Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review: Kitty and the Silver Bullet

Summary: Kitty's radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver--and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing between the city's two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides. And maybe become what she hates--a killer. -- Grand Central

KITTY AND THE SILVER BULLET by Carrie Vaughn is the fourth book in the Kitty Norville werewolf series, and it was another enjoyable read. While I can say that I definitely liked this book, it probably wasn't my favorite in the series. This book had a lot more of the werewolf and vampire politics as well as more violence; and I seem to like the books that focus more on Kitty and her life.

One thing that I have really liked about this entire series, but particularly this book, is the way the author handles Kitty's family relationships. Because Kitty was a normal 20 something before she was attached by a werewolf, she still tries to maintain as normal a relationship as possible with her parents and sister. It is clear throughout all of the books that Kitty deeply loves her family and doesn't want to involve them in any of the werewolf parts of her life. In KITTY AND THE SILVER BULLET, Kitty has a lot more contact with her family. I think it's just wonderful how supportive Kitty's family is of her situation. And, I really liked how Kitty rushed to her mother's side when she got sick even though her life was in danger.

As I read this book, I could definitely tell what direction the story was going to take. Both the vampires and werewolves in Denver were battling for control, and I knew there was going to be a big battle before things were resolved. I felt like this book was a little more violent than the first three; however, I think the author does a great job of keeping the fighting and gore in check. It's natural that a werewolf book would include a lot of violence, but I do think, relatively speaking, that Ms. Vaughn handles these scenes in a pretty "clean-cut" way.

If you haven't been following my little blog tour, here are the links to the first three books in the Kitty Norville werewolf series:


Please stop by tomorrow when the "official" Kitty book blog tour is taking place. I will be reviewing books 5 and 6 in the series -- KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN'S HAND and KITTY RAISES HELL. Plus, I'll have lots of other interesting tidbits about these very exciting books!


Amy said...

Ha, I just wrote that I think this is my favorite one yet...but it's hard for me to tell. :) Great job o all your reviews Julie..I ended smushing mine together!

Beth F said...

Still just skimming because I want to avoid spoilers.

bermudaonion said...

I never thought about the werewolves and vampires fighting. I can read violence and gore that I could never watch, for some reason, so I'm sure I could handle these books.

Jen - devourer of books said...

I'm so not normally into this sort of book, but you all are really intriguing me. I may eventually have to break down and read them.