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Nightshifted Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2012
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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.” ―Angieville.com
“Edie Spence has a real talent for getting into trouble and somehow getting out of it. But she's loyal and tough and determined, and these are all characteristics you want in an urban fantasy hero. We can all look forward to what happens next.” ―New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
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I loved the world of Nightshifted! There's vampires, daylighters (the vamps' daytime people who are kind of in transition), weres (even a weredragon!), shapeshifters, and zombies! Edie is just a regular human, but that doesn't stop the vampires from coming after her for killing one of their own. It was in self-defense, but they don't believe her, so she's going on trial anyway. Now, Edie has a week to find representation, and to find Anna to testify for her. It's a big ol' mess! But she's got a zombie on her side, and he's pretty awesome! I actually think the zombies are my favorite creature in this series (so far). They're not the slow, shambling, mindless, flesh eaters. Ti is pretty normal, except that he's hard to kill, and can regenerate body parts if he consumes flesh. He's also a nice guy! I just adored him, and can't wait to learn more about the zombies!
The only real issues I had with Nightshifted was that Edie makes really stupid mistakes. The first being forgetting to re-restrain Mr. November, leading to his imminent demise. But, of course, there would have been no story if Edie had been more careful with her job. I still can't forgive that though, since I immediately noticed that she forgot to restrain his arm after she was finished talking to him. The next was asking her junkie brother to watch her cat. Apparently Edie can leave her cat alone all night to work, but not for a few hours to go to the emergency room. That made no sense at all, and even less sense than contacting her brother, who promptly sold her furniture to buy heroin. Seriously. I also didn't get why Edie carried around "Grandfather" (you'll have to read it to find out, since he's kind of awesomely creepy) all the time if she doesn't understand a word of German!
All in all, I did really enjoy Nightshifted. It was a ton of fun, and never boring. Edie's life is a mess all because of one mistake. A major mistake, but still. I loved the different takes on the supernatural creatures featured, and how they fit into society (or not). The ending was a bit rushed and messy, but it did leave me excited for more!
"Save Anna" were the dying words of a vampire patient whose transformation to ash is Edie's fault, setting her off on a mission to free a little undead girl who, yes, is part monster but surely doesn't deserve the hand she's been dealt. In the process Edie barges her way into a vampire torture chamber, partners with a zombie she starts having feeling for, tracks a gang of ruthless kidnappers with a friendly family of werewolves, acquires a haunted German-speaking CD player which becomes a sort of ally, saves two patients from a raging were-dragon, and almost loses her soul to a husker. Who knew a nurse's life could be so exciting? Great stuff--can't wait to start the next book in the series.
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Book didn't work for me. The supernatural world, what I saw of it anyway, felt just a bit off to me.Read more