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. And the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—the penalty for which 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.
What I liked: I enjoyed the Scarlett Bernard series and loved The Boundary Witch series so I was a bit apprehensive about where Ms Olson would take Scarlett. Of course, I worried for nothing. I especially enjoyed that about 3 years have passed in Scarlett’s world while we were visiting Lex.
Ms Olsen carefully aged her characters in this new series. If you remember, Scar was a bit immature and was prone to mistakes and maybe a tad too emotional. With Midnight Curse, Scar appears a bit more mature but is still basically a 20-something so she still has room to grow.
In the 3 years since we last interacted with Scar, she’s been proactive about learning to protect herself which is great news as she’s soon going to be facing down some unknowns who have not only framed her former housemate, Molly, but they are intent on seeing Molly dead and anyone that gets in the way.
Also, we see the return of Jesse Cruz, the hottie human police officer, who is one of the few humans alive who knows about the existence of the Old World. His life has changed dramatically since the last time we saw him. Ms Olsen doesn’t exactly do an info dump but lets the characters play out and catch each other up on what’s been happening in their lives. I loved the way she worked the backstories of the last 3 years into the storyline.
I’m not going to regurgitate the synopsis but talk more about the development of the characters and the storyline. I’ve enjoyed the way Ms Olson has grown as an author and it’s reflected in the timing, the development of the characters, and the pacing of the action. If I could have stayed awake, I would have read Midnight Curse straight through. There were a few places to draw a breath thank goodness but the characters and the plot kept me more than entertained. While there’s lots of action, it’s not frantic. The action/reaction is paced just right to keep you engaged but not shaking your head.
As for Scarlett, she still has some immaturity issues but that’s what makes her who she is. From the beginning to the end, you can already see more growth in her character. She’s finally realizing, I think with Jesse’s help, that her decisions need to be thought through before she acts.
What I didn’t like: Guess what? I’m not even going to whine about the pricing of Midnight Curse. It’s free for Kindle Unlimited members or $4.99 to buy. The paperback is reasonably priced a bit above $10.00 at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Fantastic!
With the ending of Midnight Curse, I’m excited to see where Ms Olson takes the next book. I can’t wait.
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.