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Nightshifted (An Edie Spence Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Cassie Alexander
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare. Nothing compares to being Nightshifted.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

 



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''The best debut I've read all year. Nightshiftedis simply amazing!'' --Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the 'Greywalker' series

''Nightshifted's main character, nurse Edie Spence, has a distinctive, appealing, and no-nonsense style that you won't quickly forget. Add to that a paranormal population that needs medical care for some very odd reasons and you have a winner of a debut novel.'' --Kate Elliott, author of the 'Cold Magic' series

''Fresh, exciting, dark, and sexy, Nightshifted is excellent urban fantasy that grabs you by the throat and pulls you along for a wild ride. Cassie Alexander is an author to watch!'' --Diana Rowland, author of Mark of the Demon

''Nightshifted's main character, nurse Edie Spence, has a distinctive, appealing, and no-nonsense style that you won't quickly forget. Add to that a paranormal population that needs medical care for some very odd reasons and you have a winner of a debut novel.'' --Kate Elliott, author of the 'Cold Magic' series

''Fresh, exciting, dark, and sexy, Nightshifted is excellent urban fantasy that grabs you by the throat and pulls you along for a wild ride. Cassie Alexander is an author to watch!'' --Diana Rowland, author of Mark of the Demon

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

NIGHTSHIFTED

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

 

Product Details

  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312553390
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071VUY3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 With Reservations May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

I must be the only one that bought and read this book and then had a few issues with it. It was a great book, don't get me wrong. Nevertheless, the fact that there is no world building threw me off quite a bit. The reader is almost left wondering if there were previous books that they had never heard of. You have no clue where this is taking place so you have nothing to let your imagination ride with. All you really have are the bare facts of the story.

I was never quite sure if the entire world knew if supernatural creatures existed or if the `humans' are in the dark. You get the feeling humans do not know and you are *almost *positive they don't know, but you are never quite 100% sure of it.
The writing and dialogue is quite stark and it works in this instance, yet it left me feeling a little unsure of myself. Perhaps this is a good thing.

Like the synopsis says---Edie Spencer is a nurse, but she works in a "secret hidden ward" of the County Hospital. Here she will cause an incident that may end up with her death ...that is unless she can find a very young looking Vamp named Anna who was a witness to what Edie had done. Mystery, suspense and horror come together to blend in this dark urban drama/fantasy.

You also get a bit of romance. However, don't worry, the romance is not the focus of the book, although quite a bit of time is spent on it. You actually may need a box of tissues by the end of the book and will be a bit like me and be antsy to see what the next book will be bringing to Edie.

As I said, this is not a horrible book; and perhaps it is only my quirkiness that needs a little more world building. Maybe future books will be expanding on the world and eventually make me surer of what I imagine the world to be.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would Benefit From Stronger Worldbuilding June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am going away against the crowd a little in my review of "Nightshifted". I loved the synopsis of this book and bought it as soon as I ran across it at the store. It is about a nurse named Edie who works in a secret unit of the hospital. Her unit cares for paranormal creatures. The cover is enticing; showing a nurse with a dragon outlined in a room behind her. Yes, please!

Parts of the book are wonderful. I loved all the scenes at the hospital involving Edie's care of the supernatural creatures. I loved her co-workers and thought they were just great additions to the storyline. I loved Edie's cat and I loved the young vampire girl named Anna that Edie searches for at the request of a patient.

But I struggled with the story in many ways. Edie makes poor relationship choices. It is to the point that I was annoyed. Even the main interest, a zombie (who I really enjoyed as a character) is insanely creepy and certainly not very moral. Again he was a great addition to this story but as a love interest he remains very questionable.

My second complaint is the world building. There is none. It is never clear how the paranormals fit into the human world. The story sometimes seems like the creatures are known to most of the population and then in other parts of the story they are made out to be mostly underground. I need to know the `rules' to this world. How long have these creatures been around? How did they stay hidden previously? How did there come to be a secret ward in the hospital. In this book readers have to take everything at face value and use our imaginations to feel in the unknowns.

Honestly the book could use more explanation on a lot of things. What exactly is `grandfather'? Why is he in this cd player?
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: NIGHTSHIFTED May 23, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The great thing about reading is that books always surprise you no matter how long you've been reading them. You think you know an author or a genre or a style, and then they go and rip the rug right out from under your feet. Sometimes I'm going along, doing my thing, reading my books, and then I pick one up and realize it's what I've been starving for. I love a good urban fantasy. Ever since Sunshine. Ever since I made the acquaintance of Mercy Thompson. I've loved the real deal. And when I fall, I fall loyally. I look forward to the new Mercy and the new Kate religiously each year. But it's been kind of awhile since I sank into a brand, spankin' new one that really did it for me, you know? In fact, I'm pretty sure it's been a couple of years. Gah. There's so much paranormal stuff out there (some of it excellent, some of it not so much) that I often find myself longing for some true urban fantasy. So I was kind of surprised and kind of excited when I found myself gravitating toward Cassie Alexander's upcoming NIGHTSHIFTED before I even knew very much about it. Something about the girl on the cover and the silhouetted dragon through the hospital doors behind her said good things lie inside. And wouldn't you know? It was the one I was starving for.

Edie Spence is the new nurse on Y4--the paranormal ward at County Hospital. The one no one knows about. Edie wouldn't have a clue either except the mysterious Powers That Be stepped in to save her druggie brother from ODing. But their continued intervention on her brother's behalf comes at a price . . . namely Edie's unquestioning (and indefinite) service on Y4. Edie's worked in some holes, but this one takes the cake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loves it
I thought this was a great novel. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I can't wait.
Published 13 days ago by James Ivy
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome first book in series
Really enjoyed this fiesty female lead character, good medical background by the author so makes reading this as an RN great, as really hate reading (even in fantasy) about medical... Read more
Published 21 days ago by luvsbooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed this beginning book of a series. It was a fast read, action packed, with a little paranormal romance! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A unique world!
Shapeshifter, weres, zombies, vampires, dragons, yippee!! With hot yummy Brits, exploding magical critters, hot zombies (yes I mentioned zombie already, but I have to emphasize... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shera
3.0 out of 5 stars Nightshifted
Edie is a nurse who works the night shift at a hospital. But the floor she works on isn't like any other... "normal" you've seen. The patients on Y4 aren't human! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lili Lost in a Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick and supernatural
I liked the book- the pace was quick and it was fun to read. A bit disjointed in a couple places and could have used another review by an editor (spelling and usage errors or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Blake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
She is a strong character as real nurses have to be. I admired her and if you want a feel for how life as a nurse is you get it to the extreme.
Published 2 months ago by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
AS a nurse, ideally enjoy her perspective. Very hard to put down. I would recomend to anyone who likes paranormal reads
Published 2 months ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars i cant even find the words to say ....
nightshifted has brought me to a kind of gothic vamp crazy life and im a nurse myself ! all my problems stop, i get so into it sometimes i feel like im edie Keep them coming Cassie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nikki holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Sexy and Original Paranormal
Nightshifted is my introduction to Cassie Alexander's fiction (it was, in fact, her debut novel) and what an introduction it was! Ms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lise Kim Horton
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Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series, beginning with Nightshifted (5/12), Moonshifted (11/12), Shapeshifted (coming out 6/4/13), and Deadshifted and Bloodshifted forthcoming.

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