Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson
Boundary Crossed – 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 weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.
Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…
“A bold new heroine makes her action-packed debut in this exciting new paranormal series. A fun, fast, and furious read!” –J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series
“Fun and interesting characters, a brilliant new heroine, and a plot that will have you gripped until the very end. The start of an excellent series.” –Steve McHugh, author of the Hellequin Chronicles
Review By JZS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Just for a change, I’ll cut to the chase- this book reminds me a LOT of early Charlain Harris/ Laurel K Hamilton- before they went down the all-powerful-heroine-porn path. If you enjoyed their early books, I think you will enjoy this. (Witches and vampires and magic, oh my!) If that’s not your cup of tea, then you should probably look elsewhere. And as far as the April, 2015 Kindle First picks go- good luck with that 🙂
So the long story… It was especially important to me to find a kindle first book that I liked this month. Unfortunately, I can’t bring myself to pick a romance, fiction written in the present tense or a mystery that seems to start with a rape scene so that left the fantasy option. I haven’t been impressed with past KF fantasy picks so I wasn’t very hopeful- especially considering the abysmal cover art. But, Yea!, I actually like this one. Likeable characters, fast pace, not excessively graphic. At about the 32% mark I thought it was telegraphing too much about plot twists but I turned out to be completely wrong so that was another plus. A very little foul language and no sex (but a whiff of romance of course) for those who care.
On the down side, well, it’s not great literature, but if you were looking for that you probably didn’t read past the first paragraph 🙂 It has a bit of the too-powerful-heroine thing going on and is definitely formulaic, but it is unabashedly light escapist reading. And then there is the awful cover art. Seriously, who finds that interesting? Its like something from an SPA or bad romance novel. When I reached the end of the book (on a kindle fire) I see that the author has other books out but they have the same dreadful covers. Sigh. I’ll definitely have to get a sequel to this book but just can’t make myself pay for other books with those covers (silly I know, but a pet peeve)
This is the first time I’ve posted a review from the Fire so I hope it works……
Melissa F. Olson was raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the Hollywood studio system, Melissa moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at www.MelissaFOlson.com.
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