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The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac #3)

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The Third Sign of the Zodiac

Joanna Archer has reluctantly accepted the roles destiny assigned her: Avenger, Savior … Destroyer.

On the surface she’s a sexy, sophisticated socialite, at home among the beautiful people of the Las Vegas upper crust. But Joanna Archer inhabits another world: a place ordinary humans can’t see and could never enter … a dangerous dimension where a
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Published June 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 27th 2008)
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Jun 06, 2008 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: randroids, compulsive series-finishers, aryan supermen, 70's 4-color comic fans
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
I had high hopes that this would be a three-star book; sadly, it isn't. And it isn't the unsupportable world (she's writing her way out of that, slowly), the doormat of a protag (that's getting better over time), or the whoppers that torment the language like a Dominican Inquisitor (she's really improving there, which is good but also kind of sad).

This time, the problem is the the deep-seated assumption on the superiority of the "hero" characters and the protagonist's need to acquiesce to their
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Nessie Smith
If your looking for a strong female? Don't read this book. If your looking for a damsel in distress? Don't read this book. Now if your looking for a book where the character doesn't grow, childish as hell, and creates more problems then stars in the sky. This is the book for you.

Seriously 3 books in and the character doesn't grow a inch, She's all talk and no bite. Her only weapon? Sarcasm that's is. She gets into trouble/creates problems, gets saved only to do it again while everyone is screami
Mar 11, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2011 zcb257 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember, if ever, having cried reading a book. This one had me bawling and it's only midway through the series! This is my favorite so far not only because it made me cry, but because the heroin comes together in this installment. In the previous two books we watch Joanna screw up time and time again with so many 'I told you so's' in her back pocket that I'm sure we all wondered why her ass wasn't dragging. It was actually beginning to annoy. Here she manages to see the forest for the t ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If things aren't bad enough for our zodiac Archer, defender of humans for the side of all things good and light, her thorn in the ass enemy, Regan, has gone one step to far in torturing Jo/Olivia. And it is the one thing that will bring the wrath of Jo full blown down on her. I can't tell you what it is, just know that Jo loses is big time. So now Jo has the Shadow zodiac's out to kill her, her own people shunning her and now a doppelganger trying to eat her heart. But Jo sticks with it till a c ...more
Aely Nah
La course poursuite entre Regan et Joanna prend de l'ampleur et la noirceur de l'âme du Cancer de l'Ombre nous apparaît de jolis en plus au fil de cet épisode. Elle est obnubilée par Joanna et elle n'est hélas pas la seule.
Cependant Joanna ne veut pas changer de point de vue et de priorité même face à la survie du bataillon ou d'innocents. Un seul être lui importe et pour lui elle serait prêté à tout.
Nous retrouvons ainsi la Joanna bornée et sans scrupule mais surtout amoureuse d'un rêve qui n
Mar 19, 2013 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! It took me a bit to catch back up to the trail of the story, but once I did....WOW!
Olivia/Joanne is still dealing with her dual-sided Light/Shadow self. Now she has an otherworldly being trying to become her. AND she has biotch Shadow Regan doing everything she can to take over her life, too, including Ben, Jo's man.
The story moves along at a clip and I decided to get on to the next in the series so I won't lose the thread. I don't want to lose this.
Highly enjoyable and recommendable.
2.5/5 stars. Hmmm. I wasn't overally fond of this particular book in the series. Maybe because I missed Joanna's vindictive side towards characters we had so much invested time with in books 1 and 2. I don't know. I will still likely read book 4, but I am not as excited about the series as I was when I first started it...
Feb 01, 2016 Adrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-baby
More like 3.5 stars.

Joanna is a/the big gun annnnnnnnnnd not much else. There is still the action and trust me it packs a punch but this felt like a little bit of a filler.
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Un troisième tome à cent à l'heure qui nous embarque, nous retourne et nous chavire sans jamais nous laisser reprendre notre souffle. On est lancée dans cette aventure au côté de Joanna-Olivia , cette héroïne râleuse, incomprise et limite asociale dans cet univers tellement riche .Ce dernier est encore enrichi par une nouvelle entité surnaturelle qu'on découvre avec une certaine fascination ...
Vivement la suite il nous reste encore 3 tomes à découvrir en V
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
The Touch of Twilight felt like a filler book to me. It jumps between several different plot threads, and only one of them actually held my attention. In fact, I can't even remember how the book began even though it's been less than 24 hours since I started it. However, at some point Joanna has a lot of stuff to deal with: something is creating black holes all over the city, Regan is still leading Ben on and probably trying to kill him, Regan and the something creating black holes want to kill h ...more
Krystal Johnson
Mar 05, 2014 Krystal Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden from humans a war rages between light and dark agents of the zodiac. Our heroine, Joanna Archer, happens to be both. We see her being followed by a doppelganger throughout her city, Las Vegas. She's looking for many answers, but not having much luck. Everyone who may know something is reluctant at best or their memory fogs up when she asks the important questions. The balance of the zodiac is important within this story so anyone caught in the middle with additional information about the ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Nairabell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 4-star
Joanna Archer has finally accepted her dual identity as a beautiful socialite by day and a warrior for the light by night. But the third sign of the zodiac is about to rise, and it is prophesied that Joanna will turn her back on the light when her dormant shadow side rises and she joins forces with her father, the Tulpa aka leader of the shadows. Joanna is also being hunted by a doppelganger who wants nothing more than to take over Joanna's life, and the shadow agent Regan who is corrupting Joan ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
I am working my way through this series at a pretty rapid rate because it is enjoyable and each book leaves unanswered questions and problems that need a solution. Each book makes the world larger but still leaving the reader wanting more.

As much as I like this series I do have a few continuing issues. This is now the third book in the series and beyond a brief mention in book one, the world is still all White. This is absolutely unrealistic for a city like Las Vegas and speaks very much to the
Regina Martinez
Sadly this one was not my favorite. Good premise of the doppelgänger, the broken changling, and the problem of the comics of the light not being able to be read by the children. I was hoping that the book would have expanded more on these plot lines. Instead the story concentrates on Joanna's inability to grow as a character, she is stuck in her immature antics of only focussing/obsessing on Ben her childhood love. She is hell bent on revenge and destruction of Regan, the shadow cancerian, who h ...more
Jun 01, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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Apr 02, 2011 Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Line: “The need to amputate her smile welled, and I took a step forward before I could stop it.” (p. 7)

Book three in Vicki Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac series, The Touch of Twilight, picks up where book two The Taste of Night ends, with Joanna/Oliva Archer’s arch-enemy dating the love of Jo’s life. Determined not to lose Ben, Joanna is willing to risk everything for him.

This book takes a look into the loss and loneliness involved in being a superhero. Joanna was damaged long before g
Sarina Asheford
Jan 25, 2012 Sarina Asheford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Touch of Twilight was as intriguing and entertaining as I thought it would be. The main protagonist Joanna has a lot of growing into herself to do and the challenge at times seems like it may break her. The ever changing landscape of emotional upheaval and destruction that she faces would definitely break your average mortal. The characters all show strong personalities and quirks that become another challenge for the reader to decipher. Once again at the end of a Vicki Pettersson book I fin ...more
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the last book, Joanna used her changeling, Jasmine, to visit her (supposed) one true love, Ben. This apparently "broke" Jasmine and now the graphic novels that tell the stories of the Light superheroes cannot be written. Without a written history, the Light superheroes run the risk of failing to exist.

Regan, who was introduced in the last book as well, continues to be a scourge on Joanna's life. She has come of age and reinvented herself as a copycat of the real Joanna and is now dating Ben.
Jun 30, 2008 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Joanna Archer is still getting used to the dramatic changes in her life. She recently became a member of a Zodiac-themed group of heroes, and she was forced into pretending to be her late sister as a secret identity. Her situation is even more complicated because of the mysterious disappearance of her mother, her determination to protect her ex from an enemy agent, and the fact that even her allies are waiting to see if the influence of her evil father will turn her against them.

This series is u
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Sign of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson. This book was a strong addition to the series, a lot happens, and many things from the last book are resolved.

In this book Joanna Archer is struggling with a number of things; one of the Shadow Agents (under cover as Rose) has her sights set on Joanna's childhood sweetheart Ben, Joanna is being hunted by a mysterious doppleganger, something has happened to the changeling that protects Joanna, the Tulpa is still trying t
Oct 28, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wild ride in the battle for Las Vegas. I found the first couple of chapters to be almost annoyingly confused and/or vague, like there was complex stuff going on that I was supposed to understand, but didn't. But I guess, as usual, that was a reflection of Joanna's confusion, though it didn't seem exactly presented that way. We soon got momentum going, however, and you were more easily able to go with the flow. It did take Joanna a frustratingly long time to figure out the riddle of the d ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just gets better and better. I mean who wouldn't want to be this kick-ass superhero who everyone wants to keep under wraps or better yet even destroy.

Joanna is back! She is still trying to understand her powers and find her place in the Zodiac troop. It has only been a few months since her 25th birthday and the transformation that has changed her life forever. Then next stage of the prophesy is ready to happen.The question on everyone's mind is, Will her shadow half come into power?
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**Review** Our heroine, Joanna Archer, the Light Sagittarius, comes from a lineage of superheroines. She took over her sister Olivia's identity after she fell to her death in the first book in this series. Now, she's in peril of losing her superhero identity as an unknown doppelganger that has appeared. *Created, naturally, by her own mother!**
If Joanna doesn't solve her double's riddle soon, the doppelganger will eat her heart and assume her identity. This may or may not have something to do wi
Kristina Jo
Jul 12, 2009 Kristina Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
I think I've mentioned reviewing the previous two books how nice it is to have a new idea about good vs. evil. A lot of good vs. bad stories, particularly, I find, superhero stories, revolve around the efforts of good and bad to totally eradicate each other. But 8in this series, the good guys aren't trying to eradicate the bad; they're just trying to maintain the balance between the good and the bad, so that we mere mortals are able to make our own decisions regarding the path we follow.

While I
Janice (Janicu)
Aug 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The signs of the Zodiac series is a dark series with a comic book, Frank Miller feel. The rules of the world are many, and there is a lot for the reader to accept, but I think that once you do, you have a gritty and compelling story that's enjoyable to read, if you can handle an angsty tale. Joanna Archer is an imperfect heroine who does a lot of unlikeable things and makes decisions that I felt were wrong. It's the fact that she keeps trying to make up for her mistakes and her ultimate goal is ...more
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Aug 26, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy and dark superhero fiction
I just finished reading this one, and I must saw, as always, Pettersson's books sure pack a wallop! The Third Sign of the Zodiac is that the Shadow side (or is it the dormant side?) of the Kairos (Joanna Archer) will awaken, and Joanna's father, the evil Tulpa, would like nothing better than to see her join his Shadow team. That is, until he perceives her chi is damaged, a problem which has also caused the manuals of Light to become unreadable, and the changeling Jasmine to develop some of the s ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Light agent's Shadow side rises in Vicki Pettersson's third Signs of the Zodiac novel, The Touch of Twilight.

Masquerading as her dead sister, Joanna Archer has several nemeses of varying levels - not everything goes well for a superhero. New danger is always arising, so Jo has a plethora of paranormal well as the very mortal one of winning back her human lover.

I read the first 100 pages a month ago, then broke away to read other things, and picked up where I left off, so my memor
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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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