Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn

KITTY
Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: A Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (324 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

I let the title mislead me thinking it was about adventures and shenanigans at a concert or something but it refers to something far more profound and stunning. Kitty’s whole power base gets tested, shaken up and taken in a direction that took me by surprise. When I finally got wind of what might happen and what it meant, I was aghast. Surely Ms. Vaughn wouldn’t do that! Talk about a gripping hook! This was a book that I simply could not put down.

The only thing that was a constant and made me feel good and secure and happy was the consistent love Kitty had for Ben. Ben loving her doesn’t just make her calm when she’s stressed, it calms me down too. Everything that gets thrown at the heroine, and in this book it’s substantial, is able to be born because he’s there, even when he’s not on scene; that kind of love and support gives a person the strength to endure – and a reason to fight. Ben is good for Kitty and every book seems to make me appreciate his presence in her life even more. When Kitty and Ben are together, I’m in my happy place.

But this isn’t a book about happy. This is a book that reveals that the war between one vampire and his minions against the world is much bigger and darker than anything revealed yet. The scope is staggering. And, thoroughly intriguing, entertaining and left me wanting to know more. That fact that allies are not always to be trusted and that their idea of ‘helping’ leaves a lot to be desired was another plot stirring addition. I’m kind of hoping I’ll see the hunky troublemaker again with the hope that next time he’ll be a better asset to the Denver pack.

As for Cormac and Amelia, oh yeah, there’s some significant plot exacerbation from those two. My personal interpretation is that Amelia overstepped this time around and lost focus. Instead of assessing the domino effect of her/his actions, and Cormac is just as culpable as she is, the single-minded determination reminded me of a computer hacker. She kept at it and kept at it because it was a challenge to her skills and Cormac, being the hunter he was, and probably still is, was just as fascinated and eager to do the deed. Did they even once ask WHY it was so powerful or needed? I suppose, in all fairness, I have to say that vampires are the ultimate poker players – they keep everything close to their chest to the point of stupidity. All it would have taken is one simple explanation, you know, show their cards, maybe even an entreaty for help, something, anything to avoid what eventually happened. But Ms. Vaughn knows her vampires – they are a paranoid lot. Obviously, they never listened to Kenny Rogers sing “The Gambler”. I felt bad for the priest but seriously, share much?

I liked seeing Kitty show the interloper just why her pack is so different, and effective. I enjoyed seeing her grow just a bit more. I also appreciated that Ms. Vaughn hasn’t let the reader or Kitty forget that the heroine has a real family, a mother and a sister that needs her. That personal touch, that snippet of normalcy is what makes what Kitty stands for and what she’s fighting against so profound and meaningful. It kept me connected to the characters in the book.

At this point, a new reader really shouldn’t start here with this story. Even though this book has a definite beginning and end, it’s based and built upon the parts of the series told in previous books. This series sticks with Kitty and the gang and is a continuation as we follow Kitty’s discoveries about her new world and herself. This is a great book for fans to enjoy.

Kitty Rocks the House is a story not to be missed by any fan of the series. It introduces a possible new direction and it infuses the series with fresh thought and opportunities. The threat remains the same but it’s more dire and imposing than anyone first thought. This book also created an intense desire to know more because I can’t even guess what Kitty is going to face next. It’s a great hook and I guarantee that the next book coming out later this year will be an auto-buy. If I had it now, I’d be nose-to-the-page; this series is that gripping and engaging. Ms. Vaughn has another winner and I’m a happy reader.

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