Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To be fair, I started this series way at the end and then decided to go back to the beginning to figure out how it all started. I fell in love with Scarlett and was pleasantly surprised to find her just as great a character at the start of it all.
We dive right into the kooky world of Scarlett and the paranormal. She’s a null, which gives her the unique ability to un-paranormal anyone that comes within her radius. Some paranormals like this effect and others actively avoid it. Her current hookup appears to be happily in the former category, which leads to some internal drama of her own. Aside from her relationship-ish drama, she’s also got a job cleaning up the messes that the three categories of paranormals make. The witches seem relatively reasonable compared to the vampires (and werewolves) that ultimately get her tossed into a life-threatening murder-mystery.
After getting called to a job by her head vampire boss, Scarlett is faced with a cop seeing a werewolf shapeshift, a massively gory and un-clean-up-able paranormal crime scene, and some difficult choices. She ends up putting her life on the line to make sure the poor cop, Jesse Cruz, and they are forced to work together to figure out who is effectively working to “out” the paranormal community in a series of murders. There’s a lot of twists and turns, and even I was surprised with how the book ended, but it was truly an effective introduction into this world. It took all my self-control not to dive right into the next book out there. As it is, I’ll be devouring the rest of the series and all subsequent spin-offs in no time.
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