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Dead Spots Audiobook

Dead Spots

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.
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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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    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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    Lisa H. United States 10-07-14
    Lisa H. United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not another teen vampire/wolf book at all. Yea!!!"

    In this book the main character is a strong woman and loyal to her friends and frenemies. With the market saturated with so many vampire/wolf books and stories this was a refreshing twist. Scarlett is a null which makes her cancel out any magic and it's effects on those in her immediate area (10 feet I think it is). This gets her into many situations that are wonderful for the story and very different from all the other stories out there. So refreshing and I absolutely loved this series and will continue to buy these books as they come out.

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    Delinda 08-22-14
    Delinda 08-22-14 Member Since 2013

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "Dead spots is a great ideal, I liked it"

    Didn't see that one coming, but its a super ideal. Story was full of action and adventure. Just the way I like 'em. Even a little underlying romance. But the concept was the best, because I just hadn't seen or heard of this being done before. Kudos! Looking forward to the next one.

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 07-16-14
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2016

    audiobook addict

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    "solid UF without romance emphasis"

    Solid Urban Fantasy - not too much romance and the heroine is relatable, fully-fledged, and mostly lacking in cliched UF/PNR attributes (insatiable sexual prowess, uncommonly good looks, superpowers that appear far beyond her known powers, crushing feelings of inadequacy, inability to make a decision, annoying sidekicks, or closets full of the perfect heeled black leather boots and endless catalogues of specialized weaponry, for example). Scarlett is smart but not too sassy, practical rather than superficial, and not whiney. She has a few too many trust issues but they are understandable considering what she's been through in the last few years. She has a habit of feeling that things are all her fault that may lead to a overblown guilt crisis at some point in the series. Her power (or anti-power, as she calls it) is unusual: she's a Null, and magical beings that come within her radius of power lose their magical abilities - vampires and werewolves become human, witches cannot use their magic. The author uses this ability to good effect in several scene.

    The magic system is well-explained and makes sense. The setting is current day Los Angeles, but realistically so and without a lot of Hollywood glitz or designer name-dropping. There is a romantic triangle, but this book is really not focused on the romance, so there are no eye-rolling romantic declarations, posturing over possession of the girl, or explicit sex scenes. The plot is solid, with enough clues and twists to keep you guessing. There are some fun references to literary history in the vampire background. The storyline wraps up at the end in a satisfying way, though a sequel is hinted at by a surprise plot point at the end. The characters are complex and feel "real" rather than just being archetypes (with the possible exception of Dashiell, the head vampire). I thought this was pretty impressive for a first novel.

    The audiobook narrator is Amy McFadden. She does a creditable job but it's not outstanding. Her pacing and delivery are spot on. Like the book itself, it is more than adequate but less than extraordinary.

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    Rob Blackwell 06-27-14
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    "Sharp, engaging book"

    Great for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy or supernatural suspense. Characters were well drawn, plot was engaging. I particularly enjoyed the twist at the end, which I obviously won't ruin here. Definitely look forward to the sequels.

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    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 05-12-14
    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Why did I wait so long?!?"
    If you could sum up Dead Spots in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, new characters!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A great new paranormal species!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Bring on book 2!

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    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-23-14
    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great first in a series"

    This was one of the books I picked up during the recent First in a Series sale and I am thrilled that I did. The heroine is not whiney or afraid of who she is and the other characters are well fleshed out. I am certain that we will get a bit more back story on each of them as the series moves along based on the writing style exhibited in this book. The plot was good too. It had some fun little twists and turns and a decent mystery. The supernatural world is also well thought out and interesting, and I like the twist of a Null.

    Amy McFadden's performance was spot on and I really enjoyed listening to her.

    Nicely done! I am looking forward to the next installment!

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    Wendy M 03-11-14
    Wendy M 03-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Spots to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I really enjoyed the extra bit of "real" that Ms McFadden was able to give the characters with the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli. He's a mixture of a big puppy that wants to make his mistress happy and a protective rottweiler who wants to do everything to keep her safe.


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

    This was my first time hearing Amy McFadden.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not without spoilers!


    Any additional comments?

    I was just looking for something to distract me from the long wait in between books in another series. What I got was another series to add to my "Must always read" pile...and another long wait for the next book. If you are looking for the same, be prepared to love this book, and this series!

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    E. schmitt United States 01-30-14
    E. schmitt United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done Ms. Olson, looking forward to more"
    Would you listen to Dead Spots again? Why?

    This is an interesting and captivating series


    What other book might you compare Dead Spots to and why?

    It mostly fits into the Harry Dresden genre, good story, interesting characters


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    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-14
    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun Urban Fantasy."

    I keep searching for an urban fantasy series that I like as much as the "Dresden Files" and the Georgia Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. The Scarlett Bernard series is good, very good considering the fact that this is Olson's debut.
    The Good: I like Scarlett; like all heroes of this genre, she is snarky, beautiful and slightly damaged. She is also of average intelligence and slightly lost in a believable way. I also like how Olson brings Los Angeles into the story as a character; I appreciate a book that addresses the challenges of a real life urban dweller such as parking and traffic.
    The Bad: Characters actions and motivations do not seem too consistent. There are also some plot holes that vex me.
    I am always looking for some good urban fantasy. I cannot put my finger on why one series becomes a must read and another series bores me,bugs me or just does not grab me. I will be curious to see how this particular series evolves.

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