Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets eHaving an attitude and being tough are two different things and I don t think that the author or Joanna understand that You have an attitude when you break into someone s house to kill them but thennd up having to be rescued You re tough if you can get yourself in to and importantly OUT of trouble I guess I was hoping for another Rachel Morgan Mercedes Thompson or Kitty Norville kind of characterBad ass Joanna talks the talk but can t walk the walk She s a selfish character and I think that s what bugs me most about this series so far I m not really rooting for her I don t really care about her because she only cares about herselfAfter dropping a bomb on us the last book oh by the way I have kid Pettersson still didn t Electromyography for Experimentalists even broach the subject again until like 5 chapters in Ispecially loved hearing Joanna whine about how her mother abandoned her but HELLO She has a daughter she doesn t talk about and doesn t Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 even THINK about SPOILER ALERT Turns out the baby wasn t her rapist s but herx boyfriend Ben Traina s So now what Is she going to want to try to get her daughter back Is she going to tell BenOnce again there is another WTF moment at the nd of the book Oh by the way did you know you can t fly You can t leave the city I understand that Joanna doesn t know who to trust and veryone withholds information from her because they re scared about her gaining power but geez If travel is potentially fatal I think that s something that she needs to know It makes me think that the author doesn t ven know the rules to the world that she s created She s kind of making it up as she goes along and that doesn t give me much confidence in this series This is 100% better than the first in the series making it about as good as the average first novel The major plusses are some actual spine in the main character a nice if transparent plot by the Bad GuysTM some deus x machina that fits the comic genre very well and an attempt to clean up some of the absolutely horrible holes in the world setupOur heroine the superhero with no discernable special powers other than the body of a playmate a real playmate she was in the magazine about 6 months ago in the book s continuity finally stands up to the allies who drugged her gave her all body plastic surgery and tell her what to do and when she s allowed to leave the house She still does what they say but she sits on the porch without permission Which turns out to be a problemShe also makes some poor decisions to make some deals on her own which works out to actually give us a plot and not a protagonist watching a plotThe attempt to patch the world holes is nice We get some backstory on the kids at the comic shop who seem to know Wicked Loving Lies everything and who write up what they do We also get a briefxplanation of why different cities hero and villain teams don t cooperate although it s inconsistent with some information we have about rogue agentsThe love storyies isare handled nicely and no mediocre sex scenes to waste pages The kiss to transfer power trope is continuing and I find that intriguingSadly we perpetuate the seemingly inconsistent cosmology regarding the Kairos why Las vegas Why is the supposed First Issue there Just how does this fit into an actual world instead of a cityAs a 4 color comic book themed story we have to ask how are the action set pieces There is a chasebattle that starts in an orgy the anticipation is well handled and fun there *isa chase and battle at the start with a few good surprises We *chase and battle at the start
WITH A FEW GOOD SURPRISES WE SOME MAZE CHASES a few good surprises We some maze chases short fights that work pretty wellI still want to see a heroine with some backbone hint to the author read the Kitty series of werewolf books to see a spineless character grow nicely and believablyI give it 25 stars It s a chicklet of a book you ll read it in an La heredera del mar evening it sntertaining nough Maybe read it before the first This series really annoyed me I njoyed the background of the main character and the build up of book one but I thought Scent of shadows was better organized it seemed like a second draft This book was a bit sloppy for a few reasonsIt really irked me when Warren basically said Regan is a puppet for the king of shadows but apparently Joanna forgot this because of her shock when her dad told her that he knew Regans schemesI didnt like that Warren is like the dictator of their little group of light instead of the leader I understand the space is i hope made for character development or a part to be xplained later Maybe Warrens a bad guy after all but his character comes off as a brazen teen not as an xperienced adult Warren just bugs The disadvantage of Joanna joining so late is understandable but Warren came off as a hustler He gives Jo a false ultimatum to ither join the light in 24 hrs in the first novel in order to manipulate her to rush to a the light in 24 hrs in the first novel in order to manipulate her to rush to a she isnt committed to making and that is understandable in some respects although arguably not very light of him it makes him seem as though he places mortals and the troop above Jo ven tho he needs her bc shes the Kirios or we but then in book 1 and 2 he has the audacity to bitch and moan that Jo isnt putting Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One everyonelse above her when the light hasnt really proven to be worth it in respect to the way they treat her as a tolerable frenemyIve come to the conclusion Warren is a crappy leader that really doesn t care about his troop i mean the author says he doesnt Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) even You know this fool would distroyveryone just to Take down the Tulpa I also dont like how he seems to be the leader bc of his star sign dont get me started on the zodiac obviously the author is allergic to research not because he really cares about his team A real leader isnt Warren A real leader owns their mistakes and if a team member makes a huge mistake a leader takes it as th. The Second Sign of the ZodiacBeing mortal isn’t Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe easy Being a superhero isven harderEven mortal Joanna Archer was nobody’s idea of a victim But now infused wit.
SUMMARY ¹ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB ✓ Vicki PetterssonEir own fault But no warrens too busy scape goating on the back of Jo and throwing around blame to hide his misdeeds Jo s character really bugged me as well I liked that shes still deciding who she is through the choices she makes but she s really not as clever as she thinks she is I was appalled when she risked that little girls aura to give her x the cure which wasnt done for the right reasons It felt like an obsession with her x than actually needing to save livesI hate how she calls her self a hero when shes not doing it because of a need to protect others Instead she runs around trying to accomplish personal goals at the xpense of A Bride for McCain everyonelse Its good that she finally is beginning to get it at the Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven end of book 2 but it still bothered meThe hugest issue i think was the authors writing The world isnt really clear notnough setting description and its not written clearly This book is ven worst than the first and seems like a rough draft that needed diting A lot of ditingDont ven get me started on Jo s rape as a child The way the author writes it in the first book was very vague I dont want details but she fails to show the true horror of rape of birthing a child from the assault tho we learn differently She tells us instead of showing us She failed in making Jo identifiable and relatable bc of this It just made the work seem sloppy and partially completedShe fails to really give the light a cohesive ideology as well Theres just not nough build to the group and following along with the comics doesnt help bc in this book she doesnt read us anyIdk if ill continue the series Imagine a world where comic book heroes walk amongst us fighting the age old battle of good vs vil In The Taste of Night the battle is between the Light and Shadow forces ach divided into a corresponding sign of the Zodiac Their actions are chronicled by two comic book writers who publish manuals for both the Light and the Shadow sides of the ZodiacSet in Las Vegas the author built a world that is not out of the realm of possibility Las Vegas provides a rich and colorful background full of sounds lights and action Also a comic book hero would probably not stand out in VegasThis book picks up right where the last one nded Our heroine Joanna Archer is masuerading as her dead sister Olivia Archer I shall now refer to Joanna as OJ OJ is trying to reconcile her mixed heritage as both Shadow and Light The Shadow leader wants OJ to join their side The Light side does not really trust OJ and do not tell her much OJ also has a need for revenge She is after her rapist Joauim a most slimy character OJ becomes a bit of a loose canon and both sides have difficulty with herMeanwhile the Shadow side has released a plague on Las Vegas and people are dropping like flies You ve got to hand it to those Shadow agents that was a very creative plague dispersal system OJ s relationship with her step father was often stormy when she was Joanna As OJ she shares a uiet fatherdaughter moment reminiscing about Joanna I found it amazing that he could not tell that Olivia was really Joanna When OJ finally meets the Tulpa head of Las Vegas Evil Central and her real father I was surprised by the loving father role he took on The Tulpa s goal has always been to get OJ to join his side
"And His Methods Were Surprisingly Pleasant I Loved The *descriptions "his methods were surprisingly pleasant I loved the *descriptions the Tulpa The author really has an interesting sense of humor There were a few things that bugged me *of the Tulpa The author really has an interesting sense of humor There were a few things that bugged me Light side behaved a little unrealistically for me They followed rules of A Love To Remember engagement did not cheat and just acted a little too purely for my tastes They did not trust OJ nor did they tell her the fullxtent of her powers OJ was also the only agent able to read both Light and Shadow manuals Why not use that to your advantage I found the leader of the Light side to be a wuss I felt like he had no business being leaderI Her Stolen Past (Family Reunions enjoyed this book way than the first I m glad that I had the opportunity to read it Thanks Steph The action was literally non stop And whoa There were some really good bombshells revealed I can t wait to read the next book to find out what happened So I keep telling myself that I m not going to read this as the world just doesn t make as much sense as it should Then I pick it up and read another hundred pages and wonder what my problem is I m not overly fond of the characters I don t like the writing style very much And I particularly hate that people don t figure out the whole JoOlivia thingAnd yet there is something compelling about it I really want to know what happens next Will I get the next book and read it too Yep The Taste of Night picks up where The Scent of Shadows left off Joanna in the body of her sister Olivia is still trying to adjust to her life with the merry band of superheros who battle the Shadow Zodiac She continues to hunt down her rapist Joauim a big baddy with the ShadowMeanwhile in Gotham City Vegas the Light is chillaxin in their hideout with the belief that things are uiet because the Shadow must regroup and all is well Joanne doesn t agree and does what she does best disobey orders to stay put When a super deadly plaue is released on Vegas killing thousands the Light try to find a way to stop it and save those who are sick This series is so different from any others that I find it a fun read The action was non stop and there were some major revelations in this one Injoyed this book than the first and hope the series continues to improve with ach book Thanks to AH for joining me for a buddy read Can Joanna Archer overcome the desire for vengeance that drives her into defeat after defeat and ultimately her own destruction I take that to be the theme of this second novel in the Signs of the Zodiac series The first book The Scent of Sha. H the supernatural power to alter the battle between Shadow and Light forever what she’s become is a target And when a toxic virus invades the valley her allies