Yippeee, I’ve found another author to put on auto-buy!  This development *always* makes me happy!  Okay, here’s the blurb, and then I’ll gush:  When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.  By all rights, she should be dead.  Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is…and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.  But the nightmare is just beginning—for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own. 

Okay, let the gushing begin *g*.  This book kicked ass.   Seriously…kicked…ass.  I don’t think I’ve been so enamored of a heroine or potential continuing plotline since I first started reading Anita Blake.  Think I can beg/plead/cajole/threaten Ms. Pettersson in leaving well enough alone when it comes to a heroine everybody loves??  LOL. 

This is a dark book…I won’t kid you on that regard.  Joanna is a *really* wounded, scarred person, and there isn’t a whole lotta happiness and light to soften her…and the little bit that is there, well, let’s just say it sucks to be her.  In some ways, this is almost a “literary” book, at least to me, because it tackles really ugly internal issues.  Where Pettersson deviates from the traditional angst-ridden/driven heroine, though, is that Joanna GROWS from her experiences, rather than sitting around the coffeeshop lamenting them and such. 

If you want to totally dive into a book and be immersed, for both the good and bad, grab this one…you won’t be disappointed!