Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence #3
Published by St. Martin's Press
Published on: June 4, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?
When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?
Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene—but is he the same man he used to be? And what should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? She’ll have to figure it out soon, because all hell is about to break loose—literally—and time is running out…
From Cassie Alexander comes the third book in the Edie Spence series.
You know what they say; the third time is the charm and that definitely holds true with Shapeshifted, book three in Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence series. In the previous two installments Edie was a noob in the paranormal world, struggling to make sense out of vampires and werewolves, but in this novel she finds herself shunned, back among humans and longing for a taste of the crazy she was forced to leave behind.
The first half of this novel had me scratching my head wondering when the vamps were going to show up; the story read like your everyday hospital drama which wasn’t at all what I expected. However, once I experienced my little light bulb moment at about the midway point, I couldn’t help but marvel at Alexander’s clever deception. The paranormal had been right in front of my face the whole time and I didn’t even see it!
Needless to say, going from working at Y4 to a sleep clinic is like night and day for Edie. Well, not really because she worked the night shift at both jobs but you get my meaning. Anyway, to say that she was bored watching others sleep would be a gross understatement so what does she do? Goes out and applies at a clinic in gang territory. Werewolves vs. hoodlums; same difference, right? I couldn’t help but shake my head at her because this girl has a serious death wish. Although, I did admire her reasons and determination to save her dying mother.
When Ti shows up I did cringe a little, I’m not going to lie. The prospect of Edie reuniting with her ex zombie boyfriend worried me. The ick factor alone was enough to dampen my enjoyment of Nightshifted and I had no desire for a repeat performance in this installment. I did do a little happy dance when it was looking like he might actually be the bad guy in this book but of course, nothing is ever that straight forward in Urban Fantasy.
I missed the characters from the previous installments in this series; very few of them make appearances in this book and the ones that do play only minimal roles. The ending did lead me to believe that Edie may find herself reunited with her friends at Y4 in Deadshifted but I guess only time will tell on that one! Shapeshifted has all of the same elements that I enjoyed so much in the first two books; a level-headed yet fun heroine, intense medical drama and unique paranormal mythology. But it was Cassie Alexander’s superior storytelling that transformed this installment into a five star read.