by Cassie Alexander
I LOVE this urban fantasy series by Cassie Alexander! I stumbled upon her debut novel , Nightshifted,late last spring and I devoured it in one gulp. <g> I’ve been counting down the months and then the days for the sequel to be released. *Kermit flail* It’s here! It’s here!
OK, do you read urban fantasy? Do you like stories with paranormal elements? What if the paranormal creatures aren’t all sparkely or even very nice for that matter? Still game? Then come meet Edie and fall in love.
The heroine of these stories is Edie Spence and she’s a nurse. She’s funny and snarky and brave and stupid and smart and courageous. She just feels real. She makes some decisions without thinking everything through… just like I would. She works hard and tries to do the right thing even when the situation is extremely murky. I connected with her and have been on her side since the beginning.
I was immediately drawn into Edie’s world. It’s very familiar, in fact Edie had no clue of the supernatural until it was brought to her attention in the first novel. We are taken on a journey with her as she gets sucked deeper and deeper into the underworld… And it is UNDER. She took a job working in the sub-basement of her hospital to provide nursing for supernaturals who need medical attention. She works on Y4 because she made a bargain with The Shadows. They saved her brothers life and now she works with the paranormals in the basement. The Shadows protect the hospital because they feed on the fear and suffering and it’s a good feeding ground. Edie got a crash course in this new world in Nightshifted and is still trying to come to grips with her discoveries from that adventure.
In Moonshifted, Anna, the vampire Edie befriended in the first story, needs Edie to stand with her in an important ceremony. Anna entrusts Edie with a special knife that she needs her to bring to the initiation ceremony on New Year’s Eve. Edie recognizes how serious this is to Anna and says she’ll do it, even though she’s giving up the opportunity to make holiday pay working that night. 😉 I adore Edie’s way of looking at the world, she’s very pragmatic and snarktastic and she acknowledges that this might not be the best idea.
“I’d just pledged my help to a teenage-looking but hundred-year-old vampire whom I knew had a temper and a half. There was no way this could end badly, right?”
Edie was right to be concerned. She really just wants to go to work and go home to get some sleep! But events keep conspiring against that dream. There’s vampires and werewolves who are trying to interfere with the ceremony. There’s an injured packleader among her patients to care for. There is an extra shift on the above ground floor to handle. And there’s her family and Christmas to deal with and the fact that they are spending Christmas dinner at her house and she needs to cover the blood stains on her couch and she doesn’t have a dining table! She has a lot on her plate. On top of all that she’s mourning the loss of her boyfriend and going from the hope of being an “us” back to just a “me” plus she’s majorly sleep deprived. I love her spirit and her persistence and determination in the face of all these challenges.
I really enjoy the author’s writing style. Some of the descriptive passages made me stop and re-read them again so I could capture the visual. Like this one “The sun was almost gone, just a dull pressing lightness, like the beginning of a migraine, hiding behind thick clouds.” And the medical scenes? Yep, you can see the blood and almost smell the gore. You can feel the life pulse through this novel.
Here are a few more of my favorite lines…
♦ “Let me get this straight. You were dating a were . . . bear?” She nodded sorrowfully, her face cradled against the side of the porcelain bowl. “I have to ask. Were there any brightly colored insignias on his chest? Like a rainbow, or an ice cream cone?” “What?” she said, peering up. “You know. Like a Care Bear.”
♦ “You know. I got stabbed by vampires. My zombie boyfriend ditched me on his way out of town. That sort of thing.”
♦ “I didn’t know what to wear to a vampire party, so I decided to be comfortable. More jeans, and a bulky sweater. I put my silver bracelet on,”
♦ “If in the future you have a choice between blatantly warning me about possible death, versus vaguely warning me in a smug fashion, please go with the former.”
I highly recommend Moonshifted if you are interested in a fast paced urban fantasy with mystery, mayhem, family drama, secrets, sex, lies, politics and a very human, very relatable, protagonist who faces the supernatural and doesn’t back down or give up!
I am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book, Shapeshifted in June of 2013. I need more!
The Queen of Tarts
*eARC provided by NetGalley for review*
But I purchased this book in print for my keeper shelf