Drive-By Review & G*veaway: Kitty Rocks the House (Carrie Vaughn)

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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?

23 thoughts on “Drive-By Review & G*veaway: Kitty Rocks the House (Carrie Vaughn)

  1. “What the hell kind of name is Kitty for a werewolf? – Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn.” Carrie Vaughn is No. 2 on my Top 10 UF List. My Favorite character is Kitty Norville. +1 comment

    • Yes, that is a great name, and I didn’t even think about it until I was doing this little mini-review but Kitty for a werewolf is kind of like Robin for an eagle-shifter. Irony is fun!

    • Yes, I do like Ben better now than when I first realized it was going to be Ben as the love interest rather than Cormac. Still love the bad boys, though 🙂

  2. I enjoy this series, but I’m way behind on the releases. My TBR pile is three book cases full!

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    • Oh, Liz. I know what you mean. I have filled a floor-to-ceiling book case, have seven (or is it eight) stacks on the floor almost waist high, have a mountain on my floor from another stack that collapsed, and yes, three other shelves full. Which is why you guys are seeing a lot of drive-by reviews and will keep seeing them. I have to unload some of these books!!!

  3. I enjoy this series – as you say some books are better than others but overall I like Kitty’s growth from when we first met her. However, I like Cormac as well though Ben has grown on me. But my favourite character is Detective Jess Haines – she’s not in all the books but she’s smart and determined! 🙂

    • I do like the way Kitty has grown from the first book, where she was SO not an alpha, until now. Glad you mentioned Detective Jess–she’s a great character and I’d like to see more of her.

    • There’s a short story based on Jess I read in Weird Detectives – I think there’s a great opportunity for a spin-off series! 🙂

    • It’s a good urban fantasy series, not too edgy and not too sexy, but interesting and with a well-thought-out overarching plot so that it doesn’t feel episodic.

  4. i’ve eyes for this series for a moment but i haven’t gotten any book yet, i got a little afraid by the number of books i guess
    so since i ‘ve not read it i can’t tell my favourite character as of yet^^

  5. I’ve enjoyed this series although I wasn’t crazy about the last book. I like Cormac but I have mixed feelings about Ben – I don’t think he’s a strong enough mate for Kitty.

  6. I’ve always liked this series, but I’m two books behind at the moment. This was one of the first series I got hooked on when I started reading UF. I know it bucks the trend, but I actually like Ben a lot. Maybe it’s because he’s different – he’s not the typical bad boy hero and that makes his and Kitty’s relationship different than what is usually found in UF. I like it when an author does something different or unexpected with her characters.

    • I think that is an interesting thing about Ben–he’s totally not who I was expecting Kitty to bond with. As I said in the comment above, he’s a much more stable partner for Kitty than Cormac would have been–had that even been possible. And of course since the bad boy always gets the girl, I was all set for a Kitty-Cormac coupledom. So props to Carrie Vaughn for doing something unexpected–and it has lasted, another unusual thing in a series this long.

  7. I’ve enjoyed several of the books in this series and have the rest of the series still on my TBR shelf to be read. So far, my favorite character is Kitty, but I agree with you on Cormac too.

    • I do like Kitty. I guess Cormac was my favorite character BESIDES Kitty 🙂 I love the idea of the late-night radio show host for paranormal problems.

  8. I’ve read this series up to book 5, then i got bored and put it down. Guess it’s time to pick it up again