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Shift (Firstborn Trilogy Book Two) Paperback – September 5, 2012
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About the Author
Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning...two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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The above quote is the perfect description of SHIFT because of the character growth, and no two characters grow more than Kynzesti Sophia and Corgloresti Quincy. However, I sometimes found Sophia little too angsty and wanted to sit her down and tell her to pull herself together, but given time, and some inner reflection, she did just that without my interference ;). And when Quincy finally pulled up his big-boy pants and admitted his feelings for Sophia, I punched the air. One of the funniest/cutest/hottest scenes in the book involves Sophia, Quincy and some catnip-high panthers.
When I started reading Shift, Sophia and Quincy's love story reminded me of the Lyrics from Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift:
And you stood there in front of me just close enough to touch
Close enough to hope you couldn't see what I was thinking of
Drop everything now, meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk, take away the pain
'Cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby
As the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me
When you're not around
(Lyrics by Taylor Swift, Sparks Fly)
Part I and Part II build up to the jaw-dropping quest in Part III. My lips started quivering at 94% read, and I cried from 95% read through to the end. It was like Raine reached into my chest and squeezed my heart until I couldn't breathe, and then when she'd ripped my heart out she decided to dance on it just to make sure it was well and truly broken. If anyone can write horror and despair, it's Ms. Thomas. In a scene dripping with blood and guts, she brings in the humanity so much so that the sorrow is palpable.
Lastly, I have to talk about the character who's replaced Eric Northman as my fictional crush, and that is the swoontatsic Zachariah. He's the alpha male personified, and perhaps Raine could be persuaded to write a spin-off called Zachariah: The Missing Mercesti Years. (And I'd also like the dream between Zachariah and Tate written, please. LOL I think that would make very interesting reading *blushes*.)
All in all a twisty, turny, tear jerking read.
Before reading this book, I would recommend reading The Prophecy (An Estilorian Short Story) which is currently free. Everything is covered in SHIFT, but if you're not familiar with the series, then The Prophecy will bring you up to speed and introduce you to characters you might just meet again.
Sophia and Quincy's story was just as fantastic as the previous books. Someone else mentioned that they wanted to shake Sophia and Quincy because they were blind to each other's love and I felt that way at first, but I think that it was better that Raine kept Sophia true to herself in giving her time to process everything before she realized the truth, that they were meant for each other.
The story and character growth was amazing! I could not have hoped for a better book.
The only thing that I wish would've been in the book is Tate and Zachariah's dream:)