The Lost (Celestial Blues Series #2)

The Lost (Celestial Blues Series #2)

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by Vicki Pettersson

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Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Nowa minor angel, Grif's been granted permission to solve the mysteryof his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those soulswho might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life.Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene.

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Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Nowa minor angel, Grif's been granted permission to solve the mysteryof his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those soulswho might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life.Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However,Grif's mortal lover, reporter Katherine "Kit" Craig, isn't constrainedby angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumaticand evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers'flesh from their bones, and Kit's crusade to get it off the streets is set topropel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They'll haveto scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . .before it's chosen for them.

Editorial Reviews

Fifty years ago, Griffin Shaw and his wife were savagely murdered. He has been returned to life as a Centurion, an angel who can aid the otherwise doomed. In this captivating follow-up to Celestial Blues series starter The Taken, he and his mortal love interest "Kit" Craig scope out the culprits behind a deadly drug ring. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original. (P.S. One critic praised this series by former Vegas showgirl Vicki Pettersson as "a mashup of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and noir mystery.")

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Celestial Blues Series , #2
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Kim Harrison

“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.”

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.”

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.”

Meet the Author

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 Lost (Celestial Blues Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read couldnt wait to read this second one after the first
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite Angels, and demons, and humans, oh my! The Lost by Vicki Pettersson certainly has some interesting characters that are used to drive a fast-paced plot.  Griffin “Grif” Shaw, a literal angel on earth (just one with more of an avenging nature), is searching for the truth of his past while trying hard to live in the present with his lover, Katherine “Kit” Craig, a rockabilly reporter.  Grif is consumed by his quest to find out who killed him and his wife the first time he was on earth, and he is bringing Kit along for the ride. While working on the 50-year-old murder mystery, the duo gets caught up in a case that mingles the earthly and the supernatural. On the streets of Las Vegas, there’s a drug that not only kill its users from the inside out, literally rotting their flesh while they are still alive, but the drug also allows passage for fallen angels to rot their souls. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lost, even though I read it out of order. This is the second book in the Celestial Blues trilogy, of which I have not yet had the pleasure to read the first book. But I will say that I am looking forward to picking up a copy to get a full view of the back story that Ms. Pettersson hints at throughout The Lost before I settle in and wait for the third book to be released. This series deserves the chance to be read in order, out of order, and over again.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “The author does an amazing job at drawing out the world and the scenes, it just felt as if I was watching things happen.” ~Under the Covers There is something sort of magical about this series. I’m not sure if it’s the dark and gritty world, the fallen angels mixing with the humans, or just the Rockabilly feel of the story. It perfectly blends two eras by having a fallen angel that is kind of stuck in the clothes and mentality of the 50s (he’s the original), and the human girl he’s dating in the present, who has embraced the Rockabilly lifestyle (the wannabe). I love both of their characters. Griffin Shaw, the Centurion, is just tortured by so many things. He’s on earth looking for his killer (well, his and his wife’s killer) while also trying to solve cases assigned to him. In between all that he sometimes has to transport souls of the recently deceased to the Everlast. He has a lot on his plate and in this book, I think he showed he was having a hard time prioritizing. Kit on the other hand is awesome! She always shows an air of happiness and a tough exterior. However we come to realize it’s not all roses underneath. She’s in love with Griffin but deep down is hurting to have to compete with his dead wife’s memory. She tries to be happy, and she tries to do the right thing, and what’s good. And sometimes, in that search of justice and righteousness, she finds herself in the center of trouble. Her vulnerability made me cry at times. In this book, Kit tries saving Grif’s takes. And by trying to save the ones marked for death they discover a new drug circulating that needs to be stopped, and they also find a fallen angel who is out stealing souls before the Centurions can take them to the Everlast. Of course, once the fallen angel sees Kit, he zeroes in on her and makes it his mission to possess her. The storyline was very interesting and the author does an amazing job at drawing out the world and the scenes, it just felt as if I was watching things happen. This was also an emotional book for Kit and her search of what makes her happy and how to deal with what’s bringing her down. I’m looking forward to the ending of this trilogy in the next book and finding out ….Who killed Griffin Shaw? If you want to try an urban fantasy that is new and fresh, with a touch of old charm, angels and mystery, then this is the series for you! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written series. It's amazing (and sometimes a bit fightening) the ideas rolling around in this woman's head. Vicki, your writing grows with every book. Already wanting to read the next one!
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El_Critico More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the takrn book but this one is somewhat a rehash of the same. Not enough material to hold my attention very long. I would buy it to kill time like on a long flight and it would be worth every penny.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 REVIEW:  In The Lost we pick up where we left off with Grif & Kit trying to solve the mystery of “Who killed Griffin Shaw”. But along the way they are sent on a wild ride of ups and downs and tests to their very fragile relationship.  This was another good book by Vicki. This book was filled with a lot more emotional ups and downs for me. It made me love and hate Grif just a little more with each page. But I will say the very last chapter just flat out broke my heart.  If you are interested in r reading this series you really need to start from the beginning. Starting here will just be confusing. On to the conclusion of the Celestial Blues Trilogy. I know what I am hoping for but we will see what Vicki has in store for me.  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.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
While Kit and Grif still had plenty of appeal and charm and various other pleasantries, I found myself a bit lost with this particular read. Sure, the hard-boiledness still captured and held my attention, and sure, the story moved along at a rather reasonable clip, but I found my mind drifting toward the nether regions, and my heart didn’t miss a single beat. A nurse may have visited me while I was counting ceiling tiles, and I may, or may not, have had an IV injected in my arm, somehow improving my overall well-being. The past may have attacked my faded blue jeans, and my hat may have been tilted just a bit to the side, as I tipped it in the direction of the skirts and blue-eyed wonders that happened to cross my path. THE LOST left me a bit red in the face, and more than once I was forced to consult the map on my passenger seat. I probably missed a turn or two, but I was certainly happy when I reached my final destination. The mystery certainly intrigued me, but it wasn’t a perfect logical leap from the first tale, and it wavered a bit during various increments along the way. I found my attention vacillating and my car swaying as I took more than a few turns too sharply. Blinking a bit too rapidly, I propelled myself into a ditch, since I didn’t have Griffin Shaw to show me the way. Kit came alive in this novel after a bit of a slumber in the first go round, but it wasn’t enough for me to rate this novel higher. Maybe it was my place in the universe, or my sense of self, or I might have gotten just a bit spoiled after I first dipped my toes in the swimming pool, but I’m a bit sad to admit I didn’t like this one better. A part of me feels as though I’ve somehow failed this book, but with the curveball headed my way, I’ll probably take one more last swing for the fences and hope I don’t spin myself around and tumble to the ground. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden Private Investigator
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The story was ok, but Kit is sure not growing on me. Too bad he saved her in the first book. This would be a better series witnout her faux rockabilly schtick.
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I have read many good books but Vicki Pettersson will take you down new roads of imagination and gut wrenching feelings. You may or may not know Vegas but you will know the people who live and work there and they will become part of your life. Angels! Your entire concept of the after life will be re-arranged into a mind expanding world that is closer to us than you ever knew. For a true journey into new concepts of evil, good and what lies in between, read everything Vicki Pettersson has written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read the first book i couldn't wait to read the second. It wasn't as thriiling as the 1st. I wanted to know about the picture if it was Evie! I hope there is a third book.
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LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L. Olson: *eARC received from Edelweiss Like its predecessor, The Taken, The Lost is a highly emotional, deep, mysterious and entertaining urban fantasy read. Again, Vicki makes a clear underlying statement with The Lost. The Taken taught us that life is worth living and should be enjoyed one day at a time never fearing death, and The Lost explores the very human weaknesses that we all suffer from – jealousy, insecurity, doubt,  etc – by bringing them to light and working through them via the characters. Seeing the struggle and resolution through the leading couple made me as a reader believe that despite what it feels like some days, all things are possible and love can conquer all with some determination, hope and faith. The Lost explores a brand new mystery base – this time a turf war between rival drug cartels, and a new street drug that is simply sickening. It’s thrilling, surprising in many places, and you can’t help but root for the good guys and sneer wickedly at the villains throughout the tale. We also got get to meet more of the supporting cast in The Lost and get introduced to some wonderful new destinations within the CELESTIAL BLUES universe. We’re introduced to a very intriguing ‘big bad’ in Scratch, see the Eternal Forest, and learn more about The Fallen as well. In addition, we learn more about Grif’s situation and get some more bits and pieces in the mystery of “Who Killed Griffin Shaw?”, plus we find out additional information regarding Kit’s past and her mysteries. The arc of this series is progressing quickly, but it’s to be expected with a planned trilogy. I can’t wait to see how things play out with the investigation into Grif and Evie’s 50 year old murder and Kit’s need to know what happened with the murder of her father. I also can’t wait to continue the journey with Kit and Grif as they grow as individuals and deal with the things that are determined to tear them apart while learning more and more about just why they love each other. CELESTIAL BLUES is a unique and fascinating series and I feel that romantic suspense, mystery romance, paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers while like it. I do, however, suggest that you read the series in order and not try to read The Lost as a standalone novel. LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Lost 4 Skulls and I can’t wait for the thrilling conclusion to the CELESTIAL BLUES series. Thank you Vicki for giving me something thrilling and unique to sink my sometimes bored reading teeth into. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending kind of made me mad but this book did answer some questions from the first book. Over all it was ok.
sstogner More than 1 year ago
If you are familiar with Vicki Pettersson’s Zodiac series then you know she doesn’t hesitate to deal out emotional devastation to her protagonists. She writes dark urban fantasy and that means characters must make hard decisions and sacrifices to do what is right. The Lost is the second book in the Celestial Blues trilogy, and what I love about trilogies is the series arc has to move at a fast pace. Vicki has crammed many complex and intriguing storylines into this trilogy including three series arcs: the mystery behind Griffin Shaw’s murder 50 years ago, Kit’s family past involving the murder of her father and the love triangle between Griff, Kit and the memory of Griff’s dead wife Evie. We get some shocking information in regard to all three storylines in this book and I for one am dying to know how this is going to play out.  Each book also has a thriller mystery that is solved by the end of the book. In The Lost, Kit and Griff stumble into a turf war between drug gangs. There is a new drug called krokodil that causes the flesh to fall off the bones of users. The mystery has some twists I didn't see coming and the gang leaders are truly dark and twisted characters. We also finally get to meet a fallen named Scratch, and I really liked this character and his role in the world building. Vicki nailed what a creature from the Eternal Forrest would be like. I have a love hate relationship with this series and therefore this book. I love Griffin Shaw; he is a dark and tortured character that uses few words, but feels so deeply. His struggle is an amazing journey to experience. But… I don’t like the heroine, and Griff’s love interest, Kit. I get her character and that she is hurt and damaged on the inside so she over compensates by being bubbly and self-confident on the outside. I understand her purpose in this story, but she just doesn't work for me. She is supposed to be a smart reporter yet makes some stupid choices from a professional stand point and using her exaggerated sense of doing what is right to justify it. To me she seems like more of a plot device to move along the story of Griffin. Which is okay with me cause I “heart” Griffin Shaw HARD. I might be harsh on the main heroine, but don’t let that keep you from reading this series. It is passionate and rich in so many aspects and like Vicki’s Zodiac series many times I wanted to throw the book across the room and shout NOOOOOO! Vicki has built an original and fascinating world involving angels that urban fantasy fans will enjoy. Did I mention Griffin Shaw’s character is and old fashion charming alpha? Well, he is I loved the description of Griffin’s wings: “She cried out, but it was drowned out by another that squalled like a winter wind. The loosening of a thousand simultaneously unsheathed blades ripped the air behind her, and a thunderous crack sounded, like an old oak snapping at its base.” :Swoon: Grif trying to explain the fallen to Kit: “The fallen angels hate God and everyone on His Christmas list. They especially hate humans.” 4 “Lost” Sheep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice work Miss Pettersson both books kept me in suspence they are a thriller i tried putting it down and end up picking it up again the only problem is i need to ask is there a third book coming out i need to know what happen when he found his wife every detail please