What happens in Vegas: THE NEON GRAVEYARD by Vicki Pettersson

Posted 21 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

NEON GRAVEYARD (Signs of the Zodiac #6) by Vicki Pettersson
Urban Fantasy
372 pages, mass market paperback
Available now (June 2011)
Review copy provide by publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: HarperCollins

Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied savior who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging in the dark corners of her glittering hometown.

Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal – still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light … still hunted by both – and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess. Joining forced with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna’s ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm. Because in a world that has stripped her of her power, identity, and fortune, Joanna has nothing left to lose – except her baby, her future, and the epic war poised to consume the city…

This is one of those series where you’ll get more bang for your buck–and understand the intricacies of the plot–if you read at least a couple of the previous books. And, because all the books are so interconnected and this is the last book in the series, there are bound to be some spoilers for previous books in this quickie review.

Joanna’s lost all her powers and her powerful weapon–she’s no longer a soldier for the Light. As a mortal, she’s much more vulnerable than she was but she’s still determined to fight and make a difference with her troop of Grays–rogue agents who once fought against each other as agents of Light and Dark. There’s so much sacrifice, passion, pain and emotion in this story–it’s the end of an era.

As a mortal human, Joanna finally evolves into the capable, caring but still ass-kicking chick she was always meant to be. She’s driven by her love for Hunter, she’s willing to sacrifice so very much to rescue him from MidHeaven and from his crazy ex, Solange. (Solange is a super-freak and such a bad, bad girl. My hate for her and desire for Joanna to defeat her grew each time Solange waltzed her way onto the page.) But, at the same time, she risks everything for the love of her child and to protect her city from the evil that wants to overtake it.

While the resolution was somewhat anti-climactic, just about everyone gets their comeuppance (down with the Tulpa!) which is quite satisfying in itself. The Signs of the Zodiac is a seriously action-packed and creative urban fantasy series.

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4 Responses to “What happens in Vegas: THE NEON GRAVEYARD by Vicki Pettersson”

  1. I tried to get into this series once and I just got royally confused by the world and had to set it aside. I think it’s one I’d probably really settle into after the first book (I always struggle with book one in an UF series), so maybe I need to pick it back up and try again:) Thanks for the review Mary! And I’ll be keeping my eye out for Solange.