Title: Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville #4)
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: Gollancz (UK) | Grand Central Publishing (US)
Publication Date: March 2011 (UK) | Jan 2008 (US)
Paperback: 326 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed by: Carolyn
RATING: 7/10 – very good, leaning towards an 8/10
Kitty Norville’s a late-night radio DJ, and her show, ‘Kitty’s Midnight Hour’, is really popular. She’s out of the closet now – the whole country saw her turn wolf on live national television. And she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Does this mean Kitty can finally settle down to a normal life – or is this just the calm before the storm?
When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Dever – and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, war is brewing between the city’s two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is once again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her love and herself, she’ll have to choose sides… and maybe become the very thing she hates: a killer.
“Kitty and the Silver Bullet” is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series just seems to get better and better with each book. There’s plenty of action as always as well as a few rare scenes of Kitty with her family, which was nice.
Kitty is called back to Denver by her father as her mother is ill. It’s hard to juggle werewolf life and human life and when the two mix it’s not pretty. Kitty has also been asked by a very powerful vampire to take sides in a coming war, which she is reluctant to do but inevitably has to, to save her family, her boyfriend and herself.
Kitty also acquires a few more werewolves to her “pack of two” and she’s not sure how to deal with it. I must admit that there are some parts of Kitty’s life that are hard to fathom. Kitty doesn’t overly display any power, and when she gets into a sticky situation her immediate reaction is to run. I find it difficult to understand what it is about Kitty that have other wolves thinking she is leader material.
Of course there are moments when Kitty mans up, but most of the time she’s quivering in her boots and just wants to run away. This is the part of Kitty I don’t like. However, she does have other very good atributes. She tries her hardest to keep others safe; she’s loyal and caring. Maybe it’s these traits that others can see that makes her Alpha material.
I’m still uncomfortable with Kitty’s love life and I can’t help feeling a little miffed at their relationship. It seems they are too – they still don’t know if they’re only together because of the werewolf thing or if it’s because they actually love each other, but we find out which in the last few chapters.
“Kitty and the Silver Bullet” is great fun and hugely entertaining. I can’t wait to read the next instalment, ‘Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand‘.
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Books in Series Order:
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet