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  • 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: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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More About the Author

I was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. I currently live in Colorado, with my miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. I have a Masters in English Lit, love to travel, love movies, plays, music, just about anything, and am known to occasionally pick up a rapier.

I've never been a DJ, but I love writing about one.

Here's my website: www.carrievaughn.com

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. Montgomery VINE VOICE 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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24 of 29 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Berg on March 15, 2007
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One of the best things about the Kitty books is how realisticly they are written. I know, I know, it sounds weird when talking about a werewolf book. But here's the thing...bad things happen, and this author doesn't whip out a magical answer that somehow fixes everything and makes it all better. She makes the characters work through it, and not everything goes their way. I like that. The third book is no exception. Even in the middle of nowhere, trouble finds the heroine Kitty. There are dead animals and old friends showing up at her door. And while she's able to work through the issues and ends up in a better place mentally, unfortunate things happen, and there are consequences. Can't say more without giving spoilers. Kitty Takes a Holiday is a great 3rd installment to a wonderful series. Can't wait for the next one!
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