Review: Under My Skin by Charles de Lint

Under My Skin
Release Date: March 6 2012
Publisher: Razorbill Canada
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:
I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I was very happy with the entire layout of this book. Charles de Lint is a master of his genre. 

Under My Skin was dynamic and fast paced. There was a lot of action and even some romance and I was never bored. This was a great urban fantasy. Filled with ever element of a story that you could want. 

I loved how Charles was not afraid of getting down and gritty when the time came. It made the book so much better, the raw aspects and the realistic setting that he placed into the book.

Charles de Lint deserves every it of praise that he receives. He is a master of his craft. I look forward to reading more.

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