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

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

Published: 2/1//2012

From Goodreads:

Devastated by the loss of his mother, 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.

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

I thought:

OH MY GOD! Why are you reading this review when you could be reading SHIFT? Haven’t read Exiled yet? WHERE have you been?!?! It’s fine… You must remedy this situation IMMEDIATELY, because these books are AMAAAAAZING!!!!

Chase, my favorite demon hunter EVER, is back in the second installment of the Protector series. He’s back and totally freaking blowing my mind with EPICNESS!

Chase suffers a tragic loss at the hand of Riley… his FATHER, at the end of Exiled (you must read it to find out what it is!). He’s learning to cope with his sadness and anger- trying to control his newly discovered elements. Being emotional isn’t so ideal when you have fire and water literally at your command and they are fueled by your emotions…

Chase and Rayna are searching for clues as to what Serephina’s Ring (first book… So I won’t go into details…) does and WHY The Circle, every Underworlder and Riley would do almost ANYTHING to get their hands on it.

“This is just a dream, Chase, but I can still kill you.”

Rayna’s half-demon/shifter side is running rampant this time around, and she refuses to seek help outside Marcus and Chase, believing if they can’t help her then she’s doomed. But the Hollowlights (werecat shifters) have other plans and come to persuade Rayna to let them help her. If you’ve read Exiled, you can imagine what she told them to do with THAT idea.

SO many things happen in Shift, families are brought together… battles are fought, alliances are formed, living rooms are set aflame, and the Visceratti don’t take kindly to their slimy, snake-like Princess being slain…

“You do the trials and die. Or you refuse and I kill you.”

Chase is a hero’s hero… I LOVE him. He is brave, selfless, sweet, sarcastic, funny, unsure of himself… and willing to FIGHT for what he believes in. FIGHT for those he loves. FIGHT for the freedom of people who would sooner spit on him than look at him. Shift is a story about honor, and KNOWING you can BE who you need to be, even if you feel like you can’t.

Shift is hilarious, witty and amazingly addictive. And the characters… I LOVE them!!! EVERY character, from secondary ones like Tiki and Vincent to Rai (the freaking bird!) all have especially unique characteristics that make them so much fun to read and impossible to forget!

And I do believe that Vincent and I were separated at birth. Just sayin. Yeah, he’s SORT OF, definitely not the a GOOD guy… but he’s not horrible either. icon smile Book Review: Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R. Merrick He’s just so stuck up and snobby, but incredibly hilarious and a little bit terrifying. See? I do believe I just described myself perfectly! icon smile Book Review: Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R. Merrick

“My god you should have that… condition looked at. Just hearing your voice makes me want to rip off my own ears… or your throat.”     ~Vincent
(you can clearly see why he’s my fav! I can just imagine the look of pure snooty disdain on his perfect vampiric face!)

Shift is an adventure like you’ve never experienced and has battle scenes so well choreographed you’ll read them twice. Shift takes a hold of you and does not let you go until the LAST WORD! M.R. Merrick left me breathless… and DYING for MORE!

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→ Read my CROWNED Review of Exiled (The Protector #1)

This means he’s two for two… AND tomorrow… M.R. Merrick and I have an EPIC surprise and an AMAZING giveaway for you guys!! So don’t miss it!

Buy Shift on Amazon!
Buy Exiled on Amazon!

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14 Responses to Book Review: Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R. Merrick

  1. Man, Ashley! You convinced me to start on The Protector Series – just like that :-) What a great review! M.R. Merrick must be thrilled.

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  3. Awesome review chick!! I completely friggin love the Protector series! My first few attempts at a review were so incoherent and just blabbering it was ridiculous. I seriously want to tell complete strangers that they need to read this series!

  4. Felicia the Geeky Blogger says:

    Epic! WOWZER—I have actually bought Exiled (you book bully you) and I will read it, I promise!

  5. Like the Protector series much?Awesome review,I have read Exiled n very much intend to read Shift!MR MattMan,has that way of keepi’ ya wantin’ more,think he rather likes it that way.(-:

  6. Molli says:

    Chase sounds amazing! If I can get caught up on my review books Exiled and Shift are VERY close to the top of my TBR. I just love the sound of them, and the way you talk about them, the characters, etc. I absolutely can’t wait to meet them all, even Vincent. ;)

  7. Heidi says:

    Kick Butt Giveaway. I love the Old School covers they are gorgeous! You guys rocked the end of the tour!

  8. Oh my gosh!!! One of your epic crowned reviews??? *adds to TBR pile* This book sounds absolutely AMAZING with a pretty cover to boot, and that adds up to a must read book, in my opinion! I remember you loved the first book but boy does this one make me excited all over again!

    Amazingly epic review, Ashley! <3 Your enthusiasm is SO contagious! Now I'm off to bribe my cousin into letting me borrow her e-reader so I can buy this one and love it like you! ;)

  9. Alexa says:

    Of course I loved Shift because well duh it is made of awesome! It is also EPIC so if I had a rating for Epic it would be posted lol.

    Gotta love how much Matt improved with this second book, Exiled had a few flaws but I’m so in love with Shift. Except for Matt teasing us so freaking much with that kiss! OH I could kill him if he didn’t write such great books.

  10. I LOVED this book. Matt definitely grew as an author and really displayed some talent. I was ridiculously blown away by the emotion on all levels. Plus, CHASE. Holla!

  11. […] Absolute and utter EPICNESS. His Protector’s series, which includes Exiled (Protector #1) and Shift (Protector #2) are action/adventure/fantasy/paranormal … At its VERY best. And the fight scenes… […]

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