The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1)

The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1)

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by Vicki 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.”

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A sure bet for urban-fantasy readers of all types, but especially fans of Carrie Vaughn, Jim Butcher, and P. N. Elrod.”
Suspense Magazine
"Intriguing mix of paranormal, romance and mystery with just enough suspense!"
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.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read.”
Kim Harrison on The Scent of Shadows
“The Scent of Shadows is a bold concept, skillfully developed. The ugly grit and intoxicating glitter of Vicki Pettersson’s world of Las Vegas is the perfect mirror for her character, Joanna Archer, whose hard past flows into her unimaginably chancy future.”
Diana Gabaldon on The Scent of Shadows
“From the one-damn-thing-after-another school of unputdownable books, The Scent of Shadows rockets into the air and explodes like fireworks, with nonstop bursts of action and imagination.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“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.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub on 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.”
Suspense magazine
“Intriguing mix of paranormal, romance and mystery with just enough suspense!”
(top pick) - RT Book Reviews
"Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062064646
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Celestial Blues Series, #1
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,175,992
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.04(d)

What People are saying about this

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 heartand 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).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Place of Birth:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Las Vegas, 1994
Website:
http://www.vickipettersson.com

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The Taken: Celestial Blues: Book One 3.6 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 324 reviews.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
I'M A SUCKER FOR A SEXY GUMSHOE I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in preparation for an Event that LITERAL ADDICTION was doing with Vicki in mid-June 2012. I'm a fan of Ms. Pettersson's, and seeing that this was the first in a new series I was seriously intrigued. Not to mention that the blurb was original and that peaked my interests even more. In preparation of the read I did a little research and saw that the pre-release reader reviews were quite low rated. While I didn't let that impact my decision to start the book or my thoughts, it was always in the back of my mind. After finishing, I have to say that I'm very shocked at the low reviews. I REALLY enjoyed it! It was a heart pumping mystery with intense action, old fashioned romance, and just enough of the preternatural to keep it in my 'usually preferred' genre, and while it's a long book, I read it in 3 sittings. I adore Grif. Maybe because I've always been an absolute sucker for the dicks & gumshoes of the past - the Humphrey Bogarts and Dick Tracys of the world. Those smart, sexy, intense, standoffish, sleuthy men who could solve a crime by finding a book of matches. Those that while maybe not classically handsome could still make your heart swoon with just their smarts, a cock-eyed fedora and a trenchcoat. *sigh* Grif is all that and a bag of chips! LOL. He's uber sexy, tortured, haunted, smart (and smart-a**), plus... he's an angel (literally). Kit is an amazing heroine as well. She takes on the world with a smile, all the while staying true to herself despite what others think. She's also strong, smart, and compassionate and an incredible investigative journalist (a profession I thoroughly enjoy in my fiction). Together, these two are the ultimate pair, yet their relationship is tragically flawed and utterly doomed from the start. It made you cheer them on and wish for the best even more, and made my heart swell anytime anything did go their way breaking through Grif's ice and bringing one of those wide smiles to Kit's face. I loved the book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel! I have to say that 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. LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Taken 4 1/2 Skulls and would recommend it to all Urban Fantasy and Mystery lovers, especially those with a penchant for vintage PI and Detective work.
Raven_WrathJM More than 1 year ago
This book had so many intriguing elements to it that they all melt together to create a fantastic story that simply cannot be defined. It's a mystery with a slight paranormal aspect to it with some romance woven in. The characters are interesting and alive- even the secondary characters grab your attention and make you care about them. I'll do by best to summarize briefly without spoilers. Griffin Shaw is a kind of angel tasked with helping humans to the other side who've died tragically. He meets rockabilly reporter Kit Craig when her best friend is murdered. They end up working together to try to solve not only her best friend's murder, but that of his wife and himself, the latter occurring some 50 years earlier. There is action, mystery, humor, drama, and just the right amount of romance. Definitely for adults only, as the bad guys in this do VERY bad deeds. But men and women alike will enjoy this author, book, series. DO NOT MISS THIS GEM!
pen21 More than 1 year ago
Good start to a series. I was impressed with this book and will be watching for the next in the series. The private investigator angel trying to do his job by collecting a journalists soul. I am curious where the series will go. I like the private investigator/mystery feel to the book. There was some good ground work for developing characters that will bring me back to the series.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Whodunit Debut! Vicki Pettersson has once again created a unique addition to the urban fantasy genre. All her books are so original and darkly complex. I loved her Sign of the Zodiac series and I can tell that I will love this new series just as much. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I generally don't gravitate towards the life after death or ghost type books. However, this is no ordinary ghost chaser novel. The action was plentiful and the story, fresh and exciting . The characters had great chemistry and were each very likeable. A lot of the plot was predictable, but no less engaging and intense. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and eagerly await the next book in the series, The Lost due out 3/19/2013.
Death_lynx More than 1 year ago
50s noir in modern times Rockabilly lifestyle, angelic hosts, and a murder mystery combine to create interesting characters and complex plots in a manner we've come to expect from author Vicki Pettersson. To fans of her Zodiac series, do not expect more of the same. While the world she crafts in Celestial Blues is every bit as intricate and novel as in the Zodiac series, the fantastical elements are much more subdued in The Taken. Subdued, however, does not mean nonexistent and the elements of paranormal add to the overall flavor of the book without wholly overwhelming it as so often happens in Urban Fantasy.
AilishsMom90 More than 1 year ago
Vicki Pettersson is a master at creating lush worlds with multi-dimensional characters. The Taken is no exception. I can only compare it to a roller coaster ride. She carefully builds suspense like the slow ascent and plunges you into danger right along with the heroine. I loved the emotional tango Kit and Grif performed. Just enough romance and just enough turmoil, neither one over the top. The villains are disgustingly vile and convincing. Her take on the angel mythos is something new and while pertinent to the story, doesn't detract from the gritty noir style. I can't wait to continue this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. It kept me interested until the very end. My only concern is the lack of details for this world she has built and the rockabilly life style. I would have loved to learn more about the angels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, atmospheric urban fantasy with a fresh take on the gritty paranormal--I'm sick of vampires and werewolves, and Pettersson goes in a different direction. Her books are all set in Vegas and it's clear she knows the town from the vivid picture she paints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scent of Shadows was one of my favorite series and this book is even better. Couldn't put it down, I am looking forward to the continuation.
bookgirlTC More than 1 year ago
Griffin Shaw is a Centurion - an angel who takes newly-dead souls to the Everlast. He takes pity on a newly-dead woman, Nicole, and brings her back to life so she can change her clothes (because, of course, you spend eternity in te clothes you die in). This makes his superiors angry, so they transform him into a living human, where he meets Nic's best friend, Kit Craig. Journalists Kit and Nic were working to uncover a prostitution ring and Nic was killed because of their work on the story. Kit is next to die, but Grif has a hard time carrying out his orders. The storyline revolves around their sleuthing attempts to discover Nic's killer and their growing attraction to each other, which Grif resists because of his need to discover how his wife was killed - and the fact that, as an angel, he doesn't want to get involved with a human. I was tired of the plot by the time the novel ended.
M2Y More than 1 year ago
I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING THIS ONE! I don't understand why some people are giving it "one star" with no real critique. If it's not your type of story, don't read it and don't rate it! Pettersson has created a story that is well written and very engaging. Her characters are colorful, and the plot flows smoothly. I don't normally have time to read leisure material, but this is one Free Friday story that immediately piqued my interest. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story about angels with a different perspective....they are not all perfect, beautiful beings. Good visual description of people and places takes you right into the story and keeps you there. I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if urban fantasy isnt your usual genre give this one a try. And DONT penalize the author and book with a one star non review just out of frustration for factors that dont pertain to the book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to say Thank You to B n N for offering a Ff book ea wk. It's FREE people. Dont put one star then complain about B n N choice of book, or having bought a NOOK! Kindle is nothing special. There r over a million FREE BOOKS if u just go to SHOP n type in 0.00. U can also type in free sci fi, or any other genre u like. So Amazon is no better. So very sick of this weekly bashing of B n N. I m looking forward to reading this book, a new genre for me. Try that, why don't u instead of whining every week. Vallie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book, Sorry but I couldn't even finish it.
cathieag More than 1 year ago
It seems the author was torn between a solving a mystery or having a love affair evolve between humans and non-humans. Either way they didn't seem to come together well. I liked the mystery part though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and entertaing book.
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NookWorm79 More than 1 year ago
I was bought and paid for with the first sentence. This book was very fun from a gruff Centurion being thrown back onto earth for his kind mistake to the recently deceased to the hard nosed, but sunny reporter for a dying newspaper doing what she can to kind her best friend's killer. I must have gotten this book on a freebie friday a couple of years ago and let it sit because I wouldn't have paid much for an untried author in the paranormal romance genre that can get raunchy quickly and lose it's plot. This doesn't happen here. I found myself swept up by the story, laughing at inner monologue, and cringing at some of the nefarious deeds taking place. I look forward to reading the next book - and I won't wait years to read it, this book was too good!
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Ive never regreted a buy as much as this book. I didnt like the heroine. She acted so desperate for the 'love' of a man who to her face..tells her he loves someone else. Also i did not appreciate the inaccuracy of information about the mormon belief and faith. I knw many of that faith and they do not practice polygamy. Also the whole idea of how the bad guy is getting girls is impossible. Like i said.. ive never disliked a book as much as this one.. it will definitely be deleted from my nook. Save ur money and buy a book with a strong heroine.