navajo legend was a nice break from traditional paranormal characters I’ve read lately.

I LOVE her new foster mother and the home and setting she lives in. The mean girls in her school REALLY suck. I’m pleased that they got punished. It baffles me that the majority of the school would warrant that treatment of her. What really blew my mind was the social worker letting her file escape for her past to be exposed. UHM, hello!

Her main love interest drove me a little batty and was kind of a jerk, until he later redeems himself in the book; typical rich and aloof boy falling for the poor gal storyline, but still sweet.
The book was a little slow in some spurts, but not enough to detract interest from the story. I wish Bridger’s secrets would be revealed sooner in the book. I think that would have made the book move a little faster. Still a great read and look forward to continuing the story.

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Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer. She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the Bible

Once upon a time, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write. She is the author of SHIFTING, STUNG (April 2013), and CURED (2014).

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