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Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
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Jan 26, 2016

it was ok
bookshelves: series, women-authors, sci-fi-fantasy
Read from May 25 to June 21, 2012

While the premise is certainly intriguing being set in a hospital for the paranormal; the execution was a bit lacking. I wasn't ever quite sure what the rules to the world that Edie lives in. Are vampires, zombies, werewolves etc. hidden from the rest of society and to what extent? It's never really answered as we're limited to Edie's point of view which consists of the hospital she works at, her apartment and minimal locations in between. There was a lot going on in this book; almost too much; and none of it was fleshed out enough for me to get a grasp on. While it's great that the heroine is a nurse, which is what intrigued me about this book, I found all the medical jargon way too confusing. It's great that it's authentic but to a non-medical professional I had no idea what all those drugs, procedures, slang etc. meant and the author offers no explanation. The book is only 331 with very short chapters but it feels like it oh so much longer. The book starts off so well with Edie agreeing to search and save a girl from the undead but it peters out to deal with Edie's day to day life before picking up again then becoming stagnant again with mundane hospital work; which oddly enough action-packed; did not interest me in the least before picking back up again. I also found it annoying that Edie would meet new characters in the paranormal world who would agree to help solve the "case" while she mostly waited to hear back from them instead of actually doing any solving herself. The paranormal world building, particularly the vampires, left me confused. A lot of terminology was thrown around but it didn't paint a concise picture of who these factions were and what they wanted. I also found it so odd that Edie's been working on Y4 (the paranormal only floor) of the hospital for a bit of time but hasn't bothered to ask questions regarding vampires, were's, etc. from her co-workers to learn about them. When events occur her co-workers will mention will this is because vampire engage in x,y, and z; in this supposed training she had ( which we unfortunately do get to see) wouldn't this all have been covered. On the whole I think there was a great idea for a story here but it got bogged down in extraneous details that could have been saved for another book.

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