The Taken: Celestial Blues: Book One

Paperback | June 12, 2012

byVicki Pettersson

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“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seamlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages.”
—Kim Harrison

“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.”
—Kelley Armstrong

Vicki Pettersson, author of the New York Times bestselling Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy novels, breaks out with The Taken. The first book in her sexy, supernatural noir mystery series, Celestial Blues, The Taken features a former p.i.-turned-fallen angel and a beautiful, tough Las Vegas reporter—the most unorthodox pair of avengers since Jeaniene Frost’s Cat and Bones—joining forces to confront a terror that threatens to wreak murderous havoc in both the mortal and the immortal worlds. A dark and delicious mix of noir mystery, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, The Taken is a must-read treat for the insatiable fans of Nalini Singh’s angel books, and for the many, many readers who have made Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton fantasy superstars.

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“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seamlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages.”—Kim Harrison“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.”—Kelley ArmstrongV...

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Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose l...

Vicki Pettersson is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowb...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062064649

ISBN - 13:9780062064646


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent start to a new series! Full review at I'll admit I was surprised when I heard Vicki Pettersson was ending her Signs of the Zodiac series at six books. It seemed like a short run for a series, compared to Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison (13 books each) and Laurell K. Hamilton (20+ books). When I heard Pettersson's new series revolved around the Rockabilly subculture, I grew nervous. Can a subculture sustain the worldbuilding required of an urban fantasy genre? Or will it collapse into its own novelty value? I was, however, pleased to hear the new series, the Celestial Blues series, will still have all the things Pettersson does so well: mystery, fantasy, and a backdrop of the ever-fabulous Las Vegas, home of Pettersson. The promo for THE TAKEN suggests the story will answer the question "Who killed Griffin Shaw?" Not to spoil it for you, but we don't get an answer. The real question that should have promo'd the book is "Who killed Kit Craig's best friend?" because this is the murder that is solved in this book. It's also the murder in the present. Griffin Shaw's death happened fifty years ago-- the killer is long gone, along with most everyone that knew anything-- although, this does seem to be the question that will carry the series. THE TAKEN opens with journalists, Kit Craig and her friend Nicole, trying to catch the bad guy, but things go wrong when the bad guy kills Nicole. Enter Griffin Shaw. Angel. Now that Nicole is dead, he's to take her to the Everlast. But before she agrees to go, she manages to get a moment to leave a message for Kit. This is a slip-up for Griffin, and he finds himself out of a job. Worse, the message doesn't reach Kit-- it's intercepted by the bad guys, putting Kit at the top of the hit list. If you were worried the angels would mean less of Pettersson's brand of magic, don't. At one point, an infant is used as a medium for Griffin to talk to a fellow angel. The magic is still bold and slightly creepy-- trademark Pettersson. The mystery was a little disappointing, though. I wanted Kit and Grif to be more actively involved in finding the killer. I understood Kit needing to get her hair done, it's part of who she is, but then I wanted active persuit of leads. Instead, they get leads and then ignore them. At one point, when Grif is chatting up an old buddy, the former angel asks "Who told you, all those years ago, that I was dead?" This comes as the last line of a scene. The next scene cuts to Kit, and we never learn the answer to that question. Still, the chemistry between Kit and Griffin is undeniable. The pair banter in a way that's reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy or Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D. Robb's series or Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd from Moonlighting. As it turns out, I liked addition of the Rockabilly culture. It splashes colour into the background of the story. It also colours the protagonist, Kit Craig, putting her in sharp contrast to Griffin's more serious nature. In fact, the cover art depicts the duo really well: Kit in her bright red dress, and Griffin faded to the background in grey, wings dissolving into mist. Fans of Pettersson will certainly enjoy THE TAKEN, but with its toned-down fantasy and more cheerful heroine giving the story broader appeal, I think many more readers will be taken with Pettersson.
Date published: 2012-08-25

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