Review: City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson

1 Apr

City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson
HarperCollins (June 2009)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-06-145678-7

Favorite Lines: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. Not even the darkest corner of that beautiful soul.” (p. 310)

In Sin City, a little girl suffers from a strange and terrible malady. If she dies, the Light will die along with her.

Warrior, avenger, Joanna Archer has survived countless otherworldly terrors—and has found her rightful place among the agents battling the all-pervasive evil of Shadow . . . even as she struggles against the darkness within herself.

A war is raging for Las Vegas—a city without a heart—one that catapults Joanna into a new world hidden from mortal sight. In this lethally seductive alternate dimension the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and here lies the last hope for the Light. But Joanna’s price of admission is a piece of her own soul—and the odds of her escaping are slim . . . to none.

The only way to fix the waning strengths of the troop of Light is for Joanna to enter an alternate reality in book four of Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac series. Nothing that enters Midheaven is ever the same and those who leave always end up missing a piece of themselves. Despite the danger, Jo finds a way into Midheaven in search of Jaden Jacks, the only person to ever break the Light troop’s comics in the same way that Joanna did.

I felt bad for Joanna before. She was raped as a teenager (Highlight the blank area to read), gave birth and put her daughter up for adoption, lost her mother, found out her father wasn’t really her father, lost her sister, lost the love of her life and the hits just keep on coming. Each book of the series has me wondering just how black and white Pettersson’s world is. Sure on the surface there is good and evil, but what happens when the good only worries about the good of the whole instead of the individual parts making up the whole? I didn’t think much about the troop of the Light in this book. I think they showed their collective ass with their cult like behavior.

Then there’s a female member of the Shadow troop that I want to smash like a bug along with one in Midheaven. Both are far too intelligent, but I hate their stupid, smug butts. Just about every time they popped into a scene I’d get pissed off. Why is it that the women in this series are far worse than the men? Them some bad bitches!

Overall City of Souls is an excellent addition to the series. It’s bloody and filled with action and betrayal. Major, life altering events occur which change Joanna forever. And a big revelation rocks the end of the book. As the big picture begins to clear, the fourth sign of the zodiac will be fulfilled. The next book in the series is Cheat the Grave.

It’s all building up to the conclusion in book six, The Neon Graveyard, which will be released May 31.


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