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Having established a successful radio show, revealed herself to the nation as a werewolf and testified in Senate hearings on the supernatural, Vaughn's plucky series heroine, Kitty Norville, is ready to lay low in a remote Colorado cabin and work on her memoirs. Her plans get derailed when werewolf hunter Cormac Bennett shows up at Kitty's hideaway with her lawyer, Ben O'Farrell, who has been bitten—and infected—by a werewolf. Soon after Kitty takes them in, hoping to help Ben adjust to his new predicament, she discovers gruesome animal sacrifices at her door. It becomes apparent that a malevolent force is staking out the cabin, targeting one of them, and Cormac's hunt for it takes them all in some unexpected directions. Kitty's matter-of-fact voice continues to mine the horror and romantic material for laughs—especially in her prank calls to a rival DJ—and Vaughn's universe is convincing and imaginative, providing enough series mythology to satisfy without slowing down the narrative. (Apr.)
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In Kitty's third appearance, she is back in Colorado, where she is supposed to be earning the advance she was paid to write her story while on leave from her radio show. But strange things are happening: barbed-wire crosses and dead animals are left around the cabin. Bounty hunter Cormac shows up with Ben, Kitty's attorney who has been infected with lycanthropy, and together they work to bring him through the change successfully. Cormac and Ben had been tracking down a pair of werewolves who had been destroying sheep near Shiprock, New Mexico, and who had killed a werewolf son of the people who had hired them. Vaughn ventures into Tony Hillerman country with the introduction of an evil skinwalker who takes the form of a wolf. Strong on characterization, Vaughn creates characters worth visiting time after time in this compelling world where vampires and werewolves have their own radio call-in show. Diana Tixier Herald
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Product Details

  • Series: Kitty Norville (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446618748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446618748
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. She also writes for young adults (her novel STEEL was named to the ALA's 2012 Amelia Bloomer list of the best books for young readers with strong feminist content), the Golden Age superhero series, and other contemporary fantasy stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She's a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and in 2011, she was nominated for a Hugo Award for best short story.

An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her fluffy attack dog, a miniature American Eskimo named Lily.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By KMont on July 1, 2007
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Let me start off by prefacing that in an airport, where one is the required two hours early for departure and inherits an additional rascally three-hour delay in said departure, one desperately needs an escape. Five hours literally flew by when I cracked the pages of this book. That, in a nutshell, made it a spectacular read. Engrossing, witty and packed with characters a reader can sink their literary teeth into is the slightly longer version, but gives one an even better idea of all this book has to offer.

Kitty Norville needs a break. Going national about her furry side isn't the only reason. She's got a writing gig now too and a secluded mountain cabin seems the ideal retreat. Having a severe case of writer's block though, Kitty is distracted to say the least...especially when dead animals keep showing up to decorate her front porch. The locals are nice enough, though not particularly keen to have the nation's first werewolf at their doorsteps. Naturally, it seems someone wants her gone. When Cormac, werewolf hunter extraordinaire, shows up with an injured Ben (her lawyer) in tow, it's all Kitty can do to hold down the fort, much less write about it. Witchcraft and evil skin walkers compound the situation and Kitty begins to wonder if any of them will get out of this alive, much less walk the right side of the law.

Having never read the series before, I was prepared to be a little lost. Surprisingly, and pleasantly enough, I was glad to read a book that made sense from its own perspective while still gleaning enough information about the past two books (Kitty and the Midnight hour first, then Kitty Goes to Washington) to want to double back.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By lwd on March 23, 2007
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If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you will probably enjoy Ms. Vaughn's newest effort. She writes a great story, but is not always comfortable to read. Real life, if you will, in a fantasy world of were animals, vampires and magic.

I do appreciate Kitty's personal werewolf journey, it is fascinating, but to be honest, I'm burning out. Every step forward that Kitty takes, she falls two steps backward in getting a handle on her changing life. In the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, she gained recognition for a brilliant radio persona, then lost her home, the security of her pack and her best friend and mentor. In the second book, Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty saved a vampire queen, found love and support in the were community, did a great job in testifying before congress, then was violently outed on television, losing her security and anonymity. Without giving away spoilers, this novel follows the same pattern. Win a bit, lose more than she gains. A slap in the face, undeserved and now expected.

Kitty Takes a Holiday is well-crafted, well written, well researched in the new magic she introduces, and an interesting read. I predict great success for the continuing books in this series. Regardless of all that going for it, and with my greatest respect toward Ms. Vaughn and Kitty, three slaps and I'm done.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By themistwalking on July 8, 2007
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In the third novel featuring Kitty Norville, radio personality and werewolf, Kitty takes a break from her job to write her memoirs (and possibly hide out from the world for a while). She rents a small cabin out in the woods in CO, where she expects to find some peace and quiet, but her tranquility is soon shattered. Someone starts leaving gruesome gifts on her property, hoping to drive "the werewolf" out of town. Also, in a surprising little plot twist, a friend appears on her doorstep, seeking Kitty's expert assistance.

This book is more low-key than the first two in the series. No one's been hired to kill Kitty or kidnap her this time around, and she's not battling her pack or facing a trial before Congress. The novel isn't devoid of action, though. There are evil spells to be dealt with, a rogue werewolf on the loose, plus the public and personal fallout from each. For the most part, though, the novel has a more introspective feel to it than the previous two. Kitty, on leave from work and thrust into the role of caregiver, takes stock of herself and her life. At times, the novel almost felt like a 3-person play, and it contained some emotionally-charged and revealing conversations.

I liked this book a lot. The author presents the reader with several realistic consequences to `playing with the monsters,' which is a refreshing change from the norm (where the hero generally rushes in, saves the day without much collateral damage, and keeps the local law enforcement completely in the dark). I like Kitty as a heroine because she's atypical, too. She's not always strong - her wolf isn't exactly an alpha one - but she doesn't overcompensate by pretending to be tough, nor does she pretend to have all of the answers. I like the fact that she's honest with herself.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Gilligan on March 19, 2007
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"Kitty Takes a Holiday" is the third book about werewolf Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn (The first being Kitty and the Midnight Hour followed by Kitty Goes to Washington).

After the events in Washington, Kitty decides to take a break from her radio show, and write a book. Of course, that isn't as easy as it seems. One problem is that somebody has ripped off her idea, and there is a new supernatural radio show playing. Of course that pales in comparison to when Cormac shows up with an injured Ben. Add in the fact that somebody in town is doing their best to drive Kitty out, and we've got trouble!

This book is just as good as its predecessors. I love how trouble follows Kitty around. (And most of the time, she isn't asking for it!) Cormac and Ben, both play a large part in this story. In fact, one of them becomes romantically involved with Kitty, which creates a whole new set of problems. We also learn more about their pasts, and how they got to where they are today.

I'm definitely looking forward to Carrie Vaughn's next story. Kitty and the Silver Bullet should be out Winter 2007/08.
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