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Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson fantasy authorVicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of SWERVE, a riveting psychological thriller with a terrifying, and simple, premise: One woman. One road. One killer. She’s also penned two dark fantasy series: the Celestial Blues trilogy (THE TAKEN, THE LOST, THE GIVEN) featuring a P.I/angel from the 50’s who pairs up with a modern-day rockabilly reporter. Together, they fight crime. The six-book ‘Signs of the Zodiac’ series begins with THE SCENT OF SHADOWS and features reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer, also set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she’ll always consider Sin City home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, Texas, where she’s learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you’d think). Learn more at Vicki Pettersson’s website.

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The Scent of Shadows: Cool idea

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson has come up with a cool and original idea for the paranormal genre: an on-going battle between good and evil that corresponds to the signs of the zodiac.

I loved the way that Pettersson used comic books to keep the history of the conflict and she really did a fantastic job portraying kids in a comic book shop.

The main character in the Zodiac series is the only fly in the ointment. Joanna Archer just seems to be a bit inconsistent. I made it through the book because I wanted to see how Pettersson would develop Joanna, and so far it is bearable. However, I am worried that this will turn into another paranormal romance series with the romance overshadowing the plot; Joanna's mindset seems to be pointing that way.



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The Taste of Night: Joanna is too unsympathetic

The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson

The Taste of Night begins a few months after The Scent of Shadows ended, at a charity date auction where Joanna, masquerading as Olivia, meets a man who gloats that he's uncovered Joanna's secret identity. A fierce battle ensues, breaking the tenuous truce between Light and Shadow, and Joanna also meets a mysterious young Shadow initiate who may be an unlikely ally, or a secret enemy.

I'm really beginning to get a headache trying to keep track of who knows what information about Joanna's identity. Let me see if I've got this straight: The Shadows know the Archer is Joanna, but most of them don't know she's going around as Olivia now. Meanwhile, the heroes of Light know the Olivia identity, but most of them don't realize it's really Joanna. (Despite the fact that the comics call her Joanna.) I can't believe any superhero or supervillain worth... Read More

More fantasy by Vicki Pettersson

Celestial Blues — (2012-2014) Publisher: Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets… and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul — Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped. Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder — and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie. Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife…

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fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsDark Matters — (2012) Publisher: Originally appeared in the print anthology Unbound. Following the slaughter of his parents, J.J. became an Agent of the Light. But now, in Vicki Pettersson’s Dark Matters, his love for the beautiful killer who spared his life transforms the fierce defender into the most perfect predator of all.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThe Harvest — (2012) Publisher: Originally appeared in the print anthology Holidays Are Hell. New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson brings a former superhero — an elite Zodiac warrior — back to the mortal world for a Thanksgiving reunion with her equally hated and beloved enemy, to do battle for the lives of her imperiled children.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsRemember the Blood — (2013) Publisher: New Year’s Eve is a night of celebration and remembrance for some … but for others it’s a time to forget. While the years might pile up easily behind vampires Ina and Alexander, the memories do not. Forgetting is the price they must pay for the gift of eternal life, but Ina and Alexander will do anything to stay together … and for that they must remember the blood. Previously published in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.