Dead Spots

Dead Spots Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space step within ten feet of her and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused vampires and werewolves become human again and witches can

  • Title: Dead Spots
  • Author: Melissa F. Olson
  • ISBN: 9781612185590
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can t get out so much as a hocus pocus This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her abilityScarlett Bernard knows about personal space step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can t get out so much as a hocus pocus This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.But one night Scarlett s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal he ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case Their pact doesn t sit well with Dash, the city s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it ll take than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.

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    1. First off I want to say that I loved Scarlet, she was smart, sexy, level headed, and chock full of common sense. It was very refreshing to pick up an Urban Fantasy that had a leading lady that was not only practical, but uses her brain to get things done. I mean it, she is a thinker, her job is to clean up messes made by vampires, werewolves, and witches, and she takes her job serious. She never speeds, she services her van monthly, and makes sure she is wearing the most popular shoes so her tre [...]

    2. It's the author's first book, so I guess I'll be nice about minor issues I had. Like the complete fail when it comes to the romance thing. If you are going to put a triangle in your book, just don't put a triangle in your book. Definitive proof that triangles just confuse the situation.Just forget the idea of there being a romance in this and you might enjoy some other aspects of this UF world. Well, other than the whole "creation of magical beings" thing. That was really lame. If you are going [...]

    3. This book was deeply mediocre with welcome flashes of originality. Olson's story takes vampires and werewolves and witches and tries to give us a way to explain their existence through Darwinian adaptation to a mysterious connection to magic that evolved over time down three separate paths. Ignore that part. It's as silly as Stephanie Meyers' attempt at giving her vampires a reason for being sparkly. Unfortunately, there's a lot of exposition in the novel and most of it has to do with trying to [...]

    4. “Nulls are the wrecking ball of the supernatural world: we swing in and out of situations, creating damage and chaos. But sometimes in a really useful way.” Dead Spots is the first of a series that currently has three books out. I haven’t dug into it far enough to see if it’s a completed trilogy. I have the other two books to read, and planned to this month, but you know how that can go.Scarlett is the go-to girl for the supernatural leaders in town, namely the Master Vampire and Werewol [...]

    5. Scarlett Bernard is a null. She is a negative space for magic. In her presence vampires become human, werewolves revert and witches cannot cast spells. For supernatural beings she's a very dangerous person to be around. When they're around her, they lose their ability to heal, they age and they can be killed. But her own life is also very fragile and despite her job working for the super-natural community to cover-up their crimes she discovers very quickly just how fragile. When three vampires a [...]

    6. Great startI really enjoyed his this series starts. I'm definitely going to continue. I really need to know what's going to happen next especially with the wow ending.

    7. This book was very nearly a DNF for me. It was dull, the leaps in logic were incredible, the heroes were nearly identical in personality without a hint of swoon-worthiness, and the ending was a series of dragged-out conversations with what was meant to be a cliffhanger tacked onto the end.In short, this book is about a heroine who was so typical urban fantasy heroine that I can't even remember her name now (and I just finished it). Her parents are dead, she's a pseudo-witty jackass to dangerous [...]

    8. Dead Spot had a unique PNR premise but it was marred by very uneven writing, feeble character development and plot inconsistencies. It got very frustrating to read and DNF. So I'm skipping the sequels too.

    9. PB/Urban Fantasy: Ironically I am listening to a Dresden book where magic is open in the world. In this world, magic and the creature of the night are a secret to the majority of the world. Usually, I don't like that kind of set up, but the author makes it work. The book reminded me a lot of the Anna Strong series. Our heroine, Scarlett, is not a vampire or a witch; she's a null. There is a ten foot parameter around her that is dead space to any witch, vampire, or were. It keeps her safe, but ma [...]

    10. I thought that the premise for Dead Spots was interesting, the main character, Scarlett is a Null and magic doesn't work in her vicinity, and in this world that means that vamps and werewolves - who have evolved on a magical branch of the evolutionary tree - turn back to human in her presence. Initially, Scarlett's role in their world is really mundane - she's the cleanup crew who steps in when there is a supernatural slip-up and the evidence needs to disappear, so I was worried that she was goi [...]

    11. 4.5 stars. I am so glad I gave this one a chance! Scarlett is a null, meaning if she is within 10 feet of a supernatural they turn human for the amount of time she is in their range. Yes I know how odd this sounds! Trust me you will love Scarlett. A little broken, a lot tough she is quite the heroine. If I had one problem with the book it would be the men. I like my guys alpha and Jesse just wasn't alpha enough for me. He got better as I kept reading so don't give up in the beginning. As for the [...]

    12. The feeling of Meh is really strong in this one. Review soon.🌟 Read for the Clean that TBR Already! 2018 Edition Challenge over at the MacHalos 🌟

    13. With Dead Spots, Melissa has created a closed world where supernaturals, those with Old World magic (vampires, werewolves and witches), do what they can to keep their existence hidden from humans. LA is one of the rare cities where the Old World creatures share territory more or less in peace where Dashiell, cardinal vampire, is in charge. But, the weres take care of their own while the witches do the same. Dash takes charge if/when things overlap. Scarlett Bernard is a null - a "dead spot in t [...]

    14. 3.65 stars rounded upQuick recap (for my own sake): Scarlet is a null and her ability makes all supernatural beings lost their power when they're within certain radius from her. She works as a cleaner who helps 'hiding' all traces of supernatural from crime scenes. Until one night, she is late to a horrible crime scenes where three vampires are killed brutally and an L.A.P.D Officer, Jesse Cruz, arrives first. Scarlett runs away but Jesse is able to track her, and she is forced to tell him about [...]

    15. Even though this is only the first book in the series and some people here on weren't impressed by it, I have to give it 4 stars. I didn't expect it to entertain me as much as it did and it gets bonus points for the surprising twist at the end.Scarlett Bernard is a null, which means she disrupts magic. Vampires and werewolves lose their magic around her, so it's understandable that her job is to clean up magical messes. However, this time, that magical mess might end up killing her.There is a f [...]

    16. Scarlett Bernard is a magical null. Just being around her will turn any vampire, werewolf or other magical creature completely mortal and human. Being a null gives her a special place in the supernatural community, she can use her abilities to clean up their crime scenes. On an extremely gruesome crime scene, Scarlett encounters Detective Jesse Cruz.Jesse Cruz was in for the shock of his life, coming across an extremely horrific multi-murder with a beautiful woman holding a garbage bag and a wol [...]

    17. All things considered, probably not the best or cliché-free urban fantasy ever, but it worked for me. Don't really have much to say, but yeah. I enjoyed it. Scarlett was a decent protagonist, believable enough and bad-ass without having a huge chip on her shoulder and actually letting other people help her when needed, the plot was engaging enough, and for a change I didn't even mind the sort-of love triangle, probably because it was kept fairly light and there was over-dramatic no plot-hinder [...]

    18. Melissa Olson is a pretty reliable urban fantasy author for me -- snarky, world-weary female protagonists who are saving themselves from messes they didn't get themselves into. I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was very diverting even though I am more than a bit burnt out on reading at the moment; I ended up sitting in the car listening to the end. This one specifically is about Scarlett Bernard, who is a null -- a very rare power who nullifies the magic that makes the supernatural what [...]

    19. 3.5 stars/4I liked it but I didn't love it. I can't put my finger on exactly what holds me back, but it's there. I will say that I don't think the cover fits the story/heroine.

    20. Very much enjoyed this - solid urban fantasy with a lot of what I tend to enjoy in UF, not a lot of what drives me crazy in some of it, and an interesting twist or two on the typical set-ups. (Only my take, and I'm hardly an expert on what's typical in UF, admittedly.)Scarlett's "ability" - or nature - or non-power - is to cancel magic in other supernatural beings (vampires, werewolves and witches, so far). It makes her a useful tool/weapon to the more powerful vampires and werewolves,and potent [...]

    21. Just whoaI really feel bad for Scarlett. She was pulled into the world of vampires, werewolves, and witches while barely and adult and she's numb to alk te violence and pain until she meets Jesse. He's a good cop with a purity about him that attracts Scarlett. Together with her semi-boyfriend they must find a killer before her and Jesse are killed. I'm not into love triangles but its okay so far. I'm guessing she will eventually have a choice to make. The ending is shocking so I will have to rea [...]

    22. Average story badly needed an editor to clean it up a bit. The world is not that interesting to me. It's not fully thought outbunky science.As far as charecters: Hate Olivia & Dashnel, Eli has potential, Jesse didn't seem like an option for any romance. It feels forced just to move the plot forward anyway they all feel thin to me. I am going to read book 2 bc I already have it.FYI The accent on the audible book for Jesse was annoying.

    23. Book 1 in Scarlett Bernard series by Melissa F Olson I did really enjoy the story but took forever to get through because I made the mistake of reading Boundary Magic series first so already knew things that has ruined this book for me. I absolutely loved Boundary Magic series and I think I like Lex more then Scarlett but hoping spices up with stuffi don't know happens. DEFINITELY READ THIS SERIES FIRST IF WANTING TO READ BOTH THEN BOUNDARY MAGIC SERIES

    24. I follow Amber Lynn Natusch(Author),on Facebook, and when she mentioned how much she loved this book on two different occasions recently, I had to check it out. I was pretty shocked to learn it was the author’s first book, because it sure reads like it’s from a more experienced author.Scarlett Bernard is what’s known as a Null in the paranormal world. Whenever she comes in contact with a paranormal creature within a certain radius, the creature loses it’s powers and becomes human again. [...]

    25. Nulls. They're my latest obsession in my Urban Fantasy reads. I've been collecting them like crazy . . . and Dead Spots is the one I finally decided to try out. Up front nulls in this book are pretty cool, and the mystery behind what kind of powers they can truly develop is pretty mind tickling. Oh, and that ending!! Oh. My. Cliffhangers!The problem is all of the above is pretty much all I carried away from this book. Or more correctly all I really cared about. Scarlett was not my favorite perso [...]

    26. Flawed, but with good potential “Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.” ― Shannon L. Alder Scarlett Bernard is one pragmatic lady. Of course, she has to be considering her job is supernatural crime scene cleanup. As in, get in, clean up the mess, steal the body, and book the hell out of Dodge before the cops arrive. She is truly good at her job, and her boss, the cold and distant Dashiell, Master Vampire of the city, may be scary, but he pretty much allows [...]

    27. 1.5There just wasn't anything original about this book at all and, in UF, especially this late in the game, you need to be able to do more than tell a decent story. Unfortunately, that's all this book had going for it.The heroine is a null - someone who, for lack of a better word, cancels out anything supernatural within a ten foot radius of her. Fascinating ability, non? Too bad Gail Carriger did it first in her Parasol Protectorate series." So what?", you say, "plenty of books borrow from each [...]

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