Monday, December 17, 2012

Shift (The Protector #2) by: M.R. Merrick

Release Date: February 1, 2012
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Devastated by a terrible loss, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else—a monster threatening to tear her apart.

As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world."

My Thoughts:

Exiled was a great book, but Shift blew it out of the water. I absolutely loved this book and I was so mad that life kept getting in the way of my reading it. All I wanted to do was get lost in Chase’s story. The world created is so vivid that getting lost in it is incredibly easy. You will feel as if you are battling alongside Chase.

Poor Chase really cannot seem to catch a break. He has numerous people out to get him and as always there are ulterior motives at play. It is hard for him to know who he can trust, with the exception of Rayna. I feel as if Chase has come such a long way from when we first met him in Exiled and I love how his character has developed. It is believable character growth. He has learned from his mistakes, but that does not mean he cannot make new ones. I love his personality and his strength. However, I do acknowledge that he is not perfect. He needs to learn to accept help better and not be the hero all the time. 

Rayna continues to be kickass. I absolutely love her character. I love what she brings to the story and I love that she knows how to get through Chase’s incredibly thick skull. Her vivacious personality really brings another element to the story. When Chase has his broody moments, Rayna is there to lighten the mood or to keep him focused. 

I am really enjoying the development of Chase and Rayna’s relationship. I think it was clear from the start that there was something more there than just friendship, but Shift brings this to the forefront. Both begin to realize how well they understand each other. They always have each other’s back and can truly trust one another. No matter how much they bicker, they never doubt one another. 

I must talk about Vincent again. Oh Vincent… Despite his deceptiveness, I cannot bring myself to fully hate him. I am looking past what this probably says about me. I just find him incredibly intriguing and even when I am mad at him; he can still make me laugh. He is a great villain to say the least. Another character I need to mention is Willy, because he seriously became awesome in this book. I have always liked him, but now I simply love him. Willy is really coming into his own and I love the development of his character.

Like Exiled, Shift moves along at a great pace and there is action galore. However, the action does not overwhelm the story. There is so much more to the story than just Chase and Rayna fighting demons and bad guys. These characters are on a real journey and the hardships they face are emotional and mental as well as physical. 

One aspect I truly enjoyed was the shifter aspect. This becomes much more prominent in Shift (hence the name I suppose) and I really enjoyed its inclusion. I tend to be picky with my shifter and werewolf books; a lot of the time I just cannot buy into the story for whatever reason. However, that was not the case here. I loved this part of the story. M.R. Merrick made it believable and it meshed perfectly into this world. Another great thing about this series is that it surprises me. Certain things we have been led to believe turn out to be completely wrong. This gives the story a real element of surprise because you never really know what to expect. 

Overall, I am really enjoying this world and this series. It is such a great take on some of our favorite fantasy creatures.


  1. I agree w/everything you said about Shift. And yes, I can't fully hate Vincent, either. Sign of a good villain, for sure. Great review, hon!

  2. Okay, I didn't really read this review 'cause I still haven't gotten to Exiled. Which I plan on doing as soon as I can!! But, from what I read, this review rocked!!!! My socks!!! ha ha I'm super excited about this series, I have heard just amazing things! *sigh* Sooo many books!!!!!!! I'm giving you hugs, great mental hugs right now.. That's not creepy is it??? :D

    Magen Corrie

  3. This series is on my TBR list and I have heard some great things about it, so I'm excited to see how it turns out. The story and characters sound great and of course the paranormal aspect is always something I enjoy, so no troubles there. Hopefully I can get to this soon, (after my humungous reading pile gets small-ish)! I'm glad you enjoyed this, it gives me hope that I'll enjoy it as well!

    Fantastic review, Teresa! :)

    ~ Maida

    1. It's such a unique read and I love that its from male POV

  4. Great review, my lovely!
    I so have to read this series, it looks incredible! So glad you liked it, and there really is nothing worse than life getting in the way of a good book! ;)


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