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Now….Welcome to the Preternatura “Drive-By Reviews.” It’s my way of passing along books in my TBR Pile on Steroids to you. I read the first 50 or so pages of a book (might be new, might be not-so-new), tell you what I like or didn’t like, and give it a grade of A (wish I had time to finish it, and resent that I have so little reading time these days); B (I’m not head-over-heels but I am interested enough to keep going); or C (I’d keep reading but there are some red flags for me). If it’s a DNF, I won’t cover it at all.
Today’s book, Kitty Rocks the House, by Carrie Vaughn, came out a week or so ago, and somehow I ended up with two copies…You know what that means!
ABOUT KITTY ROCKS THE HOUSE: 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.
Drive-By Review: I’ve had a like-love-meh relationship with this series over the years, but it was nice to dig into a new Kitty book even though I only had 50 pages and I still haven’t quite let go of my dreams of Cormac. It was a zippy 50 pages, too. Couldn’t believe how fast I got there.
Kitty and Ben are back in Denver (yay), tending to domestic things like house-hunting. The fight against the ancient vampire Roman continues to ramp up, and Rick, the master of Denver, is as always one of Kitty’s most important allies. Rick has always been one of my favorite characters in this series besides you-know-who.
We have some complications right at the outset when another ancient vampire shows up at the club, claiming to be a priest from the Order of St. Lazarus. He’s in search of Rick, and Rick’s fascinated by his story. This is probably not a Good Thing.
There’s also Darren, a new werewolf in town who at first seems like an annoyance distracting Kitty from her Roman focus…but I suspect Darren’s also not going to end up being a Good Thing, either. Unfortunately, in my drive-by read, I didn’t (sob) get to see Cormac.
OVERALL: I find myself in a Kitty mood, and from the reviews I’ve read and my short drive-by, it sounds like there are some new turns in store for this series. It’s not a series I’m evangelical about, but it is one I try to keep up with. I always find Vaughn’s writing engaging and seamless, her characters likeable (or despicable, depending on what she intends them to be) and because I haven’t read a good urban fantasy in a while and hated to stop reading, I’m giving Kitty Rocks the House a resounding A.
I have a new copy of Kitty Rocks the House to give away. Three entries possible–one by hitting the Twitter share button below; one by hitting the Facebook share button; and a comment: Are you a fan of this series? Who’s your favorite character? In case you couldn’t tell, I like CORMAC. I just never warmed up to Ben, and I’m not sure why. How about you?