by Cassie Alexander
Cassie Alexander’s has quickly become one of my favorite urban fantasy authors. I have mountains of books… A few mountain ranges likely. 😛 And I always move her books to the top of my pile. I love her creative world building, the visceral way she writes emotions and the moments of near poetry in her descriptions. Shapeshifted is the third book in this series and it didn’t disappoint me.
I LOVE Edie. I connected with her from the very first book, Nightshifted. She is not perfect or super human… She’s very human. She screws up. She is lonely. She is struggling with life, choices, love and loss and yet… she continues on. There is a feeling of determination underneath all her wounds and baggage that I admire so much.
The events of book two, Moonshifted, have left Edie in limbo. She’s being shunned by the paranormal community and doesn’t work as a nurse at County General with the supernatural patients anymore. She’s depressed and lost and trying to find her feet while working nights at a sleep center.
Her world is thrown even more off balance when she gets some devastating news about her mother’s health. Because of her interaction with the paranormal world she knows that there might be nontraditional options available to save her mother. Her journey takes her into a new job and brings her into contact with vampire gang wars, magic, gore, guts, bones and death.
I enjoyed seeing her work a day job (nursing humans!) and make new friends. Yes, this story has some dark moments and some cringe inducing violence (bone cages). But there was plenty of humor and hope as well. I absolutely fell in love with Olympio. He’s a streetwise kid with bravery and curiosity to spare. His interaction with Edie was one of my fav moments of light. I also was very excited about the appearance of a love interest that I’ve been a fan of since the beginning. 😉
A few of my fav lines…
♥ “Are you okay, Edie?”
“I’m fine. I’ve always been fine, and I’m going to always keep being fine.”
♥ There was a whuffling sound of disgust, a massive indignant snort, the sort of thing you’d think a T. rex would do.
♥ “I thought it was a dead man’s curse. Not that he was actually dead.”
“He’s a zombie. Does that change things?”
I devoured this book. I was rooting for Edie. I have enjoyed her journey over the past few books liked seeing her not just get up from being knocked on her butt by circumstances but actively seeking solutions to her problems. If you enjoy urban fantasy with grit, gore, dark snarky humor and a wholly human heroine who faces challenges and doesn’t give up then go grab these books now!
The Queen of Tarts
♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion. But again, I bought the print copy for my keeper shelf!