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The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac Series #1)

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15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Darn this book! It made me change my mind about reading Fantasy Thrillers!

Darn this book! I downloaded it to the Nook because there was a deal where I could get it free. I was thinking, by the brief description, that it was a mystery/thriller with maybe a little "magical" component thrown in. As I started reading, I started thinking "this ...
Darn this book! I downloaded it to the Nook because there was a deal where I could get it free. I was thinking, by the brief description, that it was a mystery/thriller with maybe a little "magical" component thrown in. As I started reading, I started thinking "this is some WEIRD stuff" and "this is WAY over the top", and even "way too out there for my style". As I'm saying those things, I still can't put it down!! I'm normally your realistic suspense lover, somewhere between John Grisham and Dean Koontz. I like to read about situations that are a little "out of the norm", but NEVER EVER EVER would I read anything that remotely resembles fantasy or science fiction (I don't even like Star Wars). It's just that once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, so I went against my norm and found a new type of fiction that I absolutely love! It was full of twists, turns, and interesting developments. The characters were well-developed and kept me thinking all the time. I'm about to download the 2nd book so I can continue this journey into a new world for me!

posted by DanaMJ on June 22, 2010

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Gives hope to all aspiring authors.

If you always wanted to write a book, but were afraid you couldn't get it published, "The Scent of Shadows" by Vicki Petersson is just the inspiration you need. If someone will publish this book, they'll publish about anything.
I picked up the first three books in the ...
If you always wanted to write a book, but were afraid you couldn't get it published, "The Scent of Shadows" by Vicki Petersson is just the inspiration you need. If someone will publish this book, they'll publish about anything.
I picked up the first three books in the series based on the recommendation of Kim Harrison (author of the Hollows series, which I kind of enjoy) "Vicki Petersson is a new voice that needs to be heard," and was extremely disappointed. I got through Chapter 14 before my brain finally shut down, utterly refusing to go any further. Perhaps she needs to be heard, but not read.
The impression I got reading this book is that it was written by a chubby and shy twelve-year old girl with acne and braces, who wanted to be pretty and popular, but she wasn't, so she made up a character who was who she couldn't be: pretty, intelligent, tough, rich, and a super hero to boot.
The plot twist to hide Joanna from the demons was blatantly obvious. Ms. Petersson could have just said so right at the beginning and save herself a lot of writing.
The characters are not good: Warren, the leader of the superhero group, is supposed to be crazy. But the attempts to write him as crazy are so overdone as to be ridiculous. Joanna/Olivia is not a believable character, as are most of the others. Ben (Joanna's boyfriend) and Xavier (her father) are the only two that really stand out from the crowd.
Bear in mind, I only got through chapter 14 of the first book. So it might get better, but I'm not going to find out.

Below are a few of the lines (some combined) that caused my brain to shut down. Bear in mind that the Cher and Lily characters are (I think) in the mid twenties:
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*SPOILERS*
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Warren (taunting Ajax, a demon): "She should have swallowed that load, dawg. Don't worry, she'll make up for it tonight." And he began to make a repetitively lewd motion with his private parts.

Lily: "I want G-Man to rescue me. To help me find my G-Spot."
Joanna: "I meant what kind of superhero would you be?"
Cher: "A cute one, definitely!"
Lily: "With a fur trimmed cape!"

Joanna: "What kind of powers would you have?"
Lily: "The power to make any man fall in love with me!"
Cher: "I already have that. How about the power to have spontaneous orgasms!"

While getting spray-on tans at a tanning salon:
Cher: "Come on, Livvy. Bend over and show Lily your talent."

Each superhero has a glyph, and Joanna/Olivia's is a stileeto heel on her breast:
Joanna: "Well, at least it's cute."


***shudders***

posted by Amon_101 on June 20, 2009

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Arrrrrgg....Story of a Super Zer

    I have read all four of the books so far and it just get worse and worse. Here we have a potentially great super heroine only to be disappointed over and over again.

    When we first start off with this character she is a tough, no-crap taken, butt-kicking, human. As the books progress she becomes a super heroine. You would think that would only make her tougher.....Not quite!

    As the books move one she does nothing but mess up over and over again, LOOSE power, whine, and try to do anything she can to fit into the Zodiac troop. I found myself several times hollering at the book for her to get her act together and grow some manly danglers. I expected at this point in the series we would have a super heroine that is a shadow of her former human self.

    I don't think I can take this series anymore.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Gives hope to all aspiring authors.

    If you always wanted to write a book, but were afraid you couldn't get it published, "The Scent of Shadows" by Vicki Petersson is just the inspiration you need. If someone will publish this book, they'll publish about anything.
    I picked up the first three books in the series based on the recommendation of Kim Harrison (author of the Hollows series, which I kind of enjoy) "Vicki Petersson is a new voice that needs to be heard," and was extremely disappointed. I got through Chapter 14 before my brain finally shut down, utterly refusing to go any further. Perhaps she needs to be heard, but not read.
    The impression I got reading this book is that it was written by a chubby and shy twelve-year old girl with acne and braces, who wanted to be pretty and popular, but she wasn't, so she made up a character who was who she couldn't be: pretty, intelligent, tough, rich, and a super hero to boot.
    The plot twist to hide Joanna from the demons was blatantly obvious. Ms. Petersson could have just said so right at the beginning and save herself a lot of writing.
    The characters are not good: Warren, the leader of the superhero group, is supposed to be crazy. But the attempts to write him as crazy are so overdone as to be ridiculous. Joanna/Olivia is not a believable character, as are most of the others. Ben (Joanna's boyfriend) and Xavier (her father) are the only two that really stand out from the crowd.
    Bear in mind, I only got through chapter 14 of the first book. So it might get better, but I'm not going to find out.

    Below are a few of the lines (some combined) that caused my brain to shut down. Bear in mind that the Cher and Lily characters are (I think) in the mid twenties:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    *SPOILERS*
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------



    Warren (taunting Ajax, a demon): "She should have swallowed that load, dawg. Don't worry, she'll make up for it tonight." And he began to make a repetitively lewd motion with his private parts.

    Lily: "I want G-Man to rescue me. To help me find my G-Spot."
    Joanna: "I meant what kind of superhero would you be?"
    Cher: "A cute one, definitely!"
    Lily: "With a fur trimmed cape!"

    Joanna: "What kind of powers would you have?"
    Lily: "The power to make any man fall in love with me!"
    Cher: "I already have that. How about the power to have spontaneous orgasms!"

    While getting spray-on tans at a tanning salon:
    Cher: "Come on, Livvy. Bend over and show Lily your talent."

    Each superhero has a glyph, and Joanna/Olivia's is a stileeto heel on her breast:
    Joanna: "Well, at least it's cute."


    ***shudders***

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Awful - couldn't even finish it

    Main character is not particularly sympathetic and seems derivative of characters you've seen already. I stopped reading about a third of the way through.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Snooze

    I picked up this book intrigued by the plot summary on the back cover and encouraged buy the author blurbs. I started to read it and sruggled to become involved in the story, after a bit over a hundred pages in, I gave up, put it on a shelf where it sits collecting dust. :(

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    If you want sex scenes...

    I bought this thinking the title sounded great and with gargoyles. The sample is deceiving. Once you get beyond the sample, it is all sex and no storyline. Buyer at least beware.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Did not care for it

    I had high hopes for this series, with the rave reviews and excellent first chapter. But there are too many points in the book that I hate. First is the Ben issue. To have loved and lost, then to rejoin again...then yanked out from under you several hours later blows. I mean, if I want heart ache just look at real life for most people. This is a fantasy novel, so there should be SOME hope for true love. Also on that note, when Jo 'dies', she fails to even think about Ben until she sees him at her funeral. Jo does not even think about how her actions have affected his life..his heart, his safety, his moral fiber. Secondly, thru the whole book, I could not get over her failure to think about the kid she gave up. Hello! Earth to the self absorbed Jo- there is an innocent 10 year old out there who needs protection and guidance. Jo did not even think about the kid until Hunter brings it up. Needless to say, not going to be buying the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    :/

    Oh I tried... I tried so very hared to like this book but it.so wasn't happening. But still kuddos to the author for taken a chance and he does has potential, sadly we won't see it with this series. But I will keep an eye out for her next series maybe it will be amazing...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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