Series: Edie Spence, #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 31, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Author, NetGalley
Sexual Content: not too graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Edie Spence just wanted a vacation. A nice, relaxing, stress free, non-adventure away from the craziness that's dominated her life since becoming a nurse for paranormal creatures. But from the start, her trip on the Maraschino, a cruise ship bound for Hawaii, has been anything but stress free, especially when Edie's boyfriend Asher recognizes someone he used to know. Someone from his not-so-nice past. With their lives in the balance, will Edie and Asher be able to save their growing family or will this adventure be their end?
As I settled down for some high seas adventure time with my favorite fictional nurse, Edie Spence I hoped she'd get at least a second to enjoy some peace and quiet with Asher in DEADSHIFTED. In reality Edie sunbathing on the cruise ship's deck and getting manicures would be a pretty boring book and luckily for us the action and danger starts off pretty much right away. I had wondered how the story would feel with Edie outside of the Y4 level of the hospital where she started getting involved with the supernatural world. DEADSHIFTED does a nice job of creating a whole new little world on the ship with a unique cast of characters while keeping the same dark tone of the previous books. The plot is exciting and is part medical mystery, survival story, and part waking nightmare of mine involving everything that can go wrong on a cruise ship.
DEADSHIFTED presents Edie and Asher with something more dangerous than they experienced in this series. With more danger come more bloody gore and squirm inducing descriptions which are the result of the author being quite familiar gore and blood in her day job as a nurse. Usually I can manage the gore but DEADSHIFTED really tested my resolve and I was squirming and hurriedly flipping pages to get past the disgusting creatures that pop up during some very gross moments. While the gore is excessive at times it isn't shocking as its presented in a very matter of fact/realistic way and that realism is amplified by seeing the psychological effect of the death and gore on the ship's passengers.
Aside from the multiple gross out moments I was surprised at just how much is thrown at Edie as the twists just keep coming and not in her favor. This series does not shy away from the darkness and Cassie Alexander does not give her heroine any breaks. At times I wish Edie could get something to go her way and what keeps me coming back to this series aside from the writing and loveable characters is the realism of the danger and the hope that there is a light at the end of the bleak yet mesmerizing adventures of Edie Spence.
The Edie Spence series is the epitome of dark, creepy, urban fantasy with its realistic gore, grit, and danger that keeps me coming back for more every time. DEADSHIFTED ends with a major cliffhanger and before you go looking at the description for the next book BLOODSHIFTED (available July 1, 2014 from St. Martin's Paperback) be warned that it and the cover have huge spoilers.Series Titles:
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