Review: Shift by Karina Espinosa

Posted October 20th, 2015 in book review / 28 comments

Review: Shift by Karina EspinosaShift by Karina Espinosa
Series: Mackenzie Grey #1
Publisher: Self-Published on February 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Adult
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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?

At A Glance

I really liked it but some things made me angry.

The Good

Mackenzie is a werewolf and she doesn’t know why, but she deals with it. She is a straight-shooter and takes no guff, even when two sexy werewolves kidnap her. Sebastian and Jonah try to convince Mackenzie to join the pack for protection, but Mackenzie is a lone wolf through and through.

Mackenzie is badass and super sassy. She often puts Sebastian and Jonah in their place when they pull the whole ‘females wolves are lowly and must be protected to their detriment’ crap. The werewolves in Shift are stuck in the ages of men ruling everything and women staying in the kitchen cleaning. *barf* Mackenzie is having none of it, even if she finds both Sebastian and Jonah appealing.

Mackenzie makes this book. She is a perfect mix of sarcasm, strength, vulnerability, and independent. She doesn’t need a man in her life, which was refreshing.

I really liked the action and mystery in this book. I want to learn more about the paranormal world and dynamics because the author only scratches the surface on this one. We get mysterious vampires, jerkface fae, and so much more.

The Bad

OMG, these male chauvinistic assholes were too much sometimes. It was fun hating them at first. All characters can’t be perfect. But these are love interests and their views never change throughout the book. Mackenzie obviously fights against their sideways thinking, but sometimes she capitulates and that pissed me off. If I was told women have a place and that’s in the kitchen and under a man’s thumb, I would fight every freaking second, no matter the situation.

Jonah and Sebastian needed to be more developed as characters. I didn’t fall for either of them.

The Snuggly

Jonah and Sebastian fell flat for me as love interests. Jonah is too emotional and Sebastian is too set in his alpha ways. We get some sexual things going on but no sex.

Final Thoughts

I would definitely continue this series. I want to know what’s next for Mackenzie, especially since I know it now involves vampires! It wasn’t a perfect read nor did it have perfect characters but it was very entertaining. Recommended.


“I don’t know what it is about you, Mackenzie Grey, but I want you more than I care to be Alpha. You’re different–you’re a fighter–and that does something to me,” his deep voice whispered. With one hand, he reached for the buttons of my jeans. “I need to mark you as mine.”

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28 Responses to “Review: Shift by Karina Espinosa”

  1. Lekeisha

    Love that quote! There’s something about an alpha male and romance that make me think dirty things. LOL! Still, I hate a chauvinist and I’m not sure how to feel about this one. Guess I’ll have to try this one out for myself. Great review!

  2. kindlemom1

    Alpha males really do have to be done just right, it is such a fine line between sexy and just plain a-holes. Sorry they crossed the line too many times. That is sad to see but I think it happens more often than not in these type of reads, at least, I think so anyways.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    Well the werewolves, vampires, and fae aspect definitely make it appealing. I also love that she’s a character you can get behind. Those guys with their backwoods ideology of women though would get old. I hope she gives them a new outlook on how lady balls work.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yesss, I did love her big lady balls! LOL I respected how she made hard decisions in the end, the right ones.

  4. Braine Talk Supe

    Them assholes. It does get to you. Makes me wonder somtimes WHY an author would allow such a character. Like is it for effect or are we supposed to accept that it’s a norm or something?

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yes! I get a little backwards thinking but too much is no fun when you want to love the character.

  5. Laura

    I feel in life we are going to always cross around some closed minded characters but like any series, I expect to see the characters grow just as the author will. The story will develop and the storyline will continue to build. For me it was not a love triangle persay but Mackenzie presented an unfamiliar challenge to the guys. Like any little boy with a new toy, they get excited but eventually one will grow bored, right? I loved the sarcasm and wit and look forward in seeing the progress of Mackenzie and her journey with the vamps! SWOON!!!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      So very true. I am excited to see where Mackenzie’s character will go.

  6. Melliane

    Oh it’s nice to find a good werewolf book and the heroine sounds perfect here! I’m curiois to read about her. thanks for the discovery!

  7. Nathan

    Mackenzie sounds like a strong female character and that sounds appealing. It involves werewolves and vampires, which is good, but has some characters with old thinking. Which naturally puts them on top with power of course. I may be a guy but I prefer reading about strong willed female characters and the male characters need to change.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yes, if the males grow as characters and change their old ways of thinking I will be very happy.

  8. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Sometimes we get those annoying characters that grate on our nerves. Maybe they will learn their lesson, or die in the next book(s).

  9. Olivia Roach

    I am someone who has been looking for more werewolf books because I read some mid year and I really enjoyed it. So I am going to be trying some more, but I don’t think I am going to like this one particularly. The macho of the men might bother me too much!

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