03.17.09

Kitty and the Silver Bullet

Posted in Review at 9:02 am by Amber

One of Kitty Norville’s guiding principles is her lyncanthropy is a disease and she must live within the confines setup by human society if she’s going to be happy.  The wolf side of her nature has different rules from her human side.  The two sides often conflict leaving Kitty to make some hard choices.  I love it.

In Kitty and the Silver Bullet the one thing that can make Kitty return to Denver has happened.  Her mother, who checks in with Kitty each week via telephone, is ill.  Kitty tries to keep a low profile in Denver but with two of the city’s oldest vampires readying for war to determine which of them will control the city it’s not possible.  She is on friendly terms with one while the other is aligned with her old pack leader.

This time Kitty isn’t alone.  She’s formed a two-wolf pack with Ben.  Every decision she makes can impact her human family, her new pack, and the vampire war.

Here’s a playlist to enjoy with this book:
Billie Holiday, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
Shonen Knife, “Milky Way”
Pretenders, “Talk of the Town”
The Clash, “Clash City Rockers”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Commotion”
Stephen “Tintin” Duffy, “Kiss Me”
Sinead O’Connor, “You Do Something to Me”
Peggy Lee, “Fever”
Front 242, “The Untold”
The Dresden Dolls, “Missed Me”
The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go”
The Beatles, “Hey Bulldog”
Depeche Mode, “Home”

03.03.09

Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Posted in Review at 10:10 am by Amber

After Kitty’s traumatic experience in Washington she decides it’s time for a vacation.  As a former college English major she romanticizes being alone in a cabin to write her memoirs.  The book is not coming along at all and being in the woods makes the Wolf in her want to come out more often.

A bloody cross is drawn on the door of her cabin accompanied by a dead rabbit on the doorsteps.  Cormac, the werewolf mercenary hunter, from the previous books shows up with Ben O’Farrell.  Ben is not only the lawyer for Cormac and Kitty; Ben is Cormac’s cousin and has been attacked by a werewolf.

Once again Vaughn manages to provide important information about the returning characters in the previous novels without it being boring or repetitive to readers of the series.  New readers should be able to follow along without any problems.

When in Denver for the Kitty and The Midnight Hour book, Kitty was one of the lower wolves in her werewolf pack.  Even before becoming a rogue werewolf – one without a pack – she considered her non-lycanthrope friends part of her pack.  In Kitty Takes a Holiday she learns new meanings to the word “pack” and the alpha role. 

Here is a playlist for reading this book
Billie Holiday, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
Shonen Knife, “Milky Way”
Pretenders, “Talk of the Town”
The Clash, “Clash City Rockers”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Commotion”
Stephen “Tintin” Duffy, “Kiss Me”
Sinead O’Connor, “You Do Something to Me”
Peggy Lee, “Fever”
Front 242, “The Untold”
The Dresden Dolls, “Missed Me”
The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go”
The Beatles, “Hey Bulldog”
Depeche Mode, “Home”

02.26.09

Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn

Posted in Review at 10:12 am by Amber

Kitty and all of her friends (plus a few enemies) return in Kitty Goes to Washington.  One fear with a series is that a lot of information about the characters will be left out.  Vaughn keeps the reader up to speed on what happened in the first book without boring details.  In fact, she gives enough information to hook the reader into wanting to go back and read the previous book. 

In Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty is asked to testify before the U.S. Senate.  The road trip is short since she’s left Denver, Colorado and taken her show on the road.  In D.C. she meets a were-jaguar and comes under the protection of the city’s vampire mistress.  She makes some lifelong friends and enemies. 

One quibble I initially had is how a minor enemy (an evangelical preacher) that appeared in the last book was dealt with in this one.  Thinking back on it, though, Vaughn handled it quite well.  She could bring back the character or his followers in a short story if she wished to explore his storyline further but he served his purpose and there was no point in dragging it out for another book (or two).

It’s a good thing Vaughn decided Kitty needed to get out of Colorado.  As a DJ with a talk show about the supernatural Kitty can only draw on her experience and research to provide answers to her callers.  Expanding Kitty’s territory exposes her to new experiences and other supernatural beings.

Vaughn included a playlist for this book just like with Kitty and the Midnight Hour.  Here it is:
The Watchmen, “Together”
Peter Gabriel, “Games Without Frontiers”
Oingo Boingo, “No Spill Blood”
The Clash, “Know Your Rights”
Suzanne Vega, “Tombstone”
Shriekback, “Nemesis”
Pet Shop Boys, “DJ Culture”
Pink Floyd, “Us and Them”
Aqua, “Doctor Jones”
Prince, “Kiss”
Too Much Joy, “You Will”
The Clash, “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
The Beatles, “Across the Universe” (Let it Be. . .  Naked version)
New Order, “True Faith-94”

02.10.09

Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Posted in Review at 9:00 am by Amber

Kitty and The Midnight Hour is the first book in the Kitty Norville series.  Kitty is a Denver DJ who takes over the midnight shift.  She’s been a lycanthrope for several years.  Her condition is a secret from her human friends and family.  Instead of playing music (because none of the callers requested music made before 1989) she starts a call-in show titled “The Midnight Hour” which is a hit with listeners.

In this book we learn how she became a werewolf, and about werewolf pack and vampire family dynamics.  It’s one long setup for the remainder of the series but Carrie Vaughn makes it an enjoyable read.  Werewolves, vampires, evangelical ministers, a sexy mercenary and crime scenes become intermingled.  Kitty and her life are not perfect.  Just like the rest of us, she’s trying to do the best she can while remaining true to herself. 

I read this in a few hours because I wanted to know what would happen next.  Not all of the conflicts between Kitty and the other characters are resolved at the end.  I’m so glad because now I can read the rest of the series and get to know Kitty Norville even better.

Here’s a playlist that you can listen to while reading the book:
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Mood Rising”
Concrete Blonde, “Bloodletting”
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Peek-a-Boo”
No Doubt, “Just a Girl”
Garbage, “When I Grow Up”
David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
They Might Be Giants, “Man, It’s So Loud in Here”
Oingo Boingo, “Skin”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Long as I Can See the Light”
The Sisters of Mercy, “Lucretia My Reflection”
Rasputina, “Olde Headboard”
Depeche Mode, “Halo”
The Canadian Brass Band, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”
The Clash, “Train in Vain”
Peter Murphy, “I’ll Fall With Your Knife”

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