Fiction Friday -- The Girls on Books

A Girls on Books Group Review Preview for Fiction Friday. Come by the blog and add your comments to win a Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate. We're having loads of fun this month reading this book, giving away prizes and drinking martinis.

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson, copyright 2007

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...


Betty is dedicating this review to Randy.

Urban Fantasy: an eclectic mix of genre, mythology, theology, silverscreen and imagination.

Someone once said that I couldn't rightly give an opinion on a particular novel because it wasn't romance. That my barely more than one martini review was obscured by some romantic notion that wasn't meant to exist in a certain book. I still find that opinion to be somewhat ridiculous. [just sayin']

Pettersson, in this--her first Zodiac book--shoots a complicated world-building plot with a straight arrow. I didn't have to shuffle through unusual tags, or reread through complicated dialogue to understand this unbelievably incredible world of shadows. The woman is a creative genius when it comes to the paranormal.

If urban fantasy means having an element of gore [and I've seen this done horribly in other books], Pettersson manages this with equal parts horror and satisfaction. The emotions I felt reading this book still strike me at the oddest moments. I mean, who cries reading an urban fantasy? Well, apparently, I do. [Geez, do I cry alot?]

TIckled moments: The Silver Slipper--seriously, you're just going to have to read, The comic store--adolescence and innocence on the brink of so much more, The spray-on tan--yup, you're going to have to read about that one too. :D

Hi. My name is Bethanne. I am such a sucker for a good verses evil story in which Light scatters darkness. I loved Joanna for being the superhero I want to be yet still carrying the burden of humanity and its conscience with balance. Knowing there are dark sides within her yet reaching for the light. It's the only way. I can't help it... This story definitely gets five martinis from me [even though it's not a romance. :P Just sayin. I know a good book when I read one. This is a good book.']