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Kitty Rocks the House

by Carrie Vaughn

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Series: Kitty Norville (11)

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This is quite a bridging novel, where Kitty learns more about what's going on in the world and her place in it and how to balance werewolf life and her friends learning more about their lives. She has to learn more about the Long Game and the problems about it.

It's interesting and adds to the world and the characters who are going to be pivotal in the next novels. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 12, 2016 |
Kitty’s having a hard time — Rick is distracted, a newbie is challenging her authority, her pack is clamoring for her attention, Cormac is killing the good guys, and her sister is having a mid-life crisis.

I don’t always pay attention to some of the more literary devices that may be used in my entertainment fiction; but, I felt that Kitty Rocks the House has such a strong theme, it’s hard to miss. It is, however, a little hard to define.

Kitty is experiencing how both her sister and one of her pack mates, Trey, is suffering because Kitty is spending her time pursuing the things she feels are important — namely her show and the war against Roman–rather than her familial or pack obligations. In turn, Kitty suffers because Rick, Master Vampire of Denver, chooses to pursue something he feels is important–namely the validation of his continued belief in God in spite of being a vampire — while ignoring some of his responsibilities. So, perhaps the theme is either being true to yourself, or something about responsibility. Do you pursue what you believe is right in spite of the damage it may cause others?

This is what Cormac and Detective Hardin so when they poke at Father Columban’s wards. Because they are curious — and think they are doing the right thing — they get a (supposedly good) vampire killed and cause Rick to leave Denver, leaving Kitty alone to deal with the city and the Long Game. I’m really surprised Kitty doesn’t get more upset about this, or even try to explain to Cormac and Hardin what they are doing. She just stands by and watches the chaos unfold. I don’t really understand her lack of reaction in that particular scene. I want to yell at both of them, to be honest.

The pack has argued with Kitty before about taking care of them, their pack, over trying to take care of the world’s problems, of Roman or the vampires. I think this is a good argument and one many people with responsibilities have to face. Someone has to tackle the big problems, stand up in the big fights; but, often it’s done at a cost, usually to the people around you and your responsibilities to them. Which do you choose? ( )
  InvestedIvana | Apr 28, 2016 |
Kitty is the werewolf pack master of Denver. She and the vampire master of the city are two of the few people who stand in the way of Roman, whose Long Game to destroy humanity is gaining momentum. Even as Kitty and Rick try to make new allies, others challenge their power bases: a new werewolf is setting himself up to challenge Kitty, while a vampire Catholic priest tries to lure Rick away from Denver. I really liked how the alpha fight was resolved --Darren came at Kitty like the only thing that mattered was who was more physically powerful, but she talked her way into support from the whole pack before the physical confrontation even started. They never even had a fight, because she made it clear that he would have nothing to lead if he won. I think this is the first time I've seen a werewolf pack anywhere in urban fantasy/paranormal romance that had an alpha who wasn't particularly powerful, but did have vision and human warmth. It's a cool way of looking at what is always written in a very hierarchical, primitive structure. I was less enthused by the rest of the plot. It felt slapdash, and it didn't move the overall story forward at all. This series feels stalled, and I understand: resolving the Long Game plot is a huge undertaking, and it should involve alliance building and investigation before the big climax...but c'mon, let's get to it! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Took me a few pages to flip worlds from one author's vampires and shapeshifters to another's on werewolves and vampires. Kitty and Ben are growing into their position more as alphas. They and their pack know what kind of a pack they want. Enters in Darren who starts throwing things off. Kitty has been a little absent lately, so there's a little flux, but things get straightened out in the end and the pack is happy. They even buy a house out in the suburbs, but not too far out that they can't get pizza delivery! Cormac is present and Amelia is helping but not a 'voice'. Rick throws everyone for a loop and there will be changes in Denver. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
3.5 stars One of those comfy enjoyable series reads-
It all starts with a vampire priest, an un-neutered dog, and one stressed out Kitty. Kitty is stressed, she is experiencing the joys of Alphahood. Her pack needs her, wants her advice, her time, her guidance, her protection. (sounds like motherhood doesn't it ?) Her pack is not the only stress. Her human family, her job, the master of the city, they all want a pice of her. Yeah, she is on the edge of ARGUH ! Ben, her rock, her love, the calming balm she needs may be all that holds her together.
New forces some to town and cause some problems for the fragile community. A wolf, strong, arrogant and with a compelling story bags to join the pack. A vampire priest who has come to offer Rick a dream from his past. Both bring trouble and damage to both vampire and wold communities. A friendship forged will be tested. There are major changes.
I enjoy the love between Ben and kitty. It is so pure, complete and unquestioning. Watching them deal with the world together, united, no matter what keeps me glues to the series even more than the ruckus going on around them. They have grown so much as a couple and you really see it in this book. This was a nice easy relaxed read with some tense moments and some heartbreaking scenes. One character left and I hope to see them in the next book.
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  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
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For all the death I'd seen, I'd been to very few funerals.
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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.
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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.… (more)

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