Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Deadshifted (Edie Spence, #4)

Deadshifted (Edie Spence, #4)Author: Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence, #4
Published: December 31st 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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. Someone from his not-so-nice past. With their lives in the balance, will Edie and Asher be able to save their growing family or will this adventure be their end?
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 instead. In Deadshifted, she goes on a cruise ship with her boyfriend Asher, where she encounters the most dangerous enemy so far.

Being a nurse herself, and with a main character who is also a nurse, Cassie Alexander was never one to shy away from bloody, gory details, and the same is true for Deadshifted. Her descriptions often turn my stomach, but I appreciate the authenticity they give to Edie’s character. The creatures she brought in this time are second only to her zombies in the amount of disgust they provoke.

After struggling with loneliness for years, Edie finally found some peace with the shapeshifter Asher. Needless to say, I was thrilled when these two found their way to each other after so mall the obstacles they had to overcome. However, now that they’re together and we finally get to know Asher a bit more, I’m not sure that Edie wasn’t better off alone. A woman will never change a man – this is something Alexander approaches extremely realistically – and Asher has lived far too many lives and done what he wanted for far too long to start taking someone else’s feelings into account now. Be that as it may, it seems that he and Edie are here to stay – regardless of his arrogant, hardheaded and extremely unlikeable personality. I don’t doubt that he loves Edie, but I doubt his capacity to love like she deserves.

Unlike the previous book, which wrapped up neatly and beautifully, Deadshifted ends with a pretty nasty cliffhanger. Now, I know you all know this, but it bears repeating: I. Do. Not. Appreciate. Cliffhangers. Suddenly there are cliffhangers everywhere, and I’m getting a bit tired of trying to remember where I left which character.

Cassie Alexander takes everything just a bit further than your average urban fantasy author. She is not in the business of writing fairy tales, nor does she aim to please her fans. She writes it how it is, sparing no one in the process, especially not her protagonist, poor Edie Spence.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I am curious about this series at large, as I've only read the second book. I hate cliffhangers too, though luckily I haven't really dealt with many lately (seeing as how I'm bad with series these days).

  2. I have the first book on my shelf - at last! - so I'll hopefully get around to starting this series soon. It's a little disconcerting about the romance, however. It is certainly realistic to be in love and in a relationship with someone who doesn't change, but I guess we all like a bit more of a fairy tale in a novel. Or at least compromise, right? Either way, I won't be picking this up anytime soon because of the cliffhanger. It's why I've avoided Arcadia Bell #3 as well - the cliffie! I'm fed up of them too, especially when they're sprung so suddenly and unexpectedly. Plus, like you said, with so many of them out these days I have no idea which character is left where in the story. Gah! Anyway, I hope the wait for Book 5 is worth it, Maja. Fantastic review as always! :)

  3. Oh no! I can take sort of cliffies, but then there are the evil cliffhangers that makes me scream and those I hate

  4. I am very curious about this series now, because I don't think I've read any series with a nurse as the main character, and being a nurse myself I think I ought to! But, I will not be starting this new series until the next book comes out, no way I'm putting myself through another massive cliffhanger with a new series if I can help it, NO WAY!
    Great review and thanks for the warning, Maja!

  5. Ah the dreaded cliffy. I agree, they are being used way too much in books and especially series these days. I don't mind a little suspense or unanswered questions but a big huge thing...not so much anymore.

    I haven't started this series yet but so far I have purchased all the books, I might just wait on picking this one up.

  6. "Be that as it may, it seems that he and Edie are here to stay – regardless of his arrogant, hardheaded and extremely unlikeable personality. I don’t doubt that he loves Edie, but I doubt his capacity to love like she deserves."

    Well that's too bad Maja! I was all ready to root for the two of them since it's clearly been a rocky road to finally being together, but I'm not sure how much I like the sound of Asher. I totally get that he's been alive a long time and therefore is not someone who's suddenly going to put someone else first, but that's a bitter pill to swallow for a romance lover like me! I'm curious to see how things with them will progress though:) And boo on the nasty cliffhanger.

  7. Damn right! You tell 'em! DOWN WITH CLIFFIES!! I'm getting pretty darned annoyed with them, too, to the point of even ditching some series when it happens. I haven't read this series yet but I like the authenticity of Edie's career, even if it's a little gross at times.

  8. Boo on the cliffhangers! I remember hearing of this series but not a lot. The romance sounds like it might bother me too but the rest sounds pretty good!

  9. you're right, I was also expecting her to return, and I'm still expecting it even if it wasn't in this one. You know what? it's nice to see her with asher but I confess I prefered the werewolf... But well it looks like it's not possible. ANd like you the cliffy was terrible because it was a big one. At the end I immediatly read the first chapter of book 5 because I hoped it would help me but well it doesn't.

  10. I have been wanting to get into this series because she is a nurse. My mom is one and I'm curious to see if that will draw her into the UF genre. Still, I can see the ups and downs this book could create. Not sure if either one of us will like it, but if you keep getting pulled in, I know I will too. Oh and cliffie! GRRRRRRrrrrrr!

  11. I've not started this series, but oh how I understand your feelings on cliffhangers! They're so frustrating and sometimes completely unnecessary. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  12. This series intrigues me, sorry about the cliffy!

  13. A nurse for supernatural creatures? Well that sounds intriguing!

  14. I don't think cliffhangers work too well in practice, given how long we're usually made to wait for the next instalment of a series. I only really ever appreciate the !!! factor when I have the next book ready to go. Otherwise, I just get angry. I hope the wait is worth it though, Maja! I still plan to check out the first book one day, but probably not for a while yet. Lovely review. :)

  15. I do love the sound of this series, like you said it sounds very different. I love the premise. I am sorry this wasn't as great, Cliffhangers drive me up the wall as well :(

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