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Nightshifted (Edie Spence Series #1)

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by Cassie Alexander
     
 

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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

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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...

"Cassie Alexander's first book about Nurse Edie Spence is dark and energetic. You'll really enjoy it; I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series."-Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Medical drama and vampire cold wars intersect in this solid urban fantasy debut. Edie Spence takes a job as a nurse on County Hospital’s Y4 floor, which caters to paranormal patients. Introduced to a world of vampires, werecreatures, shape-shifters, and zombies, Edie takes it all in stride until she accidentally causes the death of one of her charges. She’s determined to carry out his final wishes—rescuing a girl named Anna—to make amends, which embroils her in a conflict between two vampire Thrones. When the vampires declare her a murderer, it may take more than a vampire lawyer, a zombie boyfriend, and a ghost-possessed CD player to save her. Alexander’s zombies are particularly well designed, and the hospital environment adds an intriguing additional dimension. Edie’s life is full of hard knocks, and though it’s hard to like a heroine who constantly pushes people away, her gradual development into a person who can allow others to care for her is satisfying. Agent: Michelle Brower, Folio Literary Management. (June)
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“Dark and clever full moon insanity that will get into your blood, crawl under your skin and haunt your dreams.” —Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Hunter series

“The best debut I've read all year. Nightshifted is simply amazing!” —Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series

Nightshifted's main character, nurse Edie Spence, has a distinctive, appealing, and no-nonsense style that you won't quickly forget. Add to that a paranormal population that needs medical care for some very odd reasons, and you have a winner of a debut novel.” —Kate Elliott, author of the Cold Magic series

“Fresh, exciting, dark, and sexy, Nightshifted is excellent urban fantasy that grabs you by the throat and pulls you along for a wild ride. Cassie Alexander is an author to watch!” —Diana Rowland, author of Mark of The Demon

“Medical drama and vampire cold wars intersect in this solid urban fantasy debut. Alexander's zombies are particularly well designed, and the hospital environment adds an intriguing additional dimension.” —Publishers Weekly

“I loved this book. What a breath of fresh air! It's filled with fascinating characters, including an enigmatic zombie firefighter, weres, shapeshifters, and of course, vampires. A memorable scene with a STD afflicted dragon (yup) had me on the edge of my seat, the budding romance with Ti (zombie firefighter!) is sweet and tender, and I just plain loved hanging out with Edie. Nightshifted is a very strong start to what promises to be a wonderful new series!” —My Bookish Ways

“Edie is a fun character with heart and charisma, making it easy to fall for her and want to see her succeed in all of her adventures, whether they be dealing with paranormal patients, evil vampires, or potential lovers. If you like your urban fantasy to have a dose of romance, then Nightshifted is for you. Highly recommended.” —The Debut Review

“I really enjoyed the new type of monster mythologies introduced in NIGHTSHIFTED. I especially liked the idea that you need a certain amount of blood exposure before becoming a full fledged vampire. I can't wait to read more about the Y4 wing of County Hospital's residents and this strange new world when the next book comes out.” —All Things Urban Fantasy

“Alexander's first novel launches a new series that should appeal to fans of medical thrillers as well as urban fantasy.” —Library Journal

“There's so much paranormal stuff out there that I often find myself longing for some true urban fantasy. Nightshifted is the one I was starving for. It's gritty and dark, its heroine jaded and tough, and both of them are studded with moments of humor and human frailty.” —Angieville.com

“Edie Spence has a real talent for getting into trouble and somehow getting out of it. But she's loyal and tough and determined, and these are all characteristics you want in an urban fantasy hero. We can all look forward to what happens next.” —New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Library Journal
Fledgling nurse Edie Spence works for County Hospital, where her assignment to Y4, the hidden ward in the hospital's lower level, introduces her to a new group of patients—vampires, zombies, and other supernatural creatures. After hearing a vampire servant's dying words, Edie sets off on a quest to save a woman named Anna from becoming a victim of the undead. Alexander's first novel launches a new series that should appeal to fans of medical thrillers as well as urban fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312553395
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Series:
Edie Spence Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
412,283
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

In addition to being a writer, Cassie Alexander is an active registered nurse in California. Nightshifted is her debut novel.

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Nightshifted 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit dark, a bit racy, fast-moving and engaging. Can't wait for the next installment around Thanksgiving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story! There were many times in the story when I asked myself how did the author come up with this? Who thinks about writing a scene with a dragon who has an STD? It was great and original. It also gave a great, yet supernatural view of the nursing profession. I recommend this book and I rarely ever recommend books :)
LeslieN More than 1 year ago
Edie's brother has a drug problem. So when she is mysteriously offered a chance to help him stay clean (and alive) by working at the county hospital in a very unique setting, she accepts. Working on Y4 causes her no end of trouble both on the job and in her personal life, but if she quits what will become of her brother? The world-building was just right. As readers, we know what the narrator, Edie, knows. It is clear that the world does NOT know about the exsistence of these creatures. Little by little as Edie learns more, you as the reader learn more. A unique and fascinating story that kept me up past my bedtime more than once. I can't wait to read the next one. Content warning: sex and language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really shoukdn't have to explain this to an "urban romance" writer, but one-night stands are in no way, shape or form "romantic." And is itreally necessary to oerpetuate the myth that off-duty nurses are litlee better than whores? Every character in this book is loathesome. Passit by.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this series! Please keep the books coming!
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
Nightshifted is my introduction to Cassie Alexander's fiction (it was, in fact, her debut novel) and what an introduction it was! Ms. Alexander is a nurse, and her heroine, Edie Spence in also a nurse. But I'm guessing that Alexander's patients are nothing like Edie's. She works in Y4. That's a special hospital department. And the patients there are ... different. Like in they have fangs, tails, fur, and there's an extra layer of protection from some very spooky groups in this paranormal ward. Edie's living paycheck to paycheck. Life's not great and sometimes to block out the sad sack quality of her job she's been known to, well, enjoy a single evening with a gentleman of her choice. In other words, a one night stand. But things are getting a little out of hand. For one thing the "daytimer" in her care (someone with a bit too much contact with a vampire on the way to full-fledged bloodsucker status) accidentally, er, dies. After the dust clears (literally - they vacuum the dude up) the bad news keeps getting worse. Because with his last breath he begs her to "Save Anna". Once on the trail of the mysterious Anna, Edie is in way, way over her head. The political sides in the vampire community are up in arms and after an aborted rescue attempt of Anna, Edie's got a vampire tribunal and a likely death sentence hanging over her. Her one night stand may or may not be a syphilitic weredragon. And the hunky fireman in her care is not exactly alive. But he's a helluva kisser and he's loyal to a fault. You've heard of the saying he'd give his right arm for her? It's a wild ride, with oodles of black humor, snark, fabulous world building with a wealth of creative detail, plenty of sexy interludes, tons of tension and drama and action adventure and a terrific cast of secondary characters, from the shifters, vampire attorneys, Edie's "super" brother whose heroin addiction has been held in abeyance because of her sacrifice and poignant moments that beautifully balance out this wildly original mysterious and romantic paranormal. Best part? Edie Spence has a number more adventures for me to discover! This is one paranormal world you absolutely MUST visit. But forget the garlic - as Edie learns, it doesn't work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently was looking for something to read and this book caught my eye. I actually dismissed it the first few times I came across it, but decided to get it in the end. Nightshifted started off a little slow but after a few chapters, the plot definitely had my attention. There's a little of everything in this book including some fairly graphic "love" scenes along with a great mystery/plot and sweet romance. I'm a nurse who worked the night shift for many years-it's "medically correct". I'm actually on B&N right now to buy the second book in the series :)
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I chose this book with the understanding that this is not usually the type of paranormal novel I like. I normally prefer that the lead character not be the “token human,” as many times it feels to me as though many leaps are taken to make them important to the supernatural beings they're encountering. However, in this case I was pleasantly surprised. Edie is an interesting character with an open and sharp mind whose street smarts are a formidable weapon. I did question her reasoning behind accepting her position at Y4, as I wondered whether or not her brother's self-destructive tendencies wouldn't simply be channeled in a different equally destructive direction if he couldn't get drunk or high. However, the plot itself was intriguing enough to draw my focus. Cassie Alexander does an excellent job of weaving the complex threads of the narrative into an intricately organized story in which all plot points are neatly resolved by story's end. The other characters are all fully envisioned with strong personalities, and their relationships with Edie felt realistic and understandable. I had a small issue with the cover image in that the woman on the cover is definitely not the same face or body I pictured from the details given about Edie, and previous reviews are correct about the necessity for more worldbuilding, but the novel itself is smart and entertaining.
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
Eddie is one of my favorite characters. I can't wait to see what she does in the next book. This is a great start to a series. Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story....zombie love was just a bit gross.
twilight1973 More than 1 year ago
I really like the book. I really hate that you can't rate a book without leaving a review.
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Based on the synopsis, I expected a better story. It had all the paranormal I love to read about, but the story fell short. I gave it 3 stars because it kept me interested enough to finish in one day, but I won't be getting anything else in this series.
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From start to finish. Loved the characters and it was a solid plot line. Thanks.