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Hunter's Trail

(Scarlett Bernard #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,803 ratings  ·  285 reviews
Actions have consequences—a lesson Scarlett Bernard is learning the hard way. As a “null,” Scarlett has always been able to negate the powers of the supernatural beings that surround her. But now her reckless decision to permanently change Eli from a werewolf to a human has left the Los Angeles werewolf pack in shambles, and upset the balance of power among the city’s supe ...more
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by 47North
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Montzalee Wittmann
Hunter's Trail by Melissa F Olson and narrated by Amy McFadden is book three in the series. This book has lots of suspense, a crazy were, lots of creepy magic, and a big ugly dog/wolf/magic breed made for killing. I am glad I found this series! I have really enjoyed it! Weres, vampires, magic, witches, and Scarlet is a Null. That is someone rare that counteracts everyone's magic! Vampires are human around her, weres can't shift in wolves. I also have enjoyed the wonderful narrator! Great job!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
This series never invested me fully – I think there is something loose about the paranormal worldbuilding, I didn’t like the head vamp honcho, and the main character’s stubbornness to see morals rubbed me the wrong way in the first book. That said, these aren’t bad books – they’re just not going to be favorites for me and I don’t have enough interest to continue the other series they spawned.

The ending half was better than the rest of the book, almost bumping it to four starts. We’ll go with 3.5
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlett ends up with the right guy.
Finally shows some personal growth, depth, & self worth.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
4.5 stars

Okay, this one was definitely much better than the previous installment. There was much less angst (at least coming from Scarlett - there was plenty of angst from Jesse's side, but I never really like him, so who cares).

The first installment of this series dealt with the vampires, second one with the witches, so it makes sense that the last one focused on werewolves. Scarlett and others have wild werewolf that keeps killing women on their hands. And even though it was gruesome, I loved
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: It was an entertaining read
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Wanting out of a bad situation only to make it worse
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Eli

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I can’t say I was blown away by this book, but I can say I was entertain and have no regrets reading. I admit I was annoyed about Jesse whom I like, but not as much as Eli. I predicted much but only some can true. Nice to be wrong.
Good.. but that ending was kind of disappointing for me.

Have you ever had a ship that you shipped so freaking hard.. only to have this series end with them not together? I can't be okay with friendship. I can't accept Scarlett with someone else. I don't care that they "love" each other - love sucks. I'm mad. #TeamJessie.

Hunter's Trail is the final book of the Scarlett Bernard series. There was a bit of betrayal and some mystery in this book. It kind of kept me on my toes but I was a little bored
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When someone starts leaving bodies on the front porch of the Alpha Werewolf in town, it's pretty clear that someone is sending a message. Scarlett and Jesse determine that someone created a new werewolf but abandoned him/her without a pack. This kind of werewolf, called a Nova Wolf, is extremely dangerous. They must track down the Nova wolf before he kills again, but there are other problems to distract them - the wolf pack is unstable because Scarlett cured Eli of his werewolf magic and some of ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hunter’s Trail is the end of the trilogy of what Melissa F. Olson said might be the first arc of Scarlett Bernard series. There might be more Scarlett Bernard books in the future, but for now, the story arc started from the first book, Dead Spots.

As a small recap, Scarlett is a null who has ability to make all supernaturals lose their power when they are in her radius. Her job is a ‘cleaner’ who helps removing evidence of any supernatural-related crime. Meanwhile, Detective Jesse Cruz is a
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reread: DNF @40% because I am completely sick of Jesse Cruz. Worse still, I have found out that in the following three books she goes back to Jesse. Read my snarling disgust face in the one star.


The best story so far. I would like to see Scarlett become more ruthless but she is becoming more powerful and that will do for now.

I appreciate that at the end of the book she chooses between Jesse and Eli because, while casually dating two guys is no big deal, having two guys loving, whini
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel good about the ending. I think if the choice would have ended differently my inner feminist might have exploded. without giving anything away, one of the characters was a big brat and u are left wanting to choke your kindle. the banter is still good, witty, fun. this gal is not a carbon copy of misc paranormal tough chicks. she is original, even when u want her to snap out of it, the character stays on target. I liked it.
Jun 26, 2015 marked it as tbr-series-sequels-x
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
26 January 2016: $1.99 on Kindle

2 January 2016: $1.99 on Kindle
J.A. Ironside
A much more solid plot that the previous book. And lots of Shadow! I wonderef how Scarlett came to have the barghest. Teally enjoyed this one. Only slight reservation was once agajn how easy it was for the MC to substitute one love for another. It's not that I don't think you can love more yhan one person at the same time but it'spushing against a previous body of accepted social conduct and it wasn't well explored. To be fair if it had been, this would not be an urban fantasy novel so perhaos m ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

- MC is annoying.
- Couple of interesting concepts & predictable plot.
- Stuff just happens for "hand wavy" reasons.
- This is like Buffy except the flaws make the stories less engaging or likeable.
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not sure how I feel

How does one deal with only bad choices to choose from? That seems a big theme in this series. Scarlett is pretty banged up after everything that happened in the last book. On top of that her use of her null ability to cure magic has made her life even more difficult. Also there is a lunatic wolf on the rampage. Her and Jesse are still fighting about how she lives her life and Eli is having to be hidden away. There was a lot of tough parts and I had a hard time finishing this
Donna Allen
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
Hunter's Trail by Olson is the final installment in the Scarlett Bernard series. Scarlett is trying to recover from a seizure that out her in a coma after changing Eli from werewolf back to human. Despite her knee injury and vertigo, she is still in call when a female body is left on the doorstep of the local alpha. After the appearance of the second body, Scarlett again teams up with Detective Jessie Cruz to hunt the werewolf responsible. The investigation gets even more complicated when a were ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Satisfying end to this bit of the series, although I can tell I'm getting old when even 24 year old protagonists have me eye-rolling at their "grown up" life choices :I On the other hand, I'm definitely adding the barghest to my list of fictional dogs I'd like to own (already not a short list).

This is a fun series, anyway, and am happy to at last find an urban fantasy that has a female protagonist who isn't ridiculously oversexed and overpowered. It isn't quite as good as the Dresden Files but i
Mike Finn
"Hunter's Trail", is the final book (for now) in the Scarlett Bernard series that started with "Dead Spots" and went on to "Trail of Dead" .

"Hunter's Trail" is written with the confidence of an author who knows the world she's created and has developed the characters who live in it. The plot deals with the consequences of Scarlett's actions after the killings in The Hair Of The Dog in "Trail of Dead."

I liked to the fact that what seemed such a good and kind thing to do in "Trail of Dead" has som
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
HUNTER'S TRAIL is by far the best book in the Scarlett Bernard series. By far. I had trouble sleeping after I finished because I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was just that good.

In this final book of the series, the Los Angeles werewolf pack is in disarray after Eli disappears due to the events that transpired at the end of TRAIL OF DEAD. I will avoid going into specifics due to spoilers. To make it worse, someone is killing women and dumping them at Will's house. Once again, Jesse and Sc
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yay, I am finished with this series. I originally read Boundary Magic series first, without knowing that the two series were connected. So, I read the Scarlett Bernard ones in order to familiarize myself with it as I was greatly confused by the things that happened in Malediction and Boundary Lines.

I thought the story was fine, but I wanted to roll my eyes whenever Jesse would get mad at Scarlett for her job and would "take a walk." I really don't understand Jesse's love for Scarlett since she'
It had great world building and good pacing. I didn't want to put it down. Scarlett finally decided to stand up for herself, which needed to happen. The mystery was entertaining. The only downside was the HEA. The romance is subplot and not a focal point so it's not a big deal. Still it's irritating. (view spoiler) ...more
Celesta  Bonasso
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It can't be over

I have enjoyed all 3 books in this series. I am not sure I like the way the author does a review of facts from the other 2 books. I mean this is the 3rd book in a series and you would not start there so you really don't need her to re explain things, why they are happening, who characters are,etc. Most should already know this information and it seems like just a way to fill an allotted amount of words in the story. I like the story line and I am really hoping for a 4th in the st
(3.5 stars)

According to Melissa's Facebook page:
For those of you who are worried, there WILL be more Scarlett books! First, though, I'm going to put out another trilogy set in the same world, but featuring new characters.


... in OCTOBER I will be releasing a brand-new novella, Potential, that ties up a loose end from Hunter's Trail: Will's origin story, and the connection between him and Minnesota oncologist Dr. Noring. The novella will appear in a boxed set called Shifters After Dark, which
Rob Blackwell
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard not to fall in love with Scarlett Bernard. She's funny, smart and quick on her feet. Well, except for this novel, when she's hobbled by an injury incurred at the conclusion of "Trail of Dead." Even if she's limping, however, that hardly slows her down.
Overall, it's a great urban fantasy mystery that isn't afraid to let character development take center stage when it needs to. The love triangle between Scarlett, Eli and Jesse was well developed and avoided so many of the usual cliches
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
I found myself getting really frustrated with this book- the plot seemed really full of holes and relied heavily on coincidences and odd decisions from the characters. Seriously if Runa is so great at tracking people why don't they ask her to do it???

Scarlett seemed even more self involved and selfish in this one- whenever it was pointed out to her how what she'd done had hurt others she got annoyed with them for making her feel guilty and she still didn't really seem to care about how what she
Really enjoyed this book. There was one twist you could see coming a mile away but it's okay. The book was done so well I loved getting there. I hope she writes more for this character. Scarlett is great and she really progressed as a character. Jesse can be an ass but I like how he's trying so hard to stay true to who he is, even if it can be infuriating. We do need more of Eli though. His interaction with Scarlett is great but there needs to be more of it.

Really enjoyable series overall I jus
This series grew on me. It started out fine, but nothing special. Just one of those that I liked but didn't love. Mainly that's because of the whole love triangle thing. I'm happy with how that went, and that it didn't consume the entire book/series, although it had moments. It wasn't how I thought it was going to go either, so bonus points for that.

The Old World happenings were interesting, too. I do like the world and the concept of nulls, and I ended up really liking this last book. It may h
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. The third book has the characters dealing with the fallout of the second book and the action moves quickly. I like everyone and the story was engaging and interesting. If you like urban fantasy, check these out. Scarlett is still pushed around doing everyone's dirty work, but she finds her feet in this book. Good stuff.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
Got where I wanted it to go (ish) but only at the expense of one of the two male romantic interests, which seemed unfair. Also a waste of the one brownie points for being one of the few UFs I could think of that had the lightest of touches on the inevitable love triangle!
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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 landed in 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 o ...more

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