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Dead Spots Audiobook

Dead Spots

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When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

©2012 Melissa F. Olson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Melanie 07-15-15
    Melanie 07-15-15
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    "Reading after border crossing "

    I'm going backwards apparently, but so worth it! I was afraid I would feel like I would be able to anticipate the ending, or feel the characters would be redundant now that I'm in "book love", with the characters in Melissa F. Olson's other books (border crossed) . I'm amazed that there is no feeling of a template story line..Completely loving this author

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 06-02-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Witches Are Human...Mostly"
    What did you love best about Dead Spots?

    I liked the interaction of Scarlotte to,the other characters. Eli was especially likable. The vampires see the good in Scarlotte and all end well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Spots?

    When Scarlotte discovers how powerful she is.


    Have you listened to any of Amy McFadden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I liked her narration of this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. It was entertaining and I will,continue with the series but it wasn't a book I couldn't put down. I recommend it.


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    Invested Ivana 06-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty Good Urban Fantasy"

    After reading Boundary Crossed, I wanted to go back to Dead Spots to remind myself of the world and the story. I wanted to see if Dead Spots was as light and “romancy” as I remembered. I think it does have more of a romantic leaning than Boundary Crossed, especially since there is a love triangle involved. And Scarlet’s relationship with her roommate, Molly, has some comical tendencies. But the story itself wasn’t as light as I was remembering.

    Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ Scarlett Bernard is a magical null and cleaner for the supernatural community in Los Angeles. I like Scarlett – she’s practical and resourceful and determined – but she also has an annoying tendency to be too passive. I think she sees herself as a victim of her circumstances and is a little bit self-pitying, which keeps her from believing she has worth and can take charge of her life. It’s been a while since I’ve read the whole series, but I’m hoping this is one of the character’s growth-points.

    Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ I’m not very fond of the vampires in this world – with the exception of Dashiell’s wife, Beatrice. I do like the wolves, though. Will and Eli seem like good guys. I feel bad for Eli; he likes Scarlett, but she doesn’t take his interest seriously. Jesse Cruz is the cop who accidentally stumbles into supernatural dealings. I like him, but he’s a bit slow on the uptake. His stubbornness seems to put his and Scarlett’s life on the line a bit too often.

    World: ♥ ♥ ♥ In Scarlett’s world, supernaturals are attempting to avoid detection by the normals. Vampires, werewolves, and witches have a tentative working relationship, but none of them really like each other. In Los Angeles, where Scarlett lives, the vampires are in charge. They operate much like an old mob family and are not very nice – well, most of them aren’t very nice. Nulls like Scarlett are seen as valuable, but mostly in the way that property is valuable. Werewolves seem much friendlier.

    Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ Dead Spots is mainly a mystery. Los Angeles vampires are being slaughtered brutally and no one knows how or why. Scarlett needs to solve the mystery before human cop, Jesse Cruz, gets pulled farther into the supernatural world and probably killed. There is an interesting surprise at the end, though I won’t spoil it for you here.

    Narrator: ♥ ♥ ♥ I’ll admit that it took me a bit to warm up to Amy McFadden as the narrator. Her voice for Scarlett is pretty brash… more like an East Coast accent than a West Coast one. There wasn’t a great amount of difference in the voices of her males, either. But I eventually got used to her and it was fine.

    Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ Dead Spots is a good read and a good listen. Though it sometimes straddles the line between a serious urban fantasy and a fluffier paranormal romance, it is certainly entertaining.

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    Amazon Customer Miami, FL United States 05-20-15
    Amazon Customer Miami, FL United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "captivating story"

    enjoyable read with a captivating story. not high literature, but I definitely want to know what happens next and am invested in the characters.

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    Shawn Smyrna, GA United States 04-30-15
    Shawn Smyrna, GA United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "pleasant surprise"

    pleasant surprise. Story does follow archetypes but with a few twists. Fast moving piece. Amy McFadden gives great performance as narrator.

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    Randy SPRING HILL, FL, United States 04-22-15
    Randy SPRING HILL, FL, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Good Overall"
    Would you listen to Dead Spots again? Why?

    Probably. It's a quick read/listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were likable and kept me interested enough to want to read more about them.


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her female voices are very good and gives each character their own uniqueness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't think it's film-worthy. The story is entertaining but not strong enough to make the leap.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing I found annoying was the constant switching between first person and third person narration. Pick one and go with it.

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    Dee Brown Youngsville, NC, United States 01-23-15
    Dee Brown Youngsville, NC, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Found a new series"

    I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about this story. However I was pleasantly surprised that it was this good. Scarlet's story and the world around her is entertaining. There's no lag or drawn out story it's crisp and makes you think. Good effort for the first in a series. The twist was awesome! On to the second book.
    Oh and the narrator was pretty good! Not annoying and doesn't take away from the story.

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    Fashaezzle 01-04-15
    Fashaezzle 01-04-15
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    "Main character was weak. Won't read any sequels."
    Would you try another book from Melissa F. Olson and/or Amy McFadden?

    No.


    Has Dead Spots turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices were unnatural--too deliberate and so distinct as to be overkill, it took the naturalness away from the speaking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


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    Mary Beth Mitchell 12-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm not into Vampire Books BUT...."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not into Vampire books, but this was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it, and will probably do more vampire books. These are a lot better than I thought. I guess that's the purpose of the daily deal and the specials- to get the reader to try something different. I am usually not disappointed.

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    Cara Theriot 11-03-14 Member Since 2016

    Hi I'm Cara & Im an audioholic. Wow,I feel better now, having admitted this to strangers on the internet. I hope my story can help others ;)

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    "I am so glad that I gave this series a chance"
    Where does Dead Spots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to rank the Scarlet Bernard series somewhere in the upper middle among other books in the same genre. I really enjoyed this series. Melissa Olsen offers something new to the urban fantasy genre by introducing the null.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's difficult to say who my favorite character is because there are a lot of characters that are definitely likable but there are just as many that are lacking. If I had to choose then it would have to be Scarlett. She is The perfect urban fantasy heroine- strong, smart, and independent to a fault but tends to be a little naïve at times. I believe that her naïveté has more to do with her age then her IQ. I can tell that she will continue to grow and learn to accept help from those around her.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to other books narrated by Amy McFadden but Amy does an excellent job with the Scarlett Bernard series especially with Scarlett's voice and her comedic delivery was spot on.


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