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Dead Spots | [Melissa F. Olson]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-12-13
    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-12-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.

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    "Exciting story with unique ability"
    If you could sum up Dead Spots in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Fun and Sympathetic


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    The narration fit Scarlett's character perfectly. She was honest and humourous, and very easy to listen to. I also loved the accent given to Jesse's character.


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

    The ending had some killer twists and reveals. This book's storyline was wrapped up nicely, but there are certainly exciting things coming next.


    Any additional comments?

    The budding love triangle is done very tastefully. Both guys are so sweet and nice. At the end of the first book, I totally sympathize with Scarlett’s inability to decide between them. The pros for both look pretty good, and the cons are livable at this point.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 10-27-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Gave up because of narrator"
    Would you try another book from Melissa F. Olson and/or Amy McFadden?

    Yes, I would listen to the sample first.


    What was most disappointing about Melissa F. Olson’s story?

    It doesn't matter how good the story is if you can not set through the narrator.......


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't listen, sorry.


    What character would you cut from Dead Spots?

    Didn't get far enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to samples it will save you money!!

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    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 10-11-13
    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 10-11-13 Member Since 2013

    I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.

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    "Great start for a new series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Spots to be better than the print version?

    Audiobooks are much better than print, and you can listen on the go.


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

    The main theme of the story, Scars Job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked them all


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

    When they guys stayed with her at the end when she was in the hospital.


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    Susan CONCORD, CA, United States 09-18-13
    Susan CONCORD, CA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice little story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thought it was read well. The narrator was able to convey the different characters well and bring them to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the lead heroine. She is tough and gutsy yet vulnerable and feminine at the same time. She is a little more girly then my usual choice of heroine but she is interesting.


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

    Amy really does convey the characters clearly to the read.


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

    If I had the inclination or time to sit through a whole book then yes.


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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 07-21-13
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 07-21-13

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    "very enjoyable"

    i read a lot of urban fiction so i wasn't sure how i would feel about basically and "anti-magic" heroine but i really enjoyed this book. Kept my interest, narrator did a very good job on the funny back and forth. excited for book 2.

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    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 03-11-13
    Tracey M. Bare Colorado 03-11-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Not Sure What I Think"

    I finished this and its not that I didnt like this book or story, but I dont exactly like it either. I may not ever ready another one of Melissa Olson's books again. I like books to end well. I dont mind some hanging on to cliffs, but I dont like characters who can not fight for them selves. I dont like the thought of the lead vamp holding threats and death over Scarlets head. Usually dont like to give a bad review, just having issues with what I think is a weakness in Scarlet.

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    Ck 02-07-13
    Ck 02-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "New and interesting take on the paranormal!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Spots the most enjoyable?

    This book was a wonderful new view on the paranormal. I loved how the author wove back and forth between the past and present, giving us bits and pieces of the main character's background. Very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the relationship between the main character and the two men in her life intriguing and I look forward to seeing how it progresses.


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

    It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the reader, but she really made the characters come alive, and now I can't imagine it being read by anyone else.


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

    I couldn't wait to get back to it each day!


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    Martha 02-04-13
    Martha 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very original story."

    I loved the concept of the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to read more from this author. Definitely worth a credit.

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