Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Book Review: Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville 4)


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.

My Review: 
Kitty and Ben are reasonably happy with their life together outside Denver`but that soon crashes to a stop when Rick asks them to return to the city to help him take over. He wants to overthrow Arturo and needs Kitty and Ben to take the wolf pack from Meg and Carl. It's the last thing that Kitty wants to do and she refuses but her mother's cancer scare means going back to the city and trying to keep a low profile from her old Pack, who may kill her on sight.

Kitty and Ben are still going through a bit of a testing time in their relationship. As soon as Ben turned werewolf, his wolf and Kitty's wolf became a mated pair. Their human sides followed but are not finding the transition so easy. Ben was a friend and her lawyer but she had never considered any other relationship with him and is wondering if they are only together because of their wolves. She has also had the shock of being told of her mother's operation to remove possible cancer and has discovered that when she last shifted, she miscarried a baby. Knowing she can never have children because of her condition is a massive blow. Ben is realising how hard it is to have a shared life with Kitty, who is used to doing everything herself. 

A vampire who has been a performer on stage and screen has decided to come out and Kitty is thrilled to have her do it on her radio show. She is very much in awe of Mercedes but soon realises that the coming out revelation is not the real reason that the vampire is in town. As the war is ready to start between Rick and Arturo, Mercedes is determined to play a part in the events that are unfolding. The question is, which side is she on and what kind of interfering is she going to do? A simple invite to visit Mercedes at her hotel brings Kitty face to face with the warring vampires and her old Pack Alphas. Now Kitty is in the game with Ben whether she likes it or not and starts to fear for the safety of her family.

Kitty's former Pack would like nothing more than to see Kitty and Ben take over as Meg and Carl are very much hated and feared. The most submissive wolf Jenny, who has been abused in the same way that Kitty once was, asks Kitty to help her get away from Denver. This act will be seen as an act against Carl and Kitty knows it but she cannot turn her back on Jenny. At the same time Rick is gathering his vampire and shifter loyalists at a warehouse, waiting for the moment to try and take over. But both plans are going to run into some trouble at the same time.

The book deals with a lot of personal issues for Kitty and we get the chance to see how she has grown from the scared wolf in book one to a more confident and determined young woman. Yet she still has insecurities with her boyfriend, family issues weighing on her mind and a past that seems to keep trying to drag her down. These are things that the reader can certainly relate to. I like that though Kitty is a werewolf and has accepted that new life, she is determined to be more human than wolf. A lot shifter stories have the wolf dominating and the human side being less important so I liked seeing Kitty wanting as close to normal a human life as she can. Her realisation that she can never have kids is particularly sad for her.

I felt in the second half of the book that the series really hit its stride and since reading this, I have read 4 more books in the series and very much enjoying them. Having Kitty deal with her past here is a lot of fun to read about and it shows her character coming full circle. Rick is my favourite character as he is a vampire with personality and seems to like Kitty and Ben. It is just a pity that we're seeing very little of Cormac who is such a great character. I also like the introduction of the other Pack members and a few of them look quite interesting.

In the beginning of the series I felt that something was lacking from the series in some way, despite enjoying the books but this is the book where I felt things coming together for me as a reader. Since finishing this book, I have enjoyed the series so much more moving forward.

Read January 2018
4 stars 

4 comments:

  1. You're really enjoying this series. Now I'm getting curious:)

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    1. It really hits it's stride! Book 7 was GREAT!

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this! I now really want to start this series!

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    1. I'm really enjoying it now-my favourite so far is Kitty's House of Horrors!

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