Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Guest Review: Kitty Takes A Holiday (Kitty Norville 3)

Kitty Takes A Holiday (Kitty Norville 3)
- Carrie Vaughn

Publisher: Gollancz

Kitty Norville's established herself as a DJ, with her midnight talk show Kitty's Midnight Hour, been forced into revealing herself to the nation as a werewolf and testified to the Senate about the supernatural denizens of the USA, but now it's time to lay low in a remote Colorado cabin and work on her memoirs. Her plans get derailed when sexy werewolf hunter Cormac Bennett shows up with her lawyer, Ben O'Farrell, who's been bitten and is about to turn into a werewolf himself. But Kitty's hideaway is neither as peaceful nor as secret as she hopes, for barbed-wire crosses start showing up all over the place, and, worse, gruesome animal sacrifices are left at her door. Someone wants them gone, and it's up to Kitty and Cormac to find out who's stalking them - before someone gets really hurt . . .

It's great having Mel as a good friend - not only do I get to write book reviews part time, I also get to raid her extensive library whenever my TBR pile gets too small!  It's because of her that I'm reading the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn, and thoroughly recommend you do too.

Kitty is a werewolf and a DJ with her own paranormal-based show in which she gets to explore the supernatural world in which she lives, help other supernaturals with their issues, and sometimes even convert the normal person into a believer.  She has also, over the course of the three books I've read so far, got herself into a heap of trouble!

Kitty Takes a Holiday (I love the titles of these books, so simplistic, like kiddy books, but with definitely adult content!) concerns the premise that Kitty has finally had enough of being attacked, insulted and questioned and has retreated to a cabin in the wilds to lick her wounds and write a novel.  However, as with all Kitty books, solitude and quiet never hang around for long...

This story has some fascinating developments for Kitty, and a very intriguing love triangle (it's not very often I truly can't decide who I am rooting for!).  The reaction of ordinary people to Kitty never ceases to amaze or anger me too, although it also makes me question how I would respond if the creatures from my favourite books came knocking at my door.  At times the pace of the book slows a little too much for my comfort, and there are moments I could cheerfully shake some of the characters for their stupidity or stubbornness, but overall this is an engaging, thoroughly readable, intriguing book that definitely has me determined to steal book 4 from Mel's groaning shelves! 

For those who love Karen Macinerney's Urban Werewolf books, 8 out of 10.


  1. I've seen a few reviews of this series around lately and I really need to pick one up soon!

    Great review :)

  2. I really need to read this series I finished the first one and really enjoyed it so I don't know why I haven't picked up the others, it's probably because I know there is quite a few in the series to read but if you like it I probably will too!

  3. Oh I'm behind on this series but I did read this one. Oh I enjoyed it too. Oh I think you will like 4 as well. Great review. Makes me want to raid her shelves myself. ;D

  4. Great review :)
    And must be awesome to have a friend like that, lol, raiding can be fun ;)

  5. So great when you have someone to share books with, or even borrow books from. :) Great review. So glad you enjoyed this one. This is another one of those series I do want to get to. :) Thank you!