THE SCENT OF SHADOWS
Combining comic-book adventures, astrology and a war between light and shadow, Pettersson's stunning debut is an attention grabber. Original, with a tough and tormented heroine, it delivers a complex new mythology as well as emotional drama and action galore. Pettersson is definitely a hot new star on the rise!
Las Vegas heiress Joanna Archer's life has already been full of extremes. At 15, she was raped, beaten and left for dead. She survived, but then her mother, Zoe, disappeared. Luckily, Joanna is close to her sister, Olivia.
On her 25th birthday, Joanna's life goes spinning out of control. After reconnecting with her first love, she makes a startling discovery about her identity and meets a strange man who tells her she's not human -- she's a Zodiac Light Warrior destined to follow in her mother's footsteps.
When an evil Shadow Warrior seriously wounds Joanna, the Warriors of Light create a ruse to fool the Shadow Warriors into thinking she's dead. Joanna must decide if she's going to become a true protector, but she may not have a choice: At least one of the Shadow Warriors is still stalking her. (AVON, Mar., 528 pp., $6.99)