Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review ~ The Scent of Shadows

The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac #1)
By Vicki Pettersson
Published By Eos

Summary (Goodreads): When she was sixteen, 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 . . .

My Thoughts: I had a difficult time with the first half of this book.  It took some time before I fully got the concept the author was trying to get across.   While I understood that the attack Joanna endured caused her to be a hard, gritty, standoffish type, it also made it difficult to get behind her character. Joanna did start to grow on me as her character started to understand why things were and had happened to her.  I wasn't really comfortable with her new identity but with all the disguises it was easy to overlook.
There are many dark moments in this book and once the action started to pick up I was able to get into the story better.  The battles between the light and shadow were the most interesting parts of the book.  Finding out who Joanna's father was and the discussion/battle between them moved the series forward to the point where I wanted to read the next book. I am also interested in finding out more about her mother and the rest of members of the Zodiac.

Rating: 3

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