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Kitty in the Underworld (Kitty Norville) Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2013
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In the twelfth installment in Vaughan’s series, her hero, Kitty Neville, radio talk-show host and coleader of the Denver werewolf pack, is hoping to get a lot of work done on a book she is writing while her husband is away on business. When she goes to investigate the evidence of a strange lycanthrope in the pack’s territory, however, she is shot with a tranquilizer dart and kidnapped. When she awakes, she finds herself in an abandoned silver mine, the captive of a werewolf, a werelion, a vampire, and a wizard. Her captors believe she can help them put an end to Roman, Kitty’s foe in the “long game” who has been responsible for the deaths of people important to her. The oppressive dark and claustrophobic feel of the mine echoes what is going on in the mind of the imprisoned Kitty. Fans of Vaughn’s series will devour this and be ready for more. --Diana Tixier Herald
“With the Kitty series, Vaughn has demonstrated a knack for believable characters (even if they are werewolves) and mile-a-minute plotting.” ―Sunday Camera (Boulder, CO)
“Vaughn's a skilled writer, and has provided a well-paced, breezy outing. . . . An entertaining action story.” ―Realms of Fantasy, on Kitty's Big Trouble
“The only urban fantasy world where I want to read every book of the series.” ―The Denver Post
“[Vaughn] manages to combine outright thrills with an offbeat sense of humor and then mesh it with Kitty’s dogged determination. The result―entertainment exemplified!” ―Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, on Kitty's Big Trouble
“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.” ―Library Journal on Kitty's Greatest Hits
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Review: I am a champion for the Kitty books. I think Carrie Vaughn is a superb writer. But this book was just a big letdown.
I like her characters. Kitty continues to grow and in this book she starts to see her role in the Long Game as more than just a "mouthpiece". She has been fighting it for a bit, but I think she is coming to terms with it. We barely got to see our normal supporting cast, but we met other interesting characters.
Also, I enjoyed the storytelling and historical references. It helped frame the whole novel.
That's where it ends for me. Because, this felt more like a novella than a full length novel. I was bored with Kitty's time in lock up. Was it necessary for it to be that long and monotonous? I think if she shortened Kitty's time as a prisoner, the story would have flowed better. And, as much as I enjoyed the history in this book, it was a bit much. Too many tales with separate threads that didn't find a cohesive story.
The overall plot was also bland. It wasn't compelling. I wanted to get sucked into Kitty's world and I found myself skimming. Not good. A kidnapping should be exciting. Rather it was boring. I half thought they were going to break out the fancy tea set and have petite fours at one point. Where was the heat?
She introduced characters that could have been fleshed out later, but instead many of them died. Why introduce characters that are going to die anyway? And what was Angelo's role in this book? I didn't get it. I don't see how he added to the story.
The best of Kitty's books are the radio shows. And again, I was bored by them. She had a vampire stripper on the show. She could have made it so much more fun! Think of the places that it could go! But, I wanted to take a nap, instead.
It was dull. I hate saying that about books, especially when they come from an author I admire, but there it is. It was boring. I hope we get a more thrilling story in the next installment. Or, it's time to wind down Kitty's story? I suppose that's something only Vaughn can answer.
Violence: not much at all. Negligible.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Series rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Quote: "So, a question for the peanut gallery: Once they turn sixty-five, how long should working vampires be able to collect social security? The rest of their lives, like the rest of us? Are you a vampire collecting social security? I want to hear from you..."
Next book: Not sure , but I think it will be a novel from Cormac's POV. Let's hope there is no everlasting romance between him and Amelia.
I do believe that Ms Norville may have had this volume ready to go if she hit a bit of a block (a tip I learned while reading Stephen King's, "Bag of Bones"). Given that I have read the two subsequent volumes, I believe my case is strengthened. The story arc is not really pushed forward, but this reviewer found this a very entertaining read nonetheless. While potential readers should be familiar with the previous books, I do think fans of the series can skip this entry if they are not obsessive about reading every book in a series.
This entire book could have been summarized into a single chapter if all that needed to happen was that Kitty and some new people introduced a bit of fear into Roman. And I'm not so certain that goal was even accomplished with the way the characters dropped at the end. This story just didn't go anywhere...it was more than a bit bizarre and almost completely out of character for Kitty.
I'm looking forward to the return of angsty but kicking butt Kitty. This one was just angsty. 2.5 stars.
I even ended up leaving this in a hotel room once I finished and I didn't even care. It wasn't worth finding room for it in my luggage. Considering I have every other book in this series on my bookshelf, that says a lot.
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