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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802722812
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 511,383
File size: 585 KB

About the Author

BETHANY WIGGINS started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She enjoys getting her hands dirty in her garden, baking anything with copious amounts of chocolate, and watching lightning storms from her front porch. She lives in the desert with her husband, three quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Shifting is her first novel.

BETHANY WIGGINS started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She enjoys getting her hands dirty in her garden, baking anything with copious amounts of chocolate, and watching lightning storms from her front porch. She lives in the desert with her husband, three quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Shifting is her first novel.

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Shifting 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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
Anonymous 28 days ago
I started reading this book in I think 8th grade and I have loved it ever since and can tell what happens in the book without even having to read it to know. I love this book and wish I had it as my own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a super easy and interesting read. Enjoyed it very much.
hankesj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was SO excited when I found out I was going to be a part of the Shifting Book Blog Tour that the gracious Elana Johnson set up. I¿d been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Shifting and when it finally came in my mailbox last Thursday, I dove right into it!!The Good: Believe it or not¿this is actually my first encounter with Skinwalkers¿I¿ve seen Shifters in a couple of other books I¿ve read, but not Skinwalkers. I was impressed with Bethany¿s treatment of them. They came across as creepy and evil. I think the first thing I really loved about this book was the setting. I love the New Mexico setting and there were some points I felt like I was actually there, it was described so well. I LOVE the Navajo culture weaved in. I love history, I love different cultures and I thought it was great to bring in a culture that really thrives on legends and storytelling. Maggie Mae, Bridger and Mrs. Carpenter were definitely my favorite characters and I loved that Maggie Mae and Bridger¿s relationship developed over time and it wasn¿t the ¿insta-love¿ type of relationship. (Those really irritate and turn me off.) Also, I really appreciated that Bethany gave Maggie Mae a great role model in Mrs. Carpenter. I loved that Mrs. Carpenter was not a good role model because she was pious, pure, prim and proper but because she truly loved Maggie with intensity and because she believed in Maggie Mae. She was a good role model because she was a good person.The Bad: While I enjoyed this novel, I thought there were quite a few things that needed work. I really wish we could have gotten more background on Maggie Mae. There were only bits and pieces of information from her past and only a slight indication at the end as to why she was who she was. Same thing with Bridger¿ I wish we were given some more information on his parents and his Navajo background. I especially wish that I would have gotten some more background on the Skinwalkers. Since this was my first encounter with them, I wanted more explanation or theory. I thought a lot of things could have been better fleshed out as well. The characters, the reason and theory behind the skinwalkers versus the shifters, the plot and the relationships.Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable read. I did receive the ARC version of this book, so maybe some of my concerns were addressed in the final version. Also... I really don't like this cover! The cover for the ARC is SO much better and makes more sense...I have no clue why they kept this as the doesn't really even make sense. That being said, I thought this book deserved a B+!!
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been looking forward to reading Shifting by Bethany Wiggins ever since first hearing of it. I love Native American folklore! Also, the synopsis mentions skinwalkers, which of course makes me think of the awesome Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. So basically, I knew this was definitely the book for me. Turns out I was right! I absolutely loved almost everything about it.In my opinion, one of the biggest mistakes a paranormal/fantasy author can make is sacrificing characterization for the sake of developing the supernatural plotline. Oftentimes, authors make the characters the second priority and the book suffers for it. Bethany Wiggins definitely knew better ¿ I established an emotional connection with Maggie Mae almost from the get-go. She is finally about to graduate high school and grow out of the foster system she has been a part of almost her whole life. When the book starts, she is being shuttled to yet another new place, in order to finish her education.Almost nothing gets to me as fast as seeing a kid get treated badly when they don¿t deserve it. Misunderstandings have plagued Maggie her whole life and she has definitely not had an easy life. Things don¿t get a lot better for her in Silver City, New Mexico (at least not at first). There is a scene where she is surrounded by other kids getting bullied that literally had me crying before I even realized ¿ I was so deep into the story that it took me a few minutes to realize how much it was affecting me! It was a truly horrific scene, freakin¿ bullies.The love interest, Bridger, is also one heck of a complex dude. For the majority of the book, I couldn¿t figure out how I felt about him! His involvement in the climax of the plot also gave me pause ¿ things got a little weird, y¿all. I¿m actually a teeny bit disappointed in the end, things worked out a little bit too easily considering all the suspense and build-up. Still ¿ it was engaging to the last, so I¿m being pretty forgiving.Overall, I loved Maggie and Bridger¿s story and I highly recommend it to everyone. I loved seeing the characters be the top priority while still balancing an extremely interesting shifter/skinwalker plotline. Definitely a book worth reading!
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best novel I've read all year. Maggie Mae is a character that you can't help but fall in love with. From the first page, she is extremely endearing, and you are overcome with the need to know her story. She's a foster child who has been bounced around within the system in Albuquerque, NM. After multiple arrests for indecent exposure, she gets transferred to Mr. Petersen's (her social worker) mother's home in Silver City, NM. Mrs. Carpenter, her new foster mother, is a lovable character as well, and she helps Maggie Mae accept who she is. Once in Silver City, Maggie Mae meets Bridger O'Connell, an extremely rich boy of Navajo decent. They get off to a rocky start, but they become fast friends. Bridger comes to her rescue when the mean girls at school tell everyone of her past and say that Maggie Mae used to be a prostitute. Maggie, of course, is not a prostitute, she's just a shifter. The bullying scene where some of her secrets come out, though, is heartbreaking. While parts of the novel can cause you to get teary eyed, there are also some funny parts, such as when Maggie tries and fails to change into certain animals, but ends up getting stuck in between being that animal and her human form. There are also some really intense fight scenes and enough mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. The relationship between Bridger and Maggie is believable and develops at a slow, natural pace. There is no insta-love, thankfully, and they become friends before they decide they like each other as anything else. Maggie is not co-dependent. She does not need Bridger to survive, and after all she's been through, she still has a will to live. She is not a self-sacrificing heroine, instead, she looks out for those in her life as well as herself to the best of her ability. She's a fighter, and she's an excellent role model for girls and women alike. My favorite parts of the book are the Navajo legends that are woven into the story. Wiggins treated the Navajo with extreme respect, and she put some very interesting Navajo lore into the story. I really enjoyed the explanations of skinwalkers and the various protection rituals that the Navajo use. She obviously did her research before writing this novel, and it paid off. The climax of the novel is a bit shocking, and it will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails until you make it through. The ending wraps the novel up nicely, and it feels like Maggie Mae's story is over, but I still hope for a sequel because I loved all of the characters so much that I want to see more of them! The romance is sweet, the fight scenes have plenty of action, but aren't graphic, and there is no cursing in the novel. There is also no drinking or drug use by minors. Because of this, I'd recommend this book to anyone 12 years of age or older. Shifting is a beautiful story that will keep you hooked until the very end. Be prepared to lose some sleep with this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story!!
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Loved this book! AND it's a stand alone! It came to a conclusion when I finished the last page. {sighs} Love that! The writing is clear and flows well. Though dealing with paranormal experience we do not get bogged down in a new language. This fantasy takes place in new Mexico. I do wonder if the author consulted and got approval for the Native American lore used as a basis for Maggie Mae's story. Also kind of wonder if Rod Stewart was consulted in use of the name. But I don't think names can really be only for one person unless it is a truly unique situation. Anyway, Maggie is awesome! Despite all her troubles she has a good heart and tries to make the best of her situation. She also tries to look out for herself and those she cares about, but doesn't like to get too connected because she moves around so much. This is not a pretty, fairy tale fantasy. Maggie lives in the real world of foster care where some homes are great and others are not. Her nature provides some otherworldly challenges to her care and her last hope is in New Mexico. At her new school she encounters bullies and strives to rise above. She does and makes it to graduation (not a spoiler as most of the action happens after graduation) with the sporadic help of Bridger O'Connell and Mrs. Carpenter. Note: There is a lot of violence in this story as Maggie must fight for her life. Others get caught in the cross-hairs. A great read! I didn't want to put it down. Always wanted to know what would happen next - truly engaging with just a touch of romance. No triangle and no rushing into anything. We did get the struggle between wealth and poverty. Bethany painted great pictures with her words. I had a great movie running in my head the entire time. Loved it. I so want to try Jose's fish tacos!
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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!
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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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