Friday, September 4, 2009

Kitty and the Silver Bullet

There are series that I enjoy, series I can take or leave, and series that have me tapping my foot impatiently, waiting for the next installment to be published. As I think about my favorites, it occurs to me that the ones that I love most not only have exciting, surprising, twisty plots and occasional bursts of humor; they have characters that are complex and believable (usually a strong, intelligent female protagonist with integrity), and these characters change and grow from book to book in an interesting, believable way.

Kitty is one of those heroines. I've read some reviews of the first book in this series, Kitty in the Midnight Hour, that complain that she is too wimpy and submissive. Well, yeah, she's submissive - she's at the bottom, dominance-wise, of her werewolf pack, which is led by a controlling pair of alphas. But... but...Kitty finds things in her life that have nothing to do with being a werewolf (such as her increasingly popular radio show), and she slowly gains confidence in herself, which gives her the courage to fight for her independence. Aside from the taut pacing and intriguing plot lines, my main enjoyment in this series has been watching Kitty grow and change. Too often the "kickass" heroines in this genre spring forth, armor clad and ready to fight from the get-go. Here we witness the evolution as it is happening.

In this fourth book of the series, Kitty finds herself in the position of having to return to her home city of Denver - a place she has been avoiding because of certain events from the first book. Once there, Kitty finds herself facing a personal family health crisis, as well as a political crisis that involves her old werewolf pack and the vampires of her city. Kitty vows to remain uninvolved, to keep out of the political turmoil, mind her own business, not make any waves. But when a young, abused werewolf appeals to her for help, Kitty finds she cannot stand back and allow the abuse to continue. Kitty has some tough choices to make in this novel, but this time she has friends - and her own pack of two - at her side. Still, it isn't long before she realizes she is in way over her head.

I enjoyed this installment in the Kitty Norville series very much. Once again, thanks to Joanne of The Book Zombie, whose generous giveaway netted me all the books in this series! It gives me a little thrill of delight to have the remaining books sitting patiently on my bookshelf, waiting for me. There are only two left, so we'll see how long I can hold out before snatching up the next one!

Books in the Kitty Norville series:
1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2. Kitty Goes to Washington
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6. Kitty Raises Hell

Kitty and the Silver Bullet (#4 in the Kitty Norville series) by Carrie Vaughn (Grand Central Publishing, 2008)

Also reviewed at:
The Movieholic and Bibliophile's Blog: "There’s an enormous battle, but the main strengths of the story: the characters and the humour continue to shine through."
Sam's Book Blog: "I am happy to say that I have yet to not like a Kitty book and of course this one doesn't disappoint."
The Symposium: "Aside from the chance to get a better understanding for the structure of the vampire’s lives in Kitty’s world, I was pleased to see that there was a great deal of character growth in this book..."


  1. ok, again not about this post but about the sad news about Reading Rainbow. I am devasted to hear about that - I loved that show!! I was part of the target audience when it came out.

    I guess here is my question to those who didn't want to spend the money, where instead is the money going?? Some dumb reality show?

  2. I agree 100% with what you said about Kitty as a heroine. Seeing her evolve was such a big part of the series for me.

  3. VA Gal - I imagine that, because it is public television, it will go to some sort of educational program, but you just can't beat Reading Rainbow for inspiring a love of books in general. Sigh.

    Joanne - Yes! She is such a great heroine, particularly as she's come such a long way. :-)


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