Monday, June 11, 2012

Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Monday, June 11, 2012 with No comments

   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...

My Thoughts:
Oh wow. Where do I begin? So much went on in this book at so quick a pace, I just breezed through it. It only took me a couple days because I had needed sleep. This book has vampires, shapeshifters, were-creatures, zombies, and  yes, that is a dragon on the cover. I guess the best thing about this novel was how well it was all thrown together. The author really has a vivid imagination, and the story that she told, featuring all sorts of characters, was written in a way that kept me on my toes, wanting more. Ms. Alexander was very good at keeping up the suspense!

The heroine, Edie Spence, was also very likeable. She was down-to-earth, had an awesome job as a nurse for paranormal beings, and really cared about other people, even if they weren't human. I will admit that having the main character fall for a zombie kind of weirded me out, but he was kind of endearing. I guess I'm just used to zombies from horror movies, rather than the Haitian ones they are based on. Still, the thought that sometimes his body parts came from other sources was a bit much.

I also admit that it was a bit daunting in the beginning, because the first few pages are filled with a lot of technical words and medical terminology I'd never heard of, so I was worried that the whole book was going to be like that, but luckily that was not the case. I was glad, because I thought that would have kept me from getting into it. Instead, this book really sucked me in, and it was rather hard to put down. I am very much looking forward to the sequel, Moonshifted, which will be coming out in November. Especially since the end of Nightshifted featured a teaser for the next book, and what I read of it ended on a suspenseful note. I really want to read more! I give it 4/5 stars, though really I'd say it's more of a 4.5 out of 5.



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