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Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novel) (edition 2012)

by Cassie Alexander

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Title:Moonshifted (Edie Spence Novel)
Authors:Cassie Alexander
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Moonshifted, sadly, is not as good as its predecessor. The plot of the first book was tight and suspenseful, whereas the storyline in Moonshifted is rather confusing and disjointed. The first installment also had a surprisingly sweet romance that provided some relief from the grimness of the rest of the book. Now that's gone, replaced by a mess of romantic entanglements that don’t really do anything for the story. The writing is not as polished, and the whole final quarter of the book felt slapped together, complete with overly dramatic dialogue, moments that were supposed to be emotional but weren't, and rushed explanations that didn't completely make sense. To be clear, I didn't hate this book. In fact, there were parts of it I really enjoyed! But in comparison to the first book, Moonshifted was a bit of a letdown. ( )
  les121 | Mar 14, 2016 |
4.5/5
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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  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
This is where we get introduced to Edie Spence. We learn that she is a nurse at a hospital and works on a floor for supernatural. She helps vampires and werewolves and I could see this series as a great movie. I think if do correctly it would be a big hit. ( )
  Aly3636 | Jan 8, 2015 |
Nurse Edie Spencer, who works on a special secret unit in County Hospital that caters to the supernatural, has recently healed from her wounds obtained when on trial by vampires. She’s also dealing with the recent break-up with her zombie boyfriend.

When walking back to the hospital from a lunch break, she and a co-worker witness a man getting hit by a truck which immediately takes off. Recognizing the guy is a werewolf, they’re able to save his life while preventing the gawkers from learning that werewolves exist. It turns out he’s the werewolf king and Edie becomes familiar with some of the local pack. And she’s asked by her vampire friend, Anna, to act as her Ambassador to the Sun in an upcoming initiation ceremony that would allow Anna to start her own vampire line. Edie’s life is endangered a number of times as a rather large conspiracy is eventually revealed.

This one has it all; danger, action, lust, horror, humor, mystery and heartache. Unlike other Urban Fantasy stories, Edie is not a kick-butt heroine. She’s a compassionate, loyal, financially struggling nurse that had been thrust into the world of the supernatural in order to prevent her drug-addicted brother from ever getting high and overdosing again. It’s a good thing she can roll with the punches as she’s thrown some very weird curves.

I’d read the first book when it first came out where Edie is introduced to the supernatural and that felt like a choppy read to me. Although like this book, the nursing angle in the prior book, Nightshifted, was an aspect I really enjoyed. A friend convinced me to give this second book a try as she’s impressed with the entire series. I’m glad she did. Edie is much more familiar with this world now and the story flows a great deal more smoothly with interesting characters and situations. ( )
  dearheart | Feb 4, 2014 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Enjoyable main character and world but the plot left me a little confused.

Opening Sentence: “Who knew a Code Silver isn’t when an old-timer tries to beat you with their walker?” Charles said as he double-looped his scarf around his neck.

The Review:

The second novel in Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence series, Moonshifted, begins with Edie witnessing a hit and run accident. A few months have passed since the events of Nightshifted, Edie has since healed up and returned back to work as a nurse on the Y4 floor of her hospital. Y4 is the secret wing that treats supernaturals and those close to them. Thankfully, Edie and her colleague Charles were the first on the scene of the man hit and run so when they realized he was a werewolf they quickly worked to get him under control and to the Y4 wing.

Edie Spence is probably the most unremarkable woman in an urban fantasy series. She doesn’t have anything special that she brings to the plate except for the fact that she is a human that knows about the supernatural. She doesn’t come off as overly pretty, she’s a few pounds overweight but not obese by any means, she doesn’t have a “wow” factor but for some reason, the supernatural is drawn to her. This may come off as harsh but I’m just trying to explain how she is the plainest Jane but down to earth girl in this supernatural world, although she has no problem with cussing and the occasional one night stand. As a third shift nurse she is pretty much a loner, she really only hangs out with her co-workers at work and making friends with the occasional supernatural who gets thrown into her life. In a way I really enjoy the normalcy of Edie because when her life gets turned upside down, it really goes haywire in a way that is often so terrible it is funny. Edie is also a really nice person at heart; whenever someone is in pain or just needs someone to listen to them she is always there, often neglecting something that could be good because she can’t leave someone behind.

Moonshifted was a crazy book in that there were several storylines going on at once. The plot was pretty much shrouded in secrecy and didn’t make much sense until the end and even then I still have some questions. The werewolves are undergoing a shift in power while the vampire Anna is making a bid at becoming leader of her own house. There almost seems to be a civil war amongst the two groups while Edie is getting attacked by those on both sides. This novel really does find Edie being rescued a lot by her supernatural “friends” or her calling for their help. She doesn’t really get herself out of any scraps except for one that I can really think of.

So far I have really enjoyed how this series is really different from other urban fantasy novels. Anna is a different type of vampire; the wolves have terrible life spans; Shadows control and hide the existence of the supernatural from humans; and the shapeshifter changes into humans not animals, although there were no zombies in this novel as opposed to Nightshifted.

I don’t think it is necessary to have read Nightshifted before reading Moonshifted. It could be read as a standalone but I don’t really recommend it. It is easier to understand some of the characters and the Shadows with some more background. And you’ll definitely want to read the next novel with the way this one ended. No cliffhanger here but I don’t know how Edie will survive without help.

Overall, not an entirely perfect novel but I enjoyed the flawed Edie and the world that she lives in. I can’t wait to see what is next for her in Shapeshifted.

Notable Scene:

He looked over to me, and the shadows in the room made his eyes glow copper, like an animal’s in the night. “Don’t worry. I won’t hurt him. He’s already as good as dead.”

He patted Winter’s chest again and came back toward the door. Instead of passing me, he grabbed my shoulders and spun me sideways to press me against the room’s wall, pinning me there. To call for help would be humiliating at best, injurious at worst. I remembered Charles’s story about weres saying they didn’t know their own strength afterward, and completely believed him.

I squeaked out, “How were the fights?” like a normal conversation with him would be possible now.

His face an inch away from mine, he said, “Easy.”

He kissed me like he owned me. My head was pressed against the wall behind me, and his tongue ran deep inside my mouth. He only pulled back to tease, his hot breath gentle on my lips, before kissing me again.

Half of me wanted to leap outside my skin and run away, or scream. The other half wanted everything else from him, here, now, forget propriety, forget the disgusting hospital floor.

He planted his hand against my mouth so I couldn’t scream, and licked up the side of my face. His other hand trailed down my body outside my thin cotton scrubs, stroking my breast, diving between my legs.

“You still want me,” he said, finally letting me go.

I wiped his spit off my cheek. “People often want what they can’t have.”

FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Moonshifted. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Jan 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312553404, Mass Market Paperback)

Moonshifted
An Edie Spence Novel
Cassie Alexander

After 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…

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:51 -0400)

After 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 a 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?… (more)

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