Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: Kitty Takes a Holiday

Next on the pile is Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn.

This is the third in the series that started with Kitty and the Midnight Hour.  It's probably understandable by itself but it would make more sense to know how she got to where she is.

This book is mainly about what it's like to have someone get in trouble on your behalf, and about not being able to make it better when something bad and unfair happens.  It's just modern urban vampire fluff, but we're getting some deeper human insights than we might have expected.  Mainly, guilty pleasure though it may be, I like these stories.  8 out of 10.


Kitty is living in a cabin outside of Walsenburg, CO, supposedly working on writing a book, not doing the show.  The book isn't going well.  Then someone starts trying to drive her away with curses, and Cormac shows up with Ben, who's just been bitten by a werewolf.  Ben wants Cormac to shoot him -- they'd agreed years ago that if one of them were ever turned the other would kill him -- but Cormac doesn't want to go through with it, so he wants Kitty to guide Ben into his new life.  And the curse stuff gets nastier, with a bunch of skinned dogs hung around the cabin.  Then something like a werewolf but not actually a werewolf attacks, and Cormac kills it, in front of the sheriff, and gets charged with murder.  Kitty and Ben track down the skinwalker -- evil Native American sorcerer type -- and get some testimony that she was bad juju, but it's not enough to stand up in court.  Cormac agrees to take a plea bargain and go to jail for a few years rather than probably be convicted and go for life.  It turns out that Cormac and Ben had a lot of bad stuff in their family past -- association with nutcase anarchists trying to violently overthrow the government -- which wouldn't help.  Kitty and Ben bond as a pack and start down the road to becoming a human pair.
Tags: book review, carrie vaughn, fantasy
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