Review: Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

May 13, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

 

Nightshifted (Nightshifted, #1) Title: Nightshifted
AuthorCassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence #1
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Source: Netgalley
Reviewed by: Kristina

  • Mass Market Paperback:352 pages
  • Publisher:St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:0312553390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312553395
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    Sexual Content:
    Sex scenes


    Rating:


    Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


Description

From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.
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…

 

Review

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.

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3 Responses to “Review: Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander”

  1. Melliane

    I really liked this book, it was interesting to have this environment, and you're right it was nice to have a heroine like her. I didn't think of the zombies problem but it's true, lol now I have some bad pictures in mind. Glad you enjoyed it. (and thanks for the link)

  2. J.R.

    I just bookmarked this post so that I can get this book once my self-infilicted bookbuying ban is over. Great review. Zombie love interest?! Sign me UP!

  3. Bev(QB)

    "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."

    Oh, THANK YOU! I was beginning to think I was the only PNR/UF reader left that couldn't jump on the zombie bandwagon because of the "ewwwyuck" factor.