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City of Souls (Signs of the Zodiac #4)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,015 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac

Joanna Archer, Agent of Light, has survived a violent initiation into the paranormal world lurking behind the seedy seams of Las Vegas. She’s found a home, friends, and even the chance for a new life and love.

But evil never rests, and to save her beloved city, and herself, Joanna must venture into a new world hidden among the shadows, one where
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published June 22nd 2009)
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Sep 06, 2009 Seth rated it did not like it
I never knew a series this bad actually had a shark left to jump.

Really. Charlain Harris' quote on the front, to "Read this book at your own risk," was all too relevant.

The first book was bad, but fun enough to try the second. The next two tried to get better. This one has about 15 pages of story, 10 pages of plot, and 400 pages of bad, grade-school-level writing crammed into 350 pages of schlock.

The overall plot here is the same as the last three books: is Joanna Archer ever going to realize t
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Fangs for the Fantasy
I am happy to report that this is the first book in this series where I did not come across any GLBT failure. I think Pettersson just decided to go all out with her erasure. As a straight person, I am not in a position to say that the complete erasure was a relief, because it also represents a form of failure that is reoccurring in this genre. Once again, the book takes places in Las Vegas, and there are no people of colour. As a woman of colour, I can say that after watching her treatment of th ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
The Sign of the Zodiac series is on fire. This series gets better with each book. City of Souls is action packed and full of suspense that will keep you glued to the pages and turning them faster to get to the next part. Never a dull moment.

A war is raging in Las Vegas. Lives are on the line. In this book the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and the chances of her escaping are slim to none. When one of the changeling is hurt, now Joanna Archer must save this young girl because i
Aug 08, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, uf
This series is so different from others that I read and that is what I like about it. Joanna has really gone through a lot so far. Each trial she faces makes her a better person and lets her get to know herself better. This book is no exception. Joanna really has a lot going on. Fixing her changling seems to be the most important, because to do that will help right other things. On her journey to discover what it will take to fix Jasamine she is betrayed by people that are closest to her. While ...more
The Flooze
I applaud Vicki Pettersson for her originality in storytelling and world-building. She's certainly created a series very different from any other I've read so far.

That said, the powers of her characters are rather abstract, and there doesn't seem to be any goal in this fight between good and evil. They seem rather evenly matched most of the time, with neither ever really getting the upper hand, so I have a hard time rooting for our heroine. This installment involves Joanna's search for a cure f
Jun 28, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Sometimes you wonder just how much crap the female superhero of the book has to put up with before she blows her top. She's a better good guy than I could ever be. She's continually pushed by the bad guys who want her on their side, her troop of good guys condemn her for things she has no control over and no one will help her figure out how to fix things that are messed up, even though they know the answer. The baddest of the bad guys is a woman named Regan, who was stripped of her skin and is a ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
This series gets better with each book. Pettersson did a fabulous job with the plot. To say my mouth was left on the floor says it all. As with the other books in this series, City of Souls is action packed and full of suspense that will keep you glued to the pages. This is one of my favorite series. Jo is one of my favorite fictionional characters and what can I say about Hunter... HOT!!

I can't wait to read more of Pettersson's books!
Oct 02, 2015 Mo rated it liked it
The fourth sign came to pass (view spoiler), thus (view spoiler), and the fifth sign was revealed (view spoiler).

Joanna now knows (view spoiler)
Jul 05, 2009 Anneliese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What can I say? This was the best book in the series yet and it brought to light some things that had been niggling at me for a book or two. The whole mystery situation with Hunter was figured out, our problems with Warren were brought to a head and, once again, Jo's life was changed forever.

I can't believe I have to wait another year for the next book. Torture.
Kelly Gay
Aug 31, 2009 Kelly Gay rated it it was amazing
This is one of those series that makes me emotionally invested in the characters from start to finish, and this latest installment is spot on -- a total A+, and I cannot wait to see what happens to Joanna Archer next!
Pamela / SpazP
Nov 01, 2010 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
@/;&$@/!!!!!!!!!!!! Review to follow
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
Wow, City of Souls was a huge step up from the previous books in the series! It started off a little rough, but soon enough, all kinds of crazy things were happening! And that ending? What?! Picking up a month after the events of The Touch of Twilight, Joanna is adamant in her drive to fix Jasmine and save Li. She'd also like to get Regan completely out of the picture. Her journey ends up taking her to a place that was thought to be only myth: Midheaven. It's another alternate world, but one tha ...more
Krystal Johnson
Mar 13, 2014 Krystal Johnson rated it really liked it
On the streets of Las Vegas, a war between super heroes and villains, rages nightly. The war is hidden from the very humans the light agents are desperate to protect and the dark agents are battling to destroy. The exploits of both sides are chronicled in comic books believed to be fiction by mortals. Agents can only read the comics written about their side, to retain balance within the zodiac.
In City of Souls, Joanna enters a dangerous dimension called Midheaven, to learn how to heal a changeli
Oct 03, 2011 Nairabell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 5-star
Joanna Archer has survived a lot during her time as a Light agent, not least of all the attacks of her doppelganger. Now two Tulpas war in the skies above Las Vegas, but the Light is losing power and it's safe zones have been destroyed because of Joanna's actions. She accidentally damaged a changeling and in doing so has blocked the creation of the light manuals, the comic books that fill young minds and strengthen the warriors. But to fix the changeling, Joanna needs to travel alone to the dang ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Marissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh-don-t-bother
I really should have read the earlier stories in this series before this one. Since I didn't, this book was very confusing at first, and it took some time to gain an understanding of who the main character was, what the Shadow and Light agents were, and all of these other rules that go along with their paranormal world. And I was completely lost when the story started referring to manuals of light/shadow - which turn out to really be comic books, and the agents are really super heroes that have ...more
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
While I've liked the first few books in the series, I'll admit... the charm has begun to wane for me. The general idea of the series has been done before, but it had been a while since I'd seen anyone do it with a zodiac spin to it. Unfortunately this book has killed off a lot of the series' charm for me.

As you know, Joanna has caused her changeling harm that can't be healed in the last book. This means no more Manuals of Light for the good guys, which means that the Agents of Light are at a *se
Jan 02, 2012 zcb257 rated it liked it
Another great installment! Although not as fab as the last three it did leave me wanting more. I'm always happy to see an author who can keep a relationship interesting, and this one doesn't disappoint. I'm thoroughly intrigued by the twist revealed in City of Souls and can't wait to find out what the hell is going on!

I also loved getting a better picture of what Warren is all about, his slide in the readers eyes is growing, and also thoroughly intriguing! I never much liked the dude, and am gl
Scooper Speaks
Apr 02, 2011 Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. Not even the darkest corner of that beautiful soul.” (p. 310)

The only way to fix the waning strengths of the troop of Light is for Joanna to enter an alternate reality in book four of Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac series. Nothing that enters Midheaven is ever the same and those who leave always end up missing a piece of themselves. Despite the danger, Jo finds a way into Midheaven in search of Jaden Jacks, the only person to ever brea
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
This is the 4th book in the Signs of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson. It was my least favorite book in the series so far. Joanna is confused and is running around not accomplishing a whole lot for most of the book.

Joanna broke her changeling in the last book and because of that the Manuals of Light can't be written and the Light agents have lost all their safe zones. Needless to say the Agents of Light are in serious trouble. Warren tells Joanna that she better fix it ASAP and hints that J
Jan 20, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
This is probably closer to a 3.5, but it had a twist at the end that I definitely didn't see coming and liked quite a bit. (view spoiler) That said, Warren's definitely gotten on my last nerve, to the point where I couldn't help but suspect him as a double agent because why would he willf ...more
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Best Installment Yet!,

I highly recommend you read this series in order (The Scent of Shadows The First Sign of the Zodiac, The Taste of Night The Second Sign of the Zodiac and The Touch of Twilight, The Third Sign of the Zodiac and also Vicki's short story in the anthology Unbound) before tackling this book.

One thing I can say for this was in no way predictable. This installment had so many twists, turns and surprises I couldn't put it down. If you are a Sign of the Zodiac fan, this
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**Review** Joanna broke her changeling in the last book and because of that the Manuals of Light can't be written and the Light agents have lost all their safe zones. Needless to say the Agents of Light are in serious trouble. Warren tells Joanna that she better fix it ASAP and hints that Joanna will find her answers in Midland and that she should find the new tulpa (her doppelganger from the last book).

Although the doppelganger, Skamar, is no longer trying to rip out Joanna's heart and eat it.
Cami B
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Steph Ann
Aug 01, 2012 Steph Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
3.5 stars

The rating may not reflect this, but this is a series I really do like. The problem is it seems to take me awhile to really get caught up in the action of the books. Once I get into it, I'm hooked, which keeps me coming back for more. This book kept that pattern intact.

It was nice to see some resolution to problems that popped up in the previous book, and the ending had me wondering what was going to happen next without leaving a big cliffhanger, which is always nice. I also have to giv
Elena Schmid torre
Mar 20, 2014 Elena Schmid torre rated it really liked it
Still being generous here... should be a 3.5, but gave a 4 for the 2nd half of the book. This is a good story, and the author is at her best when she is dealing w/interpersonal relationships, but the world-building is her weakness. Its a good idea, but I find too many holes/questions and just things that don't add up. Frankly, its confusing. The 2nd half was much better and had some great twists and turns.
Suspense Magazine
May 28, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
Overflowing with razor-sharp wit and lightening speed action, “City of Souls: The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac” takes readers on a journey into the thinly veiled world of the modern day Superhero. Focusing on those beings that quietly stalk the cities to protect us, Pettersson continues to highlight the life of new inductee, Joanna Archer. Joanna and those like her have mastered the ability to hide in plain sight, each living dual lives in order to protect their true identities and superhuman talen ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Candace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-uf
I had hedged and gone back and forth over reading this book, simply because the previous one, while an enjoyable read, was lacking something. I felt that the resolution of the third book was a bit too simple, and that the main character had gone through so much trial only to become some perfect fighter and resolve all the problems.

This book though...I loved it. It is my favorite out of the series. I made the mistake of reading the short story in Unbound before reading City of Souls, so there wer
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it did not like it
This book. Wow, this book. If you read the other reviews of it on Amazon, you will see that it was very polarizing: you either loved it or you hated it.

I kind of hated it.

The whole thing with trying to fix Jasmine - why couldn't that have been wrapped up in the last book?

The freaky weirdness of Midheaven. Time stands still there and let me tell you, it stood still while I was reading that part, too. I can see where Pettersson was heading and what she was trying to do, but it flopped in terms of
May 05, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
This was definitely not my favorite book in the series...there felt like too much unnecessary stuff in Midheaven...but at the same time it wasn't too much?? I don't really know how to explain it... I suppose that it was overall necessary but while reading it it went on and on and on and....*snores*
The "twist" near the end (obviously can't say what it is without giving away kind of a major thing!!!)...Joanna might not have been expecting it but I sure was. Even back since the first book. Part of
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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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Signs of the Zodiac (6 books)
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“There's nothing wrong with you..not even the darkest corner of that beautiful soul. ~ Hunter” 34 likes
“There's this mental illness, right? It's called 'anhedonia.' It means 'without pleasure.' You can look it up, though all you really need to do is look around." She motioned to the door the other women had disappeared through, and to the world at large. "A good deal of people, mostly women, spend their entire lives in this state. It's a sort of half-death. But if you recognize this, you can fix it...You focus on bliss. Small pleasures. Fill your day with as many as you can fit into twenty-four hours. You devote every possible moment not to fulfilling another person-a man-but yourself."-Suzanne
"Sounds hedonistic"- Joanna
"But once you can do this, you start attracting everyone to you. You dont need compare yourself to some other girl, no matter how young or firm or perky she is.....Trust me. A woman like this, one at her best? We're the color of the world. We're the light and the beauty. So focus on your pleasure, and the man you want can't help but realize...that he may be a prince...but your a goddess.-Suzanne”
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