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Excellent start to Olson's new urban fantasy series

Midnight Curse

Disrupted Magic, Book 1

by Melissa F. Olson

47 North

General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date 07 Feb 2017


In the first book of the Disrupted Magic series, Melissa F. Olson goes back to focusing on her original heroine, Scarlett Bernard, nullifier of magic and supernatural clean up expert. The paranormal population of LA rely on her to keep humans from discovering the hidden supernatural world.

In Midnight Curse, Scarlett discovers her friend Molly in the center of a bloodbath. Despite the obvious evidence, Scarlett knows Molly cannot be responsible for the vicious murder of the 12 coeds she lived with. Unfortunately with the Vampire Trials about to begin, she has little time to discover the truth. With the help of former cop Jesse Cruz and her barghest Shadow, Scarlett starts seeking answers, soon uncovering a plot for revenge that threatens to throw the entire supernatural community into chaos.

As always, Melissa F Olson gives readers plenty of fast paced action flavored with a liberal helping of acerbic wit. Scarlett has grown far more confident in herself and her abilities, but still remains the sarcastic, socially awkward misfit we all adore. Midnight Curse is well done. Olson’s stories are refreshingly non-formulaic. Although written for adults, I consider Midnight Curse acceptable for teens, as there are no sex scenes and little bad language. Olson’s books are definitely fantasy novels, as opposed to romance novels.

If you are looking for a good urban fantasy with plenty of action and more than a little humor, Midnight Curse is definitely for you. It isn’t necessary to read Olson’s other books first, but if you decide you like Midnight Curse, you will definitely want to pick up her other novels.


I received a copy of Midnight Curse from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



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, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. Meanwhile, the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—and the penalty is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.

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