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Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Cassie Alexander
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (27 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312553404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312553401
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.7 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Moonshifted An Edie Spence Novel Cassie AlexanderAfter surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work--attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he's the pack leader. And now Edie's stuck in the middle of an all-out were-war...With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. But when she meets her patient's nephew--a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that's hard to resist--Edie can't help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she's near him? Either way, Edie can't seem to pull away--even if getting involved makes her easy prey...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing urban fantasy 6 Dec 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite oh so very deceiving synopsis, Moonshifted is not about choosing sides or men. Just like Nightshifted, it is a constant attempt of one lonely human with a big heart to survive among scary supernatural forces. That's it.

Nurse Edie doesn't have any superpowers, she is not particularly pretty, especially working night shifts (Edie, I know how you feel. I don't like the look of myself in the mirror after a week of night shifts too) and she doesn't have awesome powers of deduction. In other words, she is normal just like us. An overworked, young health worker with no life and desire to help at the most unfortunate moments.

Edie barely escaped a vampire trial in Nightshifted, and she gets right in the middle of werewolf power games when a truck hits a werewolf king of her city. On the other hand her vampire friend Anna asks her a big favour and Edie can't refuse little girl she saved once before...

Now vampires hustle her and some odd zombie-like werewolves are trying to eat her, and she is tired of being the one who solves all the mysteries, and it's Christmas and her sofa has bad blood spots on it, and her parents are coming for dinner. It's too much, it's too dangerous, and again she is way over her head...

I love that I felt for Edie so much, that the author could make us feel her constant fatigue, desperation and desire to just get it over with and have some sleep.

Moonshifted is a better, stronger book than Nightshifted. Edie carves her own way, not necessarily traditional for urban fantasy heroines but that's what so good about this series. You really don't know what awaits around the corner.

Highly recommended for all urban fantasy fans, medical professionals and night shift workers around the world. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first title. 19 Mar 2013
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Edith "Edie" Spence works at County Hospital on the floor called Y4. Y4 is dedicated to the care of the supernaturals. In recent history, Edie helped save Anna, a rare living vampire. On New Year's Eve, at midnight, the Sanguine will approve for Anna Arsov to ascend during an initiation ceremony. Once done, Anna will be allowed to begin her own House. Reluctantly, Edie agrees to be Anna's Ambassador to the Sun.

In the meantime, Edie and her coworker/friend, Gina Martin, are just trying to survive each shift on Y4. After witnessing a black truck hit a pedestrian, Edie keeps people distracted so they would not realize that the injured man is not human, but were. Once on Y4, Edie learns that the victim is not just any were; he is Karl Winter, the werewolf king. When the full moon arrives it should heal Winter - unless he is too far gone. It is up to Edie and her coworkers to keep Winter alive.

When not at work, Edie's life is still not safe. The vampire Dren is pissed-off at Edie for the damage she inflicted while protecting herself from him (during the previous book titled "Nightshifted"). Edie is also being attacked by weres for unknown reasons. To make matters worse, Anna's driver, Gideon, was assaulted and is staying in Edie's apartment until after Anna's ceremony. When Gideon arrived he was little more than a sack of meat, but eventually becomes a cyborg by dismantling and using items in Edie's apartment. Edie is not sure which way that Gideon is more dangerous. Then there is Veronica, Gideon's girlfriend, who is currently unconscious in Edie's closet because she is in the middle of transforming into a vampire. (Who will be very hungry when she finally awakens in a stranger's closet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first title. 19 Mar 2013
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Edith "Edie" Spence works at County Hospital on the floor called Y4. Y4 is dedicated to the care of the supernaturals. In recent history, Edie helped save Anna, a rare living vampire. On New Year's Eve, at midnight, the Sanguine will approve for Anna Arsov to ascend during an initiation ceremony. Once done, Anna will be allowed to begin her own House. Reluctantly, Edie agrees to be Anna's Ambassador to the Sun.

In the meantime, Edie and her coworker/friend, Gina Martin, are just trying to survive each shift on Y4. After witnessing a black truck hit a pedestrian, Edie keeps people distracted so they would not realize that the injured man is not human, but were. Once on Y4, Edie learns that the victim is not just any were; he is Karl Winter, the werewolf king. When the full moon arrives it should heal Winter - unless he is too far gone. It is up to Edie and her coworkers to keep Winter alive.

When not at work, Edie's life is still not safe. The vampire Dren is pissed-off at Edie for the damage she inflicted while protecting herself from him (during the previous book titled "Nightshifted"). Edie is also being attacked by weres for unknown reasons. To make matters worse, Anna's driver, Gideon, was assaulted and is staying in Edie's apartment until after Anna's ceremony. When Gideon arrived he was little more than a sack of meat, but eventually becomes a cyborg by dismantling and using items in Edie's apartment. Edie is not sure which way that Gideon is more dangerous. Then there is Veronica, Gideon's girlfriend, who is currently unconscious in Edie's closet because she is in the middle of transforming into a vampire. (Who will be very hungry when she finally awakens in a stranger's closet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edie Spence series is for sure one of the best UF books around. ~Under the Covers 28 Nov 2012
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
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Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

"Edie Spence series is for sure one of the best UF books around." ~Under the Covers

Moonshifted is the second installment of Edie Spence series. Ms. Alexander delivered another well written and engaging story. She managed to make this book even better with a more detailed but complex plot. I devoured it in about two and half days which is big for me considering I'm a slow reader.

Edie continues to get her nursing experience working at a secret unit called Y4 where her patients are of the supernatural kind. If you read Nightshifted (book1), you know that Edie is a special nurse. She is a patient advocate and she goes above and beyond her duties. She is good at what she does and can handle high stress level situations. Well, she definitely proved that here when chaos occurs at her work as well as her personal life.

The world building is more in-depth in this installment. Ms. Alexander definitely widened the world, it's not just limited to the patients in Y4 but even beyond the hospital walls. Edie is more involved with the faction of vampires' and the wolves' hierarchies during the overturn of leaders. Along with the caring for a patient who happens to be the Alpha of his pack; she also promised to be responsible and be a part of a vampire coronation ceremony. Both factions are involved in a power struggle that is of course brewing into war. Edie just finds herself in the midst of all the chaos. I'm telling you, they all seem to flock to her for help. While she does well with this type of chaos, I can't say the same for her love life.

She still doesn't have one. After her zombie boyfriend left her she just can't seem to shake him off. Not that she doesn't have any choices, in fact, she has two good candidates. Asher, a sexy shifter is at her beck and call. And Lucas, a wolf up for the Alpha leadership position is also very interested. It's frustrating to see her attraction for them but not able to give a relationship a chance. I mean, both men are super sexy, very powerful and did I mention sexy? I just totally disagree with her sleeping around and I can't wait for her to give love a chance. *Preferably with Asher*

Edie's co-workers, her brother and even her mom were fun to read about. They are so easy to love or hate (as far as her brother goes). Ms. Alexander is obviously knowledgeable about nursing care but what awes me is her incorporation of it into a paranormal world. It was really cool to see how protocols are handled when your patients are supernaturals. Ms. Alexander ended this book with a bit of a cliffhanger. There were some decisions that seemed final and I'm curious to see how she will pull Edie out of that situation.

I enjoyed every bit of this book. The plot is very intriguing, full of action and a good amount of smexy. Edie Spence series is for sure one of the best UF books around.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Fun 30 Nov 2012
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so glad that I had the good judgment to give this author another try. I had been slightly unhappy with the last book but had seen the potential and this second novel is fantastic! If I was unhappy with the lack of world building in the last book, the author made up for that lack in this one. I now know so much more about Edie's world and it really helps to get the reader `into' the story/

Things are going tremendously weird in Edie's' life lately...the holidays...a were hit and run right in front of her - a were-war (well sort of) , Vampires' ascending and being Anne's Ambassador and sex but no romance. Jake (Edie's brother) sort of going legitimate. Things going on behind the scenes and even a new type of creature. Well a self-made one at any rate. Wow. It was enough to nearly boggle the mind! I truly loved it. The mystery within the mystery was great.

I was kept breathless until the very end of the book and the surprise climax...well...let's just say it really comes as a surprise to me. I'm so not sure where Ms Alexander is going to take this series because I did not and will not read the synopsis of the next book that was at the end of this one (I love surprises!).
Thank you Ms Alexander for giving me such a fun few hours! This was a riveting, engrossing and enthralling, FUN read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...shadows oozed away from the base of the tree, thickening...folding in on themselves till they made a creature waist high." 9 Jan 2013
By Mark Louis Baumgart - Published on Amazon.com
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Edie Spence is just recuperating from her last adventure in paranormalland and is now back at work as a RN at the secret Y4 wing of County Hospital. Now, Y4 is the secret wing of the hospital that takes care of the city's paranormals and their lackeys. It's operated by the mysterious Consortium, of which more will be heard of in this novel, and whose watchdogs are "The Shadows". The Shadows feed on misery, pain, depression, and despair, and they have the ability to effect a person's physiology and tinker with a person's mind and to rewrite person's memories. Fun, eh?

Today Edie is on her way to work with a fellow Y4 employee when she becomes enmeshed in another adventure. As she is coming to work today she sees King Winter, the ruthless Alpha leader of the Deepest Snow werewolf clan flattened by a rogue Mack truck. As it happens, there will be much carrying on, but little genuine sorrow for his fate. It is through the Deepest Snow clan that Edie will meet Lucas, who will be both Edie's intermediary between her and the Deepest Snow clan and Edie, and who will be another possible romantic interest while he is ordered to watch over her.

Edie will also be caught in-between the power play of the werewolf clans of the House Of Gray, who is blamed for the attempted assassination of King Winter, and the Deepest Snow clan. However, as the novel progresses we wonder "Are the House of Gray responsible, or not"? We've all read way too many mysteries to take the obvious at face value.

Meanwhile, Anna is back, and this time not only is she being tested by other vampire clans for a possible chance to start her own house or clan. After being held hostage for a hundred years, Anna has emerged as a form of über royalty, and to ascend to her rightful place in the vampire hierarchy she needs somebody she can trust, and so Edie is drafted into being Anna's "Ambassador to the Sun". And so Edie comes under the scrutiny of the vampires as Edie is also placed under Anna's protection, and there are those that wish Anna's failure.

And if that ain't enough, and how could it not be, her shapeshifting friend/lover is back to complicate things, and the vampire bounty hunting "Husker" is back, and demanding payment for the loss of his hand and his hound. The Husker will be perfectly glad to take both payments out of Edie's hide, if possible. And all of these things will cumulate into a cinematic climax in which the crap hits the fan in a spectacular manner as many of the novels major characters will end up getting seriously spanked, while some others will never go home again, and in which we learn a little more about who really runs the hospital, and who really is behind the attack on King Winter.

Once again the rules of Edie's world are left unclear as at the end of Cassie Alexander's "Moonshifted" we are still unclear as how either the vampire or werewolf societies function. Although we do find out that the weres, vampires and the Shadows are not at top of the paranormal food chain, because by novel's end, they will all have irritated the top dogs. On the other hand, Cassie Alexander, sf writer Erin Cashier, tightens up the plot of the second novel of her Edie Spence trilogy considerably from her first Edie Spence novel. There seems to less little filler in this novel this time around. This time around the various plot threads, some of which I haven't described, are not only well used, but are mostly interesting as well.

Having been trapped in the medical system for over thirty years, I was disappointed by Alexander's lack of use of the Y4 medical background in Alexander's first Edie novel. Alexander, and her proxy, Edie, are both RNs, and I expected more than what we got, however, we get more involved in Edie's professional medical life in this episode. We get more of the dreariness of having to be a floating fill-in nurse to make extra money, something that I have heard first hand of from real nurses. Also, I was amused to find out that Edie is allowed to use trank guns on difficult patients.

On the other hand, there are still parts of this novel that are just dead weight. There's a plot-line involving a self-made cyborg that is just lame and which just doesn't fit in well with the rest of this novel. I suppose that this is supposed to be an absurdist running gag, but it just didn't fit in with the rest of the novel's storyline. Then there is her brother. After justifiably kicking him out of her life, Edie's junkie brother Jake is back, and this time he is involved in a possible get rich scheme. At least this time his presence is important enough to be essential to the novel's ending, yet it doesn't help that he's STILL an obnoxious bore.

And Edie's shapeshifter friend becomes even MORE of a deus ex machina this time around, as he's trotted across the novel's pages to be used whenever Alexander gets lazy and needs a utilitarian character to keep the plot moving.

So Alexander's world-building skills still give us an Earth that is still pretty much generic, however, Alexander DOES give this novel a tighter plot this time around. I also found myself becoming more and more interested in the Anna character, although if you have read this novel, you will wonder how she will be worked into the next novel, if she is brought in at all. Let's just hope that Alexander leaves the whole pseudo-cyborg thing in the past as this character was a bore.

It would also help if Edie wasn't such a helpless waif most of the time as she constantly seems pushed about the novel's plot by the waves of the author's arbitrariness. I also think that it would have helped if the novel wasn't told in the first person but had been told in the third person, as this would have allowed Alexander to more fully develop her alternate reality. Still, I'm giving this novel four stars because Alexander's story-telling skills are improving by leaps and bounds, and because the medical background is so much more filled in. Warning however, this is a novel that is best enjoyed only after reading the first novel in this series.

For this site I have also reviewed the following urban fantasy books.

Allie Beckstrom #1: Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, Book 1) by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #2: Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #3: Magic In The Shadows by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #4: Magic On The Storm by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #5: Magic At The Gate by Devon Monk.
Angel Crawford #1: My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.
Angel Crawford #2: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland.
Edie Spence #1: Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander.
Genevieve "Evie" Scelan #1: Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan) by Margaret Ronald.
Genevieve "Evie" Scelan #2: Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald.
Mercy Hollings #1: Beg for Mercy (Mercy Hollings, Book 1) by Toni Andrews.
Mercy Hollings #2: Angel of Mercy (Mercy Hollings, Book 2) by Toni Andrews.
Mercy Hollings #3: Cry Mercy by Toni Andrews.

And these anthologies which contain some urban fantasies:

A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters edited by Kerrie Hughes & Martin Harry Greenberg.
Crime Spells edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Loren L. Coleman. Which contains the first Allie Beckstrom story.
Huntress.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2nd in Series 14 Dec 2012
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This follow up to the first book is excellent. More to feed my imagination with the additional in-depth world building. The picture is getting clearer and I really enjoyed finding out more about the vampires and weres. I easily dropped right into the story and love all the characters. The werewolf lore is very good and interesting - I really liked the different types of werewolves and not just different animals. And the story of Edie's brother - the author kept it real and I greatly appreciated this.

I still am having some trouble connecting or getting a grip on how Edie is managing all this. She just seems to take it all in stride even though this is all new. I think it stood out the most with the cyborg - after the initial couple minutes of shock she just seemed to shrug and move on. But I will give props for how she handled the death of someone who was not exactly her friend but she knew from the beginning - that was a reaction I felt. I admit that writing a main character running with the big boys of vamps, weres and many other creatures who does not have any woo woo herself is really hard to do. The author manages to pull it off very well. The men that Edie has had seem to like her on strength of character alone and 1 even left her so we are not getting "true love forever" carp.

I was kind of disappointed about the change at the end. I really liked Y4 ward and wanted more from there. Then again I am also very curious what will happen next. I read the teaser for the next book and can't wait. I highly recommend this series. This is great story telling, great paranormal creatures with detailed world building and most importantly we get a protagonist that doesn't have a million super powers, is not the special one, is not the one every man wants and is not a weapons expert. She is Edie - a compassionate nurse that found herself in another world that is exciting and terrifying and may give her life a little more meaning.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: MOONSHIFTED 2 Dec 2012
By Angela Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved everything about Nightshifted, Alexander's fabulous urban fantasy debut, from the killer cover to the hard-working, conflicted protagonist inside. When I realized the sequel was set to be published just a few months later I was, well, over the moon. Go on. Raise your hands. I know I'm not the only one who waits (with barely concealed ill grace) a year for each new installment in her favorite series. It can be a hard wait. I understand why, and I am nothing if not extremely grateful for everything that goes into the writing and publishing processes. But it can be a hard wait. That's why two in one year? Such a treat. That said, the closing events of Nightshifted were portentous to say the least. And I was pretty anxious about where Edie would be (and in what condition) when I found her next, who would be around to help her, and who . . . would not.

Edie Spence isn't fresh off the shelf on the Y4 ward of her county hospital anymore. She's earned her stripes and is even approaching tenuous friendships with her fellow seasoned nurses. It's been months now since her cringe-worthy induction into life as a nurse for the undead (and every other supernatural creature that comes their way) and Edie is still rattled by the fallout. Indebted to powers she'd really rather not name and struggling to define her unwanted role in local vampire politics, she's less than pleased to find herself holding vigil over a werewolf alpha in a coma. Edie was on the scene when he was attacked and soon every wolf in the pack is banging down her door looking for clues. This includes a wolf by the name of Lucas who stands to inherit the alpha mantle should the old man not pull through. Lucas is a bundle of contradictions and Edie is 99.9% sure she should keep her distance. But when her home is attacked and the vampires become involved, there is little she can do to stay removed from the action.

Edie is nobody's fool and I love her for that. With the possible exception of her brother, she has very few blind spots. She does her best to avoid disaster scenarios. She really does. Unfortunately, her world has teeth and seems to be supremely uninterested in cutting her a break. That's not to say that she's without her share of foibles. But even when she's making a clear mistake, she remains fully cognizant that it is her choice and that she is making it. Usually to fend off something even darker, for which I can rarely fault her even as it fills me with concern for her and the bleakness that surrounds her. Edie is flawed and lonely and allergic to asking for help for herself and I am incredibly fond of her. Witness a couple of reasons why:

***

"I introduced him to my parents, Edie. I thought he was the one."

I didn't know what to say. I didn't think I'd ever felt like that. I'd stood on the edge of The Oneness before, and maybe peeked into the valley below, but I'd never made the final jump. I'd learned that if you thought of people as disposable, it hurt less when they disposed of you.

***

Her heartrending frankness hits me every time. Alexander graces this novel with the perfect amount of humor and horror. Edie's life is awash in gray. Worn down by her relentless job, her succubus of a brother, and the demands of the paranormal, she's acutely wary of any scraps of happiness that float her way. I understand her caution, especially given how she's been burned in the past. But I can't help but hope for her, too. I enjoyed her interactions with the her fellow nurses (Gina in particular) and the local weres (Lucas in particular) immensely. And her encounters with the elusive Asher fill me with alternating glee and uncertainty. I choose to view these tentative forays as harbingers of the hope she deserves. My concerns and hopes aside, MOONSHIFTED absolutely shone in the sequel department, extending my affection for the characters, while introducing new angles to sink my teeth into. It also possesses one humdinger of a climax. I was swept away in the force with which it built and the raging rush to the finish. I'm more attached to Edie than ever. This is urban fantasy of the highest order. However will I survive the wait for book three?
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