by Bethany Wiggins Published by Walker Childrens
on September 27th 2011 Pages:
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.
Short & Sweet: I just loved Magdalene from the start. She's a strong character who has been kicked from foster home to foster home because she is hiding a secret. She's a shapeshifter and she can't control it when the full moon comes around. So when she ends up staying with the mother of her social worker, she finds herself surrounded by Navajo land and finds herself in danger of animals that are unlike her, that steal the skins of animals to change. And she finds herself in danger of falling for Bridger, a boy who seems dangerous and safe all at once and is also hiding a secret. But is Bridger on her side? I loved the romance and danger in this novel. Magdalene is such a strong character while still having her faults and not being perfect and I couldn't help but love all the side characters as well, even the villians.
Final Verdict: A well-written and intriguing novel that brings Navajo legend to life in a modern setting.