Book Review

THE TAKEN
by Vicki Pettersson

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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Pettersson’s amazing new series is off to a rocking start with this compelling read. Kit Craig may style herself into the past, but her heart is firmly in the present, desperate to believe a man who saved her life. That doesn’t mean Kit will stop searching for answers, even if it makes it harder on Grif to keep her alive. Both protagonists are stubborn, but where death has jaded Grif, it only seems to strengthen Kit. In the end, though, Grif may have free will, but he knows saving Kit will have consequences. He must decide if he wants the new girl or the truth about the old.

Griffin Shaw died 50 years ago, murdered by someone he can’t remember. He has spent the subsequent years as a Centurion angel, someone who guides others who have been murdered into the afterlife. He messed up, though, and let one of his takes change the future after she died. Now Grif is back in his flesh to take Katherine “Kit” Craig, in order to set things right, but he can’t just sit by and watch this rockabilly reporter be murdered — especially since she’s making him feel something he hasn’t experienced since he was murdered and his wife, Evie, died with him.

Kit and Grif take on Las Vegas together, desperate to find out who murdered Kit’s friend and stop them from striking again. If only the most powerful men in the city weren’t somehow involved. (HARPER VOYAGER, Jun., 432 pp., $13.99)

Reviewed By: Lauren Becker

Publisher: HARPER VOYAGER

Published: June 2012

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Taken

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:13pm.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in preparation for an Event that LITERAL ADDICTION was doing with Vicki in mid-June 2012. I'm a fan of Ms. Pettersson's, and seeing that this was the first in a new series I was seriously intrigued. Not to mention that the blurb was original and that peaked my interests even more.

In preparation of the read I did a little research and saw that the pre-release reader reviews were quite low rated. While I didn't let that impact my decision to start the book or my thoughts, it was always in the back of my mind. After finishing, I have to say that I'm very shocked at the low reviews. I REALLY enjoyed it!

It was a heart pumping mystery with intense action, old fashioned romance, and just enough of the preternatural to keep it in my 'usually preferred' genre, and while it's a long book, I read it in 3 sittings.

I adore Grif. Maybe because I've always been an absolute sucker for the dicks & gumshoes of the past - the Humphrey Bogarts and Dick Tracys of the world. Those smart, sexy, intense, standoffish, sleuthy men who could solve a crime by finding a book of matches. Those that while maybe not classically handsome could still make your heart swoon with just their smarts, a cock-eyed fedora and a trenchcoat. *sigh* Grif is all that and a bag of chips! LOL. He's uber sexy, tortured, haunted, smart (and smart-a**), plus... he's an angel (literally).

Kit is an amazing heroine as well. She takes on the world with a smile, all the while staying true to herself despite what others think. She's also strong, smart, and compassionate and an incredible investigative journalist (a profession I thoroughly enjoy in my fiction).

Together, these two are the ultimate pair, yet their relationship is tragically flawed and utterly doomed from the start. It made you cheer them on and wish for the best even more, and made my heart swell anytime anything did go their way breaking through Grif's ice and bringing one of those wide smiles to Kit's face.

I loved the book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel!

I have to say that while I enjoyed the action, mystery and romance, my favorite part of the book was the underlying message - that life is meant to be lived, enjoyed one day at a time to its fullest, and that death shouldn't be feared, because dying means you were once truly alive.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Taken 4 Skulls and would recommend it to all Urban Fantasy and Mystery lovers, especially those with a penchant for vintage PI and Detective work.