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May 26, 2014

Loved It: Celestial Blues Trilogy by Vicki Pettersson

Harper Voyager
Urban Fantasy
Series debuted 2012
Quotable Quotes

"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!








42 comments:

  1. This sounds really good! I've read some books about angels and stuff, but nothing in them really resonated with me well enough (Except for the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand - have you read that yet?). I wouldn't mind heavy info-dumping as long as it presents the world-building well. This sounds like it, too - world-building, plot, characters, it seems to have it all down. Great review!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. I've read Unearthly but only book 1 and yes, that one's good! Yup you should definitely give this a whirl.

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  2. GOOD to know that this is a trilogy. I have both of the first 2 books, but not being an enormous fan for Pettersson's Zodiac series (I liked them, but I didn't love them), I was waiting a bit . . . I'm glad you loved them, and I'll definitely be moving them up my list ;)

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    1. Really? Oooh I will pick your brains about Zodiac.

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  3. OOOH, so this is what you were binge reading. NICE! I love this trilogy, it's so unique. I posted my review of THE GIVEN today—what an ending!

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    1. I saw and like you, I got teary over Grif's letter ;;(( so heartfelt.

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  4. I have been wanting to try this series since the first book came out, and I just read a glowing review for the final book on Rabid Reads. I really need to binge read it like you said!

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    1. Do so but as it's kinda long-ish but it's a good binge obviously.

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  5. I have the first two of the trilogy in my library and I feel a binge read coming on when book 3 comes out. Can't wait!

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  6. The unique concept and the readability sounds like something that I would love too.

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    1. This is easy to get into as long as you enjoy fantasy reads.

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  7. He comes close in each pic, cool

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    1. Hey I didn't even notice that! Cool observations!

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  8. YEs, oh yes, noir, yes!! I'm getting the third one and reading them all to my heart's content as soon as I can! The whole series sounds freaking awesome!!

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  9. I'm always hesitant with angels (for some reason they don't do it for me)... but your are making me reconsider! Great review!!! :)

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    1. I feel you, I'm like that with other creatures too. I think the noir factor is what will rope you in.

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  10. I love the covers first of all, they are just gorgeous!

    I will definitely give this one a shot, I don't read a lot of angel themed books but the premise here sounds awesome with interesting characters. Checking this out now Braine, great series review! I'm glad you're back from you brings and thanks for the update about that! I normally just dissapear! LOL.

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    1. We all need to disappear once in a while otherwise we'll go insane!

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  11. I can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy! This is the second AWESOME review i've read today. You guys are killing me.
    Great job!!

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    1. Thanks, Loupe! I love this romance!

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  12. I love these characters! The Taken is one of my all-time favorite reads. Glad you enjoyed this series.

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    1. I saw your review, very encouraging if one is to do a series binge read

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  13. Oh, so THIS is through mystery series that had you MIA last week! It seems like a fairly hefty series to dive in to, but worth the effort. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Andrea... I think I will be doing more of this binges. It's healthy LOL

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  14. I did wonder what your binge sesh was on. I haven't started any Vicki P yet. Glad you enjoyed it. She is on my list to crack this year. I may even have ordered the first book from library. I must check. I did a whole pile of UF requesting , other day. Wonderful review :D Sounds like they get better and better.

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    1. You should seriously consider a job at the library, book procurer! LOL

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  15. I love how unique this series feels. I have been seeing great review for all books so far. Though the preachy stuff will annoy me, I know it. But maybe I can handle it for a good book.

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    1. Well you can always skip those parts if it gets too much and it's not persistent, just on those conversations where the Angels were at odds with Grif.

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  16. I read first book in this series and liked it, but somehow I didn't continue with second book. These days I've seen a lot of good things about book 2 and 3 in the blogosphere, I think I need to get back to this series and soon.
    Great review.

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    1. That's because the series is done, no more waiting :D

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  17. Fantastic review and I was wondering what books had you on a binge. These have been on my wishlist and you my dear make me want to read them now!

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    1. I hope you take the time, the incentive is the series is over so no commitments

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  18. I've been dying to read this series, I have book one on my shelf already :D

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  19. I love stories with angels/fallen angels, Braine, and this series sounds fantastic! I'm so glad you spent some time in an interesting world with great characters while you were 'away'. ;)

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    1. Yeah this is very different, it's the noir factor that made this outstanding.

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  20. A bing read is somethimes just the thing you need! Love, love the covers. They are fantastic. And yes, the books sounds amazing too. Angels? Interesting.

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    1. I've been binge reading a lot lately, I find it more enjoyable so I don't forget the details.

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  21. Woot! I have the first two! I need to find them. They're somewhere around the house in one of the bookcases. lol I just love these covers. Glad to hear what's inside is a damn good time :)

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  22. Hahaha! Time to hunt for them!

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