Nightshifted (Edie Spence, book 1) by Cassie Alexander
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
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From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare. Nothing compares to being Nightshifted.
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…
Shapeshifter, weres, zombies, vampires, dragons, yippee!! With hot yummy Brits, exploding magical critters, hot zombies (yes I mentioned zombie already, but I have to emphasize hot), magical German speaking CD players that’s a secret weapon, a special hospital for supernaturals, mysterious shadow beings that run the hospital, and a tough nurse. It spells for a good read.
Yet, most of my reading buddies have had a hard time getting into this one. Even I had to try once or twice before I got into the swing of things. This is a title that you HAVE to be in a a reading mood before you can sink in. If you're even slightly burned out, back away and put it on the shelf for sunnier reading days.
Yet . . . This book just fell a little flat. The world is never really explored. Things just happen. Edie has been working in the paranormal unit of her hospital for a while and she just does it. There's no questions or real drive for knowledge. Personally I'd want to know everything, especially since you're taking care of these beings. Not only on a medical level, but for protection. Knowledge is power.
Things just happen. (Yeah, broken record here.) Edie is pulled along by random events. Basically like leading a dog around on a leash. That's nothing that really interests me. Sure she ends up on the Night Shift because she's protecting her brother from an overdosing again. Yet the emotional connection is never there. That's the biggest issue for me. Edie is an emotionally detached character. As she's pulled along on her journey through the dark and magical she wakes up bit by bit. Like she's been swimming with her head in the water and just realized that she needs to stop and take a breath.
In the end this was a bit of a disappointment. A few months after reading it took me quite a while to remember what happened. After a year I'm pretty sure that this title will simply fade away as a fond, and distant, memory. The world has promise and ever since the Demonica series I've been wanting someone to explore a paranormal hospital. So yes, I'll continue. Here's to hoping that the “it just happens” as a basis for a plot ends. Edie needs to grow as well and become more accessible.
Sexual Content: One night stand, sexual chit chat, humor, and so on.
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.
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