Author: Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Kristina
NIGHTSHIFTED is like a dark and twisted version of Grey’s Anatomy with vampires, zombies, and werewolves taking up residence in County Hospital’s Y4 wing. I love the concept of a paranormal wing of a hospital which makes the already intense environment all the more crazy and dangerous… and not just for the patients. The story moves at a similar pace to a hospital setting where there are small lulls in action and with sudden, even frantic bursts of action. That sort of pacing made NIGHTSHIFTED an exciting read as I was constantly on edge, waiting to see what was going to happen next.
Edie is the newest nurse in the paranormal Y4 wing which makes her just as curious and confused about this environment as me. Unlike many urban fantasy heroines Edie is more like the general reader in skills and abilities when dealing with the paranormal. I liked this aspect of her as it made her more relatable and the dire situations she found herself in more intense because I knew she couldn’t just kick, magic, or shoot her way out of a situation (though she does have mandatory firing range time). Granted I did sometimes wonder about her intelligence in some situations that she could have resolved by having read a few urban fantasy novels.
There is a love interest for Edie who I really couldn’t get into and at times wanted to stop reading during certain intimate scenes. This has nothing to do with Ti as a character or their relationship in general which I liked sans Ti being a zombie. I just couldn’t stomach the kissing and sex with him without thinking of all the horror films I’ve seen with zombie body parts hanging off and their constant decaying.
Other than my inability to understand zombies as love interests, 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 in the Edie Spence series, MOONSHIFTED comes out on November 27.