©2012 Melissa F. Olson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was an entertaining story with a new angle and I was pleasantly surprised. There are the usual vampires and werewolves, but with Scarlett there's a new aspect to the interaction. The main characters are well defined and as the book progresses, more background to each one is revealed.
There's a bit of romance (in the making) also, but not too much.
Amy McFadden's performance was just right for this story, clear and precise while giving each character definition.
I did listen to it in one "sitting" - perfect for working all day in the garden.
Easy listening Urban Fantasy - I anticipate the next book in this series and hope Audible will add it as soon as it comes out - I would like to go on listening right now...
The author, Melissa Olson, did a great job of "constructing" the fantasy world in which her characters and story live. I like the concept of "nulls" in this world.
Scarlett is my favorite character, but I also really like the "human" cop Jesse Cruz, how he copes with the new world exposed to him, and his relationship with Scarlett. In this first novel, Melissa Olson does a great job of character development. I hope she writes more novels with these same characters.
A good narrator can make a good book great, and when searching for a new audiobook I search on favorite narrators as well as favorite authors. "Dead Spots" was my first listen with Amy McFadden, and she is a part of the reason I liked the book. I will definitely add her to my search list!
I hope this first novel becomes a series, and that the second book is published soon!
I didn't think there would be much to take me by surprise regarding urban fantasy, but I was taken back, in a good way, by this new kind of character, the "null". Scarlett is indeed a nice addition to the world of paranormal and urban fantasy. The plot is good, the action is fast-paced and all the other characters are well-defined. Also, there is that damn nail-biting cliff-hanger in the end: how did THAT person manage to undergo THAT kind of transformation!?!
The switch between first-person and third-person narration actually made sense, too bad that Ms. McFadden didn't switch also when narrating: it took me some time to make sense of the story on the beginning of each chapter. On the plus side, she was better with keeping up with Jesse's Spanish accent throughout the story, which is better that in Susannah Sandlin's novels she narrated... Not my favourite story-telling person, but I've heard worse.
Overall, good start of a new paranormal series. Will be impatiently waiting for the sequel!
This is a fresh take on an urban fantasy. The plot is unique and well written. The main character is intelligent and insightful.
She is a null. When supernatural person is within in a certain distance to her, their abilities do not work. Ironically, she is their clean up person when they have created a mess (dead bodies) that would alert humans to their presence.
When she arrives late to a horrific crime, the police have already been alerted and of course a police man discovers supernatural beings.
Since she was not able to “clean up” the situation becomes all her fault. Now with the clock ticking on her life to become the fall guy, it is her responsible to discover who made the mess.
Sure she can nullify supernatural powers but she is human, fragile, and never has her taser when she needs it.
I would recommend this book but there are a few parts that will have you screaming at your audio device. It's a good first outing for the author. I would have given it a 3.5 if possible but it leaned more 3 than 4.
The author gave allot more closure than most books but the so-call reveal that probably will be the device for the next book was predictable to me.
My favorite characters were detective Cruz and Molly the roommate.
I would go see it.
I liked this book. It reminded me of the Gail Carriger Soulless books set in the present instead of the past. The idea of a null is very interesting. The storyline was well thought out and I enjoyed listening to the world unfold. I liked the characters and enjoyed the romantic triangle that is setting up. I hope that Melissa Olson turns this into a series. I thought Amy McFadden was a fantastic narrator. This is the first time I've listened to anything she narrated and I would definitely listen to her again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I couldn't wait to get back to it each day!
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Finally, something new in the world of vampires, witches and werewolves. The creation of a new creature, A NULL! What a great concept, someone who can nullify magic, made this a very interesting and intriguing story. I totally got this story and can’t wait for the next book, the ending was terrific, a wonder of wonder cliff hanger.
My favorite character of course is Jesse, who knows when to keep his mouth shut and to accept things for what they are. My least favorite character is Molly, who is Scarletts roommate and Dash’s spy.
Now for the narrator, in my humble opinion she did a fantastic job. Her characterizations were spot on and she did well with Jesses’ Latino accent that is common to Angelinos, yes their accents are different from other Latinos.
Should you spend a credit for this one? YES!! I just hope the second book in the series is as well written as this one.
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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