Audiobook Review: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) By Melissa F. Olson

May 19, 2015 Review 1

Audiobook Review: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) By Melissa F. OlsonBoundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Series: Boundary Magic #1
Published by 47north on May 1st, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 302
Length: 9 hours and 19 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing and references to sex
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

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...

I am a fan of Melissa F. Olson’s Scarlett Bernard series, so when I saw she had a new series coming out I instantly preordered it. If I already know that I like the author and the book is in the same genre I generally don’t read the summary because they often have spoilers in them. So it was a very pleasant surprise when I started listening to BOUNDARY CROSSED and discovered it is set in the same world as the Scarlett Bernard series.

I was also thrilled to have a book with a female lead who's served in the Army. Olson did an excellent job creating a character who was tough enough to survive years in the Army, and yet didn’t make her too tough. Lex had a traumatic experience in the Army that got her honorably discharged, but left her scarred with PTSD. I’ve seen quite a few books try to handle characters with PTSD, but I’d say that BOUNDARY CROSSED handled it best.

However, this book does suffer from a few things. BOUNDARY CROSSED expanded on the world building of the Scarlett Bernard series, but Olson didn’t do a good job of reintroducing the world building from the Scarlett Bernard books. This won’t be a problem for fans of Scarlett Bernard, but it may be a rough place for new readers to start, even though it’s the first book in a new series. The second problem is that BOUNDARY CROSSED takes too long setting up the characters and the issues the characters must face. There wasn’t enough action or romance in this one for me, but there is a lot of potential for the rest of the Boundary Magic series.

BOUNDARY CROSSED has a lot of things going for it, but its pacing is just a little off. However, I still found it to be a very enjoyable read. There were even hints that we’ll be seeing Scarlett and Jesse in future installments, so I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next Boundary Magic book.

Notes on the Audiobook: Kate Rudd is a solid narrator. Boundary Crossed has a small cast of characters, and Kate made each one sound distinct.

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One Response to “Audiobook Review: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) By Melissa F. Olson”

  1. Ken Hughes

    Intriguing. So it’s the best coverage of PTSD you’ve ever seen, but also slow on reestablishing the world and setting up its own storyline. It wouldn’t be the first time a book has been more into the moment and its particular subject than connecting to best works or building toward its climax. Sometimes those tales even turn out to be the start of the best series, when they take that carefully-established character and start doing more with her– especially if Scarlett and Jesse show up, of course. We can hope.