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The Lost

(Celestial Blues #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  737 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 l
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Harper Voyager
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While Kit and Grif still had plenty of appeal and charm and various other pleasantries, I found myself a bit lost with this particular read. Sure, the hard-boiledness still captured and held my attention, and sure, the story moved along at a rather reasonable clip, but I found my mind drifting toward the nether regions, and my heart didn’t miss a single beat. A nurse may have visited me while I was counting ceiling tiles, and I may, or may not, have had an IV injected in my arm, somehow improvin ...more
Zee Wyatt
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am having an extremely hard time getting through this one.

I really liked The Taken and couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. I'm 2 hours and 36 minutes in (listening to the audiobook) and am having a hard time continuing. The story is still very good, but the heroine, Kit, is becoming beyond annoying.

In the first book I could understand her desire to solve the case and not leave until it was solved even with her own life at stake. She had lost two people she cared about to this story so
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
So these books are not fast reads, even though it's not a high page count. Now that being said the build up to the "big thing" at the end is interesting. But once you get to the last 20% or so it goes from an ok read to a holy crow read. And that is my reason for my love/hate relationship with Vicki Pettersson's writing style. Now some major bombs were dropped at the end of this one and I do want to read book 3 soon rather than later but I know it will be a chore to get through to "the meat of t ...more
Lolly's Library
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.' Some things were improved, but some of the same
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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The Celestial Blues series has one of the best premises that I have seen in a while. It’s original, filled with great characters, and oh so stylish. The Lost wasn’t quite as action-packed as the series debut, The Taken , but it was still a great read. 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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, noir, 50s, rockabilly, paranormal romantic suspense
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Noir
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of urban fantasy, Noir, Rockabilly lifestyle, paranormal romantic suspense
Trigger Warnings: drug use, abuse, and overdose; gangster/mobsters; murder

My Thoughts: I have to say that I think I would probably kill for a car like Kit's. 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 des
First Reads Review - The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

So I signed up for this book out of a relatively new and growing appreciation for romance novels, and for paranormal romance more specifically because that's just where my interests are, in a more speculative setting. So I saw this and saw it was fairly popular and lucked out when I won it from the First Reads giveaways. I have to say, though, I am glad that I got into romances with other books, because The Lost was rather disappointing in most wa
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*First Thoughts*

The Lost is the continuation of the Celestial Blues series featuring former PI now Centurion Griffin Shaw who was given a second chance to find out who murdered him and intrepid rockabilly girl reporter Kit Craig who Griffin saved in The Taken and has a few skeleton's in her closet as well.

The Lost actually takes place four months after the ending of The Taken. Once again Petterson sends readers on an emotionally dark path that includes Kit's p
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summary: Kit and Griff have had a steady relationship for months, but their romance is far from perfect. For one, Griff is part human and part Centurion, and all dead. Also, Griff's been tasked to find "The Lost" and it leads them to an unusual but potent drug. Kit is haunted by Griff's ex-wife and her own past. But the big question still looms over them: "Who killed Griffin Shaw?"

Review: I'm really growing fond of the Celestial Blues series. From the characters to the world building to the sett
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I feel like I’m the odd woman out here but I actually enjoyed this installment more than the first one. Pettersson toned down the rockabilly and angelic aspects this time around which are, oddly enough, what make this trilogy so unique but also what annoyed me in The Taken because they were overdone. I found The Lost to be a more balanced read with equal attention given to world building and to the storyline. I enjoyed Vicki Pettersson’s dark writing style, complex charac
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

There is something sort of magical about this series. I’m not sure if it’s the dark and gritty world, the fallen angels mixing with the humans, or just the Rockabilly feel of the story. It perfectly blends two eras by having a fallen angel that is kind of stuck in the clothes and mentality of the 50s (he’s the original), and the human girl he’s dating in the present, who has embraced the Rockabilly lifestyle (the wannabe).

I love both of their characters. Griffin Shaw, the Centurion, is just tor
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this instalment and ending up skimming the second half because I found myself really disliking Kit. She was judgemental, self rightteous, manipulative and whiny. She made very poor, impulsive decisions with no thought for the consequences or how her decison would effect other people simply because she was convinced of her own superiority and righteousness. And her behaviour to Griff and jealousy of his first wife was selfish and childish. Griff has horrible nightmares about his ...more
Bookkaholic Magazine
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
(See our full review over at Bookkaholic.) I feel like I’m the odd woman out here but I actually enjoyed this installment more than the first one. Pettersson toned down the rockabilly and angelic aspects this time around, but I found The Lost to be a more balanced read with equal attention given to world building and to the storyline. I enjoyed Vicki Pettersson’s dark writing style, complex characters and, the way that the past and present collide.
Jan 15, 2014 marked it as tbr-series-sequels-x  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This one was sadder than the first book. The series seems to be getting darker as it goes. (and the first book was pretty dark.)
Heather Gilbert
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Vicki Pettersson! Every book I have read by her embodies elements of suspense, adventure, paranormal and romance - all without the trite and cliche 'happy ending' - at least not till full culmination of the tale, and even then the ending may not jive with the formulaic norm. This book is no exception; after the build up in Book 1, "The Taken" which led to an odd, yet strangely suited romantic relationship between Griff and Kat, this novel expands on that love affair - then gut checks you ...more
Adam Neve
This is neither here nor there, but I like the covers of these books a lot.

Demoted Angel Grif, and rockabilly Lois Lane, Kit, decide to tackle the mysterious death of a random drug addict. It's a pretty shoddy set up for an entire novel, but, here we go. The characters don't change much over the next few hundred pages and mostly continue to reiterate the same worries and concerns they had about each other in the first book. This story has the same merits and flaws as the first.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually liked this book. The ending was very good and set up the third and final book very well. Kit isn't torn between two men but she also doesn't hold punches either. She's not my normal heroine and in a world where a lot of books seem to be about finding and keeping a man, this one isn't so much about keeping a man, but knowing when to let go too.
Don Hart
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just could not get invested in this book. The plot was not great and most of the book involves wallowing in angst by the two main characters.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vicki Pettersson's The Lost pretty much picks up where we left off, granted it is a few months later. Grif and Kit are living pretty happily together. But there's still some strain between them. Mostly because Grif has nightmares and calls out his ex-wife, Evie's name out at night.

I guess I wasn't really made aware of what being somewhat human meant for Grif. He still has his angel powers and what not and still must help souls cross over when he's told to by his boss. But it also means he will
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are familiar with Vicki Pettersson’s Zodiac series then you know she doesn’t hesitate to deal out emotional devastation to her protagonists. She writes dark urban fantasy and that means characters must make hard decisions and sacrifices to do what is right. The Lost is the second book in the Celestial Blues trilogy, and what I love about trilogies is the series arc has to move at a fast pace. Vicki has crammed many complex and intriguing storylines into this trilogy including three series ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters--Kit and Griff--just as much as I did in the first one. Pettersson cranked up the intensity in both the mystery and the relationship. Kit and Griff both struggle to come to terms with pasts that threaten to tear them apart and passion that won't be denied. Their current case has elements that test their courage and their love, even as they both continue to try and solve old mysteries that defined them and could still destroy them. BIG cliffhanger that pulls the reader into ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
More 3 than 4 stars, 3.5 stars

Another pretty and retro cover... just not as engaging as the first book's cover and this can be said for the story too I guess. Like the first it took a little bit for me to get into this one, but it does pick up. The Lost does it's job as a middle book in a trilogy: picks up the story threads where the first left off and sets in motion where things should lead for the final installment, plus throws some conflict in for plot.

There was this TV show a couple years b
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*Beware of possible Spoilers*

Grif and Kit have been living together for four months now and have happily started creating a life together. They can even anticipate what the other is thinking or what they’re going to do. But one thing still haunts their relationship. Grif’s former wife, Evie. Finding out who killed her and himself has become an obsession to Grif, one that even haunts his dreams or make that his nightmares. The one thing that constantly fills Ki
Jeffrey Grant
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The author got better at weaving in the supernatural elements of the story here, so the book didn’t have the disjointed feel of the first one, however where the detective aspects took center stage in the previous book, they get firmly shoved to the sidelines here.

In theory there are two major plot threads going here; Grif & Kit’s relationship/Grif’s wife is one and the drug investigation + scary fallen angel is another, but the relationship angle really takes center stage. They’re bombarded
Michelle Leah Olson
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 bring
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Celestial Blue series by Pettersson. I really enjoyed it. I love the well done investigative urban fantasy and how it has a bit of old-fashioned flare to it. This is supposed to be a trilogy, but I haven’t heard any information about the 3rd book yet.

Grif has been given time to remain on the mortal plain and solve his murder if he concedes to help guide souls that would otherwise be Lost. When a new drug hits the streets people start dying in horrible ways. Grif is
Lynn Gardner
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Here's a book with a beautifully fantastic cover, which I'm such a sucker for. I also read and reviewed the first book, so I knew that I was going to enjoy this one.

It's been a year since I picked up the first one, so jumping into this one meant I had a bit of an adjustment period to try to remember who characters were and what all of the terminology regarding the angels meant. The author made it ea
All Things Urban Fantasy
There is no denying the technicolor beauty of Vicki Pettersson’s rockabilly heroine, Kit Craig. Each crisp, thoughtful detail brings the scent, feel, and lush sensuality of her perspective to life. In THE LOST, however, Pettersson reveals the fragility beneath Kit’s meticulous habits, the dark correllary of her structured world.

Though I adore the moments when I can lose myself in Pettersson’s writing, in the poetry of Kit and Griff’s experiences, those immersive set pieces do not span the entire
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Vicki Pettersson is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, most set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll ever consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas,Texas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

Her most recent release is SWERVE, aptly titled as it's both a chase boo

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Celestial Blues (3 books)
  • The Taken (Celestial Blues, #1)
  • The Given (Celestial Blues, #3)
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