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Midnight Curse

(Disrupted Magic #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,565 ratings  ·  279 reviews

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. Molly

Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by 47North
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Asteropê Authors and publishers generally don't change covers because readers don't like it or disagree with it. There are countless romance covers that don't …moreAuthors and publishers generally don't change covers because readers don't like it or disagree with it. There are countless romance covers that don't match the characters - some even really obviously. A heroine will be said to be a redhead, but the cover shows someone with brown/blonde/black hair. Or the hero has a beard, but the cover he doesn't. Or the heroine is supposed to be Asian, but the heroine looks white or racially ambiguous. These things happen. Sometimes people disliking it is for good reason, other times it's just minor/petty dislikes.

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)

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Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A very, and somewhat surprisingly, good popcorn read.


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 a
Michael Britt
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

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.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-kim
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Technically this is the first book in a new series, but I consider it to be book 4 in the Scarlett Bernard series, which is fine by me since I wasn't happy with the way somethings ended in the last book. This was the best of the Scarlett books yet!

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 E
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Midnight Curse by Melissa F Olson and narrated by Amy McFadden is an audible book that follows the other series starting with the book Dead Spot. It has the same characters and that is wonderful! It is a few years later and it does have that new character! Yeah! A big ugly dog like creature made from dark magic. Molly is in deep trouble for something that isn't her fault and is going to be sentenced to death if Scarlet can't get the truth in time. Molly is her ex-roommate and vampire. Lots of da ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What? A mere human is entrusted with keeping the all-powerful supernatural world secret? Go team mere humans! Scarlett is a Null, all she has to do is walk into a room of vampires, werewolves, etc., and poof, they become like humans. No power, no fangs, no supernatural speed or even going furry. Her job is to keep the supes from being discovered by the humans.

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 human
Midnight Curse is the first installment of what I will call the second arc of Scarlett Bernard series. From what I gathered from Melissa F. Olson's website, this arc -- entitled Disrupted Magic -- will be another trilogy.

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 Moll
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a straight 3 star book. Nothing really grabbed me, but it wasn't written poorly. I just thought way too much was going on for this first book and have just a general state of confusion occurring while I was reading this. I kept checking to make sure this was the first book in the series, and it is. I was told after the fact that I should have read something called the Scarlett Bernard series first before reading this and my reply was "Seriously? I don't have time to read three other boo ...more
“Whoever had forced Molly to kill her friends wanted her to get caught, go on trial and be executed before she had a chance to prove her innocence.”

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 dut
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast paced and an urban fantasy that I could really sink my teeth into.
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

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
Stream of consciousness....

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
Olga Godim
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This was a solid UF novel. Not as good as some, not as bad as others. A nice, fast read with an interesting set of characters, a fascinating mystery plot, and a professional-quality narrative. Vampires, werewolves, witches, and all the rest of the midnight folk populated this tale, set in Los Angeles. The only problem I had with it was a huge one: none of the characters resonated with me. Maybe because they were not deep enough, or maybe because none of them touched me emotionally, but I didn’t ...more
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Okay, I didn't read this book. I happened to like Eli and how things ending in the other trilogy. I hated how she changed him to justify a breakup at the end of this book. I didn't get far in this book, so I won't leave a rating. However, I got far enough to get the feeling where this book was headed and search out spoilers to confirm what I suspected. I feel like the author wrote it this way to please the Jesse fans. While I liked the guy, I didn't like him enough. Eli well he's great. I won't ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Review and BR comments to come <3
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I discovered Melissa F. Olson's books via her second series Boundary Magic. When I went back to read the Scarlet Bernard trilogy I was slightly less impressed. Traditionally I'm not a fan of love triangles but by the end of the series, Scarlet had chosen her love, Eli, who had proven himself true in every way.

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
This new series features Scarlett Bernard and is a continuation of the series that started with DEAD SPOTS. Three years have past since we last hooked up with Scarlett and she's learned a lot, now able to better control her power as a null.

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 reunite wi
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: eARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. I have not read the first three books that were about Scarlett as I did not realize this was a "spin off/continuation" of a previous trilogy. I was able to figure out most of the background from information that was dropped throughout this book. I am actually glad I didn't read the previous three books as I think if I had I would have been invested in her relationship with Eli. I liked Eli (what little we saw of him in this book) but even though Scarlett said she was in love with him ...more
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
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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
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scarlett is a "null" and is employed by the head vampire in Los Angeles to clean up messes and be security for the magical community. When her former roommate is involved in a mass murder, Scarlett teams up with a former partner (a human named, Jesse) to try to prove that Molly was forced to kill. They have to figure how the how and why before Molly is executed for her crimes. It turns out to be a complicated case of revenge.

I liked it. Scarlett is sometimes whiny, but she and her dog kick some
Timelord Iain
The time0jump was unexpected. Turned out to be great/refreshing. Loved everything about this book.
Katelyn (Lost as Alice, Mad as the Hatter)
"If I couldn’t free Molly legally, I was damned well going to have a plan."

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 th
I don't think anyone has ever put it quite as well as carol. did when referring to Midnight Curse as a 'popcorn read'.
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 informa
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio
This is the first book in the Scarlett Bernard storyline that I've read, although I have read all of Olson's Boundary Magic series to date and enjoyed them a good bit. I liked this one, too. It's good urban fantasy without a lot of frustrating tropes, and the endings are tight instead of manipulative.

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 bri
This was a unique read for this genre. I liked how it flowed more like a suspenseful read rather than your typical paranormal read. I'll definitely check out more of this writers work. It's an added bonus it being offered as a kindleunlimited. ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scarlett’s job, as the null in Los Angeles, is to clear up any evidence that the Old World exists: to keep humans ignorant that vampires, werewolves and witches walk among them

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 exp
Sadie Forsythe
I really quite enjoyed this. I admit that I didn't know that this is actually a first book in a spin-off of sorts to a previous trilogy. (Well, it's all the same characters, but apparently three years later). So, it would more honestly be labeled book four, in my opinion. But it's readable on its own. I could follow the plot no problem, but I did feel I was missing quite a bit of history between the characters.

I liked Scarlette's character a lot, enjoyed Jesse, and appreciated the side characte
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a whim and wasn't sure what to expect but turns out I really enjoyed my time with Scarlett. There are many great characters in this story which is always a plus. Also, the story had a great pace and I found myself completely invested in the plot. I can't wait to move on to book 2. ...more
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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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