Aug 5, 2012

{Review + Giveaway} of Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Vampires/Werwolves
RECEIVED: Received for review from Tor
AUTHORS BLOG: Carrie Vaughns Site

Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world—and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it. 

Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game—a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries—than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who’ve set their sights on her and her friends. 

All the world’s a stage, and Kitty’s just stepped into the spotlight.

I’ve been a fan of Kitty for a long time; this series was my first in Urban Fantasy and the one that really got me hooked into the genre. This book feels like a new beginning for Kitty, a lot happens that I think will have a big impact in Kitty’s life for future books to come.

Kitty, Ben and Cormac have left Denver and have set foot in London for the International Conference on Paranatural Studies. Kitty is set to give the keynote speech but it seems that the Master Vampire Roman has stirred things up in London and Kitty becomes involved. A war is coming and she works together with the Master Vampire in London and the Alpha to stop Romans followers from reeking havoc during the conference.

Kitty gets herself into some interesting predicaments, especially with the vampires. She also seems to have caught a name for herself amongst them, as the Queen of the Wolves, which she doesn’t fully get. As always I enjoy her spunk and the way she always protect her friends. She even befriends some master vampires and gets to learn about the major differences of the vampires in Europe compared to the US. I feel even though she’s not much of a fighter, her words seem to make others think and grasp the bigger picture on what dangers are really out there.

Ben and Cormac are always by Kitty’s side and her major supporters and protectors. Though Cormac takes some side adventures for his companion Amelia whom we get some background on since London is where her family is. I kind of miss the old Cormac but I like what Amelia has brought out in him. Ben is definitely the person who keeps Kitty grounded and every scene with them together I always enjoy. I know some feel Kitty found her mate a little fast but I love these two together. There does come some moments where an old flame from her past flirts like crazy with her, jealousy from Ben happens but it shows his love for her.

Overall I really enjoyed the change of scenery in London and meeting all the new vampires and the Alpha of London was fantastic. I like how much respect Caleb (Alpha) and Ned the Master of London had from all of their followers and allies. It was interesting to watch Kitty learn from them and see into their world. The conference was also a highlight, Kitty has her keynote speech at the end of the book that I really enjoyed and think will bring major changes to Kitty’s world. Plus the baddies from the past are always entertaining and make Kitty’s life tough but it seems just to make her stronger in the end.

If you enjoy fast paced stories, lots of supernatural characters and a lead female character who gets herself into sticky situations, then this series is a must read.

This is an urban fantasy series and number ten in the series, I recommend to read the first books to get to know these great characters. Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison will love world of Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn.
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