How have I not read it yet? Noir vibe with a pinup flair! Take a look at the beautiful cover for the 2nd book in her series. Make sure you look at the bottom of the post to see who else is Lusting for Covers. Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers. I love this cover, too. Looks like a great read! Thanx for stopping by my blog to check out my Lusting for Covers submission, too!
Ooh, great cover, thanks for sharing! Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. As usual though Ms. Pettersson's world building is unique, very unique I just wish I was more sold than I am. Mar 02, Lolly's Library rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance , part-of-a-series , amazon-vine , paranormal-mys-suspense , angelic-host.
I hate to say it, but despite some flaws and occasionally wonky writing, Pettersson's second outing in the series is marginally better than the first. I'll admit it, even I was rather taken aback by my urge to read this book when I wasn't all that enthused about the first one. Perhaps it's my insatiable curiosity: I had to know if Pettersson did a better job of things the second go 'round than she did in the first.
Well, to that I have to say 'Eh. Not to mention the mystery wasn't all that mysterious and anyone with half a brain could figure out the identity of the enigmatic woman who shows up in the narrative and is revealed early on to be the mastermind of the troubles in which Kit and Grif get embroiled. Yet, for all that, I still have a weird compulsion to read the next book when it comes out. My guess is because the second book is slightly better than the first book, by the time Pettersson gets to the sixth book in the series, it'll be so good my socks will be knocked off.
Whatever the case, the series and the characters have sunk hooks into my psyche. In The Lost , Kit is still the same incessantly positive, spunky, stubborn, foolhardy-disguised-as-brave, so-upbeat-you-want-to-beat-her-over-the-head-with-a-baseball-bat rockabilly chick we met in The Taken.
However, this time around, her rockabilly schtick seems less of a veneer as it was in the first book which led to the awesome and apt term Rockabilly Barbie. Sadly, I can't take credit for inventing that; instead my friend came up with it in her fabulous review. We're given a better explanation as to why Kit has gravitated towards this lifestyle and why she dresses the way she does and why her house is decorated the way it is, giving Kit more substance than what she had in The Taken.
What hasn't changed is Kit's insistence on running straight into a dangerous situation, especially right after someone usually Grif tells her not to. I get that Pettersson is trying to show Kit as fearless, but there's fearless and then there's just plain stupid and lacking the basic sense of self-preservation. I like my skin just where it is. I think I'll call the authorities and let them handle it. Grif is little better. Once again the now half human-half angel P. The only difference between this novel and the previous one is that in The Lost , Kit finally starts to get a bit more ticked off with Grif on the subject, especially when he keeps calling out Evie's name in his sleep which finally makes her seem a bit human--after all, what woman would like having her lover call out another woman's name in his sleep?
The thing is, though we're told over and over that he's a P. He does nothing active to move the investigation forward. For example, Grif has been looking for a woman who might have information pertaining to Evie's murder; when he goes to his source, he discovers that the woman has remarried several times and has moved away. So he basically gives up that lead as dead. The stupid thing is, he knows the woman's name and he knows where she's moved. So, in this day and age of Google and other public information sources, not to mention the fact that Grif is sleeping with a reporter who has access to even more information and contacts, to just give up on a witness because she's moved away is just The main thrust of the story revolves around the deaths of, let's say undesirable members of the population, from a new drug, krokodil, which hooks a user after one trip, but is made of such awful stuff that it actually eats the person alive from the inside so you start dying the moment you take it; however, if a user tries to stop, the withdrawal is so bad, you can also die from it.
So you're pretty much damned if you do and damned if you don't with the drug. Again, I have to give props to Pettersson for coming up with yet another despicable plot as she did with The Taken. However, as I mentioned earlier, the mystery behind who introduced the krokodil and why isn't as convoluted as one would hope and is fairly easy to figure out.
A secondary plot involves a fallen angel called Scratch, who is having a grand time seeking out those who find themselves Lost hence the title, see? As you can probably guess, Kit ignores every single thing Grif says. And, of course, the third plot line is the one about Grif and Evie, which is basically more of the same from the first book, though it does lead to a denouement at the end in which Kit has to make a difficult choice about whether to stay with Grif having to do with her being mortal and will age and die, and Grif isn't, so he'll have to stand around and watch her age and die.
The climax of the book somehow manages to use all three plot threads to make for one big showdown between all the different participants involving a lot of action and a lot of blood. In the end, there was just enough improved in this book from the first to keep me interested in the third book dammit! Aug 30, Christal Badass Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: pi-detective-cop , paranormal-romance , multiple-leads , arcs , angels , urban-fantasy , drugs.
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The Lost: Celestial Blues: Book Two (Celestial Blues Trilogy #2) (Paperback)
The Celestial Blues series has one of the best premises that I have seen in a while. I love the spin that Vicki Pettersson has put on angel lore and I really enjoy her use of the rockabilly subculture. The pacing of this book was a little slow at times, but it included lo See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews. The pacing of this book was a little slow at times, but it included lots of emotionally charged scenes between Grif and Kit and some pretty jaw-dropping reveals. Grif is an intriguingly flawed character. He is the only being to ever be part human and part angelic and he struggles with balancing his human compassion with his angelic duties.
Grif is still dedicated to finding out who killed him and his wife, Evie, but he is also trying to make a new life with his mortal girlfriend, Kit Craig. If he would just open up to her more, I think Kit would feel more secure in their relationship and with her place in his world.
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Kit has always known that Grif still loves Evie, but her feelings become very conflicted in this book. She wonders if Grif really does love her more than the memory of Evie or if he is just settling for her because his true love is already dead. We learn about her tragic past and how the loss of her parents, especially her father, affected her.
We also learn why she was drawn to the rockabilly world. She proves herself to be very strong here, but I also feel like she has a tendency to make assumptions and jump to conclusions sometimes. It was pretty gruesome and involved members of two rivals gangs, the Russian brutva and the Cuban marielitos.
On top of this, Kit has drawn the eye of a very sick, evil fallen angel and Grif is determined to protect her. All of these plots connect and interweave throughout the story to make one very interesting read. They are very fun characters. I really enjoy the Celestial Blues series and have been pleased with both books overall, but I have to say the ending of this book has me a little worried for the next and final?
Pettersson has ended this book with one heck of a game changer and I think the next book will see a completely different chemistry between Kit and Grif than what readers have come to expect. Jan 17, Katy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, noir, 50s, rockabilly, paranormal romantic suspense.
taitivito.cf Shelves: vine-book , galley-for-review. I looked it up and the Duetto is just a gorgeous piece of machinery. I was really impressed by a bit of detail I noticed in the story, and that is Sergei and Yulyia Kolyadenko. Sergei is described as being from Kiev, and Kolyadenko is a proper Ukranian name.
Not every author would take the time to make sure they had the correct regional name! The drug mentioned in this story, krokodil street name for desomorphine is just as nasty as described. If you do a Google image search, you will find image after image of people with the flesh literally rotted off and exposing their bones.
It's a truly nasty drug. It takes about a half hour to cook it up, and the high lasts only 90 minutes, so once a person has taken that first hit, they're pretty much doomed unless they have the stamina to last through the month it takes to clear out of their system. The fact that people created this thing just blows my mind, and that fact that other people are willing to make their living by basically destroying other people with this sort of drug I found a very interesting video and short article , which I've linked here for sites that allow links and formatting if you're interested in learning more.
As to the story itself However, this book is much more action-based than the first, since most of the characters have already been established in that first book, and the romance aspect is even more subdued, since Grif and Kit are actually together in this book. It's an enjoyable story, and I'm definitely liking the overall story arc of the series, in addition to the specific stories in the books.