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(Mackenzie Grey #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  121 reviews
It's hard enough being an undergraduate student, an intern at Downtown Manhattan's police station, and a bouncer at a local bar. Add her now ex-boyfriend who recently dumped her for the school's resident bimbo—oh, and she's a werewolf.
Mackenzie Grey meets her match when she is kidnapped by the Brooklyn Pack and tossed between Sebastian and Jonah—the Alpha and the Beta. Bei
Published February 10th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 21st 2015)
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****


If you are looking for a good werewolf story, stop right now. Shift will satisfy your cravings. This is definitely one of my fantasy favorites this year. I was hooked at the first chapter, and the story continued to keep getting better. It was funny, exciting, and just an amazing read.

Mackenzie was a lone wolf living in New York. She's bold, loud, and determined. She also has moments of being childish and annoying, but she calls herself out. The whole werewolf thing is new t
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a shifter book in years, I forgot how much I loved them. Reading Shift, Karina Espinosa has revived my love for this genre. I really got hooked straight from the beginning. I really loved the characters, they were so realistic that you can't help but to connect with each one of them. Mackenzie was very headstrong, I loved her character. She was very determined to be herself and not what others wanted her to be. Sebastian and Jonah, what can I say about these two except they are bo ...more
The Gypsy Emmy
I did, in fact, receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.....

.... But, I was just so excited to read this one that I went ahead and bought it before I even got my copy from the publisher.

So. Freaking. Worth. It.

Um, holy cow with a triple side serving of 'yes, please'!

This is it people. The series I've been searching for every since I fell in love with the Mercy Thompson series. This book is the very definition of why I love werewolf books.

The characters are
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, loved it, when can I read the next one please?

I'm always on the look out for a good shifter book, be it werewolf, werecat, panther or dragon! Also I have recently been reading more of the shifter genre, which is still one of my favourites. So when I found this title on Netgalley I decided I had to to give it a go!

I requested and was sent an e-copy of this book by Netgalley.
The cover has a female on the front, who fits the description and imagery of Mackenzie
Ink Angels  Book Blog
Ink Angels was one of the lucky few to receive an ARC of Shift by Espinosa. We had never read anything by this author previously, but the mesmerizing cover had us immediately intrigued and interested to learn more about the paranormal romance.

Espinosa's protagonist, Mackenzie Grey, confounds readers with her atypical feminine behavior. Kenzie is a straight-laced, no nonsense shifter of epic proportions, who soon finds herself the object of desire for local pack leaders Sebastian and Jonah. The t
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

What a great werewolf serie!!!

This books has all, strong characters, great dialogues lots of action that keep ups flipping page after page!

Mackenzie is a great h... the girl is fierce!! She will not bow in a world dominated by men!

She is a true poster girl for woman rights, in the books one of the main stories is freeing the Luna's ( the female werewolf's) from their submissive part in the werewolf world!

In this first book we get to know the evolution e transformation of Mackenzie... The li
Andrea Heltsley
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Unexpectedly fantastic random read! Worth reading! I ended up falling in love with the characters and grabbed book 2! Five glittery stars!
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review***
This cover is what first drew me into the book since I am completely in love with how they designed it!
Now, werewolves are a somewhat overdone topic so I would not give this book points for originality but I do think that this book earns major props for creativity with an already overdone topic. It takes a lot to get me to fall completely in love with a werewolf book since I have read so many of them but this book had a fres
Ladyjovi Stone
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Shift by Karina Espoinosa. All I can say is…I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK. I absolutely loved this story, it combines two of my favorite genres of books Paranormal and Mystery/Suspense.
The main character, Mackenzie Grey is strong and independent. She is also a werewolf, but she is a lone wolf. She knows very little about how she came to be what she is but she takes life’s punches and just rolls with it. She is in her final year of college and close to getting her degree in Crim
L.P. Hidalgo
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie is not your typical heroine; her snarky sarcastic commentary is one that will have you chuckling as well as cringing at times. Nevertheless, Mackenzie has discovered that she can shift into a wolf, but it comes at a high price. Maintaining anonymity is essential but this undergraduate realizes that nothing will ever come that easy. Her perfect boyfriend is anything but; and her vivid imagination has made various clever scenarios to torture the home-wrecking harlot who has stolen her bo ...more
Amanda Masters
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was an intriguing and captivating story! As always Karina blows us away with her creativity and writing genius. I am a big fan of shifter stories and I couldn't put this one down for a min!

I was captivated by Mackenzie's life from the first page, she has spunk, sass and a whole lot of attitude! Which tend to be my favourite when it comes to characters. I also got a kick out of best friend Amy who is a lot like me who i
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Mackenzie Grey is not your average college student, she's a werewolf. She thinks she has things figured out and under control when Sebastian and Jonah walk into her life. Both are part of the Brooklyn Pack, not only that but Alpha and Beta. Finding out there are more werewolves out there is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a whole supernatural community that coexists with humans. Mackenzie get drawn deeper into the supernatural world when Jackson, Jonah's brother is kidnapped. Dealing with f ...more
Elsa Carrion
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the story and the characters as you can see by my rating. I will definitely be looking forward to getting my hands of the second in the series. Sooooo if anyone has it and would like to let me borrow let me know. lol

I liked Kenz (Mackenzie), she was a strong heroine. She was feisty, and strong minded. She talked her mind but knew when to keep quiet. Her BFF Amy came off as a little needy.

Jonah and Sabastian were both yummy, but one was kind and the other an a-hole, no question wh
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A breath of fresh air to the werewolf genre! Here lately I've read some really terrible books in this subgenre lately and I was just about to give up on it for a while. Luckily I decided to give this book a try first, and I am so a glad that I did!

In shifter novels the females tend to be whiny, dependent on others, weak, has no opinion of their own, shy, overly gorgeous, and pathetic at times. The way the authors describe the female charac
Kathleen Stebbins
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved reading this book, what a whirlwind Kenz can be. Will update further tomorrow, it is bed time.

UPDATE: Okay, wow, I wasn't sure what to expect since I've read quite a few Werewolf novels and this really was a great read. I couldn't tear my eyes away, I always had a shit eating grin on while I read because I could totally relate to Kenz and Amy, after all it's awkward with hot guys around, it's more awkward when you feel odd within your skin since you are so different and still more hot gu
Tammy "Z Girl"
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie Gray Series by Karina Espinosa

OMG!! I have spent the last three nights devouring this series!!! I absolutely love this story and Kenze is one sarcastic badass wolf...I LOVE IT!! I just finished Book 3 and was under the impression it was the last I'm reading the final pages, I am like...HELL can't end like this!!!! Thankfully, the author's note shares that there will be a 4th book...HALAFREAKINGLEUIGH!!! All I can say is this story is EXACTLY what I needed to ease my
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie is caught between two sexy wolves and Karina's writing builds up the sensual angst just right. Sebastian is alpha and comes with all the sexy trappings that entails. Jonah has those same tendencies but only tempers them with something achingly sweet and comfortable. Both are intense and way sexy in their won right. Mackenzie is trying to find her way in the wolf world and trouble seems to be following her. The world Ms. Espinosa created is intriguing with unique characters that leave y ...more
Lauren Avenido
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great supernatural novel!

I truly enjoy this book, and I really like the main character, Mackenize. She is defiant but also made sure to be true to herself. I cannot wait until the next book comes out. I want to know more about her and what will happen next. Love the book and definitely will be looking out for the next book.
Gosh this book was so awesome!! I really enjoyed it! I absolutely adore Mackenzie! Jonah and Sebastian were just mmmm! This was a really interesting and easy book to read! It was definitely worth the $3.99!
I highly recommend this series!
Vivian Towers
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 2 nights, fast for me. It was hilarious and very well written. I loved the main character; she was strong and kicked butt. We need more role models like her. Highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
Carey Fletcher
Second time around and I still can't choose between Jonah and Sebastian. I still lean toward Jonah. Still love this book!
Nekeisha Ryce
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome start to this series!!!!
Jennifer Moody
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to great series, Spoilers

Spoilers Alert!!!
I got this book for my honest review.

Kenzie is just another normal girl in college, her roommate is her best friend Amy and she has a job at the police station where she interns. Then Kenzie ones into the pack into a pack which is very set on its ways. The pack leader is also in by Sebastian who is a tight ass and his second in command is Jonah. Kenzies dead set on ways of not joining the pack. But then they have other issues because one of t
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I had read stories with werewolves, vampires and other supernatural characters. It had been a bit lacking and I'm glad I got back in with Kenzie.
Kenzie is not an ordinary girl, she's a werewolf, she doesn’t know how she became one, but one day she has transformed herself and every month it's a terrible pain. Always happy that her best friend Amy is there to help, at every full moon, Makenzie locks herself in a cage at home to not hurt anyone. She meets Jonah, Jackson an
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
This is such a great book! A kickass heroine who is bending all the rules and showing she can play with the big boys! I actually won this book during a book release party. I have never heard of this author but I do LOVE a good shifter book. I was a little put off at the first sentence because it starts with how her ex-boyfriend left her for a bimbo. I didn’t want the book to be a bunch of high school type stuff but I was proven wrong and very fast. Mackenzie is this college student who is a were ...more
Lynn's books
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the writing of this author. I knew within a few chapters I would happily continue the series. I caught myself getting sucked completely into this story when I read something the main character (McKenzie) agreed too that made me mad. I had to take a book break and fester over her poor decision when I realized what I was doing I was super happy because that means the writing is good. Now back to the poor decision making..."kenzie" does this often and mostly without any logical
Debra Omiatek
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggles of a Lone Wolf

A college female werewolf trying to live normal and protect others from her wolf on the full moon. Concept is interesting. Her character and her best friend are a bit flighty, but given circumstances they seem to be managing fairly well. The introduction of other wolves was foreseeable but the subsequent interactions resounded with female oppression. Our main character then seems to mature more rapidly but hormones do appear to influence her actions in some instances. Her
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie Grey is a college student, ex-girlfriend, best friend, oh and were wolf to boot.
The werewolf thing is new. But hey, it's all good and she
has it under control. Then she runs into a handsome man with a single dimple
and her safety went out the door.

Jonah is from a pack, a werewolf pack. They hunt down
lone wolfs like Kenzie. She has two choices, join or run and be killed.
Not wishing to die, she befriends Jonah.
Only Johan is not cool with the friend zone and let's her know.
Enter the Alpha
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-and-reviews
I love badass heroines, especially in paranormal romance. There just is something about being a woman in front of crazy supernatural circumstances that a "man" is supposed to save you from and kicking ass. Kenzie is a strong willed college student who finds herself as a shifter seemingly out of the blue. She isn't part of a pack but gets discovered and thrown into pack politics. I am not a fan of love triangles and there is a big one in this. 

I found myself annoyed at some of the cheesy dialogue
Flora Viggiano
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Adult and up
Recommended to Flora by: Amber Garcia
This is the first book is the series. The main character is a strong minded woman majoring in criminal justice, who speaks her mind. She has a final paper to write, is dealing with the new girlfriend of her ex, and being home before the full moon because she must cage herself. Yes, she is a werewolf. It is the werewolf in her that gets her into trouble. At times this story is a very cute romcom and at other times it is a criminal mystery. I love the author’s way of pulling some pop culture to he ...more
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Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move ...more

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