Series debuted 2012
"You can't have no future if you don't have no past, and the past ain't never done with you. At the end of your life, all you have is what you know." - Tony, The Taken
"Take it from a pro. You know a man by his thrust." - Bridgett, The Taken
"Being single is about hope. It's about the future... the person you might beet at Starbucks or online or in the next aisle at the grocery store." - Kit Craig, The Taken
"Because it's not about the war, darling. It's about the win." - Kit Craig, The Lost
"Love is only between mankind and God, Kit. It's poisonous to beings that were created, not born." - Griffin Shaw, The Lost
"What will your sunrises look like if I'm gone? How will your days stretch out before you, and what will you do to fill in all of those years, all that time (without me)?" - Griffin Shaw, The Given
A binge-read of Vicki Pettersson's Celestial Blues Trilogy is what kept me preoccupied for most of last week hence my absentia from the blogosphere. The trilogy is a good chunk at 1100+ pages combined and as these are fantasy novels, the intricate myth gave it a little weight in terms of the pace. And I like to take my time when reading urban fantasy because the devil, or in this case, God, is in the details and I don't want to miss anything.
Celestial Blues' myth are based on Angels and life after death and the overarching plot is more about Griffin Shaw, former P.I. turned Centurion, turned Angel-Man, and his and his wife, Evelyn Shaw's death 50 years ago. Even in the Everafter, Grif is still not in peace until he solved the mystery of his murder and it isn't until his path crossed with Katherine "Kit" Craig, rockabilly chick, super sleuth and newspaper reporter, that Grif finally figured out the pieces of his assassination. It all came full circle and you wouldn't believe how thick the conspiracy is and how much plotting went into Grif's death. This is also testament to VPettersson's creativity and genius as each detail is an integral part of something bigger, no afterthought, no beating around the bush. It's clear that the storyline has been drawn and drafted from start to finish. Reading Celestial Blues in succession left in me awe of VPettersson's vision, I wish there were more books but at the same time ending the series at this point is also a good call.
Being the first book in the series THE TAKEN is heavy on the myth building. I was so enthralled with Kit's rockabilly vibe I started researching how to do Victory curls and started practicing it on my own hair. If only I can find the right shade of red lipstick I think I can pull the look off this coming Halloween, LOL. THE TAKEN is also my least favorite book of the three. While all the Angels were pulling Grif this way and that, I felt their conversations to be very preachy. Not that I don't love God, I love God, I just felt like a fiction/fantasy isn't the perfect place to share His Word? I guess I'm just serious with my religion, when one talks about Gods and Angels, I want it to be in a platform where things will be taken as is or even truth and not fiction.
THE LOST was a book about the fallen angels although VPettersson didn't really dwell too much on the good vs. evil theme. THE LOST was more of a devil's advocate kind of thing with Scratch and Sarge tugging on Kit's vulnerabilities and Grif's love than the eternal battle between angels and demons. I like VPettersson's version of "Hell" and it's inhabitants, eternal damnation isn't so eternal and I liked that sense of hopefulness ascribed to the myth. As for our lovers, Kit and Grif are in a cusp at this point, the former madly and unconditionally in love with the latter even if the shadow of Evelyn Shaw is still hovering over their heads. I have mixed feelings for Kit and Grif at this point, I'm sad about their situation because Grif loves Kit but his obsession about his death and his then wife, Evelyn, is too consuming it edged Kit out. Kit for her part is trying to be understanding and accommodating and I can't help but admire her for her maturity. If it were me, I don't think I would be so keen on feeding my lover's obsession with his ex-wife. Ouchie!
THE GIVEN is the best of the trilogy as is fitting as it's the last book in the series. Battles were waged on all fronts. Plot-wise I loved the full circle concept, Celestial Blues ended the way it began and it all concluded with a good bang! Griffin finally solved his murder but not without much heartache. You won't believe the how, why, and who of the it all! The way the mystery played out and its conclusion was great! As for the romance, I loved how it didn't feel convenient and it wasn't a given either, Kit and Grif had to EARN their HEA which made their love story unique and left quite the impact on me. Grif's letter to Kit... ugh!... broke my heart!
Anyway, Celestial Blues is one of the most unique concept I've read so far. Kit is a heroine I won't soon forget and her and Grif's love story really resonated with me. It's so... adult and all encompassing my heart was in sync with Kit's. The feel is very noir and the mystery is simple but thick with intrigue and well played out. So if you're tired of the usual, I suggest you give Celestial Blues a whirl, it's only three books and as the series is recently ended, you wouldn't have to wait for months for the next book to come out. Binge-read this baby, you won't be sorry!