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City of Souls (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009

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Book 4 of 6 in the Signs of the Zodiac Series

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Editorial Reviews


“This fourth book in Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac is a wild roller-coaster read. With a kick-ass heroine and characters who blur the line between good and evil, this book will have readers panting for more.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“The Scent of Shadows came out of nowhere and slapped me silly. … You’re going to love this.” (Kim Harrison)

“From the one-damn-thing-after-another school of unputdownable books, The Scent of Shadows rockets into the air and explodes like fireworks, with nonstop bursts of action and imagination.” (Charlaine Harris)

“...Read at your own risk —it’ll keep you up past your bedtime.” (Charlaine Harris)

“Pettersson’s paranormal world is as original as it is compelling. The action comes fast and furious. Like Las Vegas itself, this is an adventure that’ll keep you up all night.” (Kelley Armstrong)

“Passion and intrigue, heartbreak and victory--THE TOUCH OF TWILIGHT offers an intricate plot populated with complex characters. Nothing is predictable in Vicki Pettersson’s newest novel . . . except the need to read more.” (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely)

About the Author

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456787
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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City of Souls, the latest in the Signs of the Zodiac series, is the best in the series to date. I can't wait for the next installment because "J'Olivia" has pretty much hit rock bottom here and I'm wondering what she's going to do to climb back out. The concept of Midheaven is intriguing and I loved that we got more of a glimpse into it in this book. I know there are lots of folks out there wanting a Hunter/J'Olivia HEA at the end of the series but this is UF (and dark UF, at that)so there's no guarantee of that. And, quite frankly, I'm okay with it. This book shows that even super heroes, no matter how 'super' they are, they're still human with very real human flaws in their make-up. Vicki's writing has improved with each book and the plot twists have me guessing at what else could possibly happen before Jo snaps.Throughout the series I've come to love to hate some of the characters (Reagan and Warren) and at the same time hold out hope that others will do the right thing (Hunter and Jo; even Warren). The ending was gut-wrenching and although I felt a sense of betrayal in one of the characters, I hated that I was at the end because I wanted this character to be able to redeem themselves. I don't want to have to wait till next year to read what happens next. You can be sure that come release day, I'll be there with bells on (and money in hand) to snatch up book 5! You rock, Vick!

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This is the 4th book in the Signs of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson. It was my least favorite book in the series so far. Joanna is confused and is running around not accomplishing a whole lot for most of the book.

Joanna broke her changeling in the last book and because of that the Manuals of Light can't be written and the Light agents have lost all their safe zones. Needless to say the Agents of Light are in serious trouble. Warren tells Joanna that she better fix it ASAP and hints that Joanna will find her answers in Midland and that she should find the new tulpa (her doppelganger from the last book).

First for the good stuff. It was cool to learn more about Midland. It was also nice to have the doppelganger involved more. A lot of the plot elements relating to how the changelings affect the Agents' powers were really interesting.

Joanna screws up a lot in this book. Those who thought she was changing as a character in the third book will be disappointed. Even worse is the fact that many of the Agents of Light are not what they appear to be. By the end of the book I felt like there were no Agents of Light. I thought many of the characters acted very out of character; there weren't really any characters that I liked by the end of the book. The deal with Joanna and Hunter was kind of whacked; I can't say more without revealing spoilers. Also I thought it was odd how Joanna is trying to convincingly play Olivia's lifestyle in the beginning of the book but then she (kind of) forgets about being Olivia. There were some small parts where she has to "act like" Olivia; but there aren't really any repercussions for her walking out on the bachelorette party in the beginning or of her doing any other un-Olivia actions.
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Wow, City of Souls was a huge step up from the previous books in the series! It started off a little rough, but soon enough, all kinds of crazy things were happening! And that ending? What?! Picking up a month after the events of The Touch of Twilight, Joanna is adamant in her drive to fix Jasmine and save Li. She'd also like to get Regan completely out of the picture. Her journey ends up taking her to a place that was thought to be only myth: Midheaven. It's another alternate world, but one that's twisted, and will twist anyone who enters. But Joanna doesn't have much of a choice, since the only other superhero to have been in the same mess as her is there, and she needs his help to get everything back on track.

A lot of City of Souls is set in Midheaven. I won't even go into how Joanna magically figured out how to get there, but I will say that this place is screwed up. Not only does it require a piece of your soul to enter, but nothing there comes free. All Joanna wants is some information, but she's got to play for it. Anything you want has to be won over poker, but they don't deal in money. The bets are all powers, and Joanna's ignorance shows once again, since she doesn't know what most of the symbols mean and just bets away random bits of herself. Oh, and don't drink anything. Water, booze, nothing! Even though you'll slowly die of thirst. Literally.

Outside of Midheaven, City of Souls is full of betrayals. I was honestly shocked at everything that happened within the last few chapters. There's a traitor in the troop, and I couldn't even believe they'd do that. Of course, Warren takes care of it, but I trust him even less now, too! He's always so evasive in his answers, but he just gone too far now! And that twist when Joanna figures out how to save Jasmine...messed up!
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I was really into this series when it started, but I have lost most interest. Obviously this is the case as I have waited this long to read this installment.
The book was written well, not jumping around too much or lacking a time line etc. It just did not keep me wanting to turn the page. I would read some each evening, but I did not think about getting back to the book during the rest of the day. I simply read it because it was there.
I was not really wowed or impressed or even mildly interested with anything in the story line. I actually found the great and lengthy description of the "women upstairs", the "slowness", the men, and most all other aspects of the other dimension long and tedious. It added nothing for me. I think that other dimension could have been very exciting and added to the book, but for me it just sucked the life out of the story. I thought the lantern notion was a good one, but more of an afterthought and not at all expanded on.
Not sure if I will try the next installment. I am somewhat curious (like watching a train wreck I suppose) at how the storyline will work with no super powers. Wasn't that the point?
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