Nightshifted (Edie Spence Series #1)

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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...

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Overview

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…

NIGHTSHIFTED

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…

 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
This debut novel from author and registered nurse Alexander is the first title in a light urban fantasy trilogy. Edie Spence works the night shift in Y4, the county hospital's paranormal wing, in return for aid for her drug-addicted brother. The tale is gritty and dark, with a compelling and fast-paced plot, but the story suffers from choppiness and a lack of explanation about some of the supernatural aspects. Stage/screen actress and audiobook narrator Tai Sammons provides a straightforward delivery and tone. VERDICT Fans of urban and paranormal fantasy might forgive the shortfalls and get hooked on the series. ["Alexander's first novel launches a new series that should appeal to fans of medical thrillers as well as urban fantasy," read the review of the St. Martin's pb, LJ 6/15/12.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470808501
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Edie Spence Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 7
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Delightful!

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Great start to intriguing new series

    A bit dark, a bit racy, fast-moving and engaging. Can't wait for the next installment around Thanksgiving.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Best book I've read in awhile!

    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 :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

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    Fun For Nurses, But Not Immersive

    As a nursing student I loved the portions of this book that dealt with Edie’s actual night shifts. The author is a nurse so all nursing portions were spot on and as real as could be, when talking about caring for the paranormal creatures. I loved Edie’s character and her attitude throughout the book. The zombie she meets and falls for is also very entertaining and his actions, reactions, and conversations with Edie are often so honest they are amusing. I didn’t feel fully immersed in the world of the vampires – their different families and reasoning behind how they were was difficult for me to get into. As much of the story was involving this fact, that became a drawback for me. The were-creatures were awesome and I wanted more of their kind. Characters were definitely the big draw in this story and I would read more to find out more about them!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Loved it!

    I am in love with this series! Please keep the books coming!

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Nightshifted is my introduction to Cassie Alexander's fiction (i

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    A Total Surprise!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    I chose this book with the understanding that this is not usuall

    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.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    Eddie is one of my favorite characters. I can't wait to see what

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Great

    Excellent story....zombie love was just a bit gross.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    I really like the book. I really hate that you can't rate a book

    I really like the book. I really hate that you can't rate a book without leaving a review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Na

    Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Ok read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great read

    From start to finish. Loved the characters and it was a solid plot line. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Fun read

    Not a literary masterpiece, but lots of fun to read. Surprisingly it is recognizable to hospital life except for the vampires of course! Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    good story line, hope more in the same series come along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Hugely entertaing!

    Zombies and vampires and werewolves, oh my! All given to the reader from a critical care nurses point of view. Gifted writer makes it almost believable and very humerous. Ilmao!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Great Thanksgiving Read

    Read this over the holiday and it was a lot of fun. As an RN myself the nursing and medical aspects were completely realistic and I enjoyed that immensely. Add in the fantasy aspects and this book kept me reading long into the night.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

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    Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog ¿N

    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.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

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    Intersting ideas, but fell short on follow through

    The premise for this book sounded very interesting. The plot of the story was sort of compelling. Edie Spence is a nurse at the County Hospital in the Y4 level, a top secret level that only the people who work on it know about. They take care of shifters, vamps, zombies, or any other paranormally inclined beast. She hates her job, but she does it because the "Shadows" who rule the hospital have promised to keep her addict of a brother clean if she stays. With nowhere else to go, she sucks it up and takes the third shift. While working, she sees her first vampire change, encounters her first sexy zombie, and fights off a lethal shifter gone crazy. Sounds like a good read right? Yeah, not so much, there were so many things that brought that down and not only didn't make logical sense but didn't fit the characters and had no true bearing on the story. It made me sad Eddie just gives up her life for her brother, it is commendable to a point, but it gets to be too much. It especially when he continues to use her, and she continues to let him. She is weak when it comes to him and it is disappointing she never stands up for herself, or really grows as a character. Also there is the grandfather character who was interesting, but why incorporate a character who she can't understand? Why would she take him with her? Overall this was an ok read, bearable enough to finish but not one I will reread or recommend.

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