Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sell-By Date by Melissa F. Olson

Title: Sell-By Date
Author: Melissa F. Olson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Old World Short Story (.5 Scarlett Bernard)

E-Book, 23 Pages
Publication: April 22, 2014

Source: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.


Via Amazon: This prequel story takes us back to the first meeting between crime scene cleaner and null Scarlett Bernard and her roommate Molly, a vampire with a complicated past and an even more complicated motive for inviting Scarlett into her home. Here, for the first time, read the story of Molly and Scarlett's first meeting - from Molly's point of view. (This short story takes place prior to the beginning of Dead Spots.)

Sell-by Date is a short story that takes place (in the same world) before Dead Spot. In Dead Spot readers meet the heroine Scarlett’s roommate Molly…but we never knew how they came to be roomies. Sell-by Date answers that precise question, how did Scarlett and Molly meet?

Sell-by Date is narrated by the oh-so-funny Molly as she navigates the human world and the new L.A. scene. You see, Molly was turn when she was 17-years-old and even though she is about 90 …she can’t order a beer or stay out late after curfew without having the cops card her. I really enjoyed reading this short story and seeing a different side to Molly. In Dead Spot, Molly came off as a fun and outgoing roommate that kind of roomed with Scarlett so that she may ‘age’ (because any supernatural being that comes within a 15 mile radius of Scarlett becomes normal/human again). While that is definitely one of the reasons why, it turns out there’s another entirely different reason why Molly so desperately wanted Scarlett as a roommate.

I loved Molly ever since I met her in Dead Spots, and after reading Sell-by Date I would really like to read more of the old world from Molly’s POV. I think the author is planning to write a spin-off from her Scarlett Bernard series, so finger crosses that Molly gets a full book! I highly recommend this short story to already fans of Scarlett or if you’re interested in checking out the series (Dead Spot, book 1) this is a great introduction to the world, characters, and the author’s writing. I highly recommend it! Sell-by Date was a fun and cute short story! 

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