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Deadshifted (Edie Spence #4)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  661 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Edie Spence just wanted a vacation. A nice, relaxing, stress free, non-adventure away from the craziness that's dominated her life since becoming a nurse for paranormal creatures. But from the start, her trip on the Maraschino, a cruise ship bound for Hawaii, has been anything but stress free, especially when Edie's boyfriend Asher recognizes someone he used to know. Someo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 283 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Here I am after yet another adventure with nurse Edie Spence. Our relationship is so full of ups and downs, but there is a certain honesty and quality to Cassie Alexander’s writing that draws me back in every single time.

To her credit, Alexander doesn’t hesitate to create her setting from scratch for each new book. Edie is long gone from Y4, the hospital wing for supernatural patients where she used to work. Even though I always expected her to return, the author keeps taking her to new places i
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Edie and Asher go on a cruise for a vacay attempting time away from their work. Unfortunately, paranormals and trouble seem to always follow Edie wherever she goes. In this case, they go to a cruise ship which Ash’s old not-do-good acquaintance is on the boat with them. Evil plot is brewing, and Edie and Ash will be in the middle of chaos yet again.

I have had my eyes on Ash since the first book of this series. Obviously, he finally gets together with Edie. This book started several months after
Nov 16, 2013 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few series, my dear readers, where each consecutive book is much stronger than the previous one. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is another series that comes to mind.

Cassie Alexander likes shaking things up. Her heroine not only goes from bad to worse, she also changes locations and her situation just when we start feeling comfortable about it. And damn, for a change, this is sooo good!

Deadshifted is one of the best urban fantasies I've read in a while. The whole thing happens o
Oct 17, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago but I only got about half way. As part of my goal to tackle my to be read pile I grabbed this book and started from the beginning again. It was then that I remembered why I like this series...Edie and Asher. They make such a good couple. Edie is so easy going. Asher may be a shapeshifter and he may have a human for a girlfriend but he treats her like royalty. With each book their love has grown more powerful. It is really evident in this book. Thus the reason tha ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it
I am starting this review kind of conflicted. There are parts of DEADSHIFTED that I really enjoyed, there were parts of the book that were ok and there were parts of the book (like the ending) that I was left wondering 'what the hell, did that seriously just happen after all of that?'. Sigh...

Book 4 ends up being pretty grim for the most part. There are a lot of dark times and death involved. I enjoyed meeting some of the new characters that are present for most of the book and hope to see them
Apr 05, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
This might be my favorite of the series. It shifted the stage for these characters in a way that'll certainly keep the series moving, but it is also the most focused of the four as well. I liked seeing Edie soften up a bit and looking to the future.

Warning: Don't read the summary for the next book if you haven't read this one--it contains a big spoiler for this one.

I wrote a longer review here:
This has to be my least favorite book in the series to date... after how great Shapeshifted was I guess I had really high expectations for Deadshifted. I am definitely still a fan of Cassie Alexander and her character Edie Spence - I will be picking up Bloodshifted when it's released.
Apr 22, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here @ Dear Author

I am a confirmed fan of the Edie Spence series. I got in on the ground floor and have thoroughly enjoyed watching Edie negotiate the near constant threats of her world, sometimes with exasperation, sometimes with blind terror, but always with a sort of scrappy determination I find uniquely hers. She’s a survivor, which means she’s not above crossing the gray line between what is strictly ethical and what is . . . not. It’s what I like best about her. In a se
I really enjoyed this fourth outing with Edie, though I found it hard to stick to reading it. I have now figured out that this easily-distracted state-of-mind was mostly because I'd read the story once before. I really don't know why I'm having so much trouble with this series. I reread books all the time, but this is the only series where I have such trouble with the déjà vu feelings. :-(

I think the fact that what was wrong on the cruise ship was quite creepy may have also impeded my ability to
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The EDIE SPENCE series has been all over the map for me; it took a while for me to get into the story line but after giving the last installment 5 stars, I thought that Cassie Alexander had finally hit her stride. Unfortunately in DEADSHIFTED’s case it was more of a one step forward and two steps back type of scenario. This book takes place solely on a cruise ship which is almost always bad news in my opinion; having only the one local put a damper on the plot development
Jan 25, 2014 Dianne rated it really liked it
This was by far one of the most exciting and horrific novels I have read in a long time. This novel went a long way from a speculative fiction novel and straight on to a horror novel. This was something I would have expected Stephen King or one of his ilk to concoct.

I must warn you that this novel does end on a bit of a ‘cliff-hanger’ note and you will need to read the next one (Bloodshifted An Edie Spence Novel (Book 5) St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 1, 2014) - to find out just how Edie is going
Glenna Jones
Jan 17, 2017 Glenna Jones rated it it was amazing
Pretty suspenseful all the way through to the last page.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Edie and Asher are getting away from it all with a cruise. A nice, relaxing cruise.

But the supernatural came with them – Asher recognises a man from his less-than-respectable past and nearly risks their relationship to try and salve his conscience.

And then people start getting sick. And then they start dying… Then it gets truly horrifying.

I really liked the plot of this story – it was part medical mystery, part detective work, part survival horror – all melded together into an excellent whole. T
Mrs Giggles
Feb 04, 2014 Mrs Giggles rated it liked it
Deadshifted is the fourth book in the Edie Spence series, and its very existence serves as a spoiler for the previous three books, at least in terms of which guy Edie settles down with. Whether this settling down is permanent remains to be seen, naturally, but reading this book before the previous three books would kill some of the mood if you are into the relationship aspect of your urban fantasy stories. Even if you don't care about the boys in the wild, this book has a cliff-hanger ending, ho ...more
I've always liked the darkness in this series. And I like that Edie is human and vulnerable, this paranormal world was new to her when the series started, she makes (a lot of) mistakes, she isn't some sort of superhero. But she's also frequently Too Stupid To Live and it gets really old. This book caromed back and forth for me between some really intense dark emotional scenes and being frustrated at how annoying Edie was being. It wasn't the worst offending book by far, but it just bugs me when ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Mila rated it it was ok
Before I go on with my very short rant, I have to say that I loved Edie in the first 3 book. She's smarter than most urban fantasy heroine and doesn't annoy me as much.

However with this book, she's not qualify for that position anymore. I don't want to give any spoilers but let's just say any women who intentionally put their own child at risk to do stupid things/save strangers to prove that they're a good person are in fact, smart. It's like the conflict in batman: 'I will not kill this psycho
Mar 23, 2014 Verushka rated it really liked it
Deadshifted is officially the reason I will never go on a cruise. It’s not that I needed much urging in the form of the mass hysteria and carnage to sway me in this decision, it’s the thought of being stuck on a ship for days with no escape.

Ok, no wait – Deadshifted hammers that home too.

When Deadshifted opens, it’s some months after Edie’s last adventure. At the end of that last book, she found Asher, her shapeshifter friend again and when this book opens, she and Asher have been in a relatio
Nov 24, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I really enjoy this series, so I was eager to read this new release. Well, Edie never really has any luck and I was curious to see in what mess we would find her this time. I confess that I was also completely surprised by the environment that we find here, our two heroes Asher and Edie are currently on a cruise.

So as I said our two characters meet on a boat to take a vacation. But then Edie wonders if she is pregnant and is anxious about the Asher’s rea
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

~~~Note: DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR BLOODSHIFTED before reading this book unless you do NOT mind spoilers!~~~

It has been an interesting year for nurse Edie Spence since learning about the existence of the supernatural community and the Shadows who seem to be with Edie no matter where she goes. She's lost her job at Y4, was ex-communiticated by her vampire friend Anna Arsov, and fell in love with shapeshifter Asher Stonefield after yet anothe
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 21, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

As I settled down for some high seas adventure time with my favorite fictional nurse, Edie Spence I hoped she’d get at least a second to enjoy some peace and quiet with Asher in DEADSHIFTED. In reality Edie sunbathing on the cruise ship’s deck and getting manicures would be a pretty boring book and luckily for us the action and danger starts off pretty much right away. I had wondered how the story would feel with Edie outside of the Y4 level of the hosp
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Edie and Asher have decided to take a much needed vacation, and a cruise to Hawaii is guaranteed to get them far away from their worries, at least for a while, right? Well, sorta. Pretty much immediately, Asher recognizes a man on the ship who he once did a job for, and according to Asher, he’s got issues. Asher suspects that his presence on the ship is too much of a coincidence and convinces Edie that it’s in their best interests to investigate. Edie has
Jul 08, 2013 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adult Urban Fantasy
"Deadshifted" is one wild ride in the Edie Spence series. I will be the first to admit that after Edie stopped working at the Y4 unit (Paranormal Central) I was not real sure that the series could continue to hold my interest. I was mildly appeased by her job at the clinic; but, "Deadshifted" peaked my interest from start to finish.

Edie and Ascher's relationship is going strong. He decides to take them on a two week cruise to Hawaii. While Edie is excited she is also carrying a secret fear with
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 07, 2014 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
This is another series that I really enjoy and have fallen behind on. So, I picked up the second last book and got sucked in right away!

Edie and her boyfriend Asher are on vacation. After months of staying out of shapeshifter, werewolf, vampire--all supernatural trouble--the couple decides to go on a cruise. The Maraschino is a huge ship headed for Hawaii, and this couple is determined to have a good time. But as soon as they set sail, things start taking a bad turn. Someone from Asher's past is
Alice Liu
Dec 02, 2013 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing
I was a bit worried through the first part of this book as I found Edie acting like a mundane human with a mundane human value system. She expects Asher to "change" and judges him not only for his past, but for who he is. She is so judgmental that it was as if she had never been around the supernatural before. Asher, on the other hand, accepts Edie despite the things that might drive him crazy. What saved the book was when the action began and Edie had to make some tough choices. She also realiz ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Strigine rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, fantasy
I very nearly didn't finish this, and mostly pushed through because I wanted another tally in my yearly reading challenge.

I do have to admit, I haven't read the third book in the series (and neither of the library systems I can access has it), so part of my issues with this novel probably have to do with missing parts of that story. Overall, though, I felt like this book lost the things I liked most about the Edie Spence series to date: the unique hospital setting, and the non-romance focus. Bec
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Review also posted on my blog Between fantasy and reality

I adore this series. It is so unique and scary and full of fascinating things. I was so happy when I won an ARC and I started reading it immediately. I was happy how things ended at the end of the 3rd book, well maybe not how they ended for Ty, but I think Asher is the perfect choice for Edie, even though he can be an idiot sometimes, it is clear that he loves her. Deadshifted ends on a cliffhanger, a pretty brutal one and Bloodshifted can
Cassie the Chaos Angel
Jul 02, 2013 Cassie the Chaos Angel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: various-demons
Why yes it is yet another great installment from Cassie Alexander. This author never stops with the surprises. The many twists and turns, the writing style is unique... Especially for a new author that seemed to come from the cracks of no where all of a sudden, surprising us all with a nurse who works with the supernatural. A human nurse, working with the supernatural, willing to do anything for her family, despite the shit that would constantly hit the fan for her left, right, and side ways. Ed
Jan 16, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
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*As Nurse Edie Spence embarks on her latest supernatural adventure from Cassie Alexander, the perils of the deep threaten to pull her under…*

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Edie Spence is in desperate need of a vacation—some R&R away from the craziness that shadows her as a nurse dealing with paranormal patients. But as she and her shapeshifter boyfriend, Asher, set sail on a cruise for Hawaii, they’ll realize that seasickness isn’t the only thing threatening their romantic getaway….


While on board,
3 1/2 stars. Edie and Asher are going on a cruise to get away from it all. Uh, yeah, that never works. No sooner have they left the dock than Asher spots a bad guy from his past. Things go quickly from bad to worse as passengers and crew start getting sick. Not like ugh I'm gonna puke sick, like yikes I'm gonna die sick. Asher goes to help leaving Edie to help a motley crew of survivors.

I just love Edie. She is so practical and caring. She is strong and willful too. She balances Asher's less tha
Dr susan
Jun 16, 2013 Dr susan rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, the line between urban fantasy and horror is a very thin one, which some books straddle like a gymnast on a balance beam. Deadshifted does a diving dismount to land on the horror floor mat, and scoffs at 'happily ever afters.' I was very glad Bloodshifted's blurb is on Goodreads, because I saw no way for Deadshifted to end well. I suppose my first hint of badness should have been 'cruise ship,' because nothing good can come of mingling a cruise and the supernatural. Even regular peopl ...more
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Cassie Alexander is an author and a registered nurse and author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series, beginning with Nightshifted and continuing with Moonshifted, Shapeshifted, Deadshifted, and Bloodshifted.

Recently, she's gotten into Vegas and Vampires -- check out her new urban fantasy erotica series, Dark Ink Tattoo.

She's also written three books in her sexy Sleeping with Monsters series: Th
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Edie Spence (5 books)
  • Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)
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