Book #76: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson


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 got this book for my Audible account and figured, why not? I had been itching for something leaning to the darker side of things and decided an urban fantasy would be a good book to listen to. Besides, it was about 9 hours total and that isn’t a long time.

I’m glad I got into the book. The world is complex and interesting with the typical dark mythological creatures; witches, vampires, and werewolves. Boundary Crossed is the first book in a series that is an offshoot to another series by Melissa F. Olson. Before you ask, no you don’t need to read all of the other series to understand this one. It’s only recommended for the short story that bridges the first and second book in the Boundary series.

I do want to read that short story, so I decided to go ahead and buy the Audible version of Dead Spots, the first book in that other series. I’m actually about to start that, so you’ll see a review of that one soon enough.

The Old World, as the characters call it, is a world that is very close to the wild west. Governing factions take care of their own and fight for land. Normal everyday people, Foundings, don’t know about this other world. Even Lex, a woman who is going through life just barely, doesn’t learn about the world until she is killed . . . for the second time.

Lex is a strong female lead. I didn’t feel like she was a bitchy kind of strong. Instead, she is a woman who is loyal to her family and has high standards. She is a veteran of the Army and has a background in combat. I found her to be very relateable and I was drawn to her as a character.

There is a bit of a possible budding romance, but there are no jumps into sex. Instead, this is a book that deals with the world and Lex more so than the relationship that is forming between her and Quinn. It is a good book to get away from the romance drama that I’ve been reading.

The concept of magic and how the other Old World people work is interesting. I’d like to see more of the Old World, hence why I bought Dead Spots. I do plan on continuing the Boundary series. Right now, I’m just happy to find a new author to follow.

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