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Product Details

  • Series: Edie Spence (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312553390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312553395
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dark and clever full moon insanity that will get into your blood, crawl under your skin and haunt your dreams." Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Hunter series

 “The best debut  I've read all year. Nightshifted is 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

“Medical drama and vampire cold wars intersect in this solid urban fantasy debut.  Alexander’s zombies are particularly well designed, and the hospital environment adds an intriguing additional dimension.” –Publishers Weekly

“I loved this book. What a breath of fresh air!  It’s filled with fascinating characters, including an enigmatic zombie firefighter, weres, shapeshifters, and of course, vampires. A memorable scene with a STD afflicted dragon (yup) had me on the edge of my seat, the budding romance with Ti (zombie firefighter!) is sweet and tender, and I just plain loved hanging out with Edie. Nightshifted is a very strong start to what promises to be a wonderful new series!” –My Bookish Ways

“Edie is a fun character with heart and charisma, making it easy to fall for her and want to see her succeed in all of her adventures, whether they be dealing with paranormal patients, evil vampires, or potential lovers. If you like your urban fantasy to have a dose of romance, then Nightshifted is for you.  Highly recommended.” –The Debut Review

“I really enjoyed the new type of monster mythologies introduced in NIGHTSHIFTED. I especially liked the idea that you need a certain amount of blood exposure before becoming a full fledged vampire. I can’t wait to read more about the Y4 wing of County Hospital’s residents and this strange new world when the next book comes out.” –All Things Urban Fantasy

“Alexander’s first novel launches a new series that should appeal to fans of medical thrillers as well as urban fantasy.”–Library Journal

There's so much paranormal stuff out there that I often find myself longing for some true urban fantasy. Nightshifted is the one I was starving for. It's gritty and dark, its heroine jaded and tough, and both of them are studded with moments of humor and human frailty.” –

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…


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…


More About the Author

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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The base for the characters was nice, but they all felt very transparent and I didn't really have much interest in what happened to them.
Then there is the just plain ridiculous, things that show that Alexander simply isn't taking this seriously, and may be insulting the intelligence of her audience.
Mark Louis Baumgart
Ms. Alexander has created an interesting new urban fantasy world with this book and I think that the hospital setting really helped with it.
Dr. Barton

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. McCullough VINE VOICE on June 4, 2012
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
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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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