The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1)

The Taken (Celestial Blues Series #1)

by Vicki Pettersson


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ISBN-13: 9780062064646
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Series: Celestial Blues Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,330,829
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.04(d)

About 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).


Las Vegas, Nevada

Place of Birth:

Las Vegas, Nevada


B.A. in English, University of Las Vegas, 1994

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.”

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The Taken: Celestial Blues: Book One 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 329 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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Original and different! Loved it!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Taken is my second attempt to read one of Vicki Pettersson¿s novels. My first try was the First Sign of the Zodiac novel, which I never really got into. I thought I¿d give her another try with this new series, especially when it looks like such a fun noir/mystery type deal with a good dose of urban fantasy fun.Kit is an investigative reporter in Sin City, where she prides herself on finding the truth. After a young girl is found dead in a motel, Kit knows this is her next big story. Just as she becomes involved in the investigation, she meets Griffon, a Centurion (basically, a low-ranking angel). The two, of course, are down to each other, but not just to unravel the truth behind the murder, but in other ways as well.I had somewhat high hopes for this book. I was expecting something fun with plenty of steamy moments, snappy dialog and fun characters. No serious plot needed. What I found was close to my expectations, but it just didn¿t quite get there. First, this book is slow. It was a little painful to get into a first, and I felt like the author had, at best, a jumbled sense of where she was going much of the time. I spent much of the novel lost and confused between a semi-entertaining plot, a handful of decent one-liners and some very steamy scenes. Nothing here really reached critical mass for me. Perhaps this will be cleaned up before the first version of the book is published, but right now, I would say there are many other series in the urban fantasy/mystery genre that do it better.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was interested to see what the author could do with Rockabilly, noir, angels and murder. Obviously, Ms Pettersson is a very talented author who received success with her "Signs of the Zodiac" urban fantasy series. "The Taken" didn't appeal to me much on first glance, but I thought maybe the author could prove me wrong. Unfortunately, I ended up bored through most of the novel."The Taken" is about an angel named Grif who died in the 50's. He messes up when he goes to usher a woman into the afterlife. This inadvertently paints a target on the woman's best friend Kit. When he attempts to save Kit because he feels to blame, the two end up forming a partnership of sorts. He will help find the killer and Kit will help him find out who killed his wife decades before. The storyline really does sound interesting. I loved the rockabilly lifestyle and I would have gladly read more about these people; I found them irresistible. Unfortunately I found the book to be very slow paced and I never took interest in either Grif or Kit. On the surface I should have loved them both, but I just didn't. The thread about the killer was ok. I will definitely say what is going on behind closed doors in this story was pretty jarring and certainly unique...but everything that surrounds it is just bland.After recently reading a string of exceptional books, I found I almost couldn't finish this one. It was a struggle to plod through the story and I actually felt relief upon finishing it. Other may enjoy the story. It certainly is unique in plotting and execution. It is just not for me and I won't be continuing the series. If you like Urban Fantasy though, you should give the Signs of the Zodiac series a try.
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Love Grif! Thrilling story with fun characters.
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