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SHIFT: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Mackenzie Grey Book 1) by [Espinosa, Karina]
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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. Being a lone-wolf in the city is dangerous, and now that the Pack has found her, so can every supernatural being in the Tri-State area. And not even her sarcastic, smart mouth can get her out of this.
When a string of kidnappings involves Mackenzie in supernatural politics, she questions her new acquaintances and finds unlikely allies. Can she escape Pack law and keep her freedom—or will she be condemned to an unwanted path.

SHIFT is the first book in the Mackenzie Grey series: a New Adult Urban Fantasy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2667 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692368418
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Quill Publishing (10 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RW8X7MG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Karina Espinosa has done a great job with this book. It definitely is quite a different take on werewolves, and basically throws the stereotypical lore that goes with it, out the window.

Mackenzie Grey is a very strong character that won't let anyone make her feel subservient. She carves her own path and puts the safety of her best friend as her main focus before making any decisions.

I can't wait to see how this story progresses. If you like Urban fantasy, you shouldn't go past this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw & Gritty! Wild Ride. 20 April 2017
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This series is intense! I've binge read books 1-3 because I just could not get enough of these fascinatingly flawed characters amid a myriad of dark conspiracies and deadly plots in this truly messed up world of Karina Espinosa's Lycans. This series is a raw and gritty urban fantasy with a ton of sharp edges, startling surprises, gut wrenching injustice, and so much action at times your head will spin. But man, oh man, is it worth the ride. This not the fun, escapist, and entertaining love at first sight, Happily Ever After, sassy heroine gets the sexy Alpha male hero type story that so many of us (myself included) absolutely adore... and YET, it kept me hoping for those things with each page that I read.

The author delivers a heroine with a quick temper, smart mouth and snarky sense of humor who suddenly finds herself immersed in a secret world for which she is wholly unprepared. Despite her many failings and flaws, I was entirely captivated by Mackenzie's sense of honor, loyalty, and strong desire to help the downtrodden and overcome inequality. Despite all of the danger, intrigue, death and destruction, there is TONS of sizzle in this story. Thanks in large part to the two sexy Lycan males who stir Mackenzie’s heart, inflame her libido, and outrage her sense of fairness at every turn. Despite their many flaws, these males constantly redeem themselves (to varying degrees) because of their devotion to the heroine.

Having said all of that, let me warn you this series will make the reader FEEL. And not all of those feelings are pleasant or enjoyable. I often found myself feeling frustrated, disgusted, outraged, heartbroken and horrified. But I also often found myself chuckling, pleasantly surprised, eager to see what will happen next, and cheering over the victories – large and small.

I will say that while I easily give book one 4.5 stars, I felt that books two and three were better. So, if you find yourself struggling to get through book one at times, hang in there. It’s worth the work. I’ve added this series to my WATCH LIST, meaning I will be watching for book four – impatiently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to club badass female heroines 12 February 2015
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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 boyfriend. Her life seems to keep getting worse when she is demanded to join the Brooklyn pack or die.

Personally the introduction to the Alpha Sebastian and the Beta Jonah, leaves me completely hot and bothered in the worse way. They are both hot but for two completely different reason and it leaves you itching to know more and where the story will go. You have people you literally want to punch in the throat, but I'll leave that to your reading pleasure and you can tell me if you agree or not. The author has an ability to convey the characters personal development throughout the story, but also each of their personal struggles. I enjoyed that Mackenzie was not a typical heroine. She was not weak minded, and allowed you to feel the empowerment that author sought for her character. Now there were moments I wanted to shake Mackenzie silly and say, HELLO! However, if I'm honest, I think we all have those defensive moments, which made Mackenzie's character relatable. I will be picking up the continuation of this book and can't wait to for the next part of Mackenzie's story.
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this story and Kenze is one sarcastic badass wolf 6 April 2017
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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 book funk. Love Triangles....check! Badass supernaturals with a sarcastic female wolf...check! Lies, betrayalans loss....check! Secrets and suspense....check! EPIC STORY...check!! I will leave on a final note...BASH!!! Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best paranormal read ever 27 April 2017
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This book is what every reader craves. A fantastic heroine who made me laugh, cry and cheer while racing through every page. Full of were beings and other paranormal creatures that will fascinate and surprise at every turn. What I liked best about this story was that there were other great strong and sassy women front and center that you couldn't help but love. I found MacKenzie Grey to be the epitome of what I love about strong female leads who never forget their humanity. Can't wait for the next book in this series and what I hope will be many more
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Joke - This Book Is Totally #AwesomeSauce!!! 7 January 2016
By Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl - Published on
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**This book was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review**

First of all Bravo!! If you have read the shifter genre as of late, the majority of it filled with adult situations and sex1ness. Not that there is anything wrong with that I enjoy a good erotic tale (no pun intended). BUT Karina Espinosa managed to show a display of alpha strength when it comes to her lead character as Kenz learns her way through her new life.

The premise of the book is powerful. A lone wolf not knowing anything about herself or the lore runs into her area's pack and defies the odds. Defies being a LUNA and defies bending to their will.

She is overcome by her wolf's urges of course but she does not succumb to them. To mate, to give in to violence and to protect, but not once does does she give into her urge to mate. Its like giving up her power. IT SIGNIFIES HER STRENGTH!! AND is a great build up to Karina's next book.

You see... not every shifter needs to succumb to their wolf and it's refreshing that she didnt. It leads more to the storeyline. She is obviously a strong anomaly and her strength to hold off a suiter or a sexual partner leads me to believe she is stronger than even the strongest alpha.

Now don't get me wrong this isn't a fairy tale! Kenz has a mouth of a sailor and short temper so I really liked her. She and I could be friends! Speaking of friends, Amy, her best human friend is just downright #AwesomeSauce.

I am sad at the end BUT it reminds me of Jeaniene Frost Dark Huntress series and I just know it will come out just as well!!!
Karina has a strong voice and her character development is on point!! I can't wait for the next installment!!

5 Stars and a tip of the Nerd Girl hat to you my dear!!

**This review was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official**

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