Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing urban fantasy, 6 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) (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. :)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


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 (USA) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) (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.) The only good thing lately is that her brother, Jake, is actually trying to turn his life around. But Edie is wary about the "energy supplements" he is selling. Why is nothing ever simple?

**** FOUR STARS! Readers get to see glimpses into the lives of Edie's coworkers this time around. Edie is on Y4 to keep her brother clean and drug free. Since it looks as though Edie may survive awhile on Y4, her coworkers loosen up a bit. A couple of them tell what deal they made in exchange for their services on the supernatural floor. By the end of this episode, I had a lot of respect for Gina, Charles, and Meaty. Readers also learn more about the Shadows. They, too, have a so-called boss; a higher up they - literally - fear.

Cassie Alexander has given new life to medical dramas by putting a nurse, Edie, into the dangerous paranormals world and yet still lets Edie retain the morbid sense of humor that all emergency personnel develop (in order to remain sane). For those who like to keep up with things, the next title in this series will be called "Shapeshifted (Edie Spence)" and due for release on June 4, 2013. I see awards in this author's future. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 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 (USA) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
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.) The only good thing lately is that her brother, Jake, is actually trying to turn his life around. But Edie is wary about the "energy supplements" he is selling. Why is nothing ever simple?

**** FOUR STARS! Readers get to see glimpses into the lives of Edie's coworkers this time around. Edie is on Y4 to keep her brother clean and drug free. Since it looks as though Edie may survive awhile on Y4, her coworkers loosen up a bit. A couple of them tell what deal they made in exchange for their services on the supernatural floor. By the end of this episode, I had a lot of respect for Gina, Charles, and Meaty. Readers also learn more about the Shadows. They, too, have a so-called boss; a higher up they - literally - fear.

Cassie Alexander has given new life to medical dramas by putting a nurse, Edie, into the dangerous paranormals world and yet still lets Edie retain the morbid sense of humor that all emergency personnel develop (in order to remain sane). For those who like to keep up with things, the next title in this series will be called "Shapeshifted (Edie Spence)" and due for release on June 4, 2013. I see awards in this author's future. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...shadows oozed away from the base of the tree, thickening like oil, folding in on themselves till they made a creature...", 11 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
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, including my mother. 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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
A++
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels)
Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novels) by Cassie Alexander (Mass Market Paperback - 27 Nov. 2012)
£3.27
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews