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The Given: Celestial Blues: Book Three

The Given: Celestial Blues: Book Three

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by Vicki Pettersson

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The dramatic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson’s critically acclaimed Celestial Blues series—an inventive blend of paranormal romance, noir mystery, and urban fantasy—involving a fallen angel and a flesh-and-blood rockabilly reporter.

After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty


The dramatic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson’s critically acclaimed Celestial Blues series—an inventive blend of paranormal romance, noir mystery, and urban fantasy—involving a fallen angel and a flesh-and-blood rockabilly reporter.

After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows.

Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who’d rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past. If he’s to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives . . . and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Earthbound angel Griffin and his mortal girlfriend Kit, introduced in The Taken, were separated at the end of The Lost, but neither is happy without the other. Kit wanted to give Griffin a chance to look for his wife once they learned that she hadn't died the night that Grif did, back in 1960. There are forces both mortal and angelic determined to stop Grif, and only Kit can help him find the truth and solve his own murder once and for all. VERDICT The premise of an ex-PI angel and an earthly reporter teaming up to solve crimes is certainly different, and this combo of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and mystery is going to be in demand for those who read the first two volumes of this trilogy and want to see how it all ends for Kit and Grif. For another noir take on angels, try Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night.
Publishers Weekly
★ 03/24/2014
Pettersson’s absorbing third Celestial Blues paranormal (after The Taken and The Lost) drags its protagonists through 50 years’ worth of emotional entanglements. Fallen angel Grif Shaw was a 1950s PI, and old habits die harder than he did. Unable to resist the lure of an unsolved mystery, he broke his own heart—and that of Kit Craig, his intrepid modern-day rockabilly reporter lover—to search for Evie, the wife Grif mistakenly thought had died with him. Pettersson cleverly integrates this complicated tale of love and loss with plenty of action and investigation: as Kit digs into a vicious and all-too-believable nursing home scam, Grif learns the reasons for his own murder. Pettersson’s skill at capturing emotion in lyrical passages sets her head and shoulders above her peers. Her finest creation is Grif Shaw himself, the man many women want and few women find, with a soul like a knuckle-scarred fist offering a single perfect red rose. (May)
Romantic Times BOOKclub on The Lost
“The Lost is one exciting follow-up! The romance between Kit and Grif is equal parts passion and doubt, keeping readers hanging on the reach the conclusion. And what a conclusion!...This is a wonderful sequel.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read.”
Kelley Armstrong
“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.”
Kim Harrison on THE TAKEN
“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seemlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages. I can’t wait for the sequel.”
Suspense magazine on THE TAKEN
“Intriguing mix of paranormal, romance and mystery with just enough suspense!”
Sophie Littlefield
“A stylish, atmospheric mash-up of rockabilly and angelic affairs quickly reveals itself to be so much more: THE TAKEN proves that Pettersson is not afraid to explore the darkest corners of the human heart – and that her gift for redemption is unsurpassed”

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Celestial Blues Trilogy , #3
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Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling 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 Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Place of Birth:
Las Vegas, Nevada
B.A. in English, University of Las Vegas, 1994

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The Given: Celestial Blues: Book Three 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked with the first book. Am Sokol glad it ended the way it did. Miracles do happen!
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Loved this trilogy. This was a great read. Lots of twists and turns .........some I had wondered about and others genuinely surprised me. I just loved Griff and Kitt and am so happy about ...dont want ti give away anything....so lets just say I fo recommend this book but def read first two in the series. Definite treat!
superbooks More than 1 year ago
All 3 books were a good read. The part I am not happy with is the $10.99 for the last book with less then 500 pages. Shame on you for over charging for a nook book!!!!!
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Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
Really good! Recommend it if you like Vicki's other books.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 REVIEW:  By far my favorite book of this trilogy! Honestly I was not sure what to expect in this book. I have liked Grif & Kit in the first two but was still on the fence about them. But was in love with them after this book. The world that Vicki has created was very different and interesting. It makes me wonder if we will see any more trilogy’s set in this world (I think Dennis needs a book or two). The twists and turns in this trilogy were great. Vicki kept me wondering the whole time. And yes The Given is highly emotional, I did cry.  This was my first set of books by Vicki Pettersson and I am so glad that I pick up this trilogy. I do plan on checking out more of Vicki’s books in the near future. If you are looking for a really good trilogy I would suggest picking up this series and find out for yourself “Who Killed Griffin Shaw”.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from Edelweiss & Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
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LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: *Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review I truly don't believe that this brilliant piece of storytelling genius can be properly summed up and done justice by yours truly, but I shall endeavor to try... I have enjoyed this series since book #1, but this installment had so much wonder, so much intrigue, so much surprise (OMGoodness the twists!!), heart, and action that it was all I could do not to be overwhelmed by all that it made me *feel*. And that, is the most honest telling of a truly remarkable piece of literature there is. The Given picks up where book #2 left off with both Grif and Kit trying to find a way to live their lives without the other and still get the answers that they both so desperately seek. When a mysterious murder brings them back together, they have no choice but to confront their feelings while working together to solve the crime, and possibly, find out once and for all who actually killed Griffin Shaw. Unbeknownst to them, however, there are some heavy hitters in play, about 50 years of subterfuge, a whole lot of manipulation, and some crazy, dark secrets. The CELESTIAL BLUES characters are ones for the ages. They're so well thought out and defined that they are hard to shake for days after the completion of a book, and will always remain in a special place of your memory even months afterwards. They're also timeless, and in 20 years, this book will still seem current. I am really going to miss them.  This world is unique and complex in its simplicity. What I mean, is that there aren't tons of different supernatural creatures, there isn't a crazy 'rule' system, it's just the Centurions, the Pure, and... life, as you and I know it. Sure there are some prophecies and things that are uniquely fantastical, but it's just so well developed, it feels like you could actually live it. And like I said in book #1, while I enjoyed the action, mystery and romance, my favorite part of the book was the underlying message - that life is meant to be lived, enjoyed one day at a time to its fullest, and that death shouldn't be feared, because dying means you were once truly alive. This was only strengthened by Kit & Grif's struggles & made more obvious by everything Kit *is*.  I am in love with this series and I can see myself reading it again. The noir elements were a draw for me from the start and I couldn't have hoped for more personally with Vicki's mesh of all that I love - dark urban fantasy, mystery/thriller, and paranormal romance. Add in the stellar way that this series was ended, and I will recommend this book far and wide. I do, however, suggest that the trilogy be read in order. This book wouldn't mean nearly as much, or be quite as touching, without the backstory and arc developed in the first two books.  So, so good! :)