Midnight Curse is the first installment of what I would call a second arc of Scarlett Bernard series. From what I gathered from Melissa F. Olson’s website, this second 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 Molly, Scarlett’s former vampire roommate asks for her help after a night of bloodbath, where apparently the vampire slaughters the girls she lives with. Scarlett believes that Molly has been framed and she asks Jesse to help.
First of all … I was very impressed with the progress of these characters, especially Scarlett and Jesse, compared to the original trilogy. Previously, I often thought Scarlett to be a bit too passive and Jesse to be too rigid. But I guess the past three years have done a lot for the two. Both Scarlett and Jesse have definitely matured up and that made this story exceeded the previous trilogy, in my humble opinion.
It was clear that Scarlett loved her job and she was competent at it. She learned how to defend herself more than just using her null ability; loved that Scarlett was having quite an expertise in knife-throwing! The three leaders: Dashiell (vampire), Will (werewolf), and Kirsten (witch) clearly respected her. Even if I also thought that Scarlett developed a bit of a temper — but I guess if I was dealing with an overprotective boyfriend like Eli, I would be annoyed as well.
As for Jesse, he might be started this book to be having quite a depression, after his divorce. But I found him to be more flexible with the rules of the Old World now. It was interesting because Jesse was also the one having quite a connection to Allison “Lex” Luther, the boundary witch from Colorado — so maybe that influenced Jesse’s view of how to deal with these creatures now.
Something for sure, there was an easy camaraderie between Scarlett and Jesse this time while they were working together to clear Molly’s name and found out who was really responsible (and what their plan was). They didn’t argue a lot … it made the pace of the book REALLY enjoyable, and I LOVED being with the two of them. Oh, also with Shadow. Don’t forget that Barghest turn huge ugly dog *lol*.
Of course the action was awesome too. Scarlett and Jesse only had two days to works things out — and I thought Olson was able to keep the suspense in check. From the investigation to the revelation, Olson kept me on the edge of my seat. I actually lost my good night sleep finishing this one!!
Last but not least, I loved the connection that Olson made in regards to her other series — I am sure that one particular progress in this book will make way to Lex’s next trilogy series.
This book ended without any cliffhanger sense to it; unless if you count the romance factor. I’m not really in it for the romance though; it is more of this world that Olson provides.
I genuinely have no complaints; I cannot WAIT for the next book (like I said, Olson wrote that Disrupted Magic series would be a trilogy) to be released.
So yep, my first 5* of 2017
RATING: 5 out of 5
The book is provided by Thomas & Mercer publishing via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Title: Midnight Curse
Author: Melissa F. Olson
Series: Disrupted Magic, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 294 pages
Publisher: 47th North (Amazon Publishing)
Release Date: February 7, 2017