The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

64%

24 Critic Reviews

I found so much wrong with it from the writing (and I was a Pettersson fan before this book) to the story and beyond.
-RhiReading

Synopsis

“Exceptional. Mystery, crime scene drama, and more than enough romance to keep the heart pumping blend seamlessly into an enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages.”
—Kim Harrison

“A delectably dark paranormal thriller. I’ve always been a fan of Pettersson’s work, but she knocks it out of the park with this one.”
—Kelley Armstrong

Vicki Pettersson, author of the New York Times bestselling Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy novels, breaks out with The Taken. The first book in her sexy, supernatural noir mystery series, Celestial Blues, The Taken features a former p.i.-turned-fallen angel and a beautiful, tough Las Vegas reporter—the most unorthodox pair of avengers since Jeaniene Frost’s Cat and Bones—joining forces to confront a terror that threatens to wreak murderous havoc in both the mortal and the immortal worlds. A dark and delicious mix of noir mystery, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, The Taken is a must-read treat for the insatiable fans of Nalini Singh’s angel books, and for the many, many readers who have made Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton fantasy superstars.

 

About Vicki Pettersson

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Signs of the Zodiac series-and former showgirl-Vicki Pettersson was born, raised, and still lives in Sin City, where a backyard view of the Strip regularly inspires her to set down her martini and write.
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Harper Voyager. 433 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Taken
All: 24 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Miriam Kriss on Apr 02 2012

The resulting irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy.

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Starburst Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Blackshaw on Oct 22 2012

Pettersson clearly understands the genre for which she is writing and isn’t afraid to highlight its strengths.

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Bitten by Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jackie on Jul 27 2012

Fans of straight suspense novels will eat this up.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Above average
Reviewed by Natasha Carty on Jun 12 2012

Together, Kit and Griff make one helluva team—the reporter and the P.I. The Angel and the woman who is so full of life. The retro rockabilly chick and the real thing...

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Renee on Jul 13 2012

I liked many of the messages in this book but there was little to no suspense.

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All Things Urban Fantasy

Good
Reviewed by Julia on Jun 24 2012

Though THE TAKEN is satisfying all on it’s lonesome, I’m excited to know that it is just the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Yummy Men Kick Ass Chicks

Above average
Reviewed by Julie on Jun 12 2012

...I’m sad to say that the pacing really did affect my rating for this book.  This is a ‘story just beginning’ and I am definitely going to be reading the next book because I truly enjoyed the concept, the characters and the mystery.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by My Bookish Ways on Jun 10 2012

You won’t be able to put it down, and you’ll be rewarded in spades.

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Tynga's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Aug 15 2012

All in all, THE TAKEN is a great addition to the genre.

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Bibliophilic Book Blog

Good
on Mar 20 2014

...The Taken is a unique voice in the paranormal mystery/romance genre. I am looking forward to see where the Celestial Blues series will take us next!

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Below average
Reviewed by Jaime on Sep 12 2012

Things moved quite slowly at times, and it took me a long time to get into the story.

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I Smell Sheep

Below average
Reviewed by Sharon S on Jun 14 2012

The characters feel a little stiff . . . the beginning is slow.

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Candace's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Candace on Apr 18 2012

This one was a bit slow at times.

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The Qwillery

Good
Reviewed by Qwill on Jun 12 2012

Ms. Pettersson combines the celestial, the underbelly of Las Vegas, Rockabilly, noir, and mystery, mixes in some wonderful characters, and delivers a great read.

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Rabid Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Carmel on Jun 07 2012

The Taken is a dark tale modeled off of the butterfly effect and has all of the makings of a great story but unfortunately there were just too many elements that didn't sit right with me.

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Waiting for Fairies

Good
Reviewed by Kiara on Aug 13 2012

It’s a sweet romance tale, with the bite of murder and conspiracy.

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Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy

Good
Reviewed by Miss Vain on Jun 12 2012

The plot was engaging, and descriptive with plenty colorful and vivid details.

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RhiReading

Below average
Reviewed by Rhi on Jun 05 2012

I found so much wrong with it from the writing (and I was a Pettersson fan before this book) to the story and beyond.

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Excuse Me, I'm Writing

Good
Reviewed by Kit-Bacon Gressitt on Jun 11 2012

In The Taken, Pettersson’s combination of dark fantasy, some choice historical tidbits about Las Vegas and the city’s criminal and political benefactors, and the running theme of the mystery behind the Shaw murders suggest some entertaining possibilities

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Now is Gone

Good
Reviewed by Katy S on Sep 06 2012

There was a lot of humor in this, which I always love.

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Kaleidoscope Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sara Walker on Aug 14 2012

Fans of Pettersson will certainly enjoy THE TAKEN, but with its toned-down fantasy and more cheerful heroine giving the story broader appeal, I think many more readers will be taken with Pettersson.

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Books, Yarn, and Ink and Other Pursuits

Below average
Reviewed by Kristi C on Jul 11 2012

Those who wanted a smoothly wrapped-up ending didn't get it with Joanna and her story.

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Oh the Book Girl

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Dee on Jun 20 2012

The story was well paced with moments of intensity balanced with lightness captured in the rockabilly life style.

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A Novel Woman

Good
Reviewed by A Novel Woman on Jun 12 2012

It sizzles as it propels you on a dark and dizzying ride to the hereafter, then it bitch-slaps you right back to reality. But in a good way.

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