Book Review: Cheat the Grave by: Vicki Pettersson



Publish Date:
May 25, 2010


Mass Market Paperback

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Las Vegas socialite and otherwordly avenger Joanna Archer gave up everything when she embraced mortality—abandoning her powers and altering her destiny to save a child . . . and a city. Now her former allies are her enemies—and her enemies have nothing to fear.

Yet still she is bound to a prophecy that condemns her to roam a nightmare landscape that ordinary humans cannot see and dare not enter. And a beast is on her trail—an insane killer blinded by bloodlust, who's determined to rip much more from Joanna than merely her now-fragile life. Survival is no longer an option in this dark realm where good and evil have blurred into confusing shades of gray—unless she can gather together an army of onetime foes and destroy everything she once believed in.

Review: I love the Signs of the Zodiac series and this book doesn’t disappoint! The Signs of the Zodiac series features modern “heroes”, who have enhanced abilities. There are Agents of Light and Shadow, battling to keep the world balanced with the events being recorded in the manuals (which are the comic book exploits of the Agents). Joanna Archer, who is (appropriately) a Sagittarius Agent, is the main character.

Joanna is the daughter of an Agent of Light and an Agent of Shadow, but she was kept ignorant of this for most of her life. She is tough, yet lonely and vulnerable – which only strengthens her character (in my opinion) because she isn’t this super-hard person who is convinced of the greatness and full of bravado.

This book starts with the troop of Light Agents Joanna belonged to abandoning her and her lover in another woman’s arms. Her world is turned upside down as she no longer knows where and how she fits into this new world. I feel that a lot of readers can relate to having periods in their life where they don’t feel as if they fit in anywhere or are wanted at all when the masks that kept them safe are stripped away.

However, there are people who need Joanna – if only she’d open her eyes to see clearly. I think this is one of the best installments in the series and has given the story so much room to grow and for Joanna to evolve. What happens when you’re caught in between the light and dark in yourself…can you live in the Gray?

The Signs of the Zodiac Series: The Scent of Shadows (1), The Taste of Night (2), The Touch of Twilight (3), City of Souls (4), Cheat the Grave (5), Neon Graveyard (6)

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this book. I have yet to read anything from Pettersson, but I do own some books by her. So I will get on that asap!
    This book looks really good though, thanks for the awesome review & reminder;) ! haha


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