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Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Steals the Show (edition 2012)

by Carrie Vaughn

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Title:Kitty Steals the Show
Authors:Carrie Vaughn
Info:Tor Books (2012), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:fiction, urban fantasy, werewolves, vampires, kitty norville, 2013

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Characters drive the plot as Kitty heads to London and meets up with a new vampire Family, the local English pack, and goes to head to head with some old enemies.

While in London for the first ever scientific conference on the supernatural, Kitty learns how the rest of the world’s vampires treat her fellow werewolves, and how pervasive Roman’s influence is on the world’s vampires. She gets tangled up in one plot to take out the Master of London and in another, spearheaded by an old enemy (or two), to capture werewolf soldiers for use in building a supernatural army.

As with all the Kitty books, we get to meet some great new characters, like Ned Allen–vampire, Elizabethan stage actor, and Master of London. I love how Kitty gets all giddy at the idea that Ned knew Shakespeare. We also meet Caleb, the Alpha werewolf of the British Isles. Kitty attempts to move Ned and Caleb’s relationship from “ignoring each other” to “working together,” based on the relationship she has with Rick back home in Denver.

We also get to meet some awful characters. The delegate of world vampires are awful; in particular, they way the view and treat werewolves is horrific. Kitty stirs up trouble by refusing to cow to their self-importance and accusing some of them of working with Roman. She also talks with their wolves, attempt to incite riot and defection, telling the wolves they don’t deserve to be cannon fodder for the coming war. As usual, she has some success, and earns the title Regina Luporum from some of the vampires — Queen of Wolves, a wolf who will stand up for her brethren against the vampires.

Carrie Vaughn has been great about letting us revisit characters from previous books. In Steals the Show, we get to spend time with Allette in D.C. and her descendant Emma in London, Dr. Schumacher and Joseph Tyler at the conference, and Luiz, the were-panther with whom Kitty had a fling while in Washington D.C. for the Senate hearings in Book 2. Assuming she’s still single, Luiz greets Kitty VERY warmly. Once he learns Kitty is married, the scenes where Luiz toys with Ben, much like a cat would, are priceless.

One of the smaller story lines I really enjoyed in this book was Cormac meeting Amelia’s family. It’s interesting to see Kitty observing the changes in Cormac since he “partnered” up with Amelia. It makes me look forward to Low Midnight that much more. ( )
  InvestedIvana | Apr 17, 2016 |
Kitty ends up at a conference in London and has to deal with other politics rather than the familiar American stuff, various countries have different customs and she has to see about staying alive and trying to disrupt politics that has been going on for a long time. Kittty is changing the game and she's not sure why it keeps being her that has to do a lot of this.

I liked it, the politics are complicated but Kitty is still using her words and her head before her fists and it's interesting to see. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Apr 11, 2016 |
After becoming a werewolf, Kitty Norville was beaten down, both literally and emotionally. She found new strength in an after-hours radio show, and since then has become leader of the Denver pack and internationally known for her work exposing the supernatural. Now Kitty has been invited to the first conference on the paranormal. While in London, she shakes up werewolves' subservient role to European vampires, thwarts a kidnapping, and meets fairies. And for her final trick, she uses her keynote address to expose Dux Bellorum (the two thousand year old vampire who has been manipulating events behind the scenes) to the public eye.

There isn't much action, whether of the physical, metaphysical, or emotional variety, in this book. Cormac's subplot about finding Amelia's long-lost family is boring and completely without tension. Kitty mostly strides around babbling at people, hoping they'll spill their secrets, and sometimes her standard verbal attack even works. But this negative aspect of the book is due to Vaughn's comfortable understanding of Kitty and her friends: she clearly has their psyches completely mapped out. I look forward to the climax of the Long Game: after so many books spent building up to it, I'm sure it will be exciting! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Kitty gets to meet fairies and the alpha of London and make other new friends as well as stir up a bit of trouble. Like the series but wonder how long she can continue the storyline? ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Kitty hits London and she makes her presence known. She was just traveling to work on her show maybe do a few interviews and see the sights, but nothing is that easy when you're Kitty. She meets some very interesting people on this tour and some very unwelcome ones too. The war is getting closer, the unrest is rising, powers are taking sides and there is nothing to stop them but blood shed, or is there. Kitty is taunted, followed and tempted to cross the line.
Excellent addition to the series, Kitty just keeps growing and getting better. The author keeps the characters fresh and delves into new adventures with each new book. i can't wait to see what happens next. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
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At the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies in London, Kitty must deal with vampires, werewolves and supernatural beings galore.

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