After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to...more
Do you see that woman on the cover? The hot chick in the leather jacket, wind blowing through her hair? That's not Lex. Allison Luther aka Lex, an Army vet who served in Iraq, is a massive animal lover with a herd of rescue pets. She works nights at a convenience store, babysits her baby niece Charlie, and lives a fairly normal life.
Until she dies.
Boundary Crossed is a super fun and inventive paranormal novel. Vampires, witches, (and possibly ...more
The narration ...more
First, it was a little slow and "chatty". That in itself however wouldn't have caused my immediate, "oh good grief" and laying aside the book.
Let us have something I've stated before clear... I HATE FRIENDLY OR CUTE OR ROMANTIC OR ...more
A good story. Good characters. This is more setting the stage, Lex is really establishing her self and learning about the "Old World".
I like Lex's character stubborn and tough what you would expect from a soldier, also a bit of a loner as people can't relate to what she has been through as as soldier expect of course other soldiers.
There are a lot of way the routes story can take. I am interest to see where the series goes. Also Lex has a lot of personal business to settle. I can ...more
That's Lex's introduction into the supernatural world of vampires and witches. As a boundary witch, a witch who has power over life and death she has never received any training and the leader of the local coven wants to keep it that way. She's just too dangerous. But she ...more
It seems to me Melisa Olson will never be an author with too much appeal (for me). I liked (a couple of) her books enough, but I end up picking at them.
Boundary Crossed is set in the same world of Dead Spot, simply in an other city. Again I found plot and world-building interesting, but had a problem with some characters. Or facets of them.
Lex could have been way more interesting, still it's a female character I can root for (even with some of the cliche). But Ms Olson made her a bit flat ...more
I liked this one. Maybe it's because I listened to the audio? I don't know. Whatever the reason, I was never bored and I was genuinely interested in the story. Granted, it's really not the most exciting of books. It introduces the reader to the "Old World" of vampires and witches (there are werewolves too, just not in this book) but on a really mundane level, if that makes sense. We learn a little bit about the vampires, a little bit about witches and how their magic works. But ...more
I struggled between giving this a three or four star rating, so have settled on 3.5.
I would have appreciated a faster pace on this and am hoping, now that a lot of background has been established, that the next novel will ramp it up. The plotline could have been more complex to make the story more intriguing and maybe a bit of a touch of humour(?) to lift portions of the tone.
I am looking forward to see where the following book goes.
A few mild *SPOILERS*
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the character Lex. She is a former US Army Sergeant and a boundary witch. She has no idea she is a witch until she is attacked by a couple of vampires that are trying to kidnap her little niece. This attack led her to be in the hospital where she meets another witch and a vampire who start filling her in on what she is, of course blowing her away.
She has to go and meet with the head vampire ...more
Boundary Crossed has one of the best, most exciting beginnings I've ever read in the Urban Fantasy genre. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to keep my interest for the rest of the book. In the end, I just lost interest, which is not to say that this book isn't worth checking out.
What do we have:
- Awesome start - action-packed, horrifying, original.
-Protagonist who is new to the supernatural world in her city. I admit, it's sometimes better to have the MC already aware and involved in the ...more
With fantastic dialogue, well padded world building, an interesting plot and most importantly, Allison Alexandra Luther, a tough and smart, lovable veteran heroine, Boundary Crossed is an original, quirky joy ride of a book. Once I started reading,it was difficult to stop. The supporting characters comprised of friends, family and furries - " the herd" as they are lovingly called by Allie/Lex- added extra luster to the story . The fact it's set in Boulder, CO adds all ...more
Boundary Magic kind of reminded me of the first book from Scarlett Bernard series. Mostly because of all the supernatural stuff and the information about nulls. It also doesn't hurt that this is the spin-off series either. So, after realizing that I was kind of intrigued to see how this book was going to go.
Lex was interesting character. I was really liking her and Quinn, who just happened to be a vampire. So, naturally I was shipping them together. Besides all of that though, ...more
Reread: I enjoyed this story substantially more when I quit the audiobook and picked up the kindle.
A boundary witch is sometimes called a black witch by unPC Wiccan trades witches because they are necromancers (though that word is never used, too Anita Blake lol).
But Lex Luther is not interested in being the villain of this story. Her goals are to protect her null niece, and maybe score with her hot vampire coworker, Quinn.
“...sometimes protecting the greater good means being the lesser evil. ...more
The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day.
How could I NOT get intrigued??
The story opened ...more
THERE ARE BAD WITCHES
BUT MY FAVORITE ARE THE KICKASS WITCHES
US Army Sargeant Allison "Lex" Luther was honorably discharged after almost dying in the field in Iraq. Anger management issues, possible PTSD issues, and family tragedy turned Lex into a hermit living in a cabin in the Colorado wilderness with her horde of rescue animals and working nights at the Flatiron Depot.
A boring night at the Depot and a fortuitous incident changes everything in Lex’s life. ...more
The story moves along well as Lex commits her services and her new magic to the local vamp boss in ...more
So begins another terrific urban fantasy novel by Melissa Olson, whose Scarlett Bernard books I've also greatly enjoyed.
It's a great opener and the book never slows down from there. It's an origin story of Allison "Lex" Luthor, who discovers she's unable to die because she's a witch. Olson has explored witches before in her other books, but what makes this one special is the kind of witch Lex is -- and the abilities ...more
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: Pretty Good
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Saving her niece the null
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: Quinn
SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I went in with an open mind and I’ll continue with the series. I can’t say I was jumping up and down for joy, but I did find the book entertaining.
For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:
Kate Rudd does a ...more
I loved this story. It's very unique in terms of using a female veteran as the hero in a paranormal book. This story doesn't seem to pull from other books, it's unique and creative. I'm happy to see the potential for a little romance, too, but the suspense is enough to drag you in completely. Lots of unanswered questions here and I hate having to wait for the next book!
Lex is an ex army sergeant honourably discharged and working at supermarket trying to get over losing her twin sister less then a year ago and PTSD from been only surviving member of her unit.
One night a couple come into the shop looking for nappy but when Lex looks at the baby she realises it her niece and try's to stop her abduction.
While unsuccessfully trying to protect Charlie Lex is stabbed and dies but ...more
Quinn grinned. "We hate each other, of course."4.5 stars
"Of course," Simon said with a straight face. "Bloodsucking scum."
"Devil-worshipping mama's boy," Quinn retorted cheerfully.
I'll admit it right here and now - I really didn't expect to like this as much as I did, especially after finishing Olson's other series set in the same world - Scarlett Bernard. Generally, I liked the other series, I liked the world building and most of the characters, but I wasn't completely in love with the main ...more
“The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day.”
The opening line of Boundary Crossed is, by far, the high point of the novel. Olson does a great job of capturing your attention in the first chapter, but I found my interest waning in chapter two. From there it plateaus into a flawed but easy read, allowing you to relax and enjoy the Benny Hill sketch that is Boundary Crossed complete with vampires, secret witches and ...more
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