Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Return to the Old World with Melissa F. Olson's Boundary Crossed

Allison “Lex” Luthor is working the late shift at a mini mart when she hears a couple arguing over what size diapers to purchase. Amused, she crosses to their aisle to help out and realizes she knows the baby with the strange couple - it’s her 18-month-old niece, Charlotte. The niece who should be home asleep in her crib. A bizarre fight ensues, and though Lex manages to save her kidnapped niece she is stabbed the process. For the third time in her life she dies. 

Waking up in the hospital Lex is quickly introduced to an impossible world. A world where vampires want Charlotte, and Lex must bargain with the supernatural ruler of Colorado to keep her safe. Good thing Lex has power, too, even if she has no idea how to use it. 

I fell in love with Melissa F. Olson’s Old World only a few pages into Dead Spots, the first Scarlett Bernard novel. I powered through all three books in that series, enjoying every twist and turn so much that I preordered as soon as I heard about her new series, Boundary Magic.

Boundary Crossed, book one of the Boundary Magic series, takes us back to the Old World with mostly new characters. Lex, ex-Army with PTSD, is a realistic, sympathetic character and a great heroine. Her dedication to her murdered sister's child is all-encompassing, and the driving force behind every decision made in this novel. The mystery takes second place to character development, but there’s enough to that plot to keep the reader’s interest as well. All-in-all, this was a very enjoyable novel, a great introduction to the Old World for new visitors, and a wonderful return to the world of Scarlet Bernard…and I’ve just preordered the sequel. 

Olson, Melissa F. Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic Book 1). New York: 47North, 2015. 4 Stars.

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