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Dead Spots (A Scarlett Bernard Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa F. Olson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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 more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.



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About the Author

Melissa F. Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs — not at all in that order. Dead Spots is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185592
  • Publisher: 47North (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZDKENS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Mystery, Fun Characters and a Love Triangle October 1, 2012
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If you enjoy urban fantasy with a bit of mystery and love triangles, then you'll love this book. I don't care for love triangles, which is my biggest pet peeve with this book. They don't add anything to the story for me because I have to wonder how often those really happen and I guess, I feel like it is so rarely that seeing them in every book I read is annoying. Luckily this book isn't about the romance so much as it is about Scarlett.

Scarlett is a null - which means that any magic creature that comes within a certain distance of her, is nullified and becomes human. It also means she is a good crime scene cleaner because she can defuse the paranormal forces around her and leave the humans none the wiser.

Scarlett has a problem though. She works for the most powerful vampire in Los Angeles and when she doesn't make it to a job quickly enough; the cops get there before she has a chance to clean up a very grisly murder. The problem doesn't end there though. A werewolf shows up on a scene too and the first detective on the scene sees him go from wolf to human when he enters Scarlett's sphere of influence. When she manages to escape from the detective, she leaves behind something he can track back to her on accident. Now she needs to figure out how to keep a human from finding out too much about her world (and getting killed), and figure out who and what killed three vampires in the middle of a park.

This book was an awesome read for me. I've already said I don't like love triangles but I found so much other great things that I can give that a pass. The quick pace and fun characters really made this book for me. I enjoyed the first page to the last page and couldn't put this book down.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Book October 10, 2012
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Dead Spots is a very good first book and another one I had doubts about until I started reading. 47 North is the publisher and this is another of Amazon's publishing companies. I have had mixed results with their books but this one is first rate.

Here is my opinion on different parts of the book.

Plot: This is an intricate and complex plot. It kept me guessing until the very end. Expect to be surprised. It even set up the next book in the series in the context of everything that happened in Dead Spots.

World building: I really liked how the author handled building this world. Information arrived just when you needed it and in a way that fit into the plot. I never felt like anything was just dropped in. Things were revealed in ways that fit and were a part of the story. This is a paranormal world and it was explained in a logical and believable manner.

Back-story: There had to be a lot of back-story included in the world building. There was just enough to allow me to know the what and why of things. Again it was a part of the story and did not intrude on story flow.

Characters: There were really three main characters; Scarlett, Jesse and Eli. Scarlett is the main character. She is very well-drawn and comes from a difficult back ground, is likeable, and seems to be drifting through life. Eli is just loveable. He cares for Scarlett even though she thinks he is just using her. Jesse on the other hand is the very clean all American type. There is a slight triangle here. There are a number of important side characters. Each had just the right amount of development to fit in the story.

Writing: I was really impressed with the writing. Everything was laid out in a logical manner.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows promise November 26, 2012
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There are some good things and bad things about this book, but it still shows more promise than a lot of recent urban fantasy fare. The main character is interesting and shows depth, the way that her powers (or lack thereof) is handled is clever and entertaining (as is the case with Scarlett's relationship with her landlady), and the stage has been set for some interesting interactions with secondary characters. I like how the author didn't throw the main character at the devilishly handsome main vampire, which pretty much any other new author would have been tempted to do. Of course the vampires here are a lot less friendly than in other urban fantasy books are certainly made to look less sympathetic. And while romantic triangles tend to be overdone these days, at least one leg of THIS triangle kinda sneaks up on you.

The other leg of the romantic triangle, however, felt arbitrary. Being around the police detective seemed to turn the main character into a teenage girl periodically, which was greatly at odds with her character in the rest of the book. And I felt that the detective was a little too accepting of the weirdness he had been thrust into, and way too quickly. The final conflict felt kind of rushed though wasn't too bad. Also, there were some characters that probably should have had more screen time, but hopefully they'll show up in future novels. My only other issue was the constant switching of perspectives. I've tried to get over this major pet peeve I have against switching the story-telling point of view, but it is especially irritating when a book is written in 1st person and then switches to someone else's 1st person or pulls out to an eagle-eye 3rd person view before snapping back to the main character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Spots has started a great new Urban Fantasy Series!
I enjoyed Scarlett she is not shy about just how she does not know about her powers as a null. You add her boys into the mix .... Can't wait to read what's commin' for her next. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Havebookwillsurvive
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
the story was a rollicking run of old versus new world. It is a read that will excite anyone with a taste for intrigue,
Published 25 days ago by Vance Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the narration on Audible
I listened to the audio version of this book and I absolutely loved the voice of the reader! I can't wait to listen to the second one.
Published 27 days ago by Kristy
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Spots
I really enjoyed this book, and the new paranormal character I have found. I will definitely keep following Scarlett Bernard through the available books, to see where Melissa... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal with a twist
I really enjoyed this story about Scarlet, a "Null" who has the ability to use and cancel magic from the three main paranormal groups, vampires, werewolves and witches. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michaela
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Surprise
I don't usually read urban fantasy, but I was glad I read this one. It's fast-paced, amusing, and suspenseful. Great escapism, nothing too dark and upsetting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elisabeth Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read with an original take on what is so commonly the...
I saw a review for this book in the fantasy and SciFi Digest and was intrigued by the "null" concept. I thought, good! Finally not just another vampire and werewolf book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robin R
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The author does a wonderful job writing characters you really want to get to know. I can't wait to read the next one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rita
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read
I bought this book as I had mistakenly read the second in the series. Itwas not as good as I was hoping.
Published 2 months ago by Nerdshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for some good urban fantasy?
This is my go to genre--between the cozy mysteries, the financial reading, textbooks, straight up scifi, high fantasy (does that make this low fantasy?? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackie-the-Greyhound
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More About the Author

Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa proved too broke for LA and moved to Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com.

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