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Review: Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson

24 May

Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson
HarperCollins: HarperVoyager (May 31, 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 9780061456794

Favorite Lines: “I was here because of the choices I’d made, and even in hindsight, I’d choose each of them again. But today I’d take those lessons learned and choose something else entirely. I’d leave this world’s conflict and battle to those who wished for it instead.” Continue reading

Review: Cheat the Grave by Vicki Pettersson

2 Apr

Cheat the Grave by Vicki Pettersson
HarperCollins (May 2010)
Mass Market: $7.99

ISBN:  978-0-06-45677-0

Favorite Lines: “But I took a moment before boarding the bus to look over the city I’d once fought to protect, alongside a bunch of supernatural beings I thought were my friends.

Fuck you–whoever you are–for being an armchair superhero, and standing on the sidelines while I shoulder this mortality. Fuck you for accepting the sacrifices I made for your world and then throwing me away like the trash. Fuck you for bottling your power like it’s your personal supernatural bong while I emptied mine out over this city and its people.” (p. 4)

Las Vegas socialite and otherwordly avenger Joanna Archer gave up everything when she embraced mortality—abandoning her powers and altering her destiny to save a child . . . and a city. Now her former allies are her enemies—and her enemies have nothing to fear.

Yet still she is bound to a prophecy that condemns her to roam a nightmare landscape that ordinary humans cannot see and dare not enter. And a beast is on her trail—an insane killer blinded by bloodlust, who’s determined to rip much more from Joanna than merely her now-fragile life. Survival is no longer an option in this dark realm where good and evil have blurred into confusing shades of gray—unless she can gather together an army of onetime foes and destroy everything she once believed in.

Book five in the Sign of the Zodiac series showcases the changes Joanna has been forced to make throughout the series. Joanna is quick to point out that all she wants is a chance to choose a lifestyle and live for herself. However, she has always had to live up to someone else’s expectations. Now she has lost everything and will find something new in an unexpected place.

The troop of Light shows her exactly where it stands and it really is infuriating. They make it clear that they are not her friends. The saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” certainly becomes true in this book. Or maybe I should say, “the group ignored by the good and the bad, is my friend?” Things are not black and white; Pettersson makes it very clear everywhere in her world there is gray.

Expect more life altering revelations, bloody action, sentimental conversations and betrayal. Gosh, I really am enjoying this superhero themed urban fantasy series. Its heroine is strong both with and without abilities. She knows about loss, but is growing as a character. And most importantly, while her first reaction to different revelations is to rush in, she can be made to wait until the moment is right. Sure she needs a little help curbing her initial responses, but she can do it. She deserves a happy ending and if I don’t get one in Neon Graveyard I will most definitely complain.


Review: The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson

31 Mar

The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson
HarperCollins (May 2008)
Mass Market: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-06-089893-9

Favorite Lines: “The need to amputate her smile welled, and I took a step forward before I could stop it.” (p. 7)

On the surface she’s a sexy, sophisticated socialite, at home among the beautiful people of the Las Vegas upper crust. But Joanna Archer inhabits another world: a place ordinary humans cannot see . . . a dangerous dimension where an eternal battle rages between the agents of Light and Shadow. And Joanna is both.

Stalked by an enigmatic doppelganger from a preternatural realm, Joanna can feel the Light failing—which is propelling her toward a terrifying confrontation with the ultimate master of evil, the dark lord of Shadow: her father.

Vegas is all about winning big . . . or losing everything. To save her friends, her future, her worlds, Joanna Archer must gamble it all by fully embracing the darkness inside her.

Book three in Vicki Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac series, The Touch of Twilight, picks up where book two The Taste of Night ends, with Joanna/Oliva Archer’s arch-enemy dating the love of Jo’s life. Determined not to lose Ben, Joanna is willing to risk everything for him.

This book takes a look into the loss and loneliness involved in being a superhero. Joanna was damaged long before gaining her abilities, but she is determined to find a happy ending with Ben. A happy ending which isn’t going to be simple to achieve with all the drama surrounding her troop. With pissed off teammates who are constantly questioning her loyalty to the light over the dark, it’s a wonder she hasn’t gone postal on their collected asses. There were a few that I wanted to punch several times.

In addition to the long distance “I love you Ben” thread, there is movement between Hunter and Joanna that, while not unexpected, really bothered me. I think the Hunter/Joanna thread kind of stole the story even though the  third sign of the zodiac was fulfilled. Expect to find closure, new possibilities and regrets throughout the story.

The Touch of Twilight is a book which marks a turning point in the series. There are six books in the series and it’s book three. A major storyline carried over from books one and two ends and new characters who are extremely important in the final books are introduced. The sixth and final book, Neon Graveyard, will be released in a few months.