Monday, March 23, 2009

Reviews: Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty Takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Goes to Washington
About the Book: Celebrity werewolf and late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard and not seen. So when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, and her face gets plastered on national TV, she inherits a new set of friends, and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; an ├╝ber-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone's itching for a fight.

My Review: I enjoyed this Kitty book as much as the first one and was enthralled by the latest addition to the vampire characters in these books. Have I mentioned I love vampires? This story effectively wraps up some loose ends from Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I didn't actually think the plot was as tight in this book, but it was interesting to read about Kitty's adventures in Washington and what the possibility would be of something like lycanthropy or vampirism becoming accepted diseases by the government. Just as readable as the first one!

Kitty Takes a Holiday
After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive..

My Review: This one is probably the darkest of the Kitty books I've read so far. Something I'm definitely feeling from these books is that Kitty is not at any kind of peace. Some things happen in this book that make for interesting story including a new love interest for Kitty! One of the things I liked about this book is that it kind of showed that Kitty shouldn't live in isolation. She's been trying to do things on her own and that wasn't the best thing for her.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kitty's radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver--and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing between the city's two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides. And maybe become what she hates--a killer.

My Review: This might be my favorite one so far, but that could be because it's the one I've read most recently. I really enjoyed it and liked how Kitty had to come to terms with a lot more things dealing with her human side as well as continue to grow in confidence as a wolf. Plus...vampires!

I know these reviews are kind of mini, but that's because it's hard to write varying things on a series like this. I have really enjoyed all of these books and reading about Kitty. I've also come to realize that I like werewolf stories more than I thought I did, but I'm deeply thankful that I'm not a werewolf. These books are extremely fun to read, light, with a bit of exploration into the darker side. I'm giving the whole lot of three 4/5.

Things You Might Want to Know: Some sex, language, and violence. Nothing overbearing though. Oh and some digs at the Bible belt or conservative Christian right.



Julie P. said...

I have to admit that these books were a pleasant surprise. I never dreamed that I'd like books about werewolves, but I think some of Kitty's issues are similar (albeit on a much more intense level) to all women. I agree that it is hard to review each one of these -- I just tried to find a few things I liked from the entire series and feature them in different reviews.

Beth F said...

Just skimmed quickly because I want to read these and I'm always so afraid of even the most minor spoiler.

bermudaonion said...

My gosh - you're reading almost as fast as Swapna and Julie these days. I'm glad you're enjoying these books.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're still enjoying this series. I thought the first one was a strong beginning, so I'm not surprised they continue that way. I had to kind of skim your reviews, since I know I'm going to read the books soon, but I'll be back when I do!

Literary Feline said...

I think Kitty and the Silver Bullet is among my favorites in the series too. I'm still partial to the first book though and am not quite sure which of the two I like better.

I really like what you said about Kitty not really being mean to live in isolation. I wonder how much of that has to do too with the pack mentality.

Great reviews, Amy! I am glad you are enjoying the series.

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