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The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac | [Vicki Pettersson]

The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac

When she was 16, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert. By rights, she should be dead. Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset - a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow - seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.But the nightmare is just beginning - for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .
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When she was 16, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert. By rights, she should be dead. Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset - a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow - seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.But the nightmare is just beginning - for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .

©2007 Vicki Pettersson; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jacob Proffitt 06-23-11

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    "Drama in Vegas"

    A heroine with a power-mad father, absent mother, and a past rape that tore her budding-but-true-love romance apart is enough drama for even the most demanding hanky-loving audience. Too bad, then, that Pettersson felt the need to pour still more on with adjective-laden, emotionally wrought hyperbole and descriptions as empty as they are florid. Add that the author manipulates her heroine to hesitate when she clearly shouldn't, apparently so that her loved-ones can suffer still more and you have a story I just can't credit even before you get to the hoky zodiac superpowers.

    And somebody please inform Pettersson that killing someone with superpowers who has threatened to kill you and everyone you love at his earliest opportunity, after a long battle in which he actually *has* killed someone you love, doesn't constitute "killing in cold blood" even if he is unarmed at that particular instant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Dallas, TX, USA 06-16-09
    James Dallas, TX, USA 06-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "FANTASTIC "

    I'm not sure the other reviewers actually listened to the prose of this novel...perhaps they're frustrated and/or unpublished writers themselves?!?! As for SCENT OF SHADOWS, I found the writing to be excellent. Yes, this is a debut novel by Vicki Pettersson and her voice is NEW and FRESH and EXCITING. Jo, the strong female protagonist, isn't a vampire or werewolf, or shapeshifter, she's a gutsy, gritty, streetsmart chick who has just found out she's also part of the world of underground superheroes! IN LAS VEGAS! What an incredible setting for an Urban Fantasy.
    Look, if you want more of the same in this genre, look up vampires or zombies. But if you want a new voice in literature, one that you should hear, then download THIS. You WON'T be disappointed!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 07-09-12
    Rachael 07-09-12
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    "Not what I thought it would be!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scent of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I knew that the story continued so I wasn't too surprised.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene in the Neon boneyard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was too long to do that!


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't at all what I was expecting, but good all the same!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 11-28-08
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    "Good, but Amoral"

    Good story, good narration, but don't expect morality. This heroine murders people in cold blood. Hard to separate the heroes from the bad guys. Makes me wonder if the author is actually a man.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 12-05-14
    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 12-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just meh"

    I am going to give this one the benefit of the doubt and give it 3 stars.

    There is some good action and I like where the author is going with the characters. On the other hand, the mythology and plausibility needs a LOT of work.

    My biggest problem with the book seems to be in the hiding in plain sight logic. It just does not really add up. There is are things that seem to conflict with others. The explanations are convoluted a bit ridiculous.

    I do like the super hero element, so I will give the next book a shot.

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    PJPackwood 09-21-12
    PJPackwood 09-21-12 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Not for me!"

    I took a chance on this one and really wished I hadn't. It started off well but the further I got into this book the more I disliked it. Supernatural beings etc., are ok but this was totally off the wall! I did not like this book at all.

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    Jesse sanders 01-01-09 Member Since 2004
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    "The worst writing ever encountered"

    If you've ever lamented over the fact that you could never be as good a writer as the authors who are actually paid to write, listen to this one. I have never read cheesier prose before. I've read better from Remedial Composition students. The publisher for this monument to ineptitude should be ashamed of itself.

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    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-24-10
    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-24-10
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    "Inconsistency"

    The story line is full of inconsistencies and contradictions. Language is very course. I find it hard to listen to.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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