Early Review: KITTY STEALS THE SHOW by Carrie Vaughn

July 27, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

*This title will be released on July 31, 2012*


Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville, #10)
Cover by Craig White

(Kitty Norville, #10)

by Carrie Vaughn

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer:  No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 31, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0765365669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765365668

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

References to sex

Description

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.

Review

One thing I like about Kitty Norville that she is excellent at talking herself out of situations and getting people to see her side of things. She’s forced to rely on that skill  a lot in KITTY STEALS THE SHOW as she gets into more trouble with vampires by constantly asking questions she probably shouldn’t.

One of the big changes in this book is the new setting.  Kitty leaves Denver behind for a paranormal conference across the pond, and London for shifters is nothing like the US.  I was actually surprised at the vast difference in the relationship between vampires and weres in Europe and the U.S. In the U.S. they tend to stay away from each other but in Europe (except Great Britain) weres are treated as the vampire’s slaves.

It was fun to see Kitty completely geek out about seeing double decker buses and meeting a real live contemporary (who is now a vampire) of Shakespeare. It would have been fascinating to actually sit in on some of the conference lectures like “Theoretical Notions of Space and Time as Applied to Vampire Physiology”  but almost everything that happened in KITTY STEALS THE SHOW felt like preparation for some huge war that might happen in the future.

Aside from the treading water feeling in places, for the most part I enjoyed learning more about Kitty’s world outside of the U.S. and hope that this build up to something bigger on the horizon pays off in the end.

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