Title- Boundary Crossed
Author- Melissa F. Olson
Genre- Urban Fantasy
Purchase Link- Amazon
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…
Allison “Lex” Luther is living the life the best she can. Life has not been easy on Lex- she has not only lost her best friend, her twin sister Samantha but she lost her in a terrible way. Samantha’s body has yet to be found and Lex has vowed to someday find her, Along with the terrible emptiness left behind by Samantha’s disappearance, Lex is also an army vet and is battling PTSD. So she isn’t really living her life to the fullest but she is living the best way she knows how to, an attempt at a boring life with a boring dead-end job.
That is until one night while helping a couple find diapers she realizes that the baby that they are searching for diapers for is her niece Charlotte. With that realization she demands that the strange couple hand over the sleeping baby Charlotte to her at once. That’s when all hell breaks loose and things for Lex get very messy very quickly and she is thrust back into the battle fields a whole new world in order to protect her niece.
The author creates a very realistic world, her characters are well-developed and concrete. Each one having a very distinct mark on the story as it progresses be it big or tiny. There are no filler characters that are often found in stories just to create content.
Lex being a war hero suffering from PTSD also made the story that much more real for me. The struggles of every day life take a toll on her before finding out she is a boundary witch and all the stories of the paranormal world are true. We watch as her new-found magic somehow helps fix the fissures and cracks that both war and losing her twin sister have created.
The story itself is well written and full of action and heart. The author artfully places all of the twist and turns at the right moments making this story well-rounded and action packed. A page turner for sure!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh take on Urban Fantasy and any fans of a kick ass perfectly imperfect witch!
Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!
Melissa Olson studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the Hollywood studio system, Melissa proved too broke for LA and moved to Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, and three comically oversized dogs, and two chinchillas, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. (Literally. There are dreams.)
As of 2017, Melissa has published seven novels in her Old World series for 47North, and will release a second novella for Tor.com in October. Her journalism and academic work has been published in The International Journal of Comic Art, The La Crosse Tribune, U-Wire, Women on Writing.com, and the compilation Images of the Modern Vampire, and a few other places. She spends most of her non-writing professional time traveling around to conventions and conferences, though she is still somewhat fuzzy on the difference between the two. Melissa speaks about issues related to genre, feminism, writing, and parenting.