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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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • James
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • 06-16-09

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I'm not sure the other reviewers actually listened to the prose of this novel...perhaps they're frustrated and/or unpublished writers themselves?!?!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!!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • DarthVal
  • Hickory, NC, United States
  • 12-05-14

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just a great story

I really loved this book. Just when I felt perhaps it slowed down it used all that to make a huge jump forward. A great book.

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More Jessica Jones than Underworld.

Based on the cover and description, I expected this to be like many of the urban fantasy books I have read with fantasy creatures in a modern day dark city setting. I found it to be more of an unlikely superheroin story overcomplicated with odd zodiac based rules and lore. I didn't hate the story, it just didn't fit my tastes.

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  • Nadina
  • Laval, QC, Canada
  • 01-17-18

extremely interesting story, spoiler alert

Loved this story. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end wondering what is going to happen next. I found 1 inconsistency when Warren tells the main character that by becoming her sister she will be protected because her father works for the shadow clan and as such her sister would be off-limits. yet the shadow clan attacked her sister twice, killing her the second time. other than that it is a well put together story that ,ain't Ainsworth your interest. you become attached to the main character routing for her through her trials and tribulations. the narrator is very good and makes for a smothered listen

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Performance, wtf

This book came highly recommended, can't get through the first chapter. The reader is horrible!! Sounds like she's a robot reading a medical journal.

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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 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

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 11 people found this review helpful