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Nightshifted (An Edie Spence Novel Book 1) by [Alexander, Cassie]
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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.” –

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  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071VUY3Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on 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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By MMP on December 23, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it, but I didn't love it. It was kind of underwhelming.
The zombie love interest was a big ICK factor for me. Cassie lost me after that. I ended up doing a "skim reading" after Edie slept with a zombie. Gross. Plus the jumping in and out of beds with strange men didn't work for me either... and I read erotica and paranormal books so these aren't new genres for me. I agree with the one reviewer that there really wasn't much of a storyline. There was no world building. It felt like this was more of a second book instead of being the first book of the series.
And Edie... well I don't hate her. Sometimes she seems strong and other times weak and stupid. The part with the lawyer and Edie signing up not only herself, but any children she may have as blood donors, well I thought she was stupid to do that; especially since in the end the lawyer didn't really do anything.
I would give the author another chance, but not Edie Spence... the zombie thing just ruined it for me and I have no interest in reading about a zombie love triangle. Seriously gross.
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I read a lot, at least 4 or 5 books a week. I like to read authors such as Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison, Kate Tiernan, Stephanie Meyers, and C. E. Murphy. I was beginning to tire of the vampire/ were/ shifter stuff. This book however took the genre in a different direction and I found it fresh and enjoyable. The main character is not a kick ass gorgeous female with paranormal abilities. She is plain and merely human with no special abilities. She is a nurse who works the night shift on a specialized unit where paranormal "people" are treated. Her patients are sick and thus vulnerable. She manages to contribute to the death of a patient which sets her on a twisted path that brings her near death. Her enemies and allies are a zombie, shape shifters, weres, vampires, a drug abusing brother, her co-workers, and creatures called shadows which feed on emotions. I am a nurse myself and some of the stuff that occur were hilarious! In several instances the charge nurse brings out tranquilizer guns to take down out of control patients. At one point a patient dies and our hero is left with a bed full of dust. The elevators smell like urine because the weres can't help but mark their territory. Loved it! Our hero thinks like a real nurse, goes overboard helping patients and feels guilt just like a real nurse. Details of this particular world leave much to the imagination. It leaves the reader with an ending which wraps up loose ends but yet hungry for more. It seems to be the beginning of what could become a very interesting series. Looking forward to the release of the next book in the series.
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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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