Category Archives: Vicki Pettersson

May 2014 Releases

Done with April 2014 Releases? Here are May 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Despain, Gaither, Pettersson, Winnacker)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Cassie Alexander: BLOODSHIFTED: 1st July 2014: Buy (US)
K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr: ODIN’S RAVENS: 13th May 2014: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: WHO NEEDS ENEMIES: Buy (US)
Ilsa J. Bick: THE SIN-EATER’S CONFESSION (paperback): 1st January 2014: Buy (US)
Gail Giles: GIRLS LIKE US: 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Erica Hayes: DEMON CHAINED: Buy (US)
Karen Healey: WHILE WE RUN: 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE: 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL: Buy (US)
Vicki Pettersson: THE GIVEN: 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, & Brenna Yovanoff: THE CURIOSITIES (paperback): 1st January 2014: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: SINNER: 1st July 2014: Buy (US)

19th March 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Liz Coley
Pretty Girl Thirteen [also published as Pretty Girl-13]
HarperCollins (US: 19th March 2013)
Review
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Angie Chapman is only 13 when she gets lost in the woods in the middle of the night. The next thing she knows she’s returned home, scars around her wrists and ankles, physically exhausted. Her parents collapse into tears when they see her, but Angie doesn’t understand – until they tell her she has been missing, presumed dead, for three years. Angie doesn’t remember anything from her missing years. But there are people who do – people who could tell Angie every terrifying detail, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With help, Angie begins to unravel the darkest secrets of her own past. But does she really want to know the truth?

Vicki Pettersson
The Lost (Celestial Blues, Book 2)
HarperCollins Voyager (US & CA: 19th March 2013)
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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.

March 2013 Releases

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[REVIEW] The Taken – Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson
The Taken (Celestial Blues, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 4th June 2012; US: 12th June 2012; UK: 11th October 2012; AU: 15th September 2012)
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I really like the first three books in the Signs of the Zodiac series (the next two are on my shelf; I’ve yet to acquire the last), so I was looking forward to Vicki Pettersson’s new Celestial Blues series.

But The Taken‘s plot is nothing new: Powerful and/or wealthy men run a prostitution ring involving underage girls. Someone investigating it is murdered. The new element is a Mormon leader is a head honcho, auctioning off the virginity of girls in his Church, including his own daughters.

Organised religion. If it’s not in an “inspirational” novel, it’s usually portrayed as bad. These authors should take a page from South Park: In that episode, yes, the origins of the religion are mocked, but the Mormon family and their values are really nice and non-corrupt. So why the evil Mormon in The Taken? Yes, the guy needs a way to access to a lot of virgins, but why specify him as Mormon? He seems to not respect women, yet he’s married a bunch of them. Polygamy may be illegal in some places, but it’s not evil – not when everyone in question consents to the marriages.

I’m not religious or spiritual, but it made me uncomfortable to read. Like the whole religion is being judged as evil, instead of just this one character. That doesn’t seem fair.

But I can be totally critical, too, and I am when it comes to the rockabilly “lifestyle” as portrayed in the novel. (The real deal may be entirely different, so I’m judging only the story’s version.) Kit Craig claims it’s not superficial, but when explaining what it’s about proves that it does indeed sound shallow: Clothes, cosmetics, hairdos, tattoos, cigarettes, hot rods, and pinups.

Griffin Shaw, who actually lived in the 1950s, is suitably sceptical of the lifestyle. The ’50s were like any other period – such as now – with war, corruption, street-hooking, and murder. There’s a scene in a tiki bar (I still don’t know what “tiki” means), in which there’s something about the billies being afraid of death, so they choose to live like it’s the past, but I don’t quite follow.

Kit’s logic differs to mine on other matters, too. I’m not a fan.

I’m fine with Grif, but I don’t get all the stuff about the Everlast and angels. I often struggle with the supernatural (my logic), though; it simply requires too much suspension of disbelief, and I don’t have that patience.

But the setting of Las Vegas is fabulous as always. Vicki Pettersson writes it so well that even someone like me who’s never been there can learn to love it. But the rest of the book just didn’t grab me. I’ll be giving Book 2, The Lost, a fair go, but what I really want to read is the rest of the Zodiac novels.

October 2012 Releases

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9 New Covers (Claremont, Coley, Harrison, Jones, Kristoff, Pettersson, Reisz, Shusterman, Worth)

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August 2012 Releases

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12th June Releases

Happy Release Day to…

Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, Book 2)
Penguin (US, UK, CA, AU: 12th June 2012)
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

Diana Peterfreund
For Darkness Shows the Stars
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US: 12th June 2012)
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It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth – an almost unrecognisable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret – one that could change their society…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Vicki Pettersson
The Taken
HarperCollins Voyager (US: 12th June 2012)
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Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets…and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul – Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped. Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder – and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie. Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife…