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Friday, March 27, 2009

Review and Giveaway: Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Title: Kitty Takes A Holiday (Kitty Norville, Book 3)
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Pages: 336
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2007)
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Vampire / Werewolf
Edition: Paperback - many thanks to the publisher (Hachette Book Group) for sending me a copy to review

Perfect for : Personal reading, anyone who likes vampire or werewolf stories

In a nutshell: In Kitty Takes A Holiday (Book 3 of the series), Carrie Vaughn shows readers that there are still more supernatural and magical things to explore in Kitty's world. Kitty is trying to mind her own business, writing her memoir in a quiet cabin in Colorado, when someone decides to try to scare her away from the quiet community. Out of the blue, Cormac shows up with an injured Ben (Kitty's lawyer), asking for Kitty's help. During a job Ben was helping Cormac with, Ben was bitten by a were-wolf, and now Ben must find a way to survive. Throughout these events, Kitty's quiet life is altered, and she finds herself becoming the alpha of a pack, made up of her and Ben. Those who enjoyed the first two books won't be disappointed with this book, but rather will learn about blood curses and skin-walkers.

Extended Review: Kitty Norville has taken some time away from hosting The Midnight Hour to write a memoir after being exposed as a were-wolf on national television. Her life is altered as Cormac shows up on her doorstep with an injured Ben in tow. She helps Ben as he heals and comes to terms with his new life, and they must find out who someone is trying to scare Kitty away.

Characters: The story continues with a focus on Kitty, Cormac and Ben. Other local characters are added throughout the story. Each character has been written and introduced in a manner that makes them seem so real and believable.

Story-Line: This is another well-developed and fast-paced book that is sure to keep the readers interest. I really like how Ms. Vaughn has added new supernatural elements to each story to continually add new layers to the books.

Readability: A fun and easy read.

Overall: Another great addition to the Kitty Norville series! Fans of the first two books are sure to love this one while continuing to learn more about curses and skin-walkers. If you haven't read any books about were-wolves and vampires, give this series a try. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying them!!

From Amazon:
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...

First Paragraph:
She runs for the joy of it, because she can, her strides stretching to cover a dozen feet every time she leaps. Her mouth is open to taste the air, which is sharp with cold. The month turns, and the swelling moon paints the night sky silver, lighting up patches of snow scattered throughout the woods. Not yet full moon, a rare moment to be set free before her time, but the other half of her being has no reason to lock her away. She is alone, but she is free, and so she runs.

About the Author: (from the publisher's site)
Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies-fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Giveaway Details: (for more detail, visit here)
Comment on this review and you will be entered to win a copy of the book - you CAN leave a comment on all six reviews (one posted each day through March 30th) to earn an entry for each of the books. Please make sure I have a way to contact you in the event that you win!! The GRAND PRIZE winner will be drawn from among the entries on all six reviews!! This giveaway is part of a Hachette Book Group (thank you Hachette!!), and to participate, you must be a resident of the United States or Canada, no PO Boxes.


Anonymous said...

This one sounds really good as well. Please enter me. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Looks like a good read!


Unknown said...

I have to read this series...


CherylS22 said...

I'm all caught up in this blog tour - please count me in!


malleycc said...

WOW this sounds great. I love vampires.

Nicole said...

I would love to win any of the books in this series. Thanks!

graywolf2037 said...

Please include me.


ibeeeg said...

This one sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks.


Debs Desk said...

I cant wait to read these books, they sound great. Please include me in your giveaway.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I'd love to read this book-thank you!

susan1215 said...

Sounds like a good book

Literary Feline said...

I was kind of rooting for her and Cormac, I admit. I think Ben is great and I think he's a better match for her under the circumstances, but the chemistry between Kitty and Cormac was so real.

Tempest52 said...

Intriguing review. I suspect this book too would keep me riveted to the page well into the night.

Love to win.

dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

Darlene said...

Werewolves and vampires, count me in. This looks like a good series for fun reading. Thanks for the giveaway!

Stacy H said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun. I haven't read any urban fantasy/vampire/werewolf books yet, but would love to try them out. A friend told me about this series a while back. I'd love to be entered.

Stacy h 204 at hotmail.com

Becca said...

Please enter me! I would love to read this series. Thanks

LissaL said...

So Kitty tries to take a break and trouble comes knocking at her door? ooooo yes! I am all in!

demmi said...

I think after on the excitement in the book I would need a holiday after reading it sounds exciting con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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