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Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn Review

Title: Kitty Takes a Holiday

Author: Carrie Vaughn

First published April 1, 2007


ISBN: 9781400182602 (ISBN10: 1400182603)

Rating: 3.91


Duration: 8 hours, 29 minutes

Kitty Norville, the famous werewolf DJ, has decided to take a break from the spotlight and retreat to a cozy cabin in the woods. But her peaceful vacation takes a dangerous turn when she discovers that the cabin is haunted by a malevolent spirit.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kitty’s old friend and werewolf hunter, Cormac, shows up with a wounded stranger in tow. And when a pack of bloodthirsty werewolves begins to circle the cabin, Kitty realizes that she’s in for the fight of her life.

Will she be able to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse? Fans of Carrie Vaughn’s bestselling series won’t want to miss this thrilling installment.

About the Author

Meet Carrie Vaughn – a prolific author with an impressive repertoire of over 20 novels and 100 short stories. Her most popular works revolve around Kitty, a werewolf who hosts a radio show aimed at helping the supernatural community.

In 2018, her post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, won the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award.

Carrie has also been a finalist for the Hugo Award twice. In addition, she has contributed to the Wild Cards series edited by George R.R. Martin and graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.

Growing up as an Air Force brat, Carrie’s nomadic childhood didn’t stop her from settling down in Boulder, Colorado, where she indulges in various hobbies. For those interested in writing advice and essays, check out her Patreon page.

Editoral Review

Kitty Takes a Holiday, by Carrie Vaughn, introduces readers to Kitty Norville, a popular late-night radio show host who happens to be a werewolf. Published in 2007, this urban fantasy novel follows Kitty’s journey as she takes a much-needed vacation to a small town in Colorado.

This is Vaughn’s third novel in the “Kitty Norville” series, and her experience shines through her expertly crafted characters and thrilling plot. Set in small town Colorado, Kitty Takes a Holiday transports the reader to a scenic and peaceful getaway where Kitty hopes to recharge her batteries.

Unfortunately for her, she discovers that the town is overrun with a group of ruthless werewolves who have their sights set on causing chaos. The ensuing conflict forces Kitty to confront her own beliefs about her nature and how much control she has over it.

Along the way, Vaughn skillfully builds the tension and raises the stakes, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. Vaughn’s writing is both accessible and polished, blending action and introspection seamlessly.

One of the main strengths of the novel is the nuanced portrayal of Kitty’s character. She is not just a werewolf, but a complex and multidimensional character with fears, doubts, and vulnerabilities that make her relatable to readers.

Another strength of this novel is Vaughn’s ability to address significant social issues within the confines of the urban fantasy genre. The werewolf community’s struggle for power and control is a metaphor for the complex dynamics of human societies.

Vaughn cleverly incorporates real-world issues such as gender discrimination and racial tensions into the narrative, making the novel both thought-provoking and entertaining. Despite its strengths, Kitty Takes a Holiday does have a few flaws.

While the pacing builds and peaks at appropriate moments, there are some slow sections that could benefit from tighter writing. Additionally, the author’s use of exposition can be clunky and disrupt the flow of the narrative.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of supernatural fiction with a strong character development and intricate worldbuilding, Kitty Takes a Holiday is a great choice. Vaughn’s careful plotting, evocative prose, and relatable characters all contribute to an immersive reading experience that’s sure to delight fans of the genre.

That being said, it’s best to read the series in order to avoid feeling lost in the narrative. Overall, the book earns a solid 4 out of 5 stars.