Thursday, May 2, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Lost

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the completed six-book 'Signs of the Zodiac' series, which features reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer, and are set in her hometown of Las Vegas.

Her latest novel is THE LOST, the second of three paranormal mysteries which pair a P.I/angel from the 50's with a modern-day rockabilly reporter. Together, they fight crime.

Though she'll always consider Sin City her 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).

The Lost (Celestial Blues – Book Two)
by Vicki Pettersson


Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . . before it’s chosen for them.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

*eARC received from Edelweiss

Like its predecessor, The Taken, The Lost is a highly emotional, deep, mysterious and entertaining urban fantasy read.

Again, Vicki makes a clear underlying statement with The Lost. The Taken taught us that life is worth living and should be enjoyed one day at a time never fearing death, and The Lost explores the very human weaknesses that we all suffer from - jealousy, insecurity, doubt, etc - by bringing them to light and working through them via the characters. Seeing the struggle and resolution through the leading couple made me as a reader believe that despite what it feels like some days, all things are possible and love can conquer all with some determination, hope and faith.

The Lost explores a brand new mystery base - this time a turf war between rival drug cartels, and a new street drug that is simply sickening. It's thrilling, surprising in many places, and you can't help but root for the good guys and sneer wickedly at the villains throughout the tale.

We also got get to meet more of the supporting cast in The Lost and get introduced to some wonderful new destinations within the CELESTIAL BLUES universe. We're introduced to a very intriguing `big bad' in Scratch, see the Eternal Forest, and learn more about The Fallen as well. In addition, we learn more about Grif's situation and get some more bits and pieces in the mystery of "Who Killed Griffin Shaw?", plus we find out additional information regarding Kit's past and her mysteries.

The arc of this series is progressing quickly, but it's to be expected with a planned trilogy. I can't wait to see how things play out with the investigation into Grif and Evie's 50 year old murder and Kit's need to know what happened with the murder of her father. I also can't wait to continue the journey with Kit and Grif as they grow as individuals and deal with the things that are determined to tear them apart while learning more and more about just why they love each other.

CELESTIAL BLUES is a unique and fascinating series and I feel that romantic suspense, mystery romance, paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers while like it. I do, however, suggest that you read the series in order and not try to read The Lost as a standalone novel.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Lost 4 Skulls and I can't wait for the thrilling conclusion to the CELESTIAL BLUES series. Thank you Vicki for giving me something thrilling and unique to sink my sometimes bored reading teeth into. :)

The Lost

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