Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

By Bethany Wiggins
Out: September 27, 2011
Review copy from publisher
Stars: 4 out of 5

This was a pleasant surprise. The writing is way above par! Maggie Mae is a shifter stuck in the foster care system and because of problems related to her affliction, she has been passed around for years. Because of this she is fiercely independent and strong.
At her final stop before she graduates high school and is cut free, she may just have stumbled on a place she can call home.

I think the best parts of the novel have nothing to do with the actual transformations into animals (well, the horse part was hilarious), but in the great descriptions of life in New Mexico. I also loved the weaving of Navajo legend into the story.
The male lead, Bridger (first time I have seen that name!) is strong, successful as a real friend, and really caring.
I think I just loved Mrs. Carpenter the best!

I hope for more from Wiggins, but especially this town and these characters. Surely, this could go farther...I'll keep my fingers crossed.