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by Bethany Wiggins

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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

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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.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Maggie Mae Mortensen, 17, has been in 12 foster homes and has had nearly 20 arrests for indecent exposure. She is taken from Albuquerque to a new foster home in Silver City, NM, and starts in a new school for the last few months of her senior year. Immediately, she is drawn to handsome, rich, and popular Bridger O'Connell, but she can't control her problem: she's a shape-shifter. Every month at the full moon, she turns into an animal. That's why she's found naked in the streets after changing back to human form. Maggie Mae makes some friends, finds a job, forms a good relationship with her foster parent, and starts a budding romance with Bridger. Things are going okay—except for the fact that SkinWalkers, people who are able to become an animal by wearing their skin, are trying to kill her. A blend of paranormal romance and Navajo legend, Wiggins's debut novel is an engaging story that's difficult to put down. Recommend it to fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series (Scholastic).—Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO

There's a Hitchcockian touch to the sinister and growing horde of animals that stalks Maggie . . . nice departure from the more played-out werewolf plots.
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An exciting paranormal mystery, including a forbidden romance.
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Maggie May is a survivor. She is about to age-out of the foster care system when she shows up at an isolated farmhouse in New Mexico. Here, the gruff but understanding Mrs. Carpenter is willing to overlook Maggie's encounters with the police, most dealing with indecent exposure. The first person Maggie meets at her new high school is Bridger O'Connell, and there is an instant attraction. Once enrolled, our young heroine quickly transfers out of her chemistry class and into track and field. (Could this be the author's "wink" to the Twilight series?) Establishing herself as a gifted runner, Maggie earns respect but makes enemies. The story progresses as Maggie gets a part-time job, is abandoned at the prom by Bridger, and discovers that she is being stalked by a mysterious stranger. Danger lucks around every corner and Maggie must understand her unique shape shifting abilities if she is going to protect herself and the people who are important to her. The infusion of Navajo traditions and beliefs adds appeal to the mystery surrounding Maggie's past and Bridger's future. The forbidden romance between two likeable young people, along with the demands of family and social status, make this fantasy tale relatable to a wide range of readers. Students who enjoyed A.K. Applegate's Animorphs series (Scholastic, 1996/VOYA December 1996) should find the plot and characters to their liking. This would be suitable recommendation for readers of the Twilight and Hunger Games books who are looking for a paranormal love story with a strong female protagonist. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
Kirkus Reviews

A slow and derivative plot mars this already lackluster debut.

After more than 12 years in the foster program and 20 incidents of indecent exposure in just the past two years, orphan Maggie Mae Mortensen is sent from Albuquerque to small-town Silver City, N.M., to finish out the last few months of her senior year. While she may have a caring guardian and a date to prom with Bridger O'Connell (the town's luckiest catch), the remote desert setting doesn't stop her from shifting into the closest animal around her at the full moon or being followed by a pack of wild animals. The tension wears thin as the fear of a mysterious man looking for Maggie Mae is overshadowed by her controlling relationship with Bridger. Despite being stood up at prom for no reason, told that he can't date local girls after leading her on and a plethora of other abusive situations, Maggie Mae forgives Bridger each time because of his physical attractiveness. What should be a driving force of the novel—the conflict between Shifters and Skinwalkers (evildoers who use stolen skins to change into animals)—is not explained until the very end. More information or an author's note about this Navajo legend and other Native American beliefs mentioned throughout would have been helpful.

Shift this to the bottom of the supernatural stack. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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Shifting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Moni-Elle More than 1 year ago
I didn't buy this book. I checked it out of my local library and I have to say I loved it. I checked it out the day before yesterday (on the 13th) and finished it today (15th). I loved it. It's very well written and doesn't bore you. It keeps you guessing and it's so emotional. It's full of action and I felt giddy reading about Maggie Mae and Bridger. All in all. I love this book and couldn't put it down. I actually had to force my self to go to sleep and not read the book haha. 
Ellloves More than 1 year ago
I am 14 years old and probably the most pickiest person ever when it comes to books!! If I am not completely in love with a book by page one, I stop reading. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book, but now that I have read it it is one of the best books I've ever read!!!!! I finished the whole entire book in one day (yesterday), which is something I have never done before!!! I absolutely fell in love with the main character, Maggie, and am going to recommend this book to everyone I know!!! If you are a fan of realistic fantasy novels with a female lead and bit of romance, you will love it too!! Some of my other fav books are, THE HUNGER GAMES, WINGS, FORGIVE MY FINS, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know that people will say " dont judge a book by its cover" but im glad i did this time. I fell in love with this book from the very begining. I also found myself feeling the emotions that the main character ( Maggie Mae) felt throughout the book. For example, when she cried or felt overwhelmed i would cry and ocassionally my mom would see me and would tell me to stop reading the book but i told her that it was too good to stop. Anyways, i recomend this to anyone. And i hope that whoever reads "Shifting" will fall in love with all of the characters like i did!!
909Reviews More than 1 year ago
This novel was a non-stop, action packed, never-ending ride of paranormal awesome! Maggie Mae has to be one of the most enduring characters I have read about in a very long time. I couldn¿t help but feel for her, and at times, I almost felt as much pain as she did. She had been through so much, but she was still very strong and level-headed. She had a life that she could have cried and moaned about, but she didn¿t. She was strong, brave, and never gave up. Bethany Wiggins really brought Maggie Mae to life, and gave her a voice worth listening to. I wish there were more heroines like Maggie Mae out there in the YA world, because everyone knows we need them! That being said, I loved most of the characters, but my favorite had to be her foster mother, Mrs. Carpenter. She added this kind of fiery-spice to the book that made Maggie¿s home life so much better, and really made me love her as a character. She was very hands-on in her care of Maggie Mae, as a foster mother should be, and I loved that. Nothing can ruin a story faster for me than parents/guardians who are talked about, but never seen. I am happy to say that is not the case here. This story read easily and beautifully and by the end of the first few chapters, I was hooked. Every chapter is exciting and always leaves you with one more thing left thinking about, and always leaves with a bigger and better build up to the next chapter than the last. The only thing that I wasn¿t crazy about was the relationship between Bridger and Maggie Mae. I didn¿t feel a ¿connection¿ when they were together. Maybe it was because Maggie Mae was so willing to believe that no one could feel for her romantically, or because this was also one of those relationships that started pretty much from the beginning of the story. Most of the time, I felt the reader was hearing more about the romance between Maggie and Bridger than we were seeing it. I wish that their relationship was better build and developed than just the usual boy-meets-girl, boy-falls-for-girl, they¿re together before the end of chapter 3. It was too fast, too soon. But nevertheless, that didn¿t stop me from enjoying the story. Shifting is a story that, where it is focused around the concept of shape-shifting (shape-shifters), there is actually a lot more to it than just that. Bethany Wiggins gave us brief¿but in-depth¿background on her take of shape-shifters. It was interesting reading about how shifters came to be, and the back story behind just how different from her kind Maggie Mae really is. If you¿re looking for a new take on the paranormal phenomenon that is shape-shifters, I would pick up Shifting by Bethany Wiggins. Action, romance, adventure, and a bit of mystery¿Shifting is not a book you will easily forget. Shifting is YA Paranormal done right; Bethany Wiggins is a wonderful storyteller and an author to look out for. I can¿t wait to see what she has for us readers next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down. You can emotionally connect with every character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must for readers who like things New Mexican. It is a young adult novel, but hey, I liked the Hunger Games. It has shades of Navajo that are interesting with some poetic license present. Works for the plot. And the shifter aspect reflected off skinwalkers make a twisty story. And, please, a sequel,.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book. I finished it in one day. Now im going to read it again. I would sooooo reccomend this book to anyone. Read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with wonderful characters! Could not put it down. Hope you enjoy it too!
WickedWitchofNY More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in awhile. If you love Supernatural Romance you will love this
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heavensmommy2004 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and sailed right through it. I kept wondering what is Maggie? I also kept wondering what the deal with Bridger was? I was kept wondering with curiosity what exactly the details were, and was happy with the ending. Thanks Bethany Wiggins, for another great read.
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Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a solid character with an interesting story Maggie Mae is very easy to relate to and like I would recommend this book
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I wanna read this book so bad.From reviews,it looks amazing!the authors great,too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O.M.G. I freaking love this book! Anyone and everyone should read it! Im actually super super sad since i just finished it! I need more! Why cant there be a sequel!?! Its literally the best book ive ever read! :D
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Hard to put down. Glad I didn't judge the book by it's cover. Wonderful characters. Read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!