Josh Reviews: Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Posted October 26, 2013 by Joshua Burns in Josh, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 2 Comments

Josh Reviews: Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #3
Published on: April 1st, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 303
Format: Paperback
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After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive...

Kitty Takes a Holiday?    Could have fooled me.    The joke may be that even out in the woods plot will find her but what I mean just as much is that this reads like any other book in the series.

One must admire the consistency, how no matter the location or chronology a clearly distinguished A plot and B will mix and mingle with our heroine.

The beginning had me hoping that perhaps with Kitty trying to write a novel and doing the Thoreau thing by doing it in a cabin in the woods, there would be plenty time to reflect on the Wolf/human power dynamic, much like Bruce Banner would have been doing if he found he could not control his anger.

Lo, the shifts of a werewolf are much more infrequent and even if the Wolf does rampage, the most one can fear is a rabbit is taken up in its jaws or, heaven forbid, a deer.

As much as I am avoiding treating either of the two main plots which arise to sabotage Kitty’s writing career, you would think that I didn’t admire them for their clarity and consistent thesis: “the monster is not a monster because it has monstrous powers; the monster is a monster because it has a lousy personality”.

I feel a little burnt out with these books overall.    The moments that consistently appeal to me, the radio show hosting moments, are just not given the time they deserve.    It is obviously time for me to start at the beginning to see just how a Wolf named Kitty got into the strange business of microphones and late-night callers.

A couple of spotty things to say in closing on this book: its ending is dramatic and its ending is confident that there is much more of Kitty and co.’s story to tell (and I’m just not convinced).

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Recommended: Same ole’, same ole’
Like this, like that: The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price and the Walker Papers series by C. E. Murphy
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2 responses to “Josh Reviews: Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

    • It’s very middle of the line. I read the first book most recently. It was the best so far but that’s not saying much. I would recommend it only for the most fanatical (i.e. rabid) werewolf fans because in terms of action and plot, it can be very drab. No explosions. Hardly any fight scenes or romance. Maybe most notable for its social (i.e. supernatural) commentary.