Release Day Review: Bloodshifted (Edie Spence, #5) by Cassie Alexander

July 1, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Release Day Review: Bloodshifted (Edie Spence, #5) by Cassie AlexanderBloodshifted by Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence, #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on July 1, 2014
Pages: 304 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Author, NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

Sexual content

References to sex

Ambushed. Blindfolded. Kidnapped by vampires. Edie Spence must race against time to save herself and her baby—from the nightmare that flows through her veins…

As a nurse in the hospital’s secret Y4 ward, Edie has seen her share of daytimers. Once-ordinary humans who’ve tasted vampire blood, daytimers are doomed to serve their nighttime masters. Forever. And now Edie has to face something even more horrifying: she’s become one too…

BLOODSHIFTED

Abducted by the vampire, Raven, Edie is taken to the catacombs beneath the Catacombs, an ironically-named L.A. night club that supplies fresh blood and other favors for its vampire Masters. Edie has no intention of swapping her nurse’s uniform for a cocktail dress—not when her newborn infant needs her. But if she and Asher—her shapeshifter fiancé—can’t figure out a way to bleed Raven’s power, they may never get out of this plasma-soaked pleasure palace…undead or alive.

BLOODSHIFTED is the last book in the series due to a number of reason which can be read Cassie Alexander's blog, which is unfortunate since this series deserves an epic and satisfying ending. That news aside, BLOODSHIFTED is an excellent story and a surprisingly fast paced one considering the fact that so much of it takes place in the catacombs of L.A. (note: I do not think there are actually catacombs in L.A., though that would be amazing were it in fact true). While I wasn't exactly questioning whether Edie would escape or not, I was interested in seeing just how she would do it and how many people would die in the process. The answer to my query of just how she'd get out of this predicament was answered with many things blowing up and so much blood and gore. I really adore the authenticity of the blood and gore in this series even if it makes me cringe at times.

I loved following Edie around as she tries to figure out just how to survive as a vampire and deal with other at times not stable co-vampires. Being in such close quarters with vampires we and Edie learn a lot more about vampire society and the supernatural world in general. Edie is a wonderfully resourceful character with flaws and doubts in regards to her moral compass which makes her incredibly realistic and sympathetic.

The other characters in BLOODSHIFTED are a complex group. We have characters  that fall somewhere in the middle depending on the situation or the mood of the character. For example, I found myself both understanding the logic of Edie's Master, Raven's goals while absolutely abhorring him for his controlling tactics. I liked seeing this complexity in the characterization as it kind of reflects real life's complexities in regards to what is right and wrong.

BLOODSHIFTED ends in a sudden cliffhanger that would have led to a rather fascinating next book in the Edie Spence series.  I adored being able to see Edie in one last adventure and will miss this unique and fun series.

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