• Midnight Curse

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 1
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,454 ratings)

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Midnight Curse

By: Melissa F. Olson
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
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Publisher's summary

Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett's job is to keep the supernatural world hidden - at any cost.

But on the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with 12 human college students...and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly's been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. Meanwhile, the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre - and the penalty is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend's innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly's past. But no one - Molly included - wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.

©2017 Melissa F. Olson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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This is not the first book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I spent most of the book feeling like I was on book three or four of a series, not on book 1. It was frustrating. Turns out all the rehashing of backstory actually had its own series, that is now kinda ruined for me because I read this book first.

Would you recommend Midnight Curse to your friends? Why or why not?

Read the Scarlett Bernard series first.

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Scarlett is back nulling and voiding.

Confusion - Disrupted Magic and Scarlett Bernard are both a series about Scarlett Bernard. If you are like me and like things chronologically, start with the Scarlett Bernard series. There is another series Boundary Born that is in the middle of the Scarlett Bernard and Disrupted Magic. Below is the suggested reading order from the author, Melissa Olson.

1. Bloodsick
2. “Sell-By Date”
3. Dead Spots
4. Trail of Dead
5. Hunter’s Trail
6. Boundary Crossed
7. “Malediction”
8. Boundary Lines
9. Boundary Born
10. Midnight Curse
11. Blood Gamble

I have read all the Scarlett Bernard and can fumbled through the Boundary series references that cross in both Scarlett stories. I do like the cross over characters.It makes the world according to Melissa F. Olson, vast and provides an opportunity to demonstrate growth in her characters. Yet, Scarlett repeatedly mentions that, she is an adult. That has never been an issue in the Scarlett series. There is animosity between Lex and Scarlett. May be Scarlett’s immature characterization was address in one of Lex’s books.

This is a very good Scarlett story. It is great to have Molly back in Scarlett’s life. Little Molly is more than a sweet vampire. She has a fire in her; after she stops crying. Jess is back in the old world solving crimes and now has a vote on case outcomes. And Eli… you must read that for yourself. Shadow, the dog but not dog, is the absolute best. Shadow needs to tell Scarlett to back off. In her loving concern for him, when he gets hurt and she runs to him, her presence eliminates his healing capabilities. Back off Scarlett! This bullet in my ass won’t be a problem if you back off.

Suffice to say that our girl Scarlett has done some growing up and acquired a few fighting skills. She is loyal to the extreme. In this situation, she flirts with the ideal to save one which could result in species war. Yep loyal to a fault.

The action happens in the first 20 minutes and continues. Jess is a great partner with Scarlett. In a two second phone conversation with Lex, we discover there is a paranormal ability that can twist the mind of a vampire. Olson has developed a paranormal hierarchical that is unique to her worlds.

Olson has played the theme,” I had an evil mentor” for three of the female characters. This topic that has been mention before. I am giving her a pass this one time. I hope that we don’t have that as a story point in other stories.

It is low in the romance and that is fine. What is not fine? When you have the characters interjecting sexual thoughts. For instances, Scarlett is in a relationship with Eli. Why is she going through toes curling, or tingle sensation when with Jess? That has no value to the story.

I enjoyed the story and will use a credit on the next one.

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Entertaining story, Good narration.

This story was entertaining enough. It was a bit long at 11 hours and could have been shortened a bit.

It did keep my attention and started out good. There just seemed to be a little bit of things thrown in that didn't need to be there. The romance portion was really non existent.

The story line and plot was good, but like I said the book could have been shortened and I did figure out who the bad vamp was after the first clue. LOL so it is not a very good mystery or surprise if your looking for one. There was a lot of dialogue throughout which I really liked.

The characters were okay. I liked Jesse the most to be honest. Scarlett was okay for the most part. This book was written partly in the first person and partly in the third person, which made it better than if it had been completely in the first person.

As for the narration, it was great. I really like Amy McFadden. She does a great job on the male voices and reads with emotion. She has a great reading voice and is a pleasure to listen to.

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Hmmm...

So I'm not really sure how I feel about this series. It's like dating a sweet guy who just doesn't give you that "WOW" feeling. You want to stick with its because you could see yourself really liking it, but there are times when you just want to let it go. ... lmao... that how I feel about Scarlett. Sometimes I feel like her story is about to get deeper and really pull me in. But then she says something truly stupid that doesnt fit with the story... or the author contradicts something she has set up in the past.

But there are things I like about where the story is going. Shadow is a good addition. She gets excited about killing people. That's hilarious. It's not written like other fantasy stories with close pets. Most other books the dog is a good guy and pushes the character to do good things. This is a new twist. I likey.

My troubles stem from the foundation of the story line. Scarlett is a Null. She voids out magic. But there are times when her null Ness works and times when it doesnt. At one point she is in the room with two vampires fighting... they remain vampires. But during the same time Jesse pushes another vampire again a wall and because Scarlett is inside the vampire becomes human.... WTH.

The story for this book was the best of the series. There is a real mystery for Scarlett to solve. Her relationship with Eli seems very realistic. The book was interesting enough that I will buy the next. But it will have to get me more invested in the characters to become a favorite.

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Null and Void Are Back

This is a continuation of the Scarlett Bernard series. It is full of action, conflict and witty conversations. I started to read this book in the morning and listened to it all day until it was finished. Melissa Olson did a great job writing this book. I look forward to the next book.

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love this book and the author

love the book and all the others I love that all the books tie in together.

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Null & Void!

Another fantastic Scarlett story! I wish it had continued where it ended, i want to know more!! Melissa Olsen is a fantastic writer, her books are easy to read and keep my interest. i also look forward to her next Allison Lex Luthor book also, I like when she crosses series with these characters.
I look forward to getting her next books as soon as thet are out.
This book is absolutely worth the read!

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love it

I love this series so much that I hate putting it down. so I actually utilized both features of reading and listening to it which helps me to visualize TBE whole experience

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started slow, but got much better

Would you try another book from Melissa F. Olson and/or Amy McFadden?

Slow start, but after first 5 or 6 chapters, story, and characters were really good. I am ready to read book 2!

Would you recommend Midnight Curse to your friends? Why or why not?

Pretty good read!

Was Midnight Curse worth the listening time?

yes

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Great as always!

It's good to be back in Scarlett's world with Jessie. Great book and awesome narration.

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