ARC Review: Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

Posted August 8, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 7 Comments

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ARC Review: Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Steals the Show
by Carrie Vaughn

4 Stars


Released: August 1, 2012
Series: Kitty Norville #10
Published by Gollancz
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Original and action packed, with a lot of familiar faces that I loved seeing again!  Carrie Vaughn takes Kitty to London.  Why?  To participate in the First International Conference of Paranatural Studies.  Along for the ride are Ben and Cormac, of course.  And wherever Kitty goes, trouble arises.In between trying to attend some of the interesting lectures, being the keynote speaker for the conference (oh yeah, she still has to write that speech!) and sightseeing in wonderful London (she even gets to meet a vampire who was friends with Shakespeare), Kitty finds herself in the middle of a vampire war.  You guessed it, Roman.  He’s been the predominant bad guy in town and it seems that with each passing book he’s getting closer and closer to setting up a major disaster for the supernatural community.

New and old faces show up and this was one of my favorite things about this book.  I had a crush on Luiz when Kitty had a little fling with him around the second book in this series (I mean….he purrs!) and it was great to see him at the conference.  He even managed to get a reaction out of straight-laced Ben.  Yes, he was jealous.

So that brings me to Kitty and Ben.  I have grown accustomed to their relationship and it was a nice change to see some passion from Ben.  I do see him as the quiet type that has to go along with whatever trouble Kitty finds and sometimes just has to get her out.  But he showed some claws in this book.  I was very impressed with him and with the dynamic of his and Kitty’s marriage.  I am starting to see how they do work together, that they care about one another and that they are the perfect compliment to each other.

Then there’s Cormac.  It pains me to say this, I am still unhappy with how his character was changed.  But I did enjoy that he goes looking for Amelia’s old home and family.  Amelia being back in Britain after such a long time is not just concerned with how the country has changed, there is something she wants from her home and she finds living relatives of hers.  This was a bit bittersweet and maybe have even gotten a tear out of me.  Even though it took Cormac out of the picture for quite a bit of the book, which makes me unhappy.

I’ve gone through the ups and downs this series has brought for me.  I’ve learned to deal with the fact that the direction the series has gone in and the things that have happened may have not been what I wanted.  But even after all those things, Carrie Vaughn manages to write an entertaining story and characters that you enjoy reading about.  What’s to come next?  Well, with Kitty’s mind overflowing with conspiracy theories, you never know who she’ll try to go after next.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Time Bestselling author of close to twenty novels and over seventy short stories. She's best known for the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings -- the series currently includes thirteen novels and a collection of short stories -- and the superhero novels in the Golden Age saga. She also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology. She has a masters degree in English lit, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, various RT Reviewer Choice Awards -- winning for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour -- and won the 2011 WSFA Small Press award for best short story for "Amaryllis."

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