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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good read with a few plot holes....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

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

My favorite characters were detective Cruz and Molly the roommate.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would go see it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good series start

Typical of the genre. Tone/style reminds me of Ilona Andrews. Good introduction to characters and back story. This is an excellent choice for urban-fantasy-with-strong-female-lead fans and a safe choice for a first foray into this realm.

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Scary fun

Just when you think you have the plot and character s figured out a new twist is inserted.
Amy McFadden's narration excellent. Her story telling skills are simply amazing.
This is a must have so in fact I am the happy owner of both the Kindle and audible versions.

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keeps you wanting more

loved it, took me longer than usual as I'd fall asleep if reading before bed. ending sets us up for more

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  • MINERAL WELLS, TX, United States
  • 03-22-17

not her best book

I listen to this book after I had already listened to the boundary series. it is worth reading as background to that world, but in my opinion it's nowhere near as good.

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A lot of problems, some redeeming qualities.

The protagonist is consistently TSTL and the plot has a lot of problems, but I did like that the characters showed growth as the story progressed. I can't say I liked this one, but I'd also be willing to give book 2 a try.

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  • Cherish
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 01-14-17

Might be meh or wow as the series progresses

I just don't know. It was just ok. I think my biggest issue is that the main character had no fight. I mean until she had to. I may be interesting to see how she evolves. If she becomes a proactive participant in her life or if she continues to let other characters walk all over her.

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A New take on Vampire/Werewolf creation....

Dead spot is the first book of its series. It gives a new take on how vampires and werewolves came to be. This story focuses on the life of Scarlett who is known as a Null. She has the ability to void out all magic that gets close to her.

The Null part is something new to me, however it has its good and bad moments in the story. First, vampires and werewolves who are close to Scarlett automatically turn back human. Technically, if they are a vampire then the are dead so it would make more sense for them to fall dead rather than become human.

Also, in this entire story only one werewolf actually turns. yest there is a whole pack in LA. A city that doesnt have alot of natural wolves so they should be easily spotted if they ever turned.

Now the story itself is entertaining. Scarlett stumbles into a crime scene and has to become chummy with the detective to keep things under wtap. The head vampire puts pressure on her to find the killer or else.

The narrator has a good voice for Scarlett but is alittle lacking in the male voices. Overall if you are looking for a book to pass the time, this story wi entertain you for a few hours.

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Phenomenal! !!

Completely surprised by this book. First I always have a tendency to love a story but get frustrated by the narration in an audio book. However, this book pleased me in every way. The story is phenomenal and the narration just made the story. I really like the premise and find that Scarlet is a character in and of herself. I'm curious what is to happen next and I look forward to reading/listening to the second book. Excellent job Melissa F. Olson! !!!