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Friday, November 7, 2008

Kitty and the Silver Bullet

Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Hatchette Book Group
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Xeranthemum

Kitty's radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver--and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing between the city's two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides. And maybe become what she hates--a killer.

Ever since discovering a story about a werewolf named Kitty in Kitty and the Midnight Hour I’ve been hooked. This series encompasses a wealth of world building and character growth that has been a joy to follow. Kitty and the Silver Bullet continues the journey and Kitty is about to face a side of her nature she hoped she’d never have to.

Kitty has to go back to her home town where the alpha, Carl, had not only exiled her from but had killed her best friend, T. J. That still makes me tear up because he was a great character and a good ally for Kitty back in the day. Even this far in the series, Ms. Vaughn has Kitty remember T. J. and it’s such a sentimental and touching thing to do that I sniffle from the tenderness of it. I miss him, so does Kitty.

Life sure has come full circle for my favorite werewolf. She was a quiet girl in the beginning, and very vulnerable. She tries to be neutral when she returns home but what fun would that be for a book? She’s come too far, has learned too much to accept the treatment her old alpha seems determined to foist on her. So I got to go back home with Kitty and watch her put that growth to good use.

Lots of interesting things going on and one of them involves a secondary character that is more on screen in this book. Rick the vampire has plans and he needs Kitty’s help. Slowly his role has become more prevalent leading up to this book. When you have vampires, you have intrigue, action and blood. You won’t be disappointed.

Another character that started as a secondary to an assassin named Cormac is Ben. Ben worked with Cormac initially during a period of time when Cormac was sent to kill Kitty. In an amazing turn of events, Ben became a werewolf; Cormac got put in prison and Kitty’s wolf and Ben’s wolf sort of bonded. I thought for sure Cormac would end up with Kitty but it’s hard to put the move on a woman from behind bars. Cormac is a contrary character and only is seen briefly, but no less important for his input. He seemed to have had a plan in the last book and I believe its culmination happens in Kitty and the Silver Bullet. It’s not overly mushy but it’s sweet.

The romance been Ben and Kitty is not the get ‘hit over the head with an anvil’ type but a gradual thing much like people in life do all the time. It ended up being more real for me and kept me believing in the characters.

As with vampires and werewolves there will be power plays and betrayal and you’ll get your fix for that in this story too. Ms. Vaughn crafts a story that balances humor, emotions, intrigue, manipulations and comeuppance with skill and effectiveness. The love between Ben and Kitty is a warm and special thing that gets tested in a very paranormal fashion. Yet, I also got to experience the love of family as I got to meet Kitty’s family during their time of crisis. With that kind of background and world building, it made Kitty’s decisions and actions appropriate to her character and setting. The dialogue plays a role in keeping the reader informed, interested and connected to the story arc.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet continues this very personable and delightful series where the author has a real feel for her characters. That feel translates to a quality of storytelling that has been my joy to read. I credit Ms. Vaughn with finding a unique character in Kitty and sharing her with us fans. She’s become an auto-buy for me and I hope more readers discover the world this author has crafted.