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The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  5,482 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil.

A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas—a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac's dark side: Joanna's father. Chaos and
Paperback, 440 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Harper Voyager
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Jan 25, 2011 AH rated it really liked it
Recommended to AH by: Steph
Imagine a world where comic book heroes walk amongst us fighting the age old battle of good vs. evil. In The Taste of Night, the battle is between the Light and Shadow forces, each 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 Zodiac.

Set 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, fu
Jan 03, 2013 Monique rated it did not like it
Having 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 then end up having to be rescued... You're "tough" if you can get yourself in to and (more importantly) OUT of trouble. I guess I was hoping for another Rachel Morgan, Mercedes Thompson or Kitty Norville kind of character.(Bad ass!) Joanna talks the talk but can't walk the walk. She's a selfish chara ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
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 Jo/Olivia thing.

And 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.
Marcy Jo
Jul 16, 2008 Marcy Jo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myalltimefaves
This book was freaking fantastic. As much as I liked the first book in this series, this on just blew it out of the water. There is still a lot of mythology being built around what you're reading, and sometimes you have to pause to think about what is really happening, but it doesn't take take away from the story at all. The characters are so relatable. You just want to hug/pat their head/kiss/beat the crap out of them. And the end? Sheesh. The END. I can't WAIT to read the third book. In fact, ...more
Aug 15, 2007 Seth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who weren't turned off by the first book. Maybe people who didn't read the first.
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
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 Guys(TM), some deus ex machina that fits the comic genre very well, and an attempt to clean up some of the absolutely horrible holes in the world setup.

Our heroine, the superhero with no discernable special powers other than the body of a playmate (a real playmate--she was in the magazine about
Oct 03, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
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Feb 16, 2010 Kay rated it liked it
Ok , I'll admit it. Maybe I was just expecting too much after The Scent of Shadows. Because even though I know this was a well-written, cleverly plotted book - I couldn't help but be disappointed. Before I get into why, I just want to reiterate that this is an amazing series. Vicki Pettersson has created a genuinely unique universe in an already saturated market. I guess these next comments could be considered the nit-picking of a fan.

My trouble was with the main character, Jo. While I had quite
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The Scent of Shadows was one of the first urban fantasies I read, but I knew it was different even then. Many people said the first book was too much setup and not enough follow through, and that it was confusing. I saw it as exciting, unique, and interesting. It was not the typical butt kicking ultra powerful super perfect girl that everyone loves running around killing bad guys. The Taste of Night simplified things a bit, but was still interesting. The best part: the characters.

Joanna Archer i
Apr 08, 2012 Ambre rated it it was ok
After initially quitting this book in disgust, I went back to it out of desperation- I read a lot faster than the library acquires. Anyway, I was able to get through it after letting my initial reaction fade a bit.

I think I have determined that I really wouldn't like this author much if I met her in person. Why? Well, even her "good guys" are entirely willing to throw friends under the bus to get what they want. Everybody in these books resorts to back biting eventually. And, well,the heroine wo
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 Joaquim, a big baddy with the Shadow.

Meanwhile in Gotham City Vegas, the Light is chillaxin' in their hideout with the belief that things are quiet because the Shadow must regroup and all is well. Joanne doesn't agree and does what she does best - diso
Jan 15, 2008 Sammi rated it really liked it
Like the first book in the Zodiac series, this book kept me involved and intrigued from the beginning. I had dreams about the storyline and the characters, I wished I had two sets of eyes and two brains so that I could read while at work, read while driving, read while in the shower... I even wanted to skip sleep altogether just to finish this book! I highly recommend it. It shows that even superheroes have faults and make mistakes.
Jan 22, 2008 Chad rated it did not like it
Took this on vacation as an emergency book - it was really bad. Couldn't finish it. I really wanted to like it - I really did and I admire the author for creating a heroine and new world. I just can't get beyond a hero that continually puts people in dire straits (her troop, a little girl, a would-be boyfriend, an old boy friend...)
Theresa Materazzi
Apr 09, 2015 Theresa Materazzi rated it really liked it
A world of comic book characters from both sides good and evil how could you go wrong?! You can't! Progressing through this series keeps me hanging on as I get to learn more and more about each sign. Fabulous! I can't wait to read the next book!
Mar 10, 2013 ☀Rachael☀ rated it liked it
I do like Jo but there is something missing from this to stop me from loving it!
Nov 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, sexy, 2007
I enjoyed the second book as much as the first. Action packed and sexy with enough plot to keep you interested.
Apr 08, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I love this series. So glad I bought all of them!
Jul 17, 2011 Adrielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-baby
This is a fabulous world. Light and dark, good vs evil involving comic book like characters in real time. Love it! I am actually going to reread this series.
Ladawn Bowling
Mar 28, 2013 Ladawn Bowling rated it it was amazing
i think im glad kim harrison is so awesome about posting on facebook when her fellow authors books are on sale. i never would have picked up the series otherwise but now im really into it.
Amie Doughty
Jan 22, 2017 Amie Doughty rated it liked it
I found Jo quite unlikable for the first half of the novel, but in a way that was necessary for her character to grow. (She reminded me of Rachel Morgan in books 2 and 3 of the Hollows, and of Harry Potter in book 5--immature and trying to make sense of her new reality now that the initial change has happened.) Not quite as good as the first in the series but still entertaining.
Mar 15, 2017 Melisande rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2017
This series is not my most favorite but sometimes I need a change of pace in what I read and it fits the bill. I would recommend it to people who like super heroes
Haralambi Markov
Jun 18, 2008 Haralambi Markov rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr
After reading “Scent of Shadows” by Vicki Pettersson I was left ecstatic with the Urban Fantasy genre as a whole even more as it was my fourth book into the genre. While “Stray” offered great amount of sexual tension and feline shapeshifters, “Halfway to the Grave” lots of action and sarcasm and “Touch the Dark” mix from mythology, magic and intrigued, it was “Scent of Shadows” that defined the genre for me. Vicki Pettersson pulled out a whole new world out of the nothing, relying on almost noth ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Nairabell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 5-star
Joanna Archer's life changed when she discovered that Las Vegas was a battleground for the Agents of Light and Shadow, and that she is the Kairos - a warrior who is from both sides, and is free to choose her own allegiance. Now Joanna's life is split between masquerading as her dead sister Olivia and battling as the Light Sagittarius warrior against the shadow. But then Las Vegas is gripped by a terrifiying epidemic triggered by the Shadow, and Joanna is about to learn that the people she has co ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
Picking up three months later, The Taste of Night begins with Joanna settled into her new identity, but still not having gained the trust of the other members of her troop. She's still set on exacting revenge against Joaquin, but once a deadly virus is released in the city, Joanna has a new mission. She meets a Shadow initiate named Regan who seems to be feeding her useful information about them, but of course, Joanna can't tell her team or else be seen as a traitor. She essentially has to act l ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Marcia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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May 12, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After reading the first book in the series, I went and downloaded the second to my Nook in and effort to read a series through to the end before starting a new one. I was not disappointed with this plan in the least. It was almost as if it was an extension of the first book, flowing right into it.

As I expected, there was none of the slow intro that there is many times in the first book in a series. If you read the first book, you would already know about the paranormal world Jo lives in. This al
Nancy O'Toole
Mar 14, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it
Joanna Archer's life changed forever the night her sister died and she found out about the Zodiac. That in Las Vegas, an underground battle was being fought between the forces of the Light and Shadow, and she had the most important part to play. As the mythical Kairos, Joanna is both Shadow and Light. Her estranged mother was once the Archer of Light, and her father is the Tulpa, an evil creature that runs the Shadow side. Now, the Archer of Light herself, Joanna struggles to adjust to her new l ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Lesley rated it did not like it
UG. How could I have liked the first book so much and then hated this one?

Let me tell you how >.<

This book stank of filler. It stank of, "Well, the original plotline I had in mind would probably end the series too soon, and my editors want to stretch this out into a longer series, so hmmm, what can I randomly stick in there to pad out the series?" So 3/4 of the book was the heroine making the SAME MISTAKE over and over again. And over again. One more time? Sure, why not? Should we get any
Jul 14, 2009 Kimberly rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book more stars. I have really enjoyed the concept, characters, world, etc.

WARNING: There will be spoilers if you continue to read on. You've been warned!!! :~) :~)

Lets start with what I liked:
~The heroine's growth and more accepting attitude toward her new life.
~Most of the other heroes. Hunter, Felix, Venessa, Tekla are all great and add extra depth.
~Ben's love for Joanna and protectiveness of Oliva (OK so they are one in the same at this point, but he doesn't kno
See this review at Smash Attack Reads!

The 2nd installment in the Sign of the Zodiac opens up with a bang! Olivia, aka The Archer, is at a charity ball where she is auctioned off to the highest bidder for a date. Unfortunately, the joke is on her when the bidder calls her by her true identity, Joanna. An explosive pursuit follows as Joanna races after this Shadow agent, only to find herself facing two of them. While one of the Shadows is only an initiate,
Gwen Mitchell
Jul 30, 2008 Gwen Mitchell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Comic readers, Urban Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Gwen by: Britters
(See my review on Book 1 if you're lost)

In the second book, Jo's character really comes through with some stronger introspection. My friend was right - she does keep screwing up. She's imperfect, and she knows it - which is always a good thing. She struggles, and makes perhaps not the best choices, but I was finally 'on her side' by about the halfway point of the second book. More of her past was revealed, and I could relate to her feelings about the events of the first book. The premise of the
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Vicki Pettersson is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, most set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll ever consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas,Texas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

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