Friday, July 1, 2011

Review of Kitty's Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty's Big TroubleKitty's Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kitty is a werewolf. Yes, you heard me right, a werewolf named Kitty! Leader of the Denver werewolf pack and host of a supernatural radio show, Kitty is fresh off dealings with military werewolves and a magic wielding convenience store owner.

The discovery of a werewolf led group of soldiers has caused Kitty to wonder about other potential werewolves in wars and battles throughout history. Thus starts Kitty's quest to discover if General Sherman was a werewolf. Of course, this being Kitty, nothing can ever be simple. After receiving a phone call from vampire Mistress Anastasia, Kitty, Ben and Cormac find themselves traveling to San Francisco in search of a powerful artifact called the Dragon's Pearl. According to Anastasia, ultra powerful vampire Roman is also after the Pearl and must be stopped.

For me, this was another good edition to the Kitty world. Kitty's and Ben's relationship and marriage are strongly growing. It no longer feels so much like there is a love triangle going on among Kitty, Ben, and Cormac - now they seem more like a cohesive "pack" of three, a family. There is still some tension when Ben almost gives into his wolf a time or two; Cormac the hunter has issues with his cousin showing "wolfy-ness." He's still the protector though, because as Cormac himself says, "Somebody's got to look after you crazy kids" (291).

Kitty's Big Trouble is an apt title for this addition. I don't know if its even possible for Kitty to stay out of trouble! She wouldn't be Kitty if she did. Only this time she gets herself into a bigger situation then even she is used to. Its to be expected in a story involving a vampire that has been around for what seems forever, building up a power base of unimaginable strength. Only this time, Roman might be surprised by the allies that Kitty has aligned herself with.

Its now time for Kitty to be the alpha that has been growing in her over the course of the series. Werewolves are expected to submit and be slaves to the higher beings that vampires see themselves to be. As Boss of the San Francisco vampires points out, "It's been a long time since the werewolves had a leader step forward" (170). By the end of this novel, I think the werewolves have their new leader.

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