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Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Vaughn's trademark sense of humor continues to distinguish this urban fantasy series, and the seamless integration of a variety of paranormal creatures (including vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters) in the everyday world is entertaining…readers new to the Kittyverse will also find a fine introduction to this richly populated, fascinating paranormal world.” ―Library Journal on Kitty’s Greatest Hits
“What makes Vaughn’s terrific stories really pop is how she manages to combine outright thrills with an offbeat sense of humor and then mesh it with Kitty’s dogged determination. The result―entertainment exemplified!” ―RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars Top Pick! on Kitty’s Big Trouble
“This refreshing froth of light entertainment avoids werewolf dominance clichés and obvious racial stereotypes in favor of communication, action, and adorable old-married-couple sweetness.” ―Publishers Weekly on Kitty’s Big Trouble
“I relished this book. Enough excitement, astonishment, pathos, and victory to satisfy any reader.” ―Charlaine Harris on Kitty and the Midnight Hour
“The open nature of Kitty's character and the way Vaughn makes her such a likeable character make this the only urban fantasy world where I want to read every book of the series.” ―The Denver Post
About the Author
Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty's Big Trouble and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the stand-alone novels After the Golden Age and Discord's Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master's in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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Kitty is a great protagonist. She's a fascinating combination of bravado and self-doubt, but tends to rise to the occasion. I like that her first approach is not weaponry, but TALKING.
We've got a story arc going on, but it's handled pretty well- meaning that each individual novel is NOT left as a total cliff-hanger, though some plot elements are left hanging.
However, I really love the way that all the characters- and their relationships- evolve through each novel. It'd be easy to keep everything pretty static- but Vaughn doesn't do that, and the growth and changing of the characters is part of what makes the evolution of various characters and relationships interesting.
If you like this- well, I do suggest you start the series from the beginning. I think this novel would be pretty interesting regardless... but you'll be missing a lot if you just dive in here.
Kitty, Ben and Cormac have been invited to stay with the master vampire of the city. Ned was a famous Shakespearean actor and knew Shakespeare and other literary lights of the day. Kitty is awed and fascinated by him. But as a vampire, Ben and Cormac don't trust him. Ned arranges for Kitty to meet other vampires who have gathered out of concern for the conference where Kitty sees things a modern American werewolf has trouble handling.
Kitty also meets the werewolf who is the alpha of the British werewolves. And Kitty meets faeries. Kitty is gathering allies for the upcoming war and foments rebellion among the werewolves who are held as property by some of the vampires. She is also trying to find out which vampires are allied with Roman.
When her friend Tyler is kidnapped, Kitty calls on all her allies to help find him including the werewolf alpha, the vampire Ned, and her new human contact who is a descendent of Amelia, the spirit who is sharing headspace with her friend Cormac.
This was an exciting and entertaining addition to the long running Kitty Norville series. I liked the way Kitty firmed up her belief that communication can solve many problems and that conspiracies exposed to the light lose some of their power.
What I really liked was the comparison of the were culture in the United States and that in Europe. Further, Kitty gets an education in just what the "Long Game" is that the vampires are constantly playing.
Along the way, Kitty meets, Caleb, the Alpha were of the British Isles. He quickly becomes an ally Kitty can trust and who proves to be very helpful. Of course, there are some old enemies who oppose Kitty's agenda, and will stop at nothing to stop her.
I truly enjoyed the insight into the "old world" of the European and Asian paranormal cultures.
Meanwhile, the plotting and counterplotting, and double-crossing makes this book almost impossible to put down. Just a hint, not a spoiler, for fans of the series, some of the scenes where Cormac is taken over by the spirit who possessed him are so funny they are just not to be missed.
Just keep 'em coming Carrie, and I'll keep reading 'em. Highest recommendation.
Kitty has been invited to speak at an international conference in London England on the existence of supernatural beings: what they are, what they aren't, laws regarding them, etc. She's accompanied by her husband Ben and his cousin Cormac, a former hunter of supernatural beings. Of course, things don't go according to plan. Do they ever when Kitty is involved? :D
Kitty does her usual schtick of butting in and getting involved in just about everything. She meets the vampire Master of London and reunites with Emma from an earlier book (sorry, I can't remember which one), meets the werewolf alpha of the British Isles, and encounters two different enemies from earlier books. Actually this book brings together quite a few characters from earlier books as well as introducing new ones. There was an earlier book called "Kitty Goes to War" and I think that title would have fir this book perfetly. There's quite a bit of action and Kitty is stirring things up again, encouraging dissension amongst the werewolf ranks of the vamps working with Roman, her nemesis, and encouraging the vampire Master Ned and the werewolf Alpha Caleb to ally and work together. In the midst of this, a friend goes missing thanks to one of those nemeses from an earlier book, and Cormac gets domestic and searches for family, though not his.
Kitty has grown up a lot over the series and though impulsive and a bit of a tail-jerker, has matured and learned to accept responsibility and even, occasionally, to not speak her mind. In this story though she spends a lot of time speaking her mind, even when it's to her detriment. I love her character, her humor, her strength, her compassion, her resilience and her spunk. She shines in this story.
Vaughn gives us a strong story, ties up some loose ends, moves forward the overall story line, and sets up some big changes. She mixes action and development in a near perfect blend. One gripe I have is that Cormac and Ben didn't actually contribute much to the story and could probably have been left out; I'd have liked for both of them to have a stronger presence. Many of the secondary characters were stronger and more interesting. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I'm curious to see what happens next. Happily, I have the next book on my Kindle.
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This was a really good story and addition to the series. Kitty is invited to London to be the Keynote speaker at a conference set up to discuss the...Read more