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Monday, July 02, 2012

The Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson The Neon Graveyard The Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson

Book stats:
Reading level: Adult
Mass market paperback: 384 pages
Genre: Urban fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: May 31, 2011

Series: Signs of the Zodiac #6

Source: Personal shelf

Reviewed by: Jenn

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

I want to preface this post by saying that Vicki Pettersson writes kick-ass dark urban fantasy. Her books have all of the hallmarks you see in some of the best UF series, plus she's got a distinct voice and has created a truly unique world for the Signs of the Zodiac books. I gushed about this a bit when I dared you to read the first book, THE SCENT OF SHADOWS, a little while ago, so I won't do it again now. At least not at length. Instead, I'll give you the short version: Vicki Pettersson rocks my socks and she'll rock yours too if you let her. =)

THE NEON GRAVEYARD is the sixth and final book in the Signs of the Zodiac series. I always get a little nervous when series finales roll around, no matter what the medium, because I've invested in the characters and the stories and I want a satisfying ending. (**cough** Battlestar Galactica **cough**) It doesn't have to be a Happily Ever After but I want the last book to be a strong finish that's true to the series in terms of style and content. And while I'm definitely sorry to see Joanna go, Vicki Pettersson has created a masterful send-off for her characters and I'm so pleased the series wrapped up the way it does.

It's hard to talk about this book without mentioning events from the previous five novels so this post is going to be short to keep it as spoiler-free as possible. I will say that all of the big questions in the series are answered, though some of the smaller ones remain up in the air. I really didn't mind, though, because there's a lot of advancement in terms of the overall plot points in the series -- Joanna's fight against the Tupla, her struggle to save Hunter from Midheaven, her twisty path to figuring out her role in the greater scheme of things -- and you get to see how much Jo's changed since we first met her in THE SCENT OF SHADOWS. There's also some resolution in terms of where she stands with her former troop and where the greys stand in the emerging scheme of things. You're left with a clear sense of where things might go for the characters after the end of the book, if you know what I mean.

THE NEON GRAVEYARD is pretty much a perfect finale for Jo and company. I'm very impressed with how Vicki Pettersson brought all of the elements in the series' dense mythology to a logical and satisfying conclusion. Fans won't be disappointed!

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Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

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  1. Great review Jenn, and i am glad you liked the book. I don't think I will ever finish the series though, just a little too dark and too strange for me. Perhaps if I really loved comic books this would be more to my taste.

    1. It is a bit darker and different than a lot of the urban fantasy out there. Sorry to hear you won't be going through the whole series. Perhaps her new trilogy will be more to your tastes. (I'll be talking about that next month.)

  2. I love the Zodiac series. Sure, it's a little dark, but it's totally kickass.

    And I like THE TAKEN (the first book of her new "rockabilly noir" trilogy even better. Love the hero & heroine--such great characters!

    1. I have mixed feelings about The Taken but thought Grif was an excellent protagonist. I'll be posting my review during paranormal Summer Camp.