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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Cassie Alexander
Publisher & Pages: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks 2012, 341 pages
Blurb: Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…
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…
Highlight: The gruesome wounds of the Supernatural are tended to at a Paranormal Hospital.
Caution: If you have a weak stomach, forgo the gory details.
Highlight: The world has been brought to life by the casualness and ignorance Edie portrays towards the Paranormal beings. So you learn as she does.
Paranormal beings? Check. Blood? Check. Fight scenes and gore? Check. Unlucky protagonist who gets dragged into the mess of the paranormal world? Check.
I’d read Nightshifted in the past and considered it to be great. However, after reading it again, years later, the aspect I thought were awesome didn’t shine as brightly as they had. But taking into account the genre and the scenes, characters and parts of the story that I still enjoyed, Nightshifted is still a worthy read.
First, Edie Spence is a nurse at County Hospital. It’s not often you get to see the paranormal world from the eyes of a doctor, or nurse in this case. Especially when Edie has uncooperative patients, and you feel like chirping in; ‘just let them die.’
Right from the start you’re on Edies side. Why? Because she’s trying her best to keep her brother safe, get through her shift alive, and of course, she needs the job. Money is tight, which I’m sure most people can relate to. And when the shit hits the fan, blood sprays in her face, and she’s thrust further into the realm of the paranormal more than she feels in necessary, you’ll be thinking; ‘you’ve got enough on your plate Edie, leave it to the professionals.’
Unfortunately, the key aspect of Edie is, she’s a nurse. Despite the trouble she’s in, taking the words of a dying man and attempting to save a girl from Vampires is something she feels compelled to do.
Twist in the story? Check. Protagonist becomes a target? Check. Paranormal disarray? Check. And Protagonist helps a power player in the world of the paranormal? Check.
With any good story you need some surprises along the way. Say goodbye to boring clichés, or at least for some parts of the story, and say good morning to Twists. A good twist in a story is what separate standards stories from others, and bad twists, well… They’re not considered twists, especially when they’re not a surprise.
Nightshifted’s twist come in the form of Anna. And since I don’t want of spoil anything, besides your appetite with the introduction of this book, let’s just say; I found her to be the most interesting character. My apologies to Edie, but she did come in second place.
Nightshifted is like a game of chess. Edie is the pawn making her way across the board narrowly escaping the grasp of the enemy. But like any good story, it is never over once you’ve been caught.
Ever wondered what it was like to see the world of the paranormal through the eyes of a nurse? Nightshifted might be the book for you.
Star Rating: 3 ½ stars
Available in: Paperback, and e-book.