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(Edie Spence #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  3,733 ratings  ·  555 reviews
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her ha
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 13th 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Edit 05/25: Visit The Nocturnal Library for an interview with Cassie Alexander and a giveaway of Nightshifted.

3.5 stars

Never judge a book by its cover. Based on the cover alone, you’d think Nightshifted is a light, borderline fluffy urban fantasy about one chirpy nurse and her supernatural patients. You’d be wrong. Nightshifted is dark, twisted and often extremely gory, and the strongest emotion I got from it was an overwhelming feeling of loneliness.

Is there a person lonelier than a single
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply said, I liked it.

Slightly less simply: I really enjoyed it a surprising amount.

First, an interesting premise: Main character is a night shift nurse who works in the secret wing of the hospital that treats the city's supernatural population.

Second, new twists on old tropes: Yeah, there are vampires and Were-things. But they're different. What's more, we don't spend a whole lot of time learning everything about them. This does two nice things. 1) It keeps the story moving. 2.) It actuall
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here.

The great thing about reading is that books always surprise you no matter how long you've been reading them. You think you know an author or a genre or a style, and then they go and rip the rug right out from under your feet. Sometimes I'm going along, doing my thing, reading my books, and then I pick one up and realize it's what I've been starving for. I love a good urban fantasy. Ever since Sunshine. Ever since I made the acquaintance of Mercy Thompson. I've loved the
1.5 Stars

Nightshifted, while it is a somewhat accurate title, isn't the one I would choose for this book. It's too clever to reflect what's inside. I would at least add a subtitle, something along the lines of "Nightshifted: Crazy Nurse Antics, Random Sex, and A Somewhat Boring Mystery." I think that's a lot more fitting.

Let's delve a bit deeper into the title I just made.

Section 1: Crazy Nurse Antics
Nightshifted was filled with a lot of terminology I wasn't quite familiar with. While I understo
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, vampires, zombies
I feel like I should have liked this one better, but Edie drove me nuts. She was TSTL, making one stupid move after another. Her brother kept using her, she tried to put her foot down, but didn't follow through. Heck she even made the ultimate sacrifice to keep him clean, yet wouldn't tell him. She picks up a guy for a one night, then worries that he is a dragon shifter with syphilis and gets tested, finds the guy again then makes sure to use a condom this time. Runs into him later and basically ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People looking for fresh urban fantasy.
Recommended to Sarah by: Angie
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
It was strange being there, eating dinner with them. They knew that I knew, and I knew that they knew, and there we all were, a zombie, an assortment of werewolves and/or weredogs, and me, a nurse who was getting used to dealing with vampires. I was struck by how completely normal it felt to be with them, for all of our differences.

Dragons and vampires and zombies… oh my!

Cassie Alexander’s debut urban fantasy novel, Nightshifted
All Things Urban Fantasy
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

NIGHTSHIFTED is like a dark and twisted version of Grey’s Anatomy with vampires, zombies, and werewolves taking up residence in County Hospital’s Y4 wing. I love the concept of a paranormal wing of a hospital which makes the already intense environment all the more crazy and dangerous… and not just for the patients. The story moves at a similar pace to a hospital setting where there are small lulls in action and with sudden, even frantic bursts of actio
Sarah Mac
There wasn't anything terribly wrong with this book. It was just meh.

What the summary doesn't tell you is that the hospital isn't the primary focus of the plot. Said plot is entirely too scattered for my taste; I believe that series openers should be more focused on the unusual hook (in this case, the hospital), as opposed to immediately flinging the protagonist into a completely unfolded backdrop of typical multi-species urban fantasy. Nothing unfurls gradually -- not even the hospital lingo, w
Edie was really easy to relate to. She was smart but still had faults. She made some mistakes and didn't always think things through. The mistakes made sense in context. She is new to the supe world. It said that she had training before starting her nursing job with supes, but they obviously didn't tell her much. Edie handled things fairly well with limited knowledge about supes.

It was odd that Ti and Archer were both easily willing to save and protect Edie. She didn't do anything to earn their
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 22, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
*edit* take two on this book. Buddy reading with Dee.

*edit* and I failed again. I don't know what it is but I can't seem to get into this book. It has a dragon, a zany nurse working the night shift on the "creepy" floor of the hospital, and a hot Brit. This should be a recipe for success.

Sorry, Dee. I tried. I feel like a buddy read failure.

Pre: There actually is a nurse on the cover with a dragon-shaped thing in the background. This book will either be full of win or fail, and I want to find out!

Post: Okaaaay. So, this was good. Not perfect, there were some flaws that coulda been avoided, but. :D

There are several things I liked about Nightshifted, and others that I didn't like so much. It's not that there were obvious 'flaws', but sometimes I wish the author had executed particular elements of the story differently.

The MC of the s
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
3.5 stars

Hmmm . . . my expectations for Nightshifted weren't incredibly high. I was just hoping for a solid diversion . . . and I got one.

Edie Spence is roped into working as a nurse for a supernatural branch of the hospital where she lives when her brother ODs on heroin again.

When she's assured that "they" can keep him (Jake) on the straight and narrow, Edie leaves her cushy, higher-paying gig at a private hospital, and learns all about the things that go bump in the night for her new job at
Lynn Spencer
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's been a while since I've read UF, but this book could pull me right back to it. This book kicks off a series about Edie Spence, a night nurse in the paranormal unit at County Hospital. Since this is a Book 1 in a series, there is obviously a lot of time spent setting up the worldbuilding and introducing characters. I'm used to that when starting a new series and it didn't get too tedious here.

We learn that Edie is a 25 year old nurse who has ended up in her current job as payment of sorts fo
I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Alexander creates a universe that is dark yet everyday. Edie has some problems most people can't relate to but can empathize with (her druggie older brother) and other problems that make her a more fleshed out human character. She's down on her luck throughout this whole book, struggling to find a way to escape the Vampire justice hunting her down.

The Good:
-Edie: She's believable, she's a decent person who does what she needs to do to get by. Her decent streak is what g
Carolyn F.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
First time reading this author and I really enjoyed the book. I do have my normal cover complaints - The dragon in the story did not have wings. The heroine had gained 10 lbs working the night shift and unless she was starved before this woman could not lose 10 lbs and be standing. The heroine's hair length was shoulder and her eyes were blue, not middle of the back and not brown. I wish publishers would have the cover artist at least get this information from authors or read the book first, the ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library due to its cute cover - my cousin is a nurse so the idea of a supernatural hospital wing sounded pretty fun.

However... I am really glad I didn't pay for this book. Why? Well... (view spoiler)
I don't know why I thought this would be a fun book, but I was sadly mistaken.

Dark and depressing, this is the world of Edie Spence, nighttime nurse in a supernatural hospital. Her outlook on life is grim, and I can understand why up to a point, but I felt like I could stop listening at any point and not wonder about the resolution of her problems or the ending.

It didn't help that there's barely any romance in the story, and the romance that's there left me mostly unmoved.

All in all, maybe it's
Shera (Book Whispers)
Shapeshifter, weres, zombies, vampires, dragons, yippee!! With hot yummy Brits, exploding magical critters, hot zombies (yes I mentioned zombie already, but I have to emphasize hot), magical German speaking CD players that’s a secret weapon, a special hospital for supernaturals, mysterious shadow beings that run the hospital, and a tough nurse. It spells for a good read.

Yet, most of my reading buddies have had a hard time getting into this one. Even I had to try once or twice before I got into t
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is one of those reviews where I'm forced to stress that I'm writing about my reaction to a book and not a judgment of same book.

There's nothing wrong with Nightshifted, but since the first pages I couldn't connect to the all monty.

Edie is a strong enough character, but unfortunately she falls under the category victim and martyr (both of which I don't really like) with a good dose of TSTL. She is always making wrong choices and apologizing. I appreciate she is absolutely normal, but not s
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr, vampires, zombies
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

Any author who can weave wit, subversive undertones and clever world building into a novel gets my attention.

Cassie Alexander demanded my attention with Nightshifted. She took a scenario that could become very campy very quickly — namely a nurse working in the supernatural ward of a hospital — and molded it into a tale of self-strength, desperation and noble causes.

Edie works the crappy shift at the bottom-run hospital. She’s new to working
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
It took me 14 days to finish this book. Considering that usually I spent 2 days per book, it wasn’t good sign for Nightshifted.

I was so excited to read it! It’s a story about hospital with vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures as patients. Imagine the possibilities for comical situations! And as a huge fan of every medical TV show, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.


After read a few pages I understood that there wasn’t going to be anything fun, light and exciting. Actuall
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
This is more of a 3.5 then a 4 but all in all a good first book and an enjoyable read.

I started out with the audio for this book, which I do not recommend. The narrator was not great with any of the accents and while she was not reading in a monotone, it more just matter of fact...there were no inflections or emphasis in her speech....and it made the story slow and boring to listen to. I returned the audio and picked up the book to finish Edie's adventures as a Y4 nurse.

I wish there was a bit m
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Nightshifted is my latest read in search of an urban fantasy that is at least half as good as The Dresden Files. And it's ok, a solid three stars. I liked that the protagonist was something other than a cop or a private investigator, as is so often the case in these books. Setting much of the book in hospital ward for monsters is a fun idea, and the author does a good job with it. The protagonist, Edie Spence, is likeable enough. The side characters are largely forgettable, though the preview of ...more
Alice Liu
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are so many books coming out in the paranormal genre that it's common to find similar themes across different authors. Cassie Alexander's "Nightshifted" pleasantly surprises with a unique premise of a nurse working in a secret Y4 hospital ward, serving paranormal of all kinds. The heroine, Edie Spence, finds herself in a world of trouble after killing a vampire in order to rescue a 100-year-old 9-year-old. Old tribal conflicts come to the fore as do the usual prejudices between different p ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heidi by: Angie
Really like the nursing set up for UF is this one, and for the most part it's really well done and a promising start to a new series. I did feel some aspects were fairly rushed (like the relationship), which detracted a bit from my investment, but all in all I'd certainly give Edie Spence another go.
I really enjoyed this debut novel from this author. Edie is very real to me. The book was not perfect, but all the good more than made up for the not so good.

I hope Edie decides to learn German at some point.
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
This book was actually a bit darker in its theme than what I was expecting. I was expecting something a bit lighter and more comedic with some seriousness thrown in. I was not expecting for Edie to stumble upon cases of child abuse committed by vampires against children that they'd either kept alive for a long period of time by giving them vampire blood or by turning them into vampires in the first place. All because she wanted to return a watch to the family of a patient she inadvertently kille ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, reviewed, read-2014
Nightshifted is the start of what I think will be a super fun and unique series! Edie Spence is a nurse on the night shift at the County hospital, but she's on a floor that doesn't officially exist. In exchange for keeping her brother clean, Edie took a job in the paranormal ward. The pay sucks, and so do the patients (literally). Then one night, Edie loses a patient and attempts to carry out his dying wish: save Anna. The only clue to who that is is a photo in Mr. November's pocket watch, which ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Nurse Edie Spence is having a bad day. She’s assigned to unit Y4 at county hospital, and manages to obliterate a vampire servant (daytimer) by accident, getting bit in the hand in the process. He whispers the name Anna before he expires, and with the name, and his watch in hand, she’s off to find the mysterious Anna. What Edie finds is horrifying, evidence of a slavery ring involving vampires, torture, and worse. When she
Reading this book was a weird experience for me. In the beginning, I had déjà vu moments on nearly every page and in every scene, but I had thought this was a first-time read for me. So this was disconcerting in a not-very-great way. But by the middle/end (at about 70% into the story) I realized that I had to have read this book before. I now suspect that I read it over my final summer in Seattle, in 2012 back when the paperback was first published. As the Seattle Public Library has sadly deacti ...more
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Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and author.

Her most recent book is Dragon Called, cowritten with Kara Lockharte, a hot billionaire romance about a dragon-shifter and the nurse he can't get enough of.

Prior to that, she wrote the five book Edie Spence urban fantasy series, out now through St. Martin's Press, and the Dark Ink Tattoo series, a sultry urban fantasy about vampires in Vegas.


Other books in the series

Edie Spence (5 books)
  • Moonshifted (Edie Spence, #2)
  • Shapeshifted (Edie Spence, #3)
  • Deadshifted (Edie Spence, #4)
  • Bloodshifted (Edie Spence, #5)

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