Kitty Takes a Holiday

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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…

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  1. K. Montgomery @ 7:23 am

    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. Kitty is an interesting character, and her special twist, that of the first werewolf to exit the closet, puts a whole new perspective on the werewolf story. Being that the story takes place mainly at the cabin, I was also prepared for the story to get a little stale, but not so. There’s plenty of action to keep readers turning the pages. There’s a slight romantic edge, and I suspect a carryover from past books with one of the characters, though it’s not the main focus of this primarily fantasy minded novel. I’m glad I had this book with me during my stay at the airport. Not only did it save my sanity, but it made me laugh, made me chew my lips in suspense and made me an all out fan of Vaughn’s first person writing. Looking forward to the others in the series now.

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  2. themistwalking @ 7:27 am

    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. She falters from time to time, but she’s ultimately a survivor, and, little by little, she’s learning to be strong.

    My one quibble with the series would be the lack of well-developed, recurring secondary characters (probably a consequence of Kitty’s nomadic lifestyle). After this book, however, that might be changing a bit. And hopefully, some day, Kitty will find a home.

    If you’re a fan of the paranormal adventure/mystery, urban fantasy/horror (with a dollop of romance) genre mix, you should give these books a try. They’re a fun ride.

    (4.5 Stars)

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  3. R. Berg @ 7:42 am

    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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  4. K. Gilligan @ 8:06 am

    “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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  5. Wooddavis @ 8:28 am

    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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