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March 21st, 2007

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09:59 pm - The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
So I picked this one up at Borders the other day, and finished it that night. Suffice it to say, it's pure fun. Pettersson's debut effort, it features some of my favorite hallmarks of this particular brand of horror/fantasy fiction. She's got a smartass heroine who likes to beat up on badguys, a couple of male hotties for virtual ogling and a perfect setting in the artificial light of the Vegas strip.

But those standard ingredients aren't why I loved this book. I loved this book for two reasons:

1. Superheroes and comic books play a major role in her story, and that's just cool

2. Her heroine is dark, really dark. We get actual emotional depth from her, from true sadness, to anger, to introspection, to lust. It's rare to see a range of emotions from an ass-kicking heroine. Lately it seems like we just get to see them vaccilate between their versions of power-boosting anger and bone melting lust. Pettersson lets us see the hurt girl that still lingers in her character, and that's a nice change.

Anyway, it's pure fun. The first in a series. Don't know when book two is coming out.

Current Mood: amusedamused

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Date:March 22nd, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I read the sample bits on line and was interested in getting this one as well. Glad that it seems good. Might have to get it for a trip next month.

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