Review: Under My Skin

Charles de Lint

Publication Date:
March 6, 2012

Penguin Group Canada

Hardcover, 416 pages

CAD $21.00

A copy was provided by Penguin Group Canada for review! Thank you!




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.

About The Author

Award-winning author, musician, and critic Charles de Lint is well-known throughout fantasy and science fiction circles for being one of the trailblazers of the urban fantasy genre. He lives in ottawa with his wife, MaryAnn Harris.


A copy was provided by Penguin Group Canada for review! Thank you!

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 what, or whether they were a good or bad guy, but at least there were two developed characters.

As you read along, you are placed into Josh and Marina’s point of views, which is refreshing. I like reading through both a male and female’s perspectives, but in this case, Marina just acted like a love-sick fool which I guess she kind of is.

What sickened me were the methods the evil ones performed on the Wildlings, and I couldn’t stand reading some of the pages, I honestly skipped those detailed paragraphs. I did think there was a lot more dialogue than plot development, and there were some parts that could have been edited down, but other than it was a great urban fantasy read. I hope to read more about the Wildlings and where they came from and why they exist in the first place.

Rating 3/5


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