Review: Shift by M.R. Merrick

Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R. Merrick
Ebook & Paperback, 350 pages
Published: Feb. 1st, 2012 by M.R. Merrick
Source: Purchased
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.

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I can tell you right now that this is a self published/Indie gem!  There’s nothing at all that indicates that this is less quality work that any book published by a large publishing house.  M.R. Merrick does things right, from the editing, formatting and cover, it’s all amazing!

The world he has created is fantastic!  I think it’s pretty original even though I know that paranormal books are getting to where it’s hard to really find anything different, he does a pretty good job of keeping everything feeling unique and new.  It’s full of about every sort of creature you can imagine.  There’s everything from vampires to witches, to warlocks, to goblins, every kind of shape shifter, even gods (and so much more).  And Chase, the main character, is a hunter, he was raised to hunt all these creatures which are considered demons.  But Chase was exiled from the hunters so he’s learned on his own that all these demons are not bad.  Yes, some are, but not all.  He has surrounded himself with a variety of them.  And all these characters have unique and fun personalities.

Chase was a great character, he is grieving in this book which made him a bit irrational at times, he’s just so angry.  And I didn’t love that part.  I can’t say it’s not realistic, but it made me connect with him a bit less.  But you know, when you go through what he has, he has every right to be angry.  And he’s a great person, he puts his friends first all the time and will do everything to protect them even though he was raised to believe that they are all evil demons and must be killed.

In the first book we got a good dose of what felt like high fantasy when they went to another dimension.  I absolutely loved that aspect of the book.  In this book we don’t get to go back there and that made me a little sad.  We do see another dimension, but it’s nothing fun, that’s for sure!  It’s also a brief stop and is full of intense fighting.

I adore these books even though I’m a bit burnt out on paranormal.  I tend to find a few series that do work and this is at the top of that list.  I did find myself getting a bit bored with all the fight scenes, but that’s definitely a personal preference.  Those who crave a lot of action will love that aspect.

I definitely recommend this one to fans of YA paranormal, enjoy male POV, like a ton of action and enjoy fantasy of any kind (remember the first one had a healthy bit of high fantasy mixed in).  Because of all the darkness and the fighting I would say maybe mature readers of high school age would enjoy it best.

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  1. I love all the covers for his books, they are so eye catching!

    This is yet another series I bought but haven’t had the time to read yet. Sounds like it was a great read!
    I will have to make sure I get this book too!

  2. Isn’t his world building awesome? I really enjoyed the first book and I have to get going for the rest of the series, soon! I have been meaning to get to this sequel for a while I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  3. Oooo a gem you say Candace! I just found one of those with The Scourge yesterday and now I’m very much in the mood for another:) I’m super impressed with this cover too, the imagery is stunning. Glad to know this got high marks from you!

  4. You had me at YA paranormal/high fantasy, male POV, and action. I LOVE fantasy books, especially where there is a lot of action, and it sounds like Shift has a lot to offer. I do have to say that I get turned off by really angry narrators; however, the series as a whole sounds wonderful, and I’ll be sure to give it a try!

  5. I’m glad you continued on with this series. I really loved Shift it was better than Exiled in my opinion. I recently read Release and while it let me down a little I’m thinking you will like it the best. Release slows things down a bit for the characters to try to get some idea of what will happen with Chase’s father. It was more emotional and had more traveling to other worlds which I think you will enjoy.

    HOpe you make time for the third book.

    Thanks for the great review.

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