Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.
But on the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate....more
This cover was created using a stock image. The only way to get it exactly how the author wanted would be an illustration/painting/etc where it's dreamed up and created specifically for the author and book/character. I am going to assume that costs a whole lot more to do than ordering a stock image and editing it a bit. Also, the author/publisher already paid for this cover and it's out in the world, why would they waste their time and money?
So can you get a new cover? No. Unless the book is re-issued with a new cover, this is the one your stuck with. *shrugs* (less)
You know what I mean, right? How often had you had a conversation when a friend asks if you’ve eaten anywhere good lately and you say how fabulous the popcorn you just had was? (am I the only one with foodie friends?) Not at all, I’m betting; while popcorn is salty, crunchy fun, it is ultimately unfulfilling and forgettable. Though Midnight Curse was actually a bit above ‘popcorn’ in my reading scale, largely by setting up a number of tropes ...more
MIDNIGHT CURSE is the first in the Disrupted Magic series, but is actually the 10th novel written in the Old World Chronology series by Melissa F. Olson. I didn’t realise it was part of a larger series until after I had finished it, and I didn’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the previous books; in fact, I adored how Scarlett is a more mature, experienced heroine who has tricks up her sleeve and isn’t bumbling around discovering her powers ...more
DNF @ 73%
Anyone who knows me knows I hate DNF'ing books. But my tbr is getting out of control so I'm getting a bit more laxed in my DNF policy.
I usually 1* DNF books, but this one had some cool elements. But I just failed to connect with any of the characters. I realized that at the 73% mark I just didn't care what the resolution would have been. Might give this a second shot, one day, but for now it's a DNF.
There was a time gap of 3 years, so the characters have matured. Scarlett was decisive and knew what she wanted out of life. Despite having relationship issues with Eli, she didn't convince herself she wanted things she didn't to appease him. However ...more
Melissa F. Olson’s MIDNIGHT CURSE is the tale of hidden powers, treachery and the trial of a vampire who may or may not have killed ...more
Timeline wise, it has been three years after Hunter's Trail: Scarlett is living with his werewolf boyfriend, Eli, while ex-LAPD Detective Jesse Cruz is now a divorcé who "stars" in his own book (although a ghostwriter actually done all the work).
Midnight Curse starts with ...more
About : Scarlett Bernard is a “null,” a human who cancels out any magic around her. Her abilities come in handy on the job—she works to keep the magical world a secret from normal humans in the city of LA. She’s actually starting to enjoy her job, although she's also enjoying the good life with her werewolf boyfriend, Eli, outside of work.
But duty ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Midnight Curse is the first installment in author Melissa F. Olson's Disrupted Magic series. However, it is also book # 4 in the Scarlett Bernard series, and book # 10 in what's being called the Old World Chronicles. Other books in this series features Allison "Lex" Luther's Boundary Magic trilogy. I mentioned Lex, because she makes a brief but all important stop during this story. More later. Recently, thanks to Amazon, I purchased ...more
An enjoyable albeit by the numbers urban fantasy.
I don't know why, but Scarlett Bernard has never really grabbed me as a character. Not in the way Lex from the Boundary Magic series does. And I can't work out why. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book, but it's not a great book.
Except for the dog. Everything about the dog was great.
So if you want some entertaining fluff, Midnight Curse delivers. But if you want my recommendation, read Boundary Crossed
This is essentially number 4 in the Scarlett Bernard series. I’m not sure why the author decided to alter the name but this novel continues on seamlessly 3 years on from book 3.
Another good upbeat mystery with all the good and complex characters and plenty of precarious meetings with lots of tenuous discussion between the vampire, werewolf and witch factions.
The vagaries of the love triangle carry on as it seems the author considers sexual tension to be a necessary evil. Eli remains the solid ...more
So colour me surprised (and not entirely satisfied) to find this new book which is set several years later, turns that ending on its head. I guess I can understand that needed to be done so ...more
Even though I recommend reading all of the other books in Olson's Old World Series (Scarlett Bernard & Boundary Magic), it's not necessary to follow the story told in this book.
I'm glad Olson is continuing stories within this world. It was good to ...more
Version: Intermediately read/listened to the kindle & audio versions of this book.
Release Date: 02/07/2017 (Currently available on Kindle Unlimited for free.)
Review to come. 3.5 stars
I liked it. Scarlett is sometimes whiny, but she and her dog kick some ...more
I’ve enjoyed all of Melissa F. Olson’s previous books, and Midnight Curse is no exception. This is what I call a “popcorn book,” derived from the term “popcorn movie.” There’s plenty of fluff, it’s truly escapist, and it may not be the most high-minded book I’ll read this year. But sometimes that just what I need!
I happened to read this in a week when I was juggling a lot of stressful stuff. So, it was the perfect antidote, although it took me longer to read than ...more
Scarlett is a human with a unique ability that has landed her in a gig with a vampire boss- she is a walking null for all magic. Vampires are human around her. Witches cannot cast spells at her or in her presence. Even werewolves lose their lupine mojo when they get within 15 feet. Because of this, she has been tasked to keep L.A.'s rather extensive magic community away from human eyes. She is the clean-up crew for the ...more
To sum it up; a popcorn read is 'salty, crunchy fun, [...] ultimately unfulfilling and forgettable.'
As you may or may not know/remember, earlier this year I read Nightshades by the same author and dubbed it one of my Favorites of 2018, and this was the reason that I decided to look into Melissa F. Olson's other series.
Having combed through Goodreads in search of information ...more
I liked it well enough that I'm now going to go back and read/listen to the original Scarlett Bernard series so I know the history of this book. Don't get me wrong, the author did a great job of ...more
Los Angeles is a unique city – the three factions work together as equals to form an uneasy peace – and Scarlett’s job is vital for maintaining that peace among such fragile politics
Which is when she finds her friend, a vampire, surrounded by corpses killed by her own fangs… and Scarlett must try and find justice among ...more