Monday, July 12, 2010

Review - Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, Book 8) by Carrie Vaughn (4/5 stars)

This was the eighth book in the Kitty Norville series.  Last I heard there are 10 books planned for this series.  I didn't like this book quite as much as the last book "Kitty's House of Horrors" but it was still an enjoyable and engaging read.

Kitty has a couple problems on her hands.  First she is being sued by the owner of Speedy Mart stores after she does a radio show on suspicious supernatural happenings that are going on at Speedy Mart stores across the country.  Second she gets a call from the government about a group of werewolves that have returned from service in Iraq and are a bit crazy; the government is wondering if there is any hope for their rehabilitation and if Kitty will help.

Vaughn does a very good job of seamlessly juggling the two separate plot lines.  The story line about the werewolves returning from war to be integrated back into society is politically timely and interesting; it is something that is unique to consider.  Overall the book was very engaging and well written.  I enjoyed the addition of some of the new characters that were introduced with the ex-military werewolves.

The best part of this book is seeing Kitty act on her own and make decisions like a strong leader.  If you think back to the first couple Kitty books, Kitty has come a long way as a character and I really enjoyed seeing that in this book. 

The majority of the story deals with the ex-military werewolves.  The second plot dealing with the Speedy Marts was interesting but I was at a loss at what it had to do with the overall story.  It seemed like this second plot might be part of something bigger that we don't fully understand yet.  Also Cormac returns to the story, but the direction his character takes is kind of unexpected.  I am not sure I enjoyed the character changes in Cormac, but I am sure that it has something to do with the overall story.

Overall this was an excellent installment in this series.  I enjoyed it and look forward to Vaughn's future books.  Next to read by Vaughn is her new book Steel that is due out Spring of 2011.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- The 100+ Book Reading Challenge

Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, Book 8) 

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