Review: Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

June 22, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

by Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence series, #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, June 2013
E-book, purchased
320 pages
Grade:  B

Synopsis: Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?

When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?


This is the third book in the Edie Spence series so if you haven’t read the first two books I’ll try not to put spoilers in, but to even read the synopsis does give away information. This book picks up a few months after book 2 ended. Edie works in a sleep clinic, bored and depressed because she has been shunned by the supernatural community.

Then she finds out her mother has cancer and is devastated. Her mother has come to the realization she’s going to die and found her peace, but Edie has just found out about the cancer and wants her mother to continue to fight. If she can’t fight, Edie is determined to fight for her.

Edie tries to contact someone in the supernatural society thinking a vampire could save her mom, but since she’s shunned no one will talk to her. Next she applies for a new job. She realizes she has to leave the sleep clinic and get her life back in order. She interviews for one of the jobs even though it’s in a bad part of town and everyone speaks Spanish…which she doesn’t speak or understand. She manages to get the job and the book continues from there.

My thoughts: This book moved slower than I remember with the first two books. When it did start to move along I enjoyed it. Quite a bit of the book is internal…inside Edie. She worries about her mother a lot. She spends a lot of time searching for vampires, searching for someone who will find vampires for her. The clinic where she’s working has it’s own mysteries–gang violence, mysterious test tubes of blood, hostile employees. The clinic’s doctor has many secrets. She’s drawn to the doctor–Dr. Hector Tovar–but as a nurse she  knows nothing good comes from getting involved with a doctor!

Olympio is a character I really enjoyed in this book. He’s a young boy who hangs out outside the clinic trying to steer patients to see his grandfather who is a faith healer of some sort. He’s an engaging character and Edie spends free time with him. Olympio shows her the neighborhood around the clinic, answers a lot of her questions and tries to get Edie to visit his grandfather.

As a nurse, I’d heard all sorts of holistic health bullshit. I’d seen patients who’d been burned by cupping, who had made themselves ill by eating mislabeled ‘remedy’ pills contaminated with lead. “Yeah?” I said, my eyebrows rising.

Yeah. You got something wrong with you, lady. I can tell. I don’t know what it is, but my grandfather is a great curandero, he’d know.”

“Well–” I regrouped. “I disagree. No, wait. Actually, I do agree–there’s something wrong with me.” I was sure I looked worried about my mom. I’d seen it in the mirror this morning, in the corners of my eyes. “But it’s not the kind of thing that other people can fix.”

“My grandfather–”

“I’m late for work….”

He leaned back, casual, ready for wherever business took him. “Hey, I’ll be here trying to rescue people from you all, all day.”

I grinned at him. “Make sure you stand in the shade. I don’t want to know what your grandfather does for heatstroke.”

This book moved the story arc along…some doors closed for Edie and others opened, but I don’t have a sense where the series is going next. I feel like Edie doesn’t really feel she deserves happiness. I hope that changes.

I checked the author’s website and read that St. Martin’s Press bought the next two books in the series–Deadshifted and Bloodshifted. There isn’t a date for when these books will be published…soon, I hope! I want to see what happens to Edie next.

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