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“I really thought I would like this book but I just couldn't get into the author's writing style. I don't know if I will try the next book in the series or not.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I picked this one to read at this time because it seemed like a light, fun book and I was doing DragonCon this past weekend. It definitely fit the bill. With the dragon sillouette on the cover and the "shifted" in the title, I thought this was going to be a lot more about shapeshifters. It is not. It's also very icky/gory in quite a few places and it didn't feel like it added to the story, so that kind of turned me off. In the end, I liked this one well enough, but didn't love it. I doubt I'll read more.”Jennifer J wrote this review Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really thought I would like this book but I just couldn't get into the author's writing style. I don't know if I will try the next book in the series or not.”Riann wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Review originally posted on Romancing the Dark Side:
A fantastic new addition to urban fantasy with an imperfect but exceptional heroine. Edie's job will make your work day feel like a breeze!
When Edie Spence became a nurse she never imagined working at County Hospital's Y4, a special secret wing that treats supernaturals and that she'd have to make a deal with beings called Shadows, in order to save her drug addicted brother's life. When she loses her recent patient Mr. November due to her own negligence, Edie is determined to carry out his last wish in finding a young girl named Anna. Her guilt and compassion will lead her into a dangerous world of non-sparkly vampires, shape-shifters and yes, even zombies! Think your job is tough? Try walking in Edie's scrubs for a day!
There are very few heroines in urban fantasy that lack supernatural abilities and work in the medical field, and that's why I was instantly drawn to Edie, she's just a regular young woman trying to survive. She's thrown into some pretty dangerous situations but tends to handle things with a pretty level headed personality...I don't think I'd be so excited to come close to being killed every night at work! Edie's decisions are sometimes questionable, from her one-night stands to her penchant for walking right into harms way (with no supernatural powers I might add), but her heart is always in the right place, it's her mortality that makes you fully connect with her character.
In the midst of all the chaos in Edie's world, there's a little time for romance in this busy nurse's life. I was hoping things with Asher the shapeshifter would work out, but then Ti came into the picture and my hopes were tossed out the window. Don't get me wrong, I like Ti's character, he's kind and protective, but I just didn't want Edie to get involved with him romantically, that and the fact that he's a zombie had a little to do with my stance. As much as I tried I couldn't connect with their romance, let alone read about them having sex...maybe I watch too much The Walking Dead and have trouble associating zombies with romance, I really don't know.
The world building in Nightshifted breaks most of the stereotypes of the paranormal myths that we're accustomed to, which I love. Vampires are not made by just a simple blood exchange and have human servants called Daytimers. Ms. Alexander does a phenomenal job of vividly painting a scene with her writing, transporting the reader into her dark, supernatural world. There are a few unanswered questions that I'm hoping will get hashed out in the next installment, but nothing that leaves you baffled or throwing your book across the room. I'm sure Edie has some more adventures ahead of her and I plan on sticking by her side as they unfold!”
“This is such an interesting take on the supernatural and modern medicine. Great idea and she follows through.”Susan Sullivan wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a bit of a slow start and I didn't need all the medical descriptions, but it got better as it went along”Bianca wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5* I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the idea was really clever -- the main character is a nurse in a secret ward for supernaturals. It was a lot darker and definitely crossed into the horror category more so than some other UF books I've read lately. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series.”Liz (Bugetta) wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Edie is a nurse who works on a ward for paranormals. When a mistake accidentally kills a patient, she feels honor bound to fulfill his last wish. Weredragons, a family of weredogs and a romance with a zombie make for an interesting read. very good debut! 4 stars”moondance120 wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“really good beginning to a new series,cant wait for next book”shannon t wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
"Nightshifted is an impressive debut novel. It’s Urban Fantasy with a lot spunk… Ms. Alexander’s writing flowed. Her imagination of her world kept me engaged with every page.” ~Under The Covers
I discovered and met this author at a local signing not too long ago. I was glad to have taken a chance on her book. I was a bit hesitant because well, to be honest, the book cover just did not appeal to me. I thought it portrayed a cheesy image of a nurse. However, because I am a nurse myself, I had to give it a go. Wow, am I glad I did! The cover did not do the book any justice. It certainly did not represent Edie, the author’s writing and imagination. Quite the opposite, Ms. Alexander’s writing flowed. Her imagination of her world kept me engaged with every page.
Nightshifted is an impressive debut novel. It’s Urban Fantasy with a lot spunk, not so much like the TV series Grey’s Anatomy but more like Nurse Jackie with a strong Paranormal element. Not to mention it’s action packed, drama filled and a selfless heroine.
Balancing a lonely life with a complex occupation, Edie works as a nurse at a secret unit called Y4. It is where the patients are of the paranormal kind. Attempting to save her brother from drug addiction, Edie landed this job in return for her brother’s sobriety. Supported by the hospital but unknown to the human world, Edie is dedicated to her job. A true nurse, she is a strong advocated for her patients. And sometimes, Edie takes her dedication to a whole new level. It was great to see how a medical team would handle the super natural patients (vamps, shifters, wolves, etc). Bedside manners, safety protocols and procedures mashed up with a paranormal world were such a treat to read. Ms. Alexander took nursing to paranormal levels indeed.
I really like Edie, her personality and some life experiences are very realistic. In fact, some parts of her remind me of some friends, coworkers and even me. She is honest and there are never any pretenses with her. Pretty much, what you see is what you get. I admire her for her patient advocacy to a point where her own life is affected just to help others. Like I said, her patients are not of the normal kind so; you can just imagine what kind of trouble she gets into. I do have to disagree with her love life or lack of. She is independent and she has no need of any man but she seems to sleep around. And when she decides to exclusively date, she picks a zombie. Why she picked Ti (the zombie) over Asher (very sexy shifter)? I do not get.
Overall, this book made it to my auto-follow series simply because it was that good. A hint, I’ve read Moonshifted and it’s even better than this one.