Shift by Karina Espinosa – A Book Review

Posted January 31, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

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(Mackenzie Grey: Origins – Book 1)

by Karina Espinosa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NA, Urban Fantasy, Series Complete
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Similar to other shifter UF’s, this one is still unique enough to hold its own in a field of sameness, producing characters you both love and hate… in equal measure. Entire series is Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

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?

Thoughts on Shift

I really…. really… enjoy a good werewolf novel, but I enjoy werewolf novels that deviate from the norm even more. This is one of those, filled with enough urban fantasy flair and intrigue to keep the pages turning. Our FMC, Mackenzie, isn’t quite as emotionally strong as I’d like, but it suits her, and gives her a platform to grow into the character we are just getting hints of here in book 1.


  • I like the pack, even with as backwards and sexist as they are.
  • Amy. #FriendGoals
  • MetaPlot is subtle but worthy.


  • She can be strikingly immature and so incredibly whiney!
  • Love Triangle…. ugh!


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


My Final Verdict on Shift

4 out of 5 Stars

With the complete, action packed, series available on Kindle Unlimited, this is a shoo-in for your TBR queue. It’s different, a bit thought provoking, and features a Female Protagonist who grows throughout the novels… even if she does so reluctantly.

Published February 10th, 2015
294 Pages

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Your Turn

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