As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city's unearthly underworld. So when two witches are found dead a few days before Christmas, Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire, who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia - unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.
©2013 Melissa F. Olson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I do like kick butt chick vampire slayers
I would recommend this book without a seconds hesitation
I am a real sucker for a strong leading lady, I cannot be doing with that oh help me and then throw me over your shoulder to bed rubbish. This leading lady did not disappoint. I like the way the Null is the main character for a change but also loved the relationship between the heads of the vamps, witches and wwolves. I love a book where I cannot wait to hear more but at the same time don't want to finish
I am not sure if it was the narrative or the great timing of the narrator but found myself smiling to myself several times.
I leave loved this genre of stories for the last 7 years plus and am very particular about authors I will add to my favourites list but Ms Olson has accomplished this. I cannot wait for her next book
"Mostly background story to advance overall series"
I would, but only if they really enjoyed the first book and wanted to read the whole series. This book did provide a lot of background to Scarlett’s life and character, and helped advance the overall series plot. It didn’t add a lot as a standalone story though.
Yes. The ending has a lot of information and action that needs follow-up and explanation.
I spent a lot of time hoping that Eli would have a bigger presence. We got to see lots of Jesse, and I have to admit that I was getting bored of him. I wanted some beta werewolf to break up the monotony of the interactions between Scarlett and Jesse. Sadly, Eli was barely present in the story. He did make an appearance at the end with some surprise twists.
"Not for adults"
I am too old to enjoy teen angst, so I really can't stand that same lack of maturity in someone who is supposed to be an adult, albeit a young one. "Ooooh, I'm just so DAMAGED!" "Ooooh, a crazy woman became obsessed with me and killed my parents before I even knew she existed so my parents' deaths were ALL MY FAULT!!" "Ooooh, a crazy vampire is obsessed with me and is threatening my friends, therefore my friends are at risk ALL BECAUSE OF ME!!!" Get over yourself, Scarlett. The only saving grace is that occasionally -- though not nearly enough -- one of her friends will call her out on her BS. But then that makes it seem like the author knows how immature and self-absorbed the main character is and carries on with it anyway. The story was able to carry me through the first book and make me want to see what happened next, but I'm not sure I will even be able to finish the second one. Perhaps Scarlett will mature in a later book, but I'll never know.
"It gets better!"
Oh my god, this is so good! This is one of the few books that my wife and I enjoy together. There are some wonderful twists and turns, as well as some real investigation from Jesse Cruz.
"Enjoyed It "Cover to Cover""
I enjoy Scarlett's character. She's a strong female lead, but fun too. I've never listened to Amy McFadden's narration until these books and she does an excellent job portraying Scarlett and all the other characters as well! This was a great continuation to the series.
"Can hardly wait for the next!"
Near the top. I have been a member of audible for several years and have quite a collection going. I usually read a book and if I like it then will get it on cd to listen to in the car. When I love a story and then the narrator of the audio version stinks it can ruin it for me. I am happy to say that this narrator is well suited to this series and didn't detract from the story. Although it was strange that she used a different voice for Jesse the cop - I really liked the Hispanic voice she gave him in story one. I decided I didn't care though, just different. She did a good job, hope she reads for the next one as well.
I really liked the first book, but I loved-loved-loved the second, although the cliff-hangers at the end are not really my thing.
I really enjoyed the love-triangle situation and I can't wait to see how it plays out.
All in all, very high expectations for Hunter's Trail - book 3.
"Great 2nd Book"
Yes I like the audio books 10 times better than the printed books.
The way Scar, grows up.
Yes, this is better than the first book.
"Great start to a new PNR series :)"
I downloaded book one in this series yesterday and before I was half way through it, I was downloading book two. Great story, strong likable characters narration perfect. These two are a great start to what I hope will lead to many more by this author. Well worth the credits, but at under $10 each, I saved my credits. I'm very glad to have found this author.
"Don't Listen To The Negative Reviews"
I hesitated to listen to this series because the top two reviews were negative. I'm so glad I went ahead and did it anyway!
Yes, part of the conflict in the story comes with the Scarlet/Eli/Jesse triangle but it's written well and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the book. At the heart of this novel is a mystery -- a complicated and interesting one. And as much as the triangle is part of the conflict, so is the conflict of the Old World (supernatural) and the "real" world. Scarlet, Eli, and Jesse all struggle to figure out their own places in each of those worlds.
Olson is a terrific writer. Her stories are well paced with compelling characters and an interesting twist on the supernatural genre.
A few random notes:
* I was happy to hear Jesse without an Hispanic accent. His accent was relatively thick in the first book and I kept wondering why a man born and raised in an upscale Los Angeles home (with only one of his two parents Hispanic) would have that accent.
* If you get a chance, read this series before Olson's Boundary Magic series. I didn't because I was nervous about the negative reviews for this particular book. This series happens before the Boundary Magic series and some of the characters are found in both series. I ended up with a few spoilers, and would have preferred to read them in order.
"Inconsistent and a few holes..."
Book 2 of the Scarlett Bernard series picks up with the cliff hanger of the last book. Scarlett is being stalked by her ex-mentor who has found a way to the the impossible.
This series puts a new spin on magic and how vamps/were people came to be. However, the story has so many holes that it makes it hard to digest. Yes, I understand that this is fantasy. But part of what makes a story work is that the author creates a background that is believable if not conceivable.
Here are my issues, In the first book Kirsten the witch located Scarlett through a tracking spell using Eli as her focus. This was a problem for Scarlett because it meant Eli's heart belonged to her.... However in this book they aren't able to use a located spell because all of a sudden it doesn't work on Scarlett. And instead of using Eli again, they break in his house to find a key thst belongs to him. Now how can thst change from book to book. Also, if magic dies around Scarlett how b is it that she has her own form of magic?
And lastly, why is Scarlett pertrayed as being so dingy. She isn't a thinker, a fighter, nor has any spectacular powers. She is kinda pathetic. how can you be a Null and part of this world for years and not know anything more than a cop who just found out about this world 3 months ago. And why would Molly be afraid of Olivia? Molly is hundreds of years older... so many more questions.
I will say I finished this book rather quickly. It is an easy read to help pass the time. I wouldn't use my last credit on it, but if I had an extra to spare it would do the trick.
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