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Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, Book 3) (edition 2007)

by Carrie Vaughn

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Title:Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, Book 3)
Authors:Carrie Vaughn
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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After being caged and forced to transform into a werewolf on national television, Kitty decides she needs a little breathing room. She hunkers down in a remote cabin and tries to write her autobiography. But it feels like she's hiding more than healing. Even worse, skinned animals and silver crosses start turning up in circles around her cabin. The police aren't helpful--if anything, they seem to blame her for the mutilated animals. And unfortunately, her lawyer is out of commission.

This book starts out lightweight, with a rival talk show as the biggest problem Kitty faces, but the plot gets dark fast. The old magic traditions are capricious and dangerous. Often when I'm reading fantasy, I wonder why more people don't try to use magic. In this series, it's very clear. The sacrifices required would rend the heart of an ordinary person, and damage the souls of those who use it. The way Vaughn writes it, magic is genuinely creepy.

The other plot involves Kitty's lawyer, who confronts his own worst fear when he becomes what he grew up hunting: a werewolf. Kitty talks him down from killing himself immediately, but he's uncertain for much of the book whether he'll be able to live with himself any longer. And it's not just his prejudices at work--being a werewolf makes it nearly impossible for him to practice law, which he values as his escape route from his rough family. Kitty has to work hard and delicately to keep him functional. Putting Kitty into the role of mentor is an interesting change for the character. And I like that there be real legal consequences for supernatural goings-on, even if there aren't laws yet on the books that precisely work with human society's newfound knowledge of the supernatural. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Kitty is hiding from her own life when she is forced to save the life of one her friends. This is one of the best books of the series!

Kitty Takes a Holiday is my favorite book in the Kitty Norville series, and not just because of the romantic relationship between Kitty and Ben. The story arc in the first four books is about Kitty taking control of her life. She’s growing up, but not in a YA “coming-of-age” way. It’s more about whether, as an adult, you can overcome adversity and thrive, not just survive.

In Holiday, Kitty has run away from dealing with life as a werewolf, from being exposed to the world, even from the fame her radio show has brought. She’s full of self-doubt and uncertainty about the future. There’s sort of a cocooning period you have to go through when you reinvent yourself, time to be introspective and really examine who you are and what you want. This is what Kitty’s holiday is about.

Who knows how she would have emerged from that cocoon if Cormac and Ben hadn’t shown up. On a mission to hunt a rogue werewolf, Ben was bit. Cormac brought him to Kitty–the only other friendly werewolf he knows–for help. Kitty has to show Ben that being a werewolf is preferable to death before he makes Cormac shoot him.

So she takes on the role of Alpha in her pack of two. Though she doubts her own ability to play the Alpha, she’s the only one who can, and Ben is depending on her. This, more than anything, is the push Kitty needs to see herself as a strong, independent person who is capable of dealing with adversity. Sometimes, we are willing to do more for others than we are for ourselves.

The other great growth moment for Kitty is when she calls into a competing radio show to give some advice to another caller. Kitty has been hating “Ariel, Priestess of the Night” for quite some time, seeing her as a threat. She calls her “the sleezebag,” makes prank calls to the show, and tries to find a way to sue her. What Kitty really hates, of course, is that Ariel is doing the show while Kitty is hiding in the woods, but she isn’t willing to admit that. When Kitty makes a genuine call to Ariel and is recognized, she doesn’t get the response she expected. Ariel is a big Kitty fan, one who is trying to carry on Kitty’s work and add strength to the “voice” of the supernatural. The big difference between what Kitty believes about Ariel and what she discovers is true is a major reality check; one that shines light on her own self-pity and pettiness.

Kitty Takes a Holiday is a pretty great study of the psychology of adapting to adversity. Kitty’s positive growth is contrasted by the actions of the antagonist, of course. And, as in most things in adult life, the ending is always perfectly happy. But it’s real, and the perfect launching pad for what Kitty has to face in the next book.

Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews. ( )
  InvestedIvana | Jan 31, 2016 |
(audio version) Things change, Kitty's life changes in a blink of the eye. She is alone with her wolf and herself, avoiding reality. She rents a place outside of a small town where the residents don't seem too happy having the infamous werewolf about. Dead, bloody warnings start showing up then things get worse. Cormack the werewolf hunter drives down her road. This visit changes everything for one of them.
I really loved the twist and turns for the characters in this book. Ms. Vaughn gave them a fresh new path that I am looking forward to continuing.
Quote" 10 Ways to Defeat Macho Dickheadism" ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Really enjoyed this one -- ready to start the next in the series. Fast reading, too. ( )
  emblue | Jan 3, 2016 |
Kitty enjoys a holiday ... er ... well, this is Kitty Norville. Blurb at goodreads accurate enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this third book of the series although a little disappointed in ending with what happens with Cormac. Another reviewer posted that they were eager to get back into Kitty Norville books after reading several stinkers -- yup, me too (wasn't, budgetwise, planning on buying this one yet but was exactly what was needed after some horrendous reads). Looking forward to more in the series. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446618748, Mass Market Paperback)

After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive...

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Caught on national television transforming into a wolf, Kitty heads to a mountain cabin retreat to recover her equilibrium and write her memoirs, only to have trouble find her once again when someone leaves bizarre animal sacrifices on her front porch, and werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, and they are all stalked by a strange wolf-like creature with glowing eyes.… (more)

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