Monday, July 13, 2015

#Review - Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Kitty Norville # 11
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: March 26, 2015
Source: Publisher (Tor)
Format: Paperback, 324 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy

On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.

Kitty Rocks the House (Kitty Norville # 11) finds Kitty back in Denver, and trouble not more than a page away. Whenever Kitty is around, you have to ask yourself how much more can this girl take or get into before she breaks. She has the capability of asking way too many questions, and getting into trouble at the drop of a hat. Up until now, Kitty's major worry has been the movements of her archnemesis Roman, aka Dux Bellorum.

Kitty has become someone who's reputation definitely proceeds them in any situation, including an overseas symposium where she revealed Roman's true intentions publicly. So much so, that people come out of the wood work to make Kitty's life even more challenging. Kitty, Rick, Ben, Cormac, Amelia, and now Detective Hardin, need allies if they are going to defeat Roman and his long game strategy of dominion over the human race. Kitty has her own label now "Regina Luporum." What that means in the long run, has yet to be seen.

Vaughn piles even more on Kitty's already overloaded plate of being the only publicly exposed radio DJ werewolf. First, there's the arrival of a mysterious new werewolf named Darren after a visit from a supposed vampire ally. Darren makes a play for joining Kitty & Ben's Denver Pack, but will Darren become a much needed ally, or will he become yet another problem for Kitty to cut-off at the knees? Darren's arrival causes Kitty to do some much needed soul searching about her future, and her leadership of the pack. How much can they continue to be ignored, before they find a new leadership?

Next comes the arrival of a Catholic Priest/Vampire named Columban from the Vatican Order of St. Lazarus of the Shadows as well as a warrior/bounty hunting Demon who paints a target on Kitty, and Rick's back. Columban shows up trying to connect with Rick, who has been Kitty's strongest supporter since taking over as Master of Denver. One has to ask themselves why Vaughn would do this now, when Kitty and Rick have been trying to collect as many allies as they can to face Roman's threat. Why upset the balance?

If one could call this book anything, you can call it introspective. Kitty has problems like everyone else has but perhaps she needs to cut back on the complaining a bit. She's spent so much time fighting the former pack leaders, fighting Roman's allies, and asking different revealing questions from a variety of supernaturals, that's she's pretty much ignored everything else around her including her pack, and family.

The most interesting part about the demons arrival, is the revelation of an even bigger threat outside of Roman. Guess I need to hurry up and move to the next book to find out what happens next!   

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