Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn | #COYER Audio Review

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Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn | #COYER Audio ReviewKitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kitty Norville #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing, Tantor Audio on October 5, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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two-half-stars

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.

My Initial Reaction…

Ugh! I’m pretty disappointed with Kitty Takes a Holiday. After the excitement and forward momentum of Kitty Goes to Washington this felt like taking several steps backward. The last 50% was significantly better than the first but overall, I just needed something more.

The Narration…

Marguerite Gavin IS Kitty for me and she’s grown on me even more with Kitty Takes a Holiday. There were a pretty broad spectrum of characters and voices – complete with accents – that she had to deliver and she nailed them. She still doesn’t have that special something that blows me away, but she’s a solid narrator and I will definitely consider other books she narrates.

The Characters…

Damn it Kitty! You were doing so good! Kitty had been such a submissive wolf at the start of this series, but over the course of the last two books she grew so much. That growth isn’t gone, exactly, in Kitty Takes a Holiday but it’s been replaced a bit by someone who’s moping around feeling sorry for herself. You know what’s worse than feeling sorry for yourself? Reading about someone else doing it! It was so boring and annoying. I know she had every right to feel a little (or a lot) shell shocked after what happened to her in Kitty Goes to Washington, but the way she was handling it I felt like the Kitty I had cheered on for being ballsy as hell was gone. Oh and she’s still not on the radio in Kitty Takes a Holiday, which is another book missing what had been my favorite element of this series when it began.

Things really picked up when Cormick and Ben enter the picture, but it still had a very disappointing edge to it. Ben, her lawyer, who I absolutely loved in Kitty Goes to Washington isn’t the same in this book. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I’ll just say that I miss the old Ben. And the Cormick… well I kinda loved him more in this book, probably just because I got to see a lot more of him. He hasn’t really changed or anything, I just know him better and like that much more.

The Story…

So the first half, give or take a bit, of Kitty Takes a Holiday centers around Kitty’s retreat from civilization to work on a book about her life and her inability to write it, not to mention the difficulty of dealing with the people in the small town where she’s staying. It could be summed up as: Kitty Goes to the Country to Hide and Stick Her Tail Between Her Legs. Yep, I was bored. There was some important foundation laid for the rest of the book in this section, but boy do I wish it could have been hurried a long a bit.

Then Cormick and Ben show up and things get interesting. In a really depressing kind of way. I was glued to Kitty Takes a Holiday from this point on – there was interesting conversation, action, romance, plot twists. All the good stuff, but I kept feeling my stomach drop. Nothing went the way I would have liked and, while I’m totally okay with that in general (because it’s not my story afterall), I’m very worried about where the future books will go because of some of the plot twists in Kitty Takes a Holiday.

Concluding Sentiments…

I just hope Carrie Vaughn has some really great twists up her sleeve, because with how Kitty Takes A Holiday left me, I’m pretty discouraged about where the series is going. Kitty seems to be recovered, though, so I’m sticking with it for a least one more book. And then we’ll see.

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About Carrie Vaughn

Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.

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22 Responses to “Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn | #COYER Audio Review”

  1. Jessica
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    “You know what’s worse than feeling sorry for yourself? Reading about someone else doing it!”<—–LOL. True story, Berls. Honestly, I don't remember much about this one b/c it's been so long since I read it, but overall I did enjoy the series, so I hope you stick with it. And I agree–Ben and Cormack make these books πŸ˜‰ Great review!
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Jessica. Yeah, I got seriously bored and frustrated with Kitty while she moped around. I’m glad to here the series does better, because I was really disappointed by this book. I definitely intend to continue with it though, at least for another book, because I loved the book before this one.
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  2. Lupdilup

    It’s always sad when a series we follow looses its luster, I think sometimes they keep them going for too long. I have the first book in this series, but after finding out (I bought the book years ago, before I paid attention to who the narrators were) that Ms.Gavin was doing it, I knew I had to a least try to get used to her narration of the first book of the Hollows, which I haven’t finish due to my dislike for the narration..LOL
    I know she takes a book to get used to, I just don’t know why I have not tried…Maybe I know..Too many other books I want to listen to..LOL

    • Berls
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      I struggled with Gavin for the Hollows, though I think that was because I read the series before doing the audiobooks. But she’s been a good fit for me with Kitty right off the bat. The first book in the Hollows is rough, audio or read. But it’s worth pushing through, the series only gets better πŸ™‚
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  3. Bookworm Brandee

    It’s been so long since I read this series, Berls. I know I’m not caught up and this may have been the last one I read…I just can’t remember. But I do agree with you about mopey Kitty. This book seemed to take ‘a holiday’ from Kitty’s usual fare. I missed Ben too. Oh, now that I think of it, I have read the next one. I hope it redeems Kitty for you. I can’t remember my overall feelings about it…just scenes. I think I wasn’t sure I liked the way Vaughn was going with the story…

    Sorry, I shouldn’t vomit my thought process. *ha*

    So I’m back from vacation and trying to catch up. I finished my first audio book! Yay! And I love Jane! My review will probably post next week. πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      Squee!!! I KNEW you would! Amanda Ronconi nailed it right? I laughed my ass off in that book – I can’t wait for your review πŸ™‚

      Yeah – I’m not sure I like the direction this series is going, but I’m giving it one more book and we’ll see. If it’s at all better, then I’ll keep going. But, if it’s the same or worse, that’ll be it for me at least for now.
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  4. Melanie Simmons
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    I’ve looked into trying this series on audio. I read book one years ago and stopped. I don’t know why, because I don’t remember disliking the book. I love Marguerite Gavin for The Hollows series, so that made me interested in trying this one on audio. Sorry you didn’t like this one much. Maybe the next one will be better.
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    • Berls
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      Gavin is fantastic! She was only ok for me with the Hollows, but I really think that was because I read the series first and had my own voices picked out, so I had to adjust to hers. This series has been a rollercoaster of ok, good, great, blah so far (and in 3 books) – so we’ll see how it goes from here. I’m giving it another book before giving up!
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