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Publisher's Summary

As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city's unearthly underworld. So when two witches are found dead a few days before Christmas, Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire, who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia - unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.
©2013 Melissa F. Olson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Sarah M on 04-17-14

Mostly background story to advance overall series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would, but only if they really enjoyed the first book and wanted to read the whole series. This book did provide a lot of background to Scarlett’s life and character, and helped advance the overall series plot. It didn’t add a lot as a standalone story though.

Do you think Trail of Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. The ending has a lot of information and action that needs follow-up and explanation.

Any additional comments?

I spent a lot of time hoping that Eli would have a bigger presence. We got to see lots of Jesse, and I have to admit that I was getting bored of him. I wanted some beta werewolf to break up the monotony of the interactions between Scarlett and Jesse. Sadly, Eli was barely present in the story. He did make an appearance at the end with some surprise twists.

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2 out of 5 stars
By A on 01-13-16

Not for adults

I am too old to enjoy teen angst, so I really can't stand that same lack of maturity in someone who is supposed to be an adult, albeit a young one. "Ooooh, I'm just so DAMAGED!" "Ooooh, a crazy woman became obsessed with me and killed my parents before I even knew she existed so my parents' deaths were ALL MY FAULT!!" "Ooooh, a crazy vampire is obsessed with me and is threatening my friends, therefore my friends are at risk ALL BECAUSE OF ME!!!" Get over yourself, Scarlett. The only saving grace is that occasionally -- though not nearly enough -- one of her friends will call her out on her BS. But then that makes it seem like the author knows how immature and self-absorbed the main character is and carries on with it anyway. The story was able to carry me through the first book and make me want to see what happened next, but I'm not sure I will even be able to finish the second one. Perhaps Scarlett will mature in a later book, but I'll never know.

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5 out of 5 stars
By leanne on 01-06-14

Very pleasantly surprised

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book without a seconds hesitation

What did you like best about this story?

I am a real sucker for a strong leading lady, I cannot be doing with that oh help me and then throw me over your shoulder to bed rubbish. This leading lady did not disappoint. I like the way the Null is the main character for a change but also loved the relationship between the heads of the vamps, witches and wwolves. I love a book where I cannot wait to hear more but at the same time don't want to finish

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am not sure if it was the narrative or the great timing of the narrator but found myself smiling to myself several times.

Any additional comments?

I leave loved this genre of stories for the last 7 years plus and am very particular about authors I will add to my favourites list but Ms Olson has accomplished this. I cannot wait for her next book

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