Month: January 2016

Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Posted January 31, 2016 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 1 Comment

Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie VaughnKitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
three-half-stars
on October 26, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
Amazon | Audible
Reading Challenges: Audiobook Challenge 2016

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...

I didn’t know what to expect after Kitty Goes to Washington, but that in no way hindered my excitement to dig into Kitty Takes a Holiday. So far Kitty has had to deal with werewolves – who tried to kill her and did kill her best friend, vampires – one was nice but the other was crazy, and were-jaguars – who made Kitty’s time in Washington intimately more enjoyable. Being unsure of the direction of where this series would go stemmed mostly from not knowing how far into the supernatural world the author was willing to go.

In each book so far there has been one constant in Kitty’s life, her radio show, the Midnight Hour. In Kitty Takes a Holiday, Kitty decided to take a much needed break, but not just from the craziness that has become her life, but her talk show as well, which was a shocker to me since her radio show was the center of her world for the first two books. I guess to fill the hole that her talk show left, although she would never admit to missing her radio show, she decides to write a book.

When things start to come together where the idea of what this story could be about starts to form, another new and exciting situation starts to surface as well, one that I am fairly excited about.

In each book Kitty has hooked up with someone, in Kitty and the Midnight Hour it was her alpha, in Kitty Goes to Washington it was the were-jaguar (who for the life of me I can’t remember his name). During and after every hookup I always hold out hope that one of them will stick. Although, I do believe we have a winner in Ben, I was hoping that this book would be the one where Cormack gets his head out of his butt and takes that next step with Kitty. The chemistry between Ben and Kitty was oddly balanced and sweet, especially when you see the effort they were willing put into their relationship to make it work.

In the previous books Kitty is not much for taking charge and putting herself on the line, well except for TJ in Kitty and the Midnight Hour, but in Kitty Takes a Holiday she’s is placed in situations where her grittier side is shown and I think it’s a great next step in the evolution of her character, she can’t stay passive forever.

The books in this series just keeps getting better and better, and I expect nothing but bigger things for Kitty in the future books. Kitty Takes a Vacation was amazing. The narration really pulled me in and made eight hours seem not long at all. Can’t wait to listen to the next book because the injustice done to Cormack was outrageous.

About Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.

About Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Time Bestselling author of close to twenty novels and over seventy short stories. She’s best known for the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings — the series currently includes thirteen novels and a collection of short stories — and the superhero novels in the Golden Age saga. She also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology. She has a masters degree in English lit, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, various RT Reviewer Choice Awards — winning for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour — and won the 2011 WSFA Small Press award for best short story for “Amaryllis.”

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